It didn’t have quite the same importance as a game, or games, that will be played between these two teams in roughly a month from now, but a baseball game between the two perennial baseball giants of the HVL conference is always worth attending. The doubleheader between Rochester Lourdes and the Kasson-Mantorville KoMets in Kasson on Saturday was no exception as the Lourdes Eagles won two close games by the scores of 5-3 and 4-3. In doing so, the Eagles remain unbeaten on the season at 7-0. The two losses were the first for the KoMets this season.
In game 1, Lourdes’ pitcher Adam Ellingson earned the win going four innings allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 3. Nick Hanson earned the save pitching three scoreless innings. Ellingson was handed a four run cushion before he ever took the mound as the Eagles scored four of their five runs in the top of the first inning. Four hits, a fielder’s choice and a balk contributed to the four Lourdes runs.
The KoMets did get back two of those runs in their half of the first inning when Hunter Nelson hit a two out 2 RBI single that drove in Kyle Nichols and Aaron Berge. K-M also picked up a single run in the fourth inning on and RBI single from Brendan Knoll that scored Austin Yeigh.
Zach Hillman, Nick Hanson and Daniel Burriss had two hits each for the Eagles in the game. Brendan Knoll had two hits for the KoMets.
A bases loaded single by Lourdes’ Daniel Burriss in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Zach Hillman broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Eagles the sweep of the Saturday afternoon doubleheader. The win was the completion of a comeback from a 3-0 K-M lead that the KoMets had built up through the top of the fifth inning.
K-M broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning. Kyle Nichols lead off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Aaron Berge drove Nichols in with a single, and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Hunter Nelson for a 2-0 lead. They would add a third run in the top of the fifth inning when the KoMets loaded the bases with three consecutive hits from Brendan Knoll, Alec Ehlke and Kyle Nichols. Aaron Berge was then hit by a pitch to score Knoll. Relief pitcher Daniel Burriss was able to pitch himself out of any further harm, and the KoMets ended their half of the fifth with a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles tied the game in their half of the fifth inning. The comeback started with a walk to Mitch Brandhagen, a single by Zach Hillman and a walk issued to Nick Hanson that loaded the bases. A defensive error allowed Brandhagen to score, and a two RBI single from Burriss tied the game for the Eagles. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the seventh.
Nick Hanson was the winning pitcher throwing 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to close the game.
Daniel Burriss had two hits and 3 RBI in the game. Zach Hillman had three hits, three stolen bases and scored three runs.
Aaron Berge drove in two of the three K-M runs in the game, while both Austin Yeigh and Kyle Nichols collected 2 hits each.
The Eagles will play again today facing the Lake City Tigers in Lake City starting at 5PM. K-M, now 4-2, will resume play on Thursday in Hayfield in a 3:45 start time.
The Pictures from the second game were all shot from outside the outfield fence as I was testing out a new lens, and I was listening to the Wild game and didn’t want any unpleasant comments want to slip out in front of others. There’s a bit of work / testing to do with the lens yet so these pictures are what they are.