Faribault Baseball Loses Focus After Storm Delay
The Winona Winhawks erupted for 7 runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 14-3 win tonight over the Faribault Falcons at Bell Field.
The first game of the doubleheader was delayed twice. The 4:00 p.m.game started at 4:26 p.m.
In the bottom of the third inning lightning was seen by the umpire sending the teams to their dugouts.
Not long after that the rain came down hard with some pea sized hail mixed in at one point. The game was tied at 1 at the time of the delay.
Winona scored in the top of the first inning. With one out Faribault starting pitcher Hunter Nelson issued a one out walk to Winhawks starter Cody Hundorf. Following the second out #8 hitter Carson Jones delivered a 1-2 pitch into left field scoring Hundorf courtesy runner senior Andrew Wooden.
The Falcons loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the second inning when Brand Sartor lifted a 0-2 pitch into the outfield. Ayden Qualey was walked and designated hitter Andy Donahue hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs.
Hundorf struck out the #7, #8 and #9 batters to end the threat.
Faribault tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Aiden Tobin hit a single to center and advanced to second base when the ball got by the outfielder. Hunter Nelson followed with a RBI single.
Designated hitter sophmore Michael Crone hit a line drive to short. Brad Sartor collected his second single then the lightning was seen followed by the long storm delay including getting the field back in playing shape.
The delay began at 5:12 p.m. Resumption of the game was 6:44 p.m.
When the game continued it was the bottom of the third with runners at first and second and one out. Both starting pitchers continued following the 1 hour 35 minute delay.
Hundorf struck out the first batter he faced after the long delay then hit Falcons outfielder Andy Donahue for a second time in the game to load the bases.
He struck out the next batter to end another Faribault bases loaded threat.
Winona scratched out a run in the top of the 4th inning. Senior Cole Schossow started the inning with a double and was thrown out trying to gain third base.
The relay from sophmore Hudson Dillon in left field to shortstop Aiden Tobin then quickly to third baseman Ayden Qualley was fast and accurate. Designated hitter Eli Denison followed with a single and was out at second base.
Hundorf struck out but advanced to first on a passed ball. His courtesy runner Wooden was able to go to second base on a wild pitch, third base on a passed ball.
Ashton Vaughn worked the count full before smacking a RBI single giving Winona a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the 5th #9 hitter for Winona Trever Viestenz had a 1-1 count single. Quinn Larsen followed with a single to right field. Carter Shields was retired on a bunt that advanced the runners to second and third.
Marcus Winter stroked a 0-2 count RBI single. Schossow followed with a 0-1 count RBI single. Dennison was walked, stole second base and scored on a wild pitch during a four pitch walk of Hundorf that ended the night pitching for Nelson.
He threw 94 pitches in 4 and 1/3 innings, 49 strikes with 3 strikeouts, 4 walks, 8 hits allowed. Senior Teagen Almendinger finished the inning.
The first batter he faced, Vaughn had a RBI single then a four pitch walk. Viestenz singled plating two runs closing the book on Nelson.
The inning ended on a pop out and ground out, 7 runs scored making it 9-1.
Bottom of the fifth inning opened with a Nelson walk for Faribault. After a strike out Sartor had his third hit of the game. During a walk Nelson scored on a wild pitch.
Winona Center Fielder Schossow made a great catch of a ball off the bat of Braeden Mensing then threw the ball on the fly to the backstop allowing Sartor to score to make it 9-3 Winhawks.
Winona would score two runs off senior Henry Schoolmeesters in the 6th inning and three runs off Mensing in the 7th inning.
Hundorf ended his day after five innings throwing 97 pitches, 56 strikes with 8 strikeouts, 3 walks, two hit batters, 5 hits allowed, 3 runs allowed.
Marcus Winter finished the game for the Winhawks on the hill facing 7 batters over the last two innings with 4 strikeouts, 1 hit allowed off the bat of Sartor who went 4 for 4 on the day.
Sartor and Nelson who gained base twice for Faribault were out Malecha's Auto Body Crunch Time Faribault Players of the game.
The Cashwise Foods and Pharmacy of Owatonna Delivery of the Game was the awesome relay play from Dillon to Tobin to Qualey that started the 4th inning.
The second game started just before 9:00 p.m. The five inning affair lasted approximately 2 hours with Winona running away with a 16-1 victory.
The first game was the conference game. Both teams came into it with 3-6 Big Nine records. Winona was 6-9 overall, Faribault 5-11.
During Senior awards night Nelson was chosen the Bruce Smith Award recipient which goes to an outstanding athlete who is also a contributor in the community.
Devin Lockerby received the Male Athlete of the Year award. He was a standout in football, played basketball and is a thrower on the track and field team.
State participant in Gymnastics Lauren McDonough was named Female Athlete of the Year.
The AAUW Sportswoman of the year is Whitten Wolff, participant in volleyball and track and field. The award is the female equivalent to Bruce Smith.
Here are other reported high school baseball scores from Thursday evening:
- Eastview 3 Lakeville South 2
- Eagan 7 Prior Lake 3
- Kasson-Mantorville 22 Goodhue 0
- Cannon Falls 8 St. Charles 3
- Maple River 10 LeSueur-Henderson 7
- Waseca 3 Belle Plaine 2
- Norwood-Young America 9 Jordan 6
- Houston 8 Mabel-Canton 7
- New Prague 6 Hutchinson 3
- Lewiston-Altura at Fillmore Central Postponed
- NRHEG at Tri-City United Cancelled
- Pine Island at Byron Cancelled
- Cotter at Rushford-Peterson Cancelled
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