Kingsley-Pierson baseball scores each inning in win over MMCRU
REMSEN — The Kingsley-Pierson baseball team scored in all five of their turns at the plate as they won by a 16-0 final score over MMCRU in five innings in a non-conference contest on Tuesday.
K-P Head Coach Taylor Doeschot was pleased with the win.
“I thought it was just an all-around good performance by everybody,” Doeschot said.
The Panthers scored one in the top of the first on a ball which bounced away from the catcher. The team capitalized on an error in the second inning which brought two runs home as a toss from the pitcher over to first on a ground ball ended up going past the first baseman for what would have been the final out of the inning.
MMCRU Head Coach Cam Kuchel said mistakes came back to haunt the team.
“We’ve had a rough stretch here,” Kuchel said. “We’re not pitching it the greatest. We’re not fielding it the greatest and tonight our bats didn’t work, but that’s one thing that’s been pretty good for us so far is the bats.”
The Panthers added three more runs in the third and got another in the fourth on an RBI single to right from Evan Neumann. The team then added nine runs in the fifth inning. Conner Beelner had an RBI single to bring home the first run of the fifth. Two more scored off the bat of Malakie Christophersen. Jackson Howe cleared the bases with a hit and a subsequent errant throw. The last runs came home on an RBI single from Brandon Kron, an RBI double from Beau Bubke and an RBI single from Damon Schmid.
“Our bats really came alive,” Doeschot said. “A lot of hard-hit balls and just kind of kept the train moving. We keep preaching to hit the ball hard and good things will happen and that’s what we did.”
MMCRU had their chances in the game as they reached on five hits, two walks, two errors and a hit batter, but could not get anyone all the way around the bases. Baserunning proved to be an issue for the Royals in the game.
“I think we got picked off twice, got thrown out stealing twice, made a mistake after getting safe on an error,” Kuchel said. “We had a lot of mistakes from our upperclassmen that shouldn’t be happening.”
Colin Pick took the loss with six runs allowed in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three. Ryan Olson and Eban Hicks both threw 2/3 of an inning with Hicks allowing two runs and Olson giving up seven.
Beelner pitched the win for the Panthers as he went four innings and struck out three. Beau Goodwin tossed a scoreless inning of relief to close out the game. Doeschot said the team got what they needed from Beelner in the start.
“Conner threw well, threw strikes,” Doeschot said. “We needed him to come out here and throw strikes and throw four or five innings and that’s exactly what he did. That’s a good hitting team over there. They hit the ball hard. They hit a few right at us and the guys made the plays behind him we should have made.”
After a 3-0 start, the loss was the sixth in the next seven games for the Royals. Kuchel said he believes his team can still make a turnaround despite the cold stretch.
“Baseball, I like to preach, is a game of waves,” Kuchel said. “You’ve got to kind of ride the wave. We’re in the low point of it right now and we’ve got to find our niche and get back into some wins.”
Kingsley-Pierson improved to 9-3 with the win as Doeschot believes his team his beginning to hit their stride after dropping out of the rankings where they started the season ranked No. 5 in Class 1A.
“Some of the guys haven’t hit their best yet this year, but I think we’re getting closer to everybody finding their stride and really being at full strength,” Doeschot said.