Jason Born throws to first base after fielding a ground ball at third base during the varsity game against K-M. Hayfield lost in five innings 13-3.
Photo by Mary Nelson
By Mary Nelson
Things were going Hayfield's way during the first two innings of their baseball game against K-M in Kasson on Tuesday, April 16. The sun was shining. Hayfield's starting pitcher, Cole Kruger, faced seven Komet batters in two innings. He had two strikeouts and he didn't allow any hits or runs. After two innings, the game was scoreless. After that, things got ugly as K-M went on to score 13 runs in two 1/3 innings to end the game early for the Vikings with a 13-3 win. Hayfield did have a three-hit third inning which resulted in two runs. Two more hits in the fourth inning scored another run. The Viking's offense wasn't the issue. As coach Krekling pointed out, "We did some things well. We had eight hits, went 2-2 on stolen bases, and our pitchers threw strikes. Unfortunately, nine errors were more than the Viking offense could overcome. We have to shore up the defensive part of our game. When we do I know we will be a dangerous team." Hayfield has a full schedule this week due to rescheduled games. They're scheduled to play Pine Island at home on Monday, a doubleheader with Stewartville away, Houston at home on Thursday, and then they are playing Lyle-Pacelli in the Gopher's stadium on Friday.
C Kruger 2-3, 1R, 2 SB; C Rutledge 1-3; D Streightiff 0-3, RBI; JB Stackhouse 2-3; C Nelson 0-3, 1R; J Born 2-2, 1R; C Pesch 0-2, RBI; M Walters 1-2; RBI; J Steiner 0-2