Kenyon-Wanamingo Baseball Cruises to 5 Inning Win
The Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights scored 5 runs in the third inning and 7 runs in the 4th en route to a 14-2 victory over Blooming Prairie tonight.
The game in Awesome Blossom country was supposed to start at 3:30 but got underway about 3:42 p.m. It ended approximately 5:25 p.m.
It was scheduled early because Kenyon-Wanamingo had a spring musical concert that started at 7:00 p.m.
Senior right-handed pitcher Gavin Sommer took the hill for the Knights. He went the first 4 innings throwing 78 pitches, 42 strikes with 6 strikeouts, 4 walks, a hit batter and two hits allowed.
Colton Steberg pitched the 5th inning throwing 20 pitches, 9 strikes with 1 strikeout, 2 hit batsman.
Kernyon-Wanamingo scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning . Alex Vold got on base thanks to a one out error. During the Sommer at bat Vold went to second base on a wild pitch. Sommer was retired for the second out on a fly ball to left field.
Cleanup hitter, catcher Dillon Bartel cracked a RBI single. Third baseman Kevin Vasquez clobbered an RBI double before a ground out ended the early offense.
Blooming Prairie scored a run in the bottom of the second inning after a one out walk was issued to catcher Bo Zweiner Sommer got the next batter to strike out.
Zweiner stole second base. The #7 and #8 hitters in the Awesome Blossoms lineup were walked and hit by a pitch to load the bases. Zweiner scored on a wild pitch.
It didn't take long for the Knights to pull away. In the top of the third inning nine K-W batters stepped up to the plate with five of them getting hits.
Blooming Prairie starting pitcher right-handed Lucas Schammel faced six batters before exiting in the inning. Sommer started the onslaught with a walk. He was on the move when Bartel hit a RBI double.
Vasquez was walked. Sophmore Colton Steberg cracked a RBI single. Nicolai Mork executed a perfect bunt for a single to load the bases. Alex Lee hammered a 1-0 count pitch to plate 2 more runs which ended Schammel's day on the mound.
Micah Donnelly was brouht in to put out the fire and did after the first batter he faced #9 hitter Evan Brossard recorded an RBI on a grounder that scored Lee.
Donnelly got the next two batters to strike out and fly out. The score was Knights 7, Awesome Blossoms 1.
Following an up and down in order bottom of the third inning Sommer opened the 4th with a solid single. He stole second base, was wild pitched to third base and scored on a wild pitch.
Bartel gained base on a walk, stole second and advanced on a throwing error. He would also score on a wild pitch. Vasquez walked, Colton Steberg singled, Mork was walked to load the bases.
Lee hit a single scoring a Knights run. Brossard gained first base on a fielder's choice when a ball hit to the shortstop was fielded and he came home on another wild pitch.
7 runs were plated on 3 hits, 5 of the runs scored on wild pitches.
Blooming Prairie did not go away quietly. With two outs Dylan Anderson came in to bat and was hit by a pitch on what would have been ball four. After another hit batsman Zweiner was safe an error that allowed Anderson to score.
The final score Kenyon-Wanamingo 14 Blooming Prairie 2
Line totals went like this:
K-W Knights 14 runs, 10 hits, 2 errors, 6 runners left on base, 3 in scoring position
Blooming Prairie 2 runs. 2 hits, 4 errors, 7 runners left, 5 in scoring position
Schammel pitched 2 plus innings, 7 runs charged to him with 3 strikeouts, 3 walks, 2 hit batters, 6 hits allowed. All six batters he faced in the third inning scored. He threw 53 pitches, 33 strikes
Donnelly came on in relief and pitched to 14 batters allowing 4 hits, 7 runs, with 3 strikeouts, 3 walks.
Zach Hein took the ball in the 5th inning for the Awesome Blossoms with 0 runs allowed, 1 strikeout, 1 walk. 17 pitches thrown, 8 strikes.
Kenyon-Wanamingo is now 6-5, Blooming Prairie drops to 1-9.
Other baseball scores reported from the area:
- Red Wing 5 Faribault 3
- Mankato West 10 Northfield 1
- Mankato East 11 Albert Lea 1
- Rochester Mayo 2 Rochester Century 0
- Owatonna 11 Rochester John Marshall 6
- Winona 5 Austin 4, Winona 9 Austin 5
- Randolph 10 Medford 0 (Jacob Weckop throws 2-hitter with 12 K's)
- Zumbrota-Mazeppa 10 Triton 0
- Fairmont 24 Maple River 1
- Cannon Falls 15 Goodhue 2
- Hayfield 6 United South Central 5
- Rushford-Peterson 10 Fillmore Central 0
- Farmington 9 Lakeville South 0
- Hutchinson 9 Jordan 2
- Spring Grove 10 Houston 2
- Stewartville 7 Kasson-Mantorville 0, Stewartville 3 K-M 2
- Waseca 3 Tri-City United 0
- Holmen, Wis. 5 Caledonia 2
- Mayer Lutheran 10 Lester Prairie 7
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