By Bob Kuehl
The Mound Westonka High School baseball team split its four games last week, losing Wright County Conference games to Dassel-Cokato (4-2) and Rockford (8-7) before defeating Lester Prairie (4-0) and Schaefer Academy (18-2).
Against the Chargers on May 2, two mistakes on bunt plays did in the White Hawks in the fourth inning, when they allowed two runs to score and the Chargers’ lead increased to 4-1. The White Hawks could only muster one more run. Sophomore Trent Bowe and senior Sam Dufault each had two hits for the visitors. Junior Ian Kirk threw the first five innings, and junior Calvin Mackell threw a scoreless sixth inning.
On May 3, the White Hawks hosted the Rockford Rockets at Fritz Soule Field. Numerous errors allowed the Rockets to gain a 6-1 lead after three innings. Then the home team fought back. With one out, junior Tyler Stevenson and Mackell both singled. Eighth-grader Colin Ritchie singled to load the bases. Junior Charlie Nesbit singled in one run and reloaded the bases. Senior Cole Kahmeyer singled with two outs, and Dufault then doubled in three runs. Dufault would later score on an error.
Two more infield errors allowed the Rockets to take a 7-6 lead, but again the home team came back to tie the game. Dufault tripled with two outs and scored on senior Alex Farwell’s base hit. The Rockets would again score in the top of the seventh, and this time the White Hawks’ bats didn’t respond.
May 4 saw the White Hawks travel to Lester Prairie for two games. In the opener, Dufault threw a 3-hitter, striking out six Bulldog batters for the shutout. He also had one of the three visitor hits.
The White Hawks struck for three runs in the bottom of the first inning when Bowe and Dufault each singled with one out. A catcher’s error scored both runners, and Farwell scored on a passed ball to make the score 3-0. Bowe scored again the next inning. He got on by a shortstop’s error with one out. He then scored on a double steal with Farwell.
In the last game of the week on May 4, a newly-assembled squad defeated Schaeffer Academy. Due to MWHS prom on Saturday night, most of the regular starters had left to prepare for the evening. It didn’t matter, as the White Hawks pounded out a season high 21 hits.
Junior Cam Baklund went 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Seniors Thomas Miller and Carsten Doepner-Hove each went 3-for-4. Sophomore Aidan Mjelstad, ninth-grader Cooper Kantola, Ritchie, Bowe and Stevenson each had two hits. Bowe went the distance, allowing only three hits and striking out eight batters.
This week the White Hawks host New London-Spicer in a twin bill on Thursday, May 9, and Delano at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11.