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Baseball: New York Mills pounds KMS, 13-2

The Eagles hammer out 13 hits in beating Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg to force a final game in the Section 6A playoffs.

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New York Mills junior Jonah Ruther, at right, leaps into the air to celebrate scoring a run as the Eagles took on the KMS Saints at Minnewaska Area High School during the Section 6A baseball tournament matchup on Thursday, June 9, 2022.
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GLENWOOD — The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg baseball team laid an egg Thursday.
Fortunately for the Fighting Saints, they live to see another day.
Doing the scrambling was New York Mills. The Eagles pounded KMS 13-2 in the Section 6A championship bracket after eliminating Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa with an equally impressive beating, 10-4.
"We kind of talked about the bonus baseball we were getting today with three extra games," said New York Mills head coach Dustin Geiser after the Eagles ensured a third game by beating KMS. "We need to show up and play baseball to our capabilities.
"We're not going to need a herculean effort, just do what we do."

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KMS junior Isaac Rudningen slides back into first base to avoid getting tagged out while taking on New York Mills during a Section 6A baseball tournament matchup on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Minnewaska Area High School.
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What the Eagles do is rake. They had 13 hits in the BBE victory and added 13 more against KMS to improve to 21-3.
KMS and New York Mills play for the Section 6A championship at 4:30 p.m. Friday back at Marthaler Field. The winner earns a berth in next week's state Class A tournament in St. Cloud.
Top-seeded KMS (21-2), needless to say, was taken aback by Thursday's events.
"That happens," Fighting Saints head coach Wade Adamson said of the loss. "That's the game of baseball right there.
"They (the Eagles) knew when to swing it and we didn't get the hits when we needed to. That third inning changed everything."

New York Mills led 1-0 in the top of the third and got a walk and back-to-back hits to with two outs to make it 3-0. Bren Salo walked and Jonah Johnson singled him in, followed by another RBI single by Bode Roberts.
Meanwhile, the Saints managed to get one run in after Hunter Kallstrom's lead-off triple. Luke Jesseritz hit to the right side of the infield to drive in Kallstrom. Lead-off hitter Isaac Rudningen bunted for a base hit, Wylee Lottman walked and Jared Cortez singled to load the bases with one out.
And that's where the rally stalled.
New York Mills junior right-hander Brayden Ehnert pitched out of the jam, using an unusual, short-arm delivery that stymied the Saints.
Geiser smiled and called Ehnert's approach "awkward," noting that his staff was thinking about three pitchers to start against KMS before deciding on Ehnert. It was a good decision.
Ehnert allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two.

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Members of the KMS Saints gather for a pregame huddle during a Section 6A baseball tournament matchup against New York Mills on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Minnewaska Area High School.
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Meanwhile, KMS was giving up more earned runs Thursday than it had all season. The Saints had outscored their opponents 170-20 heading into the New York Mills game. Of the 20 runs allowed, 11 were earned. They allowed 12 earned runs to the Eagles, who were last season's state Class A runner-up, losing 7-4 to Hayfield in the final.
Gieser wasn't prepared to say who the Eagles would throw Friday. Adamson said that Jared Cortez would start on the mound for KMS. The sophomore right-hander is 0-1 with an 0.84 earned-run average. He has 19 strikeouts and three walks in 16-2/3 innings. His loss came to Paynesville, which was playing for the Section 3AA title Thursday night in Marshall.
"We still have another opportunity," Adamson said. "Most teams go home when they lose in the playoffs.
"We get another shot."

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KMS senior Wylee Lottman throws a pitch during a Section 6A baseball tournament matchup against New York Mills on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Minnewaska Area High School.
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Section 6A

New York Mills 13, KMS 2

New York Mills    102   440   2-13   13   0
KMS      001   010   0-2   4   3
Hitting - New York Mills: Jacob Guck 1-4 r-2 rbi bb sb, Bren Salo 2-3 r-3 rbi-3 2b-2 bb-2, Jonah Johnson 4-4 r-2 rbi-4 2b bb, Bode Roberts 1-4 rbi-3 sf, Brayden Ehnert 0-3 bb, Breck Hensch 2-4 r sb, Montgomery Briard 1-3 r-2 hbp, Jonah Ruther 2-4 r-2 rbi, DeShaun Robinson 0-0 r … KMS Isaac Rudningen 1-4, Wylee Lottman 0-1 rbi bb, Jared Cortez 2-2 hbp, Hunter Kallstrom 1-3 r 3b, Luke Jeseritz 0-2 r rbi bb sf
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New York Mills: Ehnert (W) 7-4-2-1-2-6 … BBE: Lottman (L) 4-7-7-6-3-3, Chase Magaard 3-6-6-6-2-3

New York Mills 10, BBE 4

New York Mills struck for six runs in the second inning to take control and help eliminate Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa from the Section 6A tournament at Glenwood.
Lead-off hitter Jacob Guck went 4-for-5 with three runs and a stolen base. He also got the complete-game pitching victory, striking out five, walking one and allowing eight hits and two earned runs.
Ashton Dingmann went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs for the Jaguars, who finish the season with a 14-12 record.

New York Mills    160   001   2-10   13   5
BBE      200   020   0-4   8   3
Hitting - New York Mills: Jacob Guck 4-5 r-3 sb, Bren Salo 1-3 r rbi hbp, Jonah Johnson 1-4 r rbi, Bode Roberts 1-3 rbi bb, Brayden Ehnert 1-4, Breck Hensch 1-4 r-2 rbi 2b, Cody Barthel 2-4 r rbi-2 3b, Montgomery Briand 2-4 r rbi, Jonah Ruther 0-2 bb sac, Jon Rinerson 0-0 bb … BBE: Will Van Beck 1-4 2b, Blaine Fischer 0-3 r-2 bb, Gavin Kampsen 2-4 r, Ashton Dingmann 2-4 r rbi-3 2b hr, Casey Lenarz 1-4, Luke Illies 1-3, Easton Hagen 1-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New York Mills: Guck (W) 7-8-4-2-1-5 … BBE: Talen Kampsen 1.1-6-5-2-0-1, Hagen 5-7-56-4-1-6, Tanner Shelton 0.2-0-0-0-1-0

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