O’Brien fans 10 against Mapleton
Keegan O’Brien struck out 10 batters while pitching all seven innings of Blue Earth VFW’s 4-1 win over the Mapleton VFW in baseball action on Wednesday, June 26. The game was played in Winnebago.
Mapleton managed just four hits off O’Brien, who also walked three batters.
Blue Earth broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning when they plated two runs.
Kean Hicks started the inning with a walk. O’Brien was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Luke Mertens then laid down a sacrifice bunt. The pitcher fielded the ball and threw it over the head of the first baseman. Both Hicks and O’Brien were able to score as a result of the error.
Hicks also got things going in the bottom of the fifth inning with a lead-off walk. Following two outs, Parker Meyers hit a bloop single to advance Hicks to third. Adam Schavey singled to score Hicks and move Meyers to second. Cole Warmka hit a hard line drive to score Meyers with the fourth run of the game.
Mapleton scored their run in the top of the sixth inning.
Leading hitters for Blue Earth were Schavey and Meyers with two hits each. Schavey and Warmka each had one RBI. Hicks reached base in all four of his plate appearances. He got one hit and walked three times.
Blue Earth 3,
Lake Crystal 2
The Blue Earth VFW baseball team came out on top over Lake Crystal in a pair of five-inning games to sweep a doubleheader on Saturday, June 22. They won the opener 3-2.
Blue Earth scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Kean Hicks led off the game and reached first on an error by the third baseman. Hicks stole second and advanced to third on an infield out by Logan O’Hara.
Keegan O’Brien brought home the first run of the game with a line drive single. O’Brien stole second base. Luke Mertens hit a ground ball to the shortstop who looked O’Brien back to second before throwing Mertens out at first. Lake Crystal tried to throw out O’Brien when he broke for third but an error on the attempt allowed O’Brien to scamper home with the second run of the inning.
Lake Crystal scored two unearned runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game up at 2-2.
Singles by Hicks and O’Brien, sandwiched around O’Hara getting hit by a pitch, loaded the bases for Blue Earth in the top of the third inning. Mertens hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to bring home Hicks with what proved to be the winning run and put Blue Earth on top 3-2.
O’Brien pitched the complete game for Blue Earth. He allowed zero earned runs on one hit while striking out six and walking three.
O’Brien had two of Blue Earth’s four hits. Hicks and Mertens each had one hit. O’Brien and Mertens each had one RBI.
Blue Earth 9,
Lake Crystal 3
The second game featured more scoring with Blue Earth gaining the victory by a score of 9-3. Lake Crystal was the visiting team on the scoreboard for the second game.
Three Blue Earth pitchers combined to limit Lake Crystal to four hits. Parker Meyers started the game and went three innings. He picked up the win while allowing three earned runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked three.
Kean Hicks pitched a scoreless fourth inning. He walked one batter and struck out two. Luke Mertens came on to pitch a scoreless fifth inning while giving up one hit and striking out one batter.
Lake Crystal scored two of their three runs in the top of the first inning but Blue Earth countered with three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-2 lead.
Hicks started off the bottom of the first with a walk and went to third on Logan O’Hara’s single with O’Hara taking second on the throw to third.
The third baseman could not handle Keegan O’Brien’s grounder allowing Hicks to score, and O’Hara to advance to third. O’Brien took second on defensive indifference.
Mertens grounded out to the third baseman with O’Hara scoring on the play and O’Brien taking third. Ryan Madetzke’s hard line drive for a single brought home O’Brien with the final run of the inning to put Blue Earth on top 3-2 going into the top of the second stanza.
Lake Crystal failed to score in the top half of the second inning but Blue Earth added four more runs to take a 7-2 lead.
Carson Sturtz walked and Noah Johnson singled to start things off for Blue Earth. Abe Kokos executed a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third base. Hicks drew a walk to fill the bases.
O’Hara singled to drive in Sturtz and Johnson with Hicks holding at second base. A balk was called on the Lake Crystal pitcher which advanced the runners to second and third base.
Following a pop out, Mertens reached base on an error by the shortstop with both Hicks and O’Hara scoring to put Blue Earth up 7-2.
Lake Crystal added one more run in the top of the third while Blue Earth also scored two in the third to make the final score 9-3.
O’Hara had two hits and two RBIs while Madetzke, Meyers, Johnson and Kokos each had one hit. Mertens, Madetzke and Meyers each had one RBI.