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Buttermakers Go 1-1 For The Week

By: Mark Zinnel- Buttermaker Reporter

Hadley suffered a big loss during the week but rebounded on the weekend.  Here is the week’s recap:

Wednesday

Hadley traveled to Windom to take on the Pirates. The Buttermakers were tied with Luverne on top of the Gopher League standings. The Buttermakers know that every game from this point is important towards their goal in capturing the Gopher League title.  Games played against the Pirates in Windom are always unpredictable. Wednesday’s game would certainly fall into that category as Hadley got behind early and could not rebound as Windom handed the Buttermakers a big loss in a 10-4 victory.

Things looked promising for Hadley in the 1st inning. Joe Larson led off with a single on a 0-2 pitch and then Derek Lieser reached on a successful bunt single.  With 1 out, Max Zwart would hit a hot grounder up the middle that the pitcher was able to get his glove on to slow down. The ball would be directed to the second baseman to throw Zwart out at 1st base.  Eric Wieneke would then strike out to halt any scoring opportunity.

The game was pretty much decided for Hadley after the 1st inning as Windom would score all 10 runs in their first at bat.  Due to the injury to Nick Bruning, Hadley had to rely on their young arms to face the savvy Pirate team.  Kellan Johnson was given the starting assignment and had trouble finding the strike zone and did not make it out of the 1st inning as he walked 5 Pirate batters and allowed 2 hits before Brady Kremer was brought in for damage control.  Brady did not fair too well as he allowed 2 walks and 3 hits before the inning ended with Windom in a commanding lead of 10-0  Kremer would settle down and not allow any further Pirate scoring as he pitched through the 6th inning. 

In the 4th inning, Hadley would finally get on the board. Max Zwart would lead off the inning with a single.  Eric Wieneke would get hit by a pitch to put two on base.  Trent Carlson would then single to score Zwart.

Alex Petersen would hit into a fielder’s choice for the 1st out.  Chris Halbur would then hit into a double play to end the Buttermaker scoring threat.  Hadley would load the bases in the 6th inning with only 1 out. But once again, Chris Halbur would hit into a double play to end the inning without scoring.

Hadley would finally make a dent in the score in the 9th inning.  Alex Petersen would walk to start the inning.  Chris Halbur would strike out for the first out.  Derek Platt would then hit an infield single that the shortstop would over throw 1st base. Alex Petersen would race home and Platt moved to 3rd base. Joe Larson would strike out for the 2nd out. Derek Lieser and Kellan Johnson would work out walks to load the bases.  Max Zwart would fly out to center field that looked like the final out. But, fortunately the center fielder would drop the ball as 2 more runs crossed the plate. Garrett Johnson would walk to reload the bases and a comeback was looking possible. Trent Carlson would step up to the plate and strike out to end the game.

For Hadley, Max Zwart, Derek Platt and Trent Carlson each had 2 hits.  Joe Larson, Derek Lieser and Eric Wieneke each had 1 hit.  Max Zwart recorded the only rbi for Hadley.  Kellan Johnson was charged with the loss. Max Zwart and Trent Carlson would see relief duty for Hadley.

 Final Box Score 

                          R   H  E

Hadley               4   9   1

Windom            10  8  

Sunday

Hadley would entertain the Heron Lake Lakers from the First Nite League.  Hadley was hoping to rebound from Wednesday’s setback. Jaden Bloemendaal was given the starting duty on the mound.

Jaden Bloemendaal’s pinpoint control was a little bit off for the day and the Lakers took advantage of it in their first at bat.  Heron Lake would collect 3 doubles and score 2 runs to go up to a quick 2-0 lead.  How would Hadley counter? Joe Larson would lead off by singling and would come around to score when Blake Rogers sent a blast over the left field fence to tie the game. Max Zwart would follow with a walk.  Max would then steal 2nd base.  The Heron Lake catcher’s throw would sail into center field as Max would move to 3rd.  The center fielder then would run past the ball as Max raced home for a 3-2 Buttermaker lead.

Heron Lake would take back the lead in the 3rd inning as they scored two times to go up 4-3.  Hadley would tie the game in the bottom of the inning when Max Zwart would double and come around to score on a sacrifice fly ball out by Trent Carlson. Hadley would take back the lead in the 4th inning.  Joe Larson would lead off with a single.  With 2 outs, Max Zwart would single to right field.  The right fielder would misplay the ball which allowed Larson to score and Zwart move ahead to 2nd base.  Max Zwart would then get picked off of 2nd base to end any further scoring.

Hadley would stretch their lead in the 5th inning.  Eric Wieneke would lead off with a double and then Trent Carlson would single to put runners on the corner.  The Laker pitcher would be called for a balk to allow Wieneke to score.  Alex Petersen would work out a walk and Chris Halbur would get hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Derek Platt would then double to score 2  runs. Hadley would score 2 more runs on a sacrifice fly and ground ball out to go up 10-4.

Hadley would score 2 more runs in the 6th.  Garrett Johnson led off when he belted his first home run over the left field fence.  Alex Petersen would double later in the inning and come around to score on a single from Derek Platt. Hadley would end the game in the 7th inning.  Blake Rogers would walk to start the inning. Max Zwart would single to put runners on the corner. Garrett Johnson would hit a come backer to the mound which Heron Lake turned into a double play. Nate Wieneke would come into pinch hit and single to score Blake Rogers.  Alex Petersen then collected his 2nd double of the game to score Wieneke and end the game at 14-4.

For Hadley, Blake Rogers, Max Zwart, Eric Wieneke, Alex Petersen, Joe Larson and Derek Platt led the hitting attack with 2 hits each. Nate Wieneke, Garrett Johnson and Trent Carlson collected Hadley’s other hits. Derek Platt led Hadley in the rbi category with 3 for the day. Blake Rogers would get credit with 2 rbis while Joe Larson, Garrett Johnson, Nate Wieneke, Trent Carlson, Alex Petersen and Kellan Johnson all collected 1 rbi each.  Jaden Bloemendaal pitched 5 innings and was credited with his 3rd victory of the season.  Blake Rogers and Derek Platt each saw 1 inning each of mound action.

Final Box Score 

                          R   H  E

Hadley               14 15 1

Heron Lake        4   6   5

Hadley will play 3 important division games this week.  Hadley will travel to Milroy to butt heads with the feisty Irish and then will return home to entertain the Tracy Engineers on Saturday with a 1:00 start and battle the Gopher League leading Luverne Redbirds on Sunday at 2:00.