Minneota rallies late to beat HLO
The Minneota Senior Legion team edged Heron Lake-Okabena 3-2 last Thursday night in Minneota.
"Minneota played a very good game for it being their first league game all summer," said coach J.D. Pesch.
Heron Lake-Okabena beat Minneota 4-3 last summer facing the same pitcher.
"This time we were patient and picked a little every inning," said Pesch.
The game remained tight throughout, tied 1-1 through four innings. In the fifth inning, Cooper VanOverbeke rapped a two-run double that plated Carter Schuelke and Braeden Panka for a 3-1 lead.
Schuelke worked five innings for the win, allowing four hits and one run, while walking one and striking out four. Jacob Hennen pitched two innings for the save, working out of a jam in the seventh inning to preserve the win. He allowed three hits and a run, while walking one and fanning three.
Minneota 4, Heron Lake-Okabena 3
Minneota hitting leaders: Josh Schuelke 2-for-2, Cooper VanOverbeke 1-for-2.
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Carter Schuelke (W) 5-4-1-1-1-4, Jacob Hennen (S) 2-3-1-1-1-3
Luverne 6, Minneota 5
Minneota's Senior Legion team fell to Luverne on the road Monday night.
Carter Schuelke and A.J. Myhre has two hits apiece for Minneota. Josh Schuelke, Tate Walerius and Grady Moorse also recorded a hit.
Thor Fischer started on the mound and pitched the first four innings. Jacob Hennen finished with two scoreless innings of relief.
Minneota hitting: Josh Schuelke 1-for-3, Tate Walerius 1-for-3, A.J. Myhre 2-for-4, Carter Schuelke 2-for-3, Grady Moorse 1-for-2
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Thor Fischer (L) 4-5-6-6-6-4, Jacob Hennen 2-1-0-0-1-2, Grady Moorse 1-0-0-0-0.
-- JUNIOR LEGION --
Junior Legion tops Granite Falls
Peyton Gillund struck out nine batter in his complete-game performance and Minneota defeated Granite Falls 5-3 on Thursday night in Minneota.
Minneota was scheduled to host Luverne, but some players on the team contracted COVID-19 and Minneota was able to secure Granite Falls for a game instead.
Gillund scattered seven hits and allowed only one earned run.
Gillund, Jonah Gruenes and Jackson Esping had a hit apiece for Minneota.
Minneota 5, Granite Falls 3
Minneota hitting: Peyton Gillund 1-for-3, Jonah Gruenes 1-for-2, Jackson Esping 1-for-3
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Peyton Gillund (W) 7-7-3-1-5-9
(Thursday, July 16)
Marshall 5, Minneota 3
Marshall parlayed a few Minneota throwing errors into three runs and went on to a 5-3 victory.
"We have been working on getting the players to understand they can't always control the ground ball hops but they can control their throw to a base," said Pesch.
Peyton Gillund, Jackson Esping and Isaac Pohlen each collected a hit for Minneota.
Pohlen pitched three strong innings, allowing only two hits. Jack Lacek worked the final inning.
Minneota hitting: Peyton Gillund 1-for-2, Jackson Esping 1-for-1, Isaac Pohlen 1-for-1
Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Isaac Pohlen (L) 3-2-4-4-2-4, Jack Lacek 1-1-1-2-2-2