Wanamingo Jacks Win 12th Straight Game
The Wanamingo Jacks scored in nearly every inning in a 12-4 victory over the Dodge County Diamondbacks today. The Jacks got 6 runs off starting pitcher Tyler Krekling who threw to 14 batters before leaving the game. It appeared Krekling may have had an arm issue but he did go to second base to play the rest of the game.
In the first inning Sam Roosen hit a one out single and came home on a two run home run off the bat of brother Alex Roosen. The ball off the bat didn't sound like it was stroked that hard but it sailed over the right field elevated fence with signage of 295 feet away.
The Diamondbacks tied the game in the top of the second off Wanamingo starting pitcher Connor Sviggum. A lead walk to Charlie Hinsch and one out error got Dodge County in business. Hinsch went to second base on a wild pitch and moved to third base on the error before scoring on a wild pitch. With two outs Krekling coaxed a walk and Jordan Bale clubbed a single to right scoring Jay Baker who reached base on the error.
Wanamingo answered with a 4 run bottom of the second inning and really never looked back. Connor Sviggum led the inning off with a single to center that got by the outfielder and allowed Sviggum to start the inning at second base. Catcher Ryan Craig laid down a bunt to sacrifice Sviggum to third base. A pop out was recorded for the second out and then the hit parade began. Sam Roosen had an RBI single, Eric Swiggum a RBI double, Alex Roosen an RBI single. Aaron Holmes was at the plate when Krekling threw a ball for the first pitch. The Hayfield High School graduate was bending over in some pain, flexed his arm a couple of times and went to second base. Bale replaced him on the hill.
Holmes greeted him with an RBI single, Sean Wingfield smacked a RBI double before the third out was recorded.
Sviggum saw runners at first and second with nobody out in the top of the third but got the next three batters out on a fly out, pop out and ground out to end that threat.
In the bottom of the third Sviggum connected for a single. His courtesy runner high school and Legion player for Kenyon-Wanamingo Tyler Craig stole second base and ended up at third because the throw sailed into center field. With one out Gavin Roosen hit a RBI single and was balked to second base. Eric Swiggum crushed an infield hit but Roosen and Swiggum were stranded on the basepaths.
Wanamingo scored 3 runs in the fourth inning and another run in the fifth inning and it looked like it might be an early ending to the game due to the 10 run after 7 innings rule.
Aaron Holmes led the fourth off with a single. With one out Peter Sviggum had a single followed by a 2 RBI double off the bat of cousin Connor Sviggum. Sviggum's courtesy runner Tyler Craig scored again on a wild pitch.
The Jacks scored in the fifth when Eric Swiggum started the inning reaching base on an error. Alex Roosen hammered a double. Swiggum came home on a wild pitch.
Connor Sviggum left the game after six innings throwing 105 pitches, 62 strikes with 4 strikeouts, 5 walks and two wild pitches. Catcher Ryan Craig came in to pitch and his brother Tyler Craig entered the game at catcher. K-W High School and Legion player Owen Hilke had entered the game to play first base in the sixth inning and flashed some leather in the seventh. Hilke had an awesome scoop of a ball in the dirt to finish a double play and then caught a smash line drive off the bat off Brendan Knoll.
The Diamondbacks plated two runs in the eighth inning when A.J. Yusten opened with a single, Charlie Hinsch hit a double placing runners at second and third base. Travis Kaufman hit a deep fly ball scoring Yusten. Baker had an infield single that scored Hinsch before the Jacks turned their third double play of the game.
In the bottom of the eighth inning Peter Sviggum opened with a single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. With one out Tyler Craig hammered a RBI double to get the 12th run across the plate for Wanamingo.
The Jacks finished the game with 20 hits, multiple hits in five of the innings producing crooked numbers in three innings. Wanamingo left 12 runners on base, 8 in scoring position. They had 2 errors in my scorebook.
Dodge County finished the game with 9 hits, left 11 runners on base, 8 in scoring position and committed 3 errors.
Wanamingo is 17-3 with all losses coming in Twin Rivers Conference play. Stewartville-Racine is leading the league with a pair of losses. The two teams meet Wednesday in Stewartville.
The Jacks host Waseca 2:00 p.m. Sunday while the Diamondbacks entertain the Owatonna Aces at 1:00 p.m.