Dalager, Meagher lead Vultures' sweep
The Minneota Vultures swept a doubleheader at Pipestone Monday night, winning the opener 3-1 and the nightcap 11-0 on a pair of stellar pitching performance by Ryan Dalager and Ryan Meagher.
In the first game, Dalager tossed a complete-game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
The Vultures (3-1) scored twice in the first inning, loading the bases on a one-out walk to Brody Larson and singles by Ryan Dalager and Isaac Pohlen, With two outs, Adam Dalager rapped a two-run single.
The Vultures also scored a lone run in the sixth when Ryan Meagher singled and advanced to third on walks to Keaton Jurrens and Eli Gruenes. Meagher scored on a passed ball.
Ryan Dalager had two of Minneota's five hits.
In the second game, Meagher hurled a five-inning no-hitter. He walked one and struck out eight. He also picked off a runner at second base.
"We are very happy with our pitchers," said Vultures coach J.D. Pesch. "They are locating pitches for quality strikes and, as important, are learning to hold runners."
The Vultures scored 11 runs despite getting only four hits. Pipestone walked six batters and made six errors.
Joe Voit drove in three runs for the Vultures with a pair of hits. Eli Gruenes also had two hits.
Minneota 3, Pipestone 1
Minneota...........................200 001 0 - 3 5 0
Pipestone...........................000 000 1 - 1 1 2
Minneota hitting: Parker Bradley 0-for-4; Brody Larson 0-for-3, run, bb; Ryan Dalager 2-for-4, run; Isaac Pohlen 1-for-4; Ryan Meagher 1-for-2, run, bb; Adam Dalager 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Keaton Jurrens 0-for-2, bb; Eli Gruenes 0-for-2, bb; Jack Lacek 0-for-2, bb
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Ryan Dalager (W) 7-1-1-0-2-13
Minneota 11, Pipestone 0
Minneota...........................520 22 - 11 4 1
Pipestone...........................000 00 - 1 0 6
Minneota hitting: Kellen Bradley 0-for-3, run, bb, rbi; Joey Lacek 0-for-3, 2 runs, bb; Carson Javers 0-for-2, 2 runs, 2 bb's; Ryan Meagher 0-for-3, run, bb; Joe Voit 2-for-4, run, 3 rbi; Eli Gruenes 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2b, rbi; Adam Dalager 0-for-2, run; Kyson Arndt 0-for-2, bb, rbi; Easton Johnston 0-for-2, rbi; Brody Larson 0-for-0, run
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Ryan Meagher (W) 5-0-0-0-1-8
Luverne 6, Minneota 3
(Result Thursday, June 9)
Jacob Stroh struck out 11 over five strong innings and Luverne defeated the Vultures 6-3 at K.P. Kompelien Field in Minneota.
"(Stroh) was as good as we faced all year on varsity," said Minneota coach JD. Pesch. "The younger players on the Vultures are moving up to better pitching and a faster game. We need to adjust and put the ball in play to put pressure on the defense."
The Vultures (1-1) managed just four hits, but did get seven walks and a hit batsman for additional runners on base.
Ryan Dalager started for the Vultures and allowed only three hits and one earned run over five innings. He walked three and struck out six.
With the score tied 2-2, Luverne rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth and one more in the seventh off Vultures reliever Brody Larson.
The Vultures plated single runs in the first, fourth and sixth innings.
In the first inning, Ryan Dalager singled with two outs, advanced to third on a passed ball and a stolen base, and scored on an error.
Isaac Pohlen led off the fourth inning by drawing a walk, moved to third in a single by Carson Javers, and scored on a passed ball.
The final Vultures' run came when Adam Dalager led off the sixth inning by drawing a walk. With one out, Javers also walked. Jack Lacek then singled and Dalager scored on a fielder's choice.
Luverne 6, Minneota 3
Luverne................................010 103 1 - 6 8 3
Minneota.............................100 101 0 - 3 4 1
Minneota hitting: Parker Bradley 0-for-3, hbp; Brody Larson 0-for-4; Ryan Dalager 1-for-3, run, bb; Ryan Meagher 0-for-3, rbi, bb; Isaac Pohlen 1-for-3, run, bb; Adam Dalager 0-for-3, bb; Keaton Jurrens 0-for-1, 2 bb's; Kellen Bradley 0-for-1; Carson Javers 1-for-1, run, bb; Jack Lacek 1-for-3
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Ryan Dalager 5-3-2-1-3-6, Brody Larson (L) 2-5-4-3-4-3