Helget and Herzog help the Knights thwart the Tigers | News, Sports, Jobs

By Jeff Meder

Newspaper sports editor

SPRINGFIELD — Talan Helget’s single in the top of the eighth inning scored Joey Herzog to help No. 6-seeded Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s upset No. 3-seeded Springfield 4-3 on Tuesday in Section 2A baseball tournament at Riverside Park.

It was the second round of the tournament.

Herzog reached base when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Samuel Rummel in the top of the eighth. He moved to second base on a passed ball and stole third base. Talan Helget then scored a single to right field to tag Herzog for the eventual game winner.

Kade Nachreiner doubled to right center in the bottom of the eighth but a strikeout ended the game in eight innings.

The two teams split their regular season games. Springfield won hands down on April 26, but the Knights won 9-5 on May 2. Springfield has won six of its last seven games, while St. Mary’s is 2-5 in the same span.

Both teams played tied throughout the match. The hits were four each and there was only one error made. St. Mary’s struck at the right time to win.

“We had point opportunities in the first three legs” St. Mary’s head coach Bruce Woitas said. “We had clutch shots when we needed them; it was a team victory.

MacCoy Krick picked Springfield late in the second inning. He stole the second and he scored on Kade Nachreiner’s right-hand single. That gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

Jonathan Petermann of the Knights hit a single in the top of the sixth inning. Petermann tied the game when he scored on a crazy pitch.

Herzog reaches on an error. With the bases loaded, Owen Weiss walked, allowing Herzog to score and give them a 2-1 lead. Carson Domeier scored on a sacrifice fly ball from Mark Anderson. It made it 3-1 for the Knights.

Ashtin Johnson walked first in the bottom of the sixth inning. Johnson scored on a wild pitch, making it 3-2. James Coffland walked. He scored on Kade Nachreiner’s pitch to tie the game at 3-3.

Talan Helget took the win. He pitched three innings, allowed no runs on a hit, walked one and struck out three batters. Mark Anderson was the starter for St. Mary’s. He pitched five innings, allowed three runs on three hits with six strikeouts and seven walks.

Kyle Quesenberry suffered the loss. He went six innings, allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

Herzog scored two points for St. Mary’s. Petermann went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Helget went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Owen Weiss had an RBI on a walk. Mark Anderson also had an RBI.

Nachreiner led Springfield to the plate going 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Luke Boyle and Krick had Springfield’s other hits in the game.

St. Mary’s will now host seventh seed Martin County West at 5 p.m. Thursday. Springfield travels to Madelia at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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