RUNDOWN FEELING — Fairmont third baseman Landen Meyerdirk (left) sprints to tag out Maple River runner Jax Boening in the course of a rundown among second and third base in the course of nonconference baseball action Friday evening at Herb Wolf Field in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

FAIRMONT — Class AA No. 1-ranked Fairmont stormed to 4 sixth-inning runs on the heels of a lightning delay to exit Herb Wolf Field with a ten-run rule victory on Friday evening.

Ace suitable-hander Brendan Schmidtke pitched 5 close to-great shutout innings of one particular-hit baseball, though Landen Meyerdirk and Lincoln Becker packed a 1-two punch from the leading of the batting order to energy the Cardinals to a 13-three, six-inning non-league triumph more than the Maple River Eagles.

“Brendan’s been undertaking a superior job of spotting his fastball and the rest of his pitches,” mentioned Fairmont head coach Don Waletich. “Coaches really like a ‘pitch-to-contact’ guy on the mound like him. He keeps the defense active, and he’ll sneak in strikeouts right here and there.”

Schmidtke demonstrated his stellar command of his deliveries by striking out six with out issuing a stroll in 5 innings to earn the win. The Cardinals’ senior hurler maintained a great game via 4 frames ahead of Maple River’s Aidan Sindelir singled with two outs in the leading of the fifth.

Whilst Schmidtke retired the very first dozen Eagle batters he faced, Becker singled twice to drive in 3 runs and trigger the Cardinals’ 9- margin via two completed frames.

Meyerdirk, who went two-for-three, legged out a leadoff double in the dwelling half of the very first ahead of conveniently circling the bases on Becker’s RBI single to suitable field for a 1- lead.

Cooper Steuber, who went two-for-four with 3 runs scored, set the table for Fairmont’s eight-run explosion in the course of the bottom of the second. Steuber singled, swiped second and stayed place on a stroll to Cole Wiemers.

Meyerdirk singled sharply to center one particular out later to load the bases ahead of Becker — who went three-for-five — hammered a two-run single to left for a three- edge. Meyerdirk then crossed the plate on Nate Soelter’s RBI single ahead of Jack Kosbab was plunked by Maple River beginning pitcher Asher Krengel.

Soon after a fielder’s selection, each Levi Pooley and Steuber reached on Eagle errors that permitted 3 a lot more runs to score for a 7- lead. Wiemers then knocked a two-run single in the course of his second trip to the batter’s box in the second for a 9- lead.

Regrettably for the Cardinals, they stranded 3 runners in the course of the subsequent 3 innings with out extending their lead to double figures to set up a mercy-rule early exit.

Maple River plated 3 unearned runs by way of two Fairmont defensive miscues in the course of the leading of the sixth inning ahead of lightning forced the game to be delayed at 9-three heading into the dwelling half of the sixth.

Bryce Piotter, who walked, and Landon Fox, who singled, every scored for the Eagles when Braxton Simon’s grounder to quick was thrown away at very first base. Simon later scored on Jax Boening’s bloop RBI single to trim the Cardinals’ lead to 9-three.

“I believed our players stayed focused on the process at hand and place with each other a superior response offensively right after waiting out the climate delay,” mentioned Waletich.

Soon after watching a short outburst of drizzle from the dugout, the Cardinals removed the tarp about dwelling plate ahead of Steuber jumpstarted Fairmont’s sixth-inning bid to gather the run-rule win.

Steuber smacked a one particular-out single ahead of Wiemers, Joseph Hackett and Meyerdirk drew consecutive walks, with Steuber and Wiemers scored on wild pitches, respectively.

With courtesy runner Carson Pomerenke and Meyerdirk at very first and third, respectively, Becker appeared to have potentially ended the game by lining a single to suitable field. Pomerenke scored, but Meyerdirk collided with a Maple River infielder in the base line close to third and did not score.

Kosbab, even so, ended the suspense by drilling a ‘walk-off’ RBI single back up the middle to score Meyerdirk with the game-clinching run with two out in the final of the sixth inning.

Becker completed with game-bests of 3 hits and 4 RBIs for the Cardinals, though Kosbab went two-for-four with one particular RBI and a run scored.

Moeller walked one particular in the course of his one particular inning of two-hit relief for Fairmont.

Maple River beginning pitcher Asher Krengel gave up nine runs — only 4 earned — on seven hits, hit 3 batters, fanned one particular and walked 3 in 3 innings to take the loss.

Fairmont (three-) travels to Fox Lake Sports Complicated in Welcome on Monday for a non-league game against Martin County West.

Maple River (two-1) squares off against Belle Plaine at three p.m. currently at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato in a nonconference diamond clash.

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Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Asher Krengel (LP), Landon Fox (four) and Landon Fox, Braxton Simon (four). Brendan Schmidtke (WP), Ben Moeller (six) and Joseph Hackett.

LOB–Fairmont eight, Maple River two. 2B–Landen Meyerdirk (FMT).

Beginning pitcher Joe Lengthy and reliever Cole Brockmann combined for ten strikeouts in firing a 5-hitter to guide Fairmont to a six-1 victory more than Maple River in the course of junior varsity action Friday in Fairmont.

Lengthy notched seven strikeouts, walked 3 and permitted one particular earned run on 4 hits in 5 innings of operate to earn the victory. Brockmann struck out 3, issued two walks and gave up one particular hit in two shutout innings of relief.

Merrit Pomerenke and Cole Nawrocki every generated two hits to leading Fairmont’s offense. Nawrocki scored two runs and delivered one particular RBI, though Pomerenke crossed the plate when.

Kellen Fritz contributed one particular hit and one particular RBI to the Cardinals’ winning strategies, though Connor Sanvig and Nolyn Goerndt chipped in one particular hit apiece.

Prep Softball

Fairmont eight, St. James Region three — A uncommon three- start out to the spring softball season.

Ace suitable-hander Tegan Livesay matched the single-game college-record strikeout mark she established only 3 days earlier, and combined with teammate Brylee Miller to serve as offensive catalysts behind the Cardinals’ eight-three triumph more than the Saints on Friday evening in St. James.

Livesay, who held the Saints scoreless via the very first 3 innings ahead of a lightning delay, notched an remarkable 18 strikeouts in seven innings of operate to earn the total-game win. Livesay permitted 3 runs — two earned — on 3 hits and issued 5 walks on the Large South Conference clash.

Livesay also displayed her strong lumber by going three-for-three with a double and two RBIs, though Miller went four-for-five with a double and two runs scored from the leadoff spot in the Fairmont batting order.

Chantel Moeller drilled a double for one particular RBI in two official at-bats for the Cardinals, though Nevaeh Rahm slugged a double to go with one particular RBI and one particular run scored.

Ava Terfehr singled and scored for Fairmont, though Emily Muller and Ava Gillmore contributed one particular single every to the Cardinals’ 12-hit efficiency.

St. James Region beginning pitcher Laney Bowers gave up eight runs — six earned — on the dozen hits, struck out seven and walked six in pitching the seven-inning distance.

Fairmont (three-) travels to St. Peter on Tuesday.

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Makenzie Lowry, Tiffany Lowry and Saige Leiding every pounded out two hits to energy Fairmont to a 12-two run-rule win more than St. James Region in the course of junior varsity action Friday evening in St. James.

Saige Leiding also handled the Cardinals’ pitching duties by striking out 4 batters in 4 innings of operate to garner the win.

Jadyn Musser, Abi Sundeen, Makayla Lowry, Haleigh Grotzinger, Brooklyn Murphy and Reese Olson contributed one particular hit apiece to Fairmont’s offensive work.

Martin County West 9, Madelia 7 — Emily Anderson collected two hits, like a two-run dwelling run in the leading of the seventh inning, and generated a game-most effective 4 RBIs to engineer the Mavericks’ two-run victory more than the Blackhawks in the course of a nonconference game Friday evening in Madelia.

Hannah Rosenberg smacked two hits, like a double, crossed the plate 3 occasions and collected one particular RBI for the Mavericks, though teammate Lina Arnold supplied a single, a double and one particular RBI.

Maddie Carlson recorded nine strikeouts and issued one particular stroll in seven innings pitched to pocket the total-game victory for MCW.

Emma Coil smacked two HRs en route to 3 RBIs to leading Madelia’s work.

Blackhawks beginning pitcher Corban Tatro permitted seven runs, struck out six and walked six in four 1/three innings of operate to take the loss.

Martin County West (two-) travels to Jackson County Central on Monday evening for a non-league game.

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