Weekend sports recap

Area sports action from Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9.


Baseball: Little Falls 7, Monticello 5

Little Falls spread around the glory with seven different players collecting its hits as it pulled out a 7-5 win at Monticello, Friday.

The Flyers trailed 3-1 after three innings, then came back to take the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth.

Monticello tied it back up in the bottom of the fourth, before the Flyers gained the lead for good with a pair in the top of the fifth.

Sophomore Thomas Miller earned the win in relief, limiting Monticello to just one unearned run over three innings.

Senior Kyle Boser, junior Thomas Bell and Miller all doubled, with Bell and junior Bryce Zawatzke both scoring twice.


Baseball: Holdingford 1-6, Maple Lake 0-5

Holdingford squeaked past Maple Lake in a pair of one-run games 6-5 and 1-0, Friday, the latter of which went 10 innings.

In the opening game, Holdingford bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first inning as seven of the first eight batters reached.

Maple Lake put together a five-spot of its own in the top of the third to tie it, but the Huskers answered immediately with what proved to be the winning run on a bases-loaded walk by Jeremy Springer in the bottom of the inning.

Senior Jordan Gombos went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while seniors Jake Nelson and Mitch Merten each picked up a hit, run and RBI.

Junior Austin Gerads threw three scoreless innings to earn the win in relief.

The second game remained scoreless through nine innings, but not for a lack of chances on both sides.

The Huskers put a runner in scoring position in seven of the frames, while Maple Lake had a runner forced out as well as thrown out at the plate.

In the top of the 10th, the Huskers finally broke through, as Springer, who finished with three hits, singled, stole second and came in to score on a two-out single by Merten.

Nelson went the distance, tossing a seven-hit shutout without issuing a walk, striking out three.

Junior Nathan Brinker also collected three hits, one of which was a double, while Merten had two hits and senior Cody Bialka doubled.


Baseball: Rockford Area 7-4, Pierz 6-0

Rockford Area fought off a big rally in the opener then rode a strong pitching performance in the second contest to sweep visiting Pierz 7-6 and 4-0, Friday.

Pierz trailed 6-2 after four innings in the first game before rallying to tie it with a four-spot in the top of the fifth, only for the Rockets to take the lead right back in the bottom of the inning.

Junior Cody Meyer went 2-for-2 with a double, two runs and an RBI and freshman Lane Girtz went 2-for-4 with a double and a run.

Sophomore Noah Boser added a double and freshman Matt Kummet knocked in a run.

In the second game, sophomore Nick Herold, Meyer, Boser and Girtz had hits for Pierz.


Baseball: LPGE 6-3, Royalton 4-1

Visiting Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) snuck out a pair of close wins 6-4 and 3-1 at Royalton, Friday, to remain unbeaten on the spring.

Junior Jordon Smieja doubled and homered to lead the Royals at the plate, with freshman Michael Petron also collecting a pair of hits and junior Brady Moulzolf hitting a double.

Junior Kyle Billmeyer had the lone Royalton hit in game two.


Baseball: West Central Area 1, Upsala-Swanville Area 0

West Central Area scored the lone run of the game in the top of the sixth inning to edge host Upsala-Swanville Area 1-0, Friday.

The Patriots had a great opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but had the tying run doubled off on a fly ball to center.

Sophomore Chase Douvier had the only USA hit and also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch.

Freshman Myron Rippling drew a pair of walks and stole a base.

Senior Eric Lampert started and pitched four shutout innings, striking out eight.


Softball: Mora 5-4, Little Falls 4-3

Mora did its greatest damage in its final at bat in the opening game, then its first time up in game two as it edged visiting Little Falls 5-4 and 4-3, Friday.

Little Falls led 4-3 after six innings in the opener, but Mora rallied to win it with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, then scored all four of its runs in the first inning of the second contest.

The Flyers took the lead in the opening game with three runs in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring single by junior Mikayla Gottwalt and a two-run homer by freshman Chelsea Moran.

Moran also drove in Little Falls’ other run in the second inning on a single.

Senior Sierra Virnig went 2-for-4 with a double and a run, with seniors Korlyna Keehr and Alea Cekalla and freshman Sarah Gold collecting the team’s other hits.

After falling behind 4-0 in the top of the first in game two, the Flyers came right back with two runs in the bottom of the first as senior Tristen Zimmerman and Sierra Virnig hit back-to-back singles and came in to score, then put up another run in the second when Keehr singled home Gold.

The Mustangs held on from there, dodging a bases loaded threat by the Flyers in the fifth.

Zimmerman, Gold and Cekalla each had a pair of hits.

Cekalla went the distance in both games, allowing just one earned run in the finale.


Softball: Rockford Area 6-2, Pierz 0-0

Pierz ran into a pair of top-end pitchers, Friday, getting shut out 6-0 and 2-0 by visiting Rockford Area.

Junior Katelyn Waytashek doubled for the Pioneers’ only hit in game one and followed by going 2-for-3 in game two.


Softball: Maple Lake 13-20, Holdingford 0-0

Central Minnesota Conference power Maple Lake swept a pair from Holdingford, Friday, winning 13-0 and 20-0.


Track and Field: Rain shortens Melrose meet

Storms caused a premature ending to Thursday’s Melrose Dave Sieben Invite after the 400-meter dash, with the Little Falls boys in first place and the girls in fourth.

Little Falls senior Sebastian Sowada earned first place in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:30.47, breaking the old meet record.

Taking second were senior Tim Infinger in the 400 (52.07) and freshman Nick Maslowski in the discus (131-feet, 5-inches), and placing third were senior Blake Toso in the 400 (55.2), senior Mathew Massmann in the 1,600 (4:35.39), sophomore Jon Mathews in the 100 (11.91), Maslowski in the shot put (41-feet, 3.5-inches), the 4×100 relay team (47.13) and the 4×200 relay team (1:40.61).

Upsala-Swanville Area freshman Cody Rahn took third in the 110 hurdles (20.0) and the Royalton 4×800 relay team also took third in 8:55.61.

The Little Falls boys led New London-Spicer by half a point (85.5-85.0) when the meet was called.

Freshman Kendal Hendrickson was the top finisher for the Little Falls girls, finishing second in the 1,600 (5:44.08), and placing third were freshman Kacy Steinmetz in the 1,600 (5:49.64) and the 4×800 relay team (10:47.01).

Royalton junior Abby Duevel won the 400 in 1:03.52.

Upsala-Swanville junior Stephanie Koetter was the runner-up in the high jump (4-feet, 11-inches) and the 4×200 relay team took third in 1:57.58.


Boys Golf: Pierz seventh at Rockford CMC meet

Junior Josh Rocheleau turned in a round of 45 as Pierz placed seventh at Friday’s Rockford Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) meet.

Following for Pierz were freshmen Nathan Poster (56) and Levi Taylor (63), sophomore Hunter Bednar (67) and seventh-grader Isaac Stangl (75).


Girls Golf: Pierz fifth at BBE CMC meet

Junior Jessica Hawks shot a 50 as Pierz took fifth place at Friday’s Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) meet.

Freshman BreAnna Hopkins shot a 62 and junior Miranda Robertsdahl and freshman Brittany Talberg each shot 64 to also count toward the team score, followed by sophomore Kayla Wacker (69) and junior Isabelle Kohl (74).