Knights earn first victory of 2009
GRAETTINGER – The Graettinger/Terril baseball team earned its first win of the season with a 7-6 victory over Armstrong-Ringsted on Monday.
The Knights trailed 5-3 before scoring three runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead.
A-R tied the game at 6-6, but the Knights plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
For A-R, the Mustangs had just five hits on the night. Dylan Moore was 1-1 with a double, Clausen was 1-3, Dylan Looft and Matt Larson each were 1-4 and Craig Tigges was 1-5.
Brett Thackery had two RBI while Clausen, Looft, Larson and Tanner LaBore each had one.
LaBore pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits hits with two strikeouts. Thackery took the loss. He pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up one run on two hits with two strikeouts.
A-R 6, Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka 5
Last Friday, Armstrong-Ringsted came out on the topside of a one-run ball game against Woden-Crystal Lake-Titonka.
Holding on to a 6-2 lead heading into the seventh, A-R’s Spencer Clausen had struck out the first batter, but then gave up two walks and a single to load the bases. Ridge Christiansen took over and walked in a run. Another run scored as first baseman Dylan Looft made a diving stop and beat the runner to first for the second out. But Christiansen struck out the final batter to end the game.
At the plate, Craig Tigges was 2-3, Clint Davis wa 1-2, Evan Hagebock was 1-3, Brett Thackery was 1-4 with two RBI and Larson was 1-4.
Clausen pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up five runs on three hits with two strikeouts in the win. Christiansen had one strikeout and earned the save.
Twin River Valley 6, G/T 2
The Knights bats were silent against Twin River Valley on Friday.
“It was a tough day for us. Our focus was just not there,” said G/T coach Cory Boe.
Cody Dyhrkopp started on the mound and gave up an early three-run home run which lasted through four innings.
“As a team, we could not get our bats going. We had some chances to get on the board, but couldn’t capitalize. Overall, our defense was okay and pitching was good.”
Boe said the Knights started to hit in the seventh inning, but not enough to overcome a six-run deficit.
Dalton Park was 1-3 and scored once. Dyhrkopp was 1-3. Dyhrkopp pitched five innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on four hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Blaze Alesch pitched one inning, giving up a hit and striking out one batter.