By Mike Randleman
Jordan 11, Lake Henry 2
The defending state champs are still around to defend their title.
After winning their region to earn a first round bye at state, the Jordan Brewers won their opener 11-2 over the Lake Henry Lakers.
The score is somewhat deceiving as a good outing from Lake Henry starting pitcher Grant Ludwig kept the Lakers in it early with two runs allowed in four innings.
Jordan scored lone runs in the home half of the first, third and fifth innings.
Lake Henry finally got on the board in the seventh, only for Jordan to respond with six of their own. Carter Wessel pitched well in relief of Ludwig until the Jordan’s bats began to heat up.
Nine Brewers combined for 18 hits on the night. Alex Beckman went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and another driven in. Joe Lucas, Kyle Hvidsten, Scott Hollingsworth, Nate Beckman, Greg Quist, Devyn Ulibarri and Jake Lucas all had two.
Nate Beckman earned the win on the mound. The righthander went seven innings, allowing three hits one (earned) run, one walk and striking out six.
The Lakers piled up eight hits led by two each from Matthew Quade and Sam Hopfer. Shane Kampsen and Nick Dingman each had a hit and RBI, respectively.
Jordan advances to the round of 16 to face the Fairmont Martins noon Saturday in Springfield.
In round one, Foley needed a big comeback. In round two, it prevented its opponent from doing the same.
The Foley Lumberjacks never let the New Prague Orioles heat up in a 4-0 win.
JT Harren came up big on the mound once again, throwing a complete game four-hit shutout. He fanned 11 batters and walked four after pitching eight innings of relief in the Lumberjacks 8-7 win in 11 innings over Hanska last week.
Foley led nearly wire-to-wire, scoring a run in the top of the second and three in the fourth. Sam Keeler had a RBI single and Brandon Buesgens squeeze bunted in another in the fourth.
The Lumberjacks ended with nine hits led by two by Mitch Keeler. Keeler had one of four team doubles.
New Prague was led by cleanup man James Fuerniss. He had a double, single and pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
The Orioles threatened in the ninth with runners on first and third with one out. Harren coaxed a double play to end the game.
New Prague starter Nathan Sproles took the loss. He went eight innings, allowing eight hits, three earned runs of four and two walks to go with five strikeouts.
Foley advances to the round of 16 to play 7:30 p.m. Friday in Springfield against Sunday night’s winner between the Buffalo Bulldogs and Morris Eagles.
Watkins 6, Fergus Falls 0
Matt Geislinger is one of the more experienced pitcher in the state tournament. He's looked the part through two games.
The left-hander is up to 18 scoreless innings after he guided the Watkins Clippers to a 6-0 win over the Fergus Falls Hurricanes.
Geislinger was part of giving himself a cushion right away. The Clippers scored four runs in the top of the first, including a RBI single by Geislinger. Carter Block added a RBI single and two more crossed the plate on errors.
Fergus Falls made five errors on the day.
Watkins finished with 16 hits but scored in just one more frame. It tacked on two runs in the fourth on a wild pitch and a Brenden Ashton single.
Eight Clippers recorded at least one hit. Geislinger and Dan Berg had three hits and Kevin Kramer, Ashton and Carson Geislinger had two.
Matt Geislinger's stat line on the mound ended in 11 strikeouts, four hits, one walk and 11 strikeouts. He shut out Howard Lake last weekend with four hits, no walks and six strikeouts.
The Hurricanes made their fifth straight state appearance. They were led at the plate by Tosten Mann with two hits. Peter Gaustad took the loss on the mound, lasting three innings. Eric Hinnenkamp, a draftee from the Long Prairie Predators, pitched six shutout innings of relief with seven hits allowed, no walks and six strikeouts.
Watkins advances to the round of 16 to face the Bird Island Bullfrogs 3 p.m. Saturday in Springfield.