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Kenyon-Wanamingo wins an extra round

The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights remained in the Division 1A West Subsection 1A winners group today with a 4-3 eighth inning loss to Rushford-Peterson.

The No. 4 seed edged out the No. 5 seed to set up a Subdivision Title match with the No. 2-ranked Class A State and defending State Champion Hayfield at 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day.

Kenyom-Wanamingo senior shortstop Gavin Sommer hit a two-out 3-2 fastball over the fence into left field in the bottom of the first inning.

Knights sophomore pitcher Will Van Epps walked the first batter then struck out the next three in the top of the inning.

Following a strikeout to start the second inning, Trojans senior shortstop Justin Ruberg hit a 2-2 pitch for a single. The next batter was on the job. Following a strike, the No. 9 batter in the Rushford-Peterson order was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Senior center fielder Malachi Bunke picked up an RBI with a goal-laden walk.

Sophmore designated hitter Dillon Bartel walked to start the bottom of the second and was caught leaning in for second just before Van Epps hit a 1-2 double.

Senior Evan Brossard was his courtesy runner. He scored on a double hit from senior Alex Vold. The set ended in a 6-3-5 double play.

Knights junior No. 9 hitter Cal Luebke jumped on the first pitch of the third inning from senior RP right-hander Alex Ronnenberg for a double.

Senior Trevor Steberg hit the ball at second, moving Luebke to third while Steberg retired. Following a strike, Ronnenberg didn’t seem interested in throwing a strike at Sommer. In fact, a wild throw scored Luebke. Sommer was walked four lengths. Junior catcher Jaedin Johnson jumped on the first pitch after that walk, but flew to center to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth inning after a strikeout and a walk from freshman batter #9, Jonah Bunke hit a 2-2 ground pitch to the third, but the pitch to get the lead runner was high, allowing everyone to be safe on error.

Malachi Bunke returned a 1-0 pitch to Van Epps who took his time to make an accurate throw to third base and retire the lead runner.

Junior second baseman Riley Tesch hit a 1-2 left scoring throw to make the score Knights 3 and Trojans 2.

Van Epps whipped up four straight batters from the end of the second to the end of the fifth inning. The number of hi throws soared because he also had 5 walks during this period. After his 6th walk, Van Epps left the mound with one out.

The Gopher All-Conference selection allowed 2 hits in 5 and 1/3 innings. Out 13 and walked 6. He also hit a batter. I had his pitch count at 120 with 61 shots.

Sommer came throwing. Trevor Steberg moved to shortstop. Van Epps went to third base. Sommer threw a wild pitch allowing Logan Skalet senior to advance to the goalscoring position.

Sommer then hit a strikeout and persuaded a steal to end the threat.

Rushford-Peterson brought in sophomore Rylan Schneider from right field to pitch starting in the fourth inning.

With one out, Van Epps singled and his courtesy runner Evan Brossard was ejected trying to steal second base.

The bottom of the 5th inning started with a Luebke single followed by a bunt for a Trevor Steberg single.

Schneider got out of that situation getting a strike, a steal and a go leaving the runners at first and second base.

In the top of the 7th inning following a strikeout, senior receiver Thomas Ekern was walked on four pitches. He would go to second base on a wild pitch. Sommer retired the next batter before senior third baseman Andrew Wilkemeyer, who had retired his previous three at bats, swung late on a 2-2 count and hit a low pop up to right field that would go down for an RBI and even the game.

Sommer had the next batter retired.

Senior 7th inning bottom Kevin Vazquez stepped up to the plate to pinch the shot and was hit by a pitch. Luebke executed a sacrificial bunt to advance Alex Lee who went running for himself and the Knights had the winning run at second base with one out.

Rushford-Peterson intentionally walked Trevor Steberg to set up a potential double play. KW had a pop out and a fly out ending the threat sending the game into extra innings.

The Trojans’ leading pitcher in the 8th inning, Schneider, opened with a 2-1 single. His courtesy runner went to second base on a wild pitch. Sommer pushed for two outs before Malachi Bunke hit a single placement runner in the corners before Sommer recorded his 5th strike to end the inning.

The bottom of the 8th started with a brace from Johnson. Bartel was asked to bunt and the ball hit a little too hard, so the pitcher pounced on it and easily kicked Johnson out at third base.

Van Epps hit a grounder that brought Bartel out at second for the second out. Vold walked. Lee came back to strike and was hit in the head with a pitch to charge Luebke’s bases.

The outfielder hit a 2-1 pitch to left field for the game-winning Brossard hit that went running for Van Epps earlier in the inning.

The Knights are now 13-8. Rushford-Peterson dropped to 9-11.

Van Epps, Sommer and Luebke received our Cashwise Foods and Pharmacy Deliverys of the Game for their performances. Van Epps and Sommer combined for 18 strikeouts, 7 walks, 5 hits allowed. Luebke had a double, two singles, scored a run and won the RBI match.

Hayfield picked up a 20-1 win over Fillmore Central. Rushford-Peterson edged Fillmore Central 7-3. On the other side of the range, No. 2 seed Lyle-Pacelli beat No. 10 Wabasha-Kellogg 10-7 while No. 6 United South Central beat No. 3 Southland 6 -5.

In the elimination bracket, Southland defeated Wabasha-Kellogg 17-7.

Hayfield and Kenyon-Wanamingo battle for the West Subsection Championship while Lyle-Pacelli and United South Central face off for the East Title at 5:00 p.m. Monday.

Winners of these games do not have to play until Saturday, June 4, 2022 at noon.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, the loser of the KW vs Hayfield game plays Rushford-Peterson and the loser of the Lyle-Pacelli vs United South Central game plays Southland to determine the other two teams that qualify for the sectional tournament at Riverland College in Austin .

Section 1AA at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls, seeded Rochester Lourdes, shut out No. 4 Pine Island 10-0. No. 2 seed Cannon Falls beat No. 3 Dover-Eyota 5-1 to set up the Western title game at 3:00 p.m. Monday in Cannon Falls. The winner will advance to the Final Four at Mayo Field in Rochester at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Pine Island will play Dover-Eyota with the winner tangling with the loser of Cannon Falls/Lourdes at 5:00 p.m. at John Burch Park in Cannon Fallls. The winner takes second place in the subsection and heads to the final in Rochester on Saturday.

In the east, Plainview-Elgin-Millville won 9-5 over Chatfield and LaCrescent edged Caledonia 10-2. Both games were played at La Crescent High School.

The Bulldogs and Lancers square off for the East Subdivision title in Lacrescent at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day. At 5:00 p.m. in the elimination bracket, Chatfield will face Caledonia with the winner playing loser Pem against LaCrescent for the second team from the East to advance to the final in Rochester on Saturday.

Section 1AAA is a double elimination throughout as there are 8 teams in total. Faribault, seeded No. 6, will play a home game on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. after the Falcons lost 5-0 at Winona.

Faribault’s opponent is Kasson-Mantorville, the No. 7 seed, who lost 4-2 to Red Wing.

On the other side of the top seed, Byron survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Austin. The No. 4 seed Stewartville edged out the No. 5 Northfield 2-1.

The Packers travel to the Raiders on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. in Elimination Bracket action.

In the Winner’s Bracket 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2022 Stewartville is at Byron and Winona goes to Red Wing.

Winners do not have to play until Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Austin.

The winners of the Northfield and Faribault Elimination Bracket matches will face the losers of the Winner’s Bracket contests at 5:00 p.m. Thursday. The Falcons could play Winona again on Thursday if all goes according to the top seeds.

Section 1AAAA still doesn’t have material uploaded to the MSHSL website, but I believe they start their games on Memorial Day.

Section 2A is the first knockout round. On Thursday, the top seed from Ulm’s New Cathedral beat #16 Nicollet 10-0. #8 Cleveland won 5-4 over top seeded #9 Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman. The No. 5 seed Mankato Loyola/Immanuel Lutheran escaped with a 7-6 win over the No. 12 seed BOLD. No. 4 Sleepy Eye beat No. 13 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 5-0.

On the other side of the bracket, No. 3 seed Springfield beat No. 14 St. Clair 8-1. #6 Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s shut out Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart 6-0.

#7 Martin County West defeated #10 Mountain Lake/Comfrey 12-4, #2 Madelia shut out #15 Heron Lake-Okabena 8-0.

Winner’s Bracket matches will be played on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. at the top seed. Loser’s Bracket plays Thursday at 5:00 p.m. starting Saturday, June 4, 2022, the tournament takes place at ISG Field in Mankato.

First seeded Section 2AA New Ulm and second seeded New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva received byes and began play on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

New Ulm hosts No.9 LeSueur-Henderson who won 3-0 against No.8 Tri-City United 3-0 last Thursday. The No. 2 seed New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva will host visiting Minnesota Valley Lutherans on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

The other games are seeded No. 5 Maple River (8-2 wins over Lake Crystal) going to No. 4 Belle Plaine (Tigers won 4-0 over Waterville-Elysian-Morristown).

#3 Sibley East shut out #14 Blooming Prairie 6-0. while No. 6 Blue Earth Area were beaten by No. 11 Medford 5-4. Blue Earth Area travels to Sibley East at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Now it’s a double elimination the rest of the way. Section finals will be hosted by Sibley East.

Section 2AAA has no support on the MSHSL website beginning Saturday, May 28, 2022 around midnight.

Section 2AAAA begins playing Memorial Day Noon at the top seed.

#1 Chaska entertains #8 Bloomington Jefferson. #2 Eden Prairie hosts #7 Minnetonka. #3 Chanhassen sees #6 Waconia come in their place and #5 Prior Lake goes to #4 Shakopee.

Check them out.

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