Dundas Walk-Off in Eleventh Against Faribault
Dundas Dukes third baseman Joey Winters hit a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eleventh inning to give his team a 7-6 win over the Faribault Lakers at Memorial Field in Dundas Friday night.
In the bottom of the third inning Dundas took a 2-0 lead when #9 batter in the order, veteran catcher Patrick Wadzinski began the inning with a single off Faribault starting pitcher Zach Van Thomme. The next batter was walked.
With one out Jon Bishop hammered a RBI double scoring Wadzinski. Cleanup hitter, Kenyon-Wanamingo graduate Drew Sathrum then hit a deep fly ball to score Hayden Lanoue.
Dundas starting pitcher Frank Vogel did not allow a hit over the first three innings while throwing 43 pitches, 22 for strikes. He allowed two walks.
In the top of the 4th inning Nick Rost hit a single to right field jumping on the first pitch. Joey Grote followed with a 1-0 count double placing runners at second and third with no outs.
Following a pop out Jack Jandro smacked a RBI single. During the Dylan Valentyn at bat Grote scored on a wild pitch and Jandro advanced to second base. Valentyn was walked on four pitches.
Jack Helgeson then turned on an inside pitch for an RBI double followed by a sacrifice fly RBI by Hunter Nelson and the Lakers were up 4-2. It did not last long.
In the bottom of the 4th inning following a strikeout, Vogel and Paul Hinton took the baes with back to back four pitch walks. Van Thomme tried to pick off Vogel when he was at first but the throw went into right field foul territory allowing Vogel to gain third base.
Wadzinski stroked a 1-1 count single to score a run. Laroue jumped on the first pitch of his at bat for an RBI single. An error allowed another run to score giving the Dukes a 5-4 lead. Faribault had back to back errors giving them 3 miscues in the inning.
The Lakers tied the game in the top of the 6th inning when Nate Rost led the inning off with a walk. Jack Jandro gained first on an error giving Faribault runners at first and second with no outs.
Dylan Valentyn popped up a bunt attempt that Vogel almost caught while diving. Jandro was thrown out at second base on the play because he had to wait to see if the ball had been caught.
Helgeson then hit a fly ball deep enough to the outfield to score Nate Rost making the score 5-5.
The Lakers took the lead in the top of the 8th inning when Joey Grote had a infield single to start the inning. Grote would steal second base. Then after back to back strikeouts by Garrett Miehoffer who took the mound in the 7th inning, Valentyn had an infield single.
During a Helgeson at bat Valentyn would steal second and Grote came home when Dundas tried to throw out Valentyn.
Vogel threw the first six innings for the Dukes with 82 pitches thrown, 48 for stikes. He had 6 strikeouts, 4 walks allowed, 5 hits allowed, 5 runs, 4 earned.
Van Thomme went the first 7 innings throwing 127 pitches, 72 for strikes with 2 strikeouts, 6 walks, 8 hits, 5 runs, 2 earned.
Hunter Nelson relieved Van Thomme in the 8th inning. He started the inning with a walk of Wadzinski on four pitches. Then walked Lanoue. Dundas brought in veteran Rich Bordas to execute a sacrifice bunt perfectly.
Wadzinski would score on a wild pitch to tie the game at 6.
Miehoffer only allowed 2 hits in his five innings of work and got credit for the win. He threw 65 pitches, 42 strikes with 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 hit batter.
The hit batter was Valentyn to start the top of the 11th inning. Helgeson would sacrifice him to second base. Nelson hit the ball to the right side for a productive out advancing Helgeson to 3rd base but a ground out ended the Lakers half of the final inning.
Nelson got the first two batters out in the bottom of the 11th. Hinton hit a single, Wadzinski and Lanoue were walked to load the bases setting up the heroics by Winters stroking a single on a 0-1 pitch.
Faribault totaled 7 hits, 4 errors in the game and left 6 runners on base, 4 in scoring position.
Dundas hammered 10 hits with 1 error and clogged the bases with 14 runners, 9 in scoring position going into the final inning.
Nelson threw 83 pitches, 45 strikes in his 3 and 2/3 innings of work, allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs with 6 walks, 1 strikeout.
Faribault pitchers combined to issue 12 walks, Dundas provided 5 free passes.
The Dukes (14-18) have a playoff game Sunday at home against the Northfield Knights. First pitch 2:00 p.m.
The Lakers (18-12) host Lonsdale in their final regular season game Sunday. KDHL Radio will be broadcasting the game beginning 1:50 p.m. 920 AM, 97.9 FM and worldwide on the FREE KDHL app.
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