The Kasson-Mantorville at Lake City game was one where if you really, really like offense you could have watched the first inning, snuck out for a pizza at Lake City’s fine RailHouse Bar and Grill and come back in the tenth inning and enjoyed the game. If, however, you like a little pitching and defense thrown into your baseball game this was a good one to watch. It took ten relatively quick innings, but in the end Kasson-Mantorville came out on top with a 6-2 win over Lake City and upped their record to 6-4 on the season.
The game started out as if the game was going to be a high scoring affair. The KoMets scored a pair of runs in their half of the first inning. Hunter Nelson led off the game with a hit and scored on a double by Kyle Nichols. Pinch runner Andy Plein then scored on a fielders’ choice off the bat of Brendan Knoll.
Lake City answered right back with a pair of runs in their half of the inning. Michael Noll and Jarett Thomas both singled and were advanced a base on a balk. Luke Hartzell’s single drove both runners in to tie the score.
From that point on, things settled into a long pitchers’ dual between K-M’s Jack Peterson and Lake City’s Thomas Lewis. Neither team had a runner advance past second base until the eighth inning when K-M’s Alec Ehlke reached third base with two outs but did not score, and the Tigers’ Michael Noll was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base on a fielders’ choice out at first base. That, in fact, would be the best scoring chance the Tigers would have for the rest of the game.
Lewis pitched through the eighth inning for the Tigers allowing just the two early runs on five hits, with 3 strikeouts and walking just one batter. Jack Peterson pitched through the ninth inning allowing 2 runs on 8 hits while striking out 3 and walking 3.
Kasson-Mantorville finally broke the tie in the top of the tenth with a four run, six hit inning. Brady Erdmann led off the inning with a hit and advanced to third on a hit-and-run play with lead off hitter Hunter Nelson that left runners at first and third. After Nelson had stolen second base, Kyle Nichols launched his second double of the game to the base of the right field fence scoring both runners. In the attempt to throw out Nelson at the plate, Nichols advanced to third. A throw to third got away, and Nichols scored for a 5-2 lead. Andy Plein’s hit put runners on base again followed by Aaron Berge’s hit to put runners at first and second. Plein then scored on a hit by Drew Kirmse for the 6-2 lead.
Riley Knutson came in to finish the game for the KoMets allowing no runs on one hit and one walk.
Kyle Nichols was 2 for 5 in the game with 3 RBI (2 doubles), Hunter Nelson was 3 for 5 with two runs scored, Drew Kirmse and Brady Erdmann had two hits apiece.
Michael Noll was 5 for 5 in the game for the Tigers.
Kasson-Mantorville will play on Monday at home against the Stewartville Tigers at 5PM. The Lake City Tigers ( 5-8 ) will also play on Monday traveling to Cannon Falls for a 5PM game.