PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Johnson pitches two-hitter in his first varsity start

SLAYTON – Murray County Central got a big performance from freshman pitcher Kellen Johnson, who made his first career varsity start. Johnson struck out six batters while walking four in five innings of work.

He had plenty of run support as Jordan Ahlers drove in five runs while TJ Van Peursem and Mitchell Reinsma each added an RBI.

Jordan Dingman and Tony Sieve each had one hit for the Dragons.

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HITTING: Murray County Central (Ahler (3-for-3, two doubles, five RBI; Van Perseum 2-for-4, doubles, RBI; Reinsma 3-for-3, two doubles; RBI) Adrian (Dingman, one hit; Sieve, one hit).

PITCHING: Murray County Central (Johnson 5-2-2-1-4-6) Adrian: Rupert (L).

Renville County West 20, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3

TRACY – Renville County West earned a 20-3 victory over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Wednesday night. The Jaguars scored 17 runs in the second inning en route to a five-inning victory.

Brady Holwerda finished the game with four RBI while Colin Thompson and Hyaden Johnson each had three RBI. Jesse Miller, Griffin Schaub and Brody Elferling each had one.

Taylor Carlson had two RBI for TMB while Jordan Towe finished with one. Thompson picked up the win on the mound, striking out six while walking just three. Riley Steffes took the loss, striking out four while walking just one. TMB moves to 4-7 on the season and will take on Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg today at 4:30 p.m. while Renville County West moves to 7-3 and will take on MACCRAY next.

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HITTING: Renville County West (Holwerda 2-for-2, four RBI, two runs; Thompson 1-for-4, double, three RBI, two runs; Johnson 2-for-3, three RBI, three runs; Schmitz 1-for-3, two RBI, three runs; Fischer 1-for-2, two RBI, three runs; Elfering 1-for-3, RBI, two runs) Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (Towne 1-for-2, double, RBI; Carlson 1-for-2, two RBI; VanMoer 1-for-2, run; Lanoe 0-for-2, run).

PITCHING: RCW (Thompson 5-3-3-3-3-6) TMB (Steffes 1 2/3-3-10-4-1-4; Gleis 0-1-5-0-2-0; LeClaire 3 1/3-5-5-3-5-2).


Murray County Central 14, Adrian 3

SLAYTON – Murray County Central cruised to a 14-3 win over Adrian Area on Wednesday.

The Rebels got two RBI from Kenda Blomgren and two from Kristi Bose, who hit a double and a triple. Bose also took the pitching win as she struck out six and walked just two in five innings of work.

Adrain Area got one RBI from Heidi Nolte, as she finished with two hits and Jodi Bents had one hit.

Brooke Grussing took the loss for Adrian Area, walking eight while striking out just five. With the win, MCC moves to 10-9 on the season with their last scheduled game against Southwestern United at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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HITTING: Adrian Area (Nolte 2-for-3, RBI; Bents 1-for-3, double) Murray County Central (Bose 2-for-2, triple, double, two RBI; Blomgren 1-for-3, two RBI).

PITCHING: Adrian Area (Grussing 4-8-14-12-8-5) Murray County Central (Bose 5-5-3-3-2-6).


Benson Invitational

BENSON – Dawson-Boyd and Yellow Medicine East traveled to Benson and played in the Benson Invitational Wednesday. The Blackjacks took home the win on the boys side, shooting a 325, edging Minnewaska Area by one stroke. Easton Popma finished third overall with an 80 for DB. Cameron Kemen finished with an 82 while Christian Thoen tallied an 84.

Spencer Erickson (87) and Dalton Palmer (88) rounded out the day for the Blackjacks.

The Sting finished fifth overall, shooting a 358. Mitch MCosh and Charles Blue each had an 84 on the day while Sam Jans finished with a 92 and Grant Lalim had a 98.

On the girls side, it was Litchfield coming away with the win, shooting a 368 while YME was sixth with a 426 and DB was 7th with a 462. Erica Moritz shot a 95 to lead YME. She was followed by Leah Jeseritz (101), Cassie Thelen (119) and Megan Larson (119). DB was lead by Taylor Loose with a 98 while Tracy Polzine shot a 114, Raeanna Tuff shot a 116 and Katheryn Madson shot a 124.


TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Dawson-Boyd 324, 2. Minnewaska Area 325, 3. Litchfield 338, 4. Benson 348, 5. Yellow Medicine East 358, 6. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 361, 7. Ortonville 362, 8. MACCRAY 369, 9. Lac qui Parle Valley 376, 10. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 387, 11. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 394, 12. Benson JV 443, Renville County West 500.

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS: 1. Josh Polingo (Litchfield) 74, 2. Brett Buckingham (Minnewaska) 76, 3. Esten Stenrud (Minnewaska Area) 79; 4. Easton Popma (Dawson-Boyd) 80; 5. Zach Maurer (Benson) 81.

DAWSON-BOYD: Easton Popma 80, Cameron Kemen 82, Christian Thoen 84, Spencer Erickson 87, Dalton Palmer 88.

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST: Mitch McCosh 84, Charles Blue 84, Sam Jans 92, Grant Lalim 98.


TEAM STANDINGS: 1. Litchfield 363, 2. Ortonville 385, 3. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 420, 4. Benson 424, 5. Yellow Medicine East 426, 6. Dawson-Boyd 462, 7. Lac qui Parle Valley 463, 8. New London-Spicer 459, 9. MACCRAY (incomplete team).

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS: 1. Kennedy Sommerfield (Litch.) 82, 2. Eli Sweep (NLS) 88, 3. Ksley Wattenhofer (Litch.) 90, 3. Hope Hassien (Ort) 90, 4. Kellie Enderson (Ben) 91, 5. Kalley Spreiter (Litch.) 94, 6. Gina Nelson (Ort) 94.

DAWSON-BOYD: Taylor Loose 108, Taylor Polzine 114, Raeann Tuff 116, Katheryn Madison 124

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST: Erica Mortiz 95, Leah Jeseritz 101, Cassie Thelen 119, Megan Larson 119.