The Mound Westonka High School varsity baseball team capped off a very busy week with a split with Annandale under the lights of Siebert Field on May 5.
Annandale took the opener 10-0, with the White Hawks pitchers having trouble finding the strike zone. Senior Evan Kennedy took the loss after allowing six runs in two innings. Senior Cody Rolighed pitched four innings of relief, and junior Jarek Witzcek also threw in relief.
In the nightcap, the White Hawks fell behind 1-0 in the second inning but got the run right back. Kennedy reached base on a fielder’s choice and advanced to third base on a base hit by junior Hank Nagel. Sophomore Sam Dufault’s deep fly ball was misplayed, allowing Kennedy to score.
In the next inning, MWHS scored twice. Junior Evan Dahl led off with his third hit of the day. Junior Jack LaTour sacrificed Dahl to second, and junior Andrew Fish singled him home. Fish would score two batters later when Kennedy stroked a hard single to right center field.
Annandale came back to score two runs in the fourth and a single run in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. The White Hawks tied the score 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth, when Fish scored on a balk after a leadoff triple.
The game then remained tied until extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, Kennedy walked to lead off the inning. Nagel singled, and then junior Louis Warolin hit a single to load the bases with one out. Senior Dylan Roth then coaxed a walk to force in the winning run, giving the White Hawks the split.
Team photos by Bill LaTour
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Earlier in the week, the White Hawks split a home doubleheader with New London-Spicer. Kennedy and Dahl combined on a no-hitter in the first game on Tuesday, striking out seven batters in the 5-0 win. Fish had three hits, and Dahl and senior Hunter Ellis each had two. They also both had two RBIs.
The White Hawks lost the second game 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dufault started on the mound and also hit his first career home run, a three-run shot in the fourth inning that put the White Hawks up. But despite five hits, a walk and being hit by pitches five times, MWHS couldn’t score any more runs in the loss.
On May 4, the White Hawks traveled to Dassel-Cokato and quickly gave up a run in each of the first three innings before beginning their comeback. Dahl and LaTour each had two hits and scored a run. Senior Jerry Krahl threw the first 5 2/3 innings, striking out five batters. Junior Will Stein came in and threw 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief and got his first varsity win.
MWHS scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning when Nagel’s ground ball was thrown away at second base, allowing Fish to score. It was a solid win for the visitors from Mound Westonka.
This week, the White Hawks host first place Glencoe/Silver Lake on Tuesday, May 9, and travel to Rockford on Thursday, May 11. MWHS is currently 6-2 in the Wright County Conference and 7-5 overall.