Krause is a common name when you think of Milbank baseball. The youngest of the family, Kaden, pitched a shutout game for the Milbank VFW Junior Teeners during doubleheader action Saturday, June 17, at Legion Field in Milbank.
Krause allowed just one hit in Milbank’s 10-0 victory in the opening game Saturday. Milbank got out to a quick start by scoring one run in the first inning following a groundout by Micah Dietmeier. The locals used a big second inning to score six runs and go ahead 7-0. The surge was led by Evan Erickson and Isaac Schulte, each with a single, and walks from Mike Karges and Kellen Hoeke. Milbank finished off the game with three runs in the third.
Krause pitched four innings and surrendered no runs, one hit, one walk and struck out four batters. Schulte led the offense with three runs, two hits, two RBIs and a walk.
In a back and forth contest, Milbank slipped past Watertown 14-11 in the second game of the day. Milbank belted in seven runs to start the game at 7-3 in the first inning. Watertown came back with four runs in the second to cut the deficit to 8-7. Both teams plated two runs in the third inning, but Milbank added three more runs in the fourth to secure the win for good.
Milbank scored its 14 runs on 11 hits. Krause led the locals with three hits, two runs, two RBIs and a walk. Cole Swenson had two runs, two hits, two RBIs and a walk while Hoeke added two runs, one hit and an RBI on the night.
Hoeke started on the mound and struck out seven batters. He gave up four runs and two walks. Ash came in on relief and gave up seven runs, four hits and six walks.
Milbank faced Lake Norden in doubleheader action Friday, June 16, in front of their home crowd. The Junior Teeners came away with two victories at 8-1 and 3-2.
In the first game, Milbank scored five runs in the sixth inning to secure the win. Swenson earned the pitching win in his four innings. He allowed two hits, no runs and no walks and struck out four hitters. Karges got the save for Milbank.
Hoeke, Karges and Parker Schell collected multiple hits for Milbank with two apiece.
In the second game of doubleheader action, Milbank took an early lead with a single by Karges in the first. The locals added two runs in the second before Lake Norden answered with two runs of their own in the third. Milbank held the opponent scoreless throughout the remainder of the contest.
Dietmeier earned the win on the mound for Milbank. He threw five innings allowing two runs, five hits and struck out seven batters.
Karson Weber, Dietmeier, Karges and Ash each had a hit for Milbank.