Milbank’s Post 9 baseball team swept Big Stone City’s Post 229 in doubleheader action on July 1 in Ortonville. Milbank defeated Big Stone City 10-5 in Game 1. In Game 2, Milbank also won to sweep the season series of four games.
In Game 1, Post 229 struck first with a run in the bottom of the first, but Milbank answered in the top of the second when Kaden Krause tripled to right field to score Justus Osborn and Parker Schell. Both runners had reached base after being hit by a pitch.
Milbank would score again in the top of the fourth when Krause hit his second triple of the night. Kellen Hoeke scored Krause with an RBI single to left field later in the inning.
Going into the top of the fifth, Post 9 found themselves trailing 4-3, but Justus Osborn sparked a five-run rally with a one-out single. Kellen Hoeke also singled to add to Milbank’s offense in the big inning. Milbank tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Hoeke hit a RBI double to left field to score Sage Locke who reached base on a single. Cole Swenson hit a sacrifice fly to score Krause and add to Milbank’s lead.
Isaac Schulte earned the win on the mound for Post 9. He pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed only three run, and struck out four batters. Milbank’s offense was led by Hoeke who recorded five hits and three RBIs. Krause added two triples and two RBIs. Swenson, Osborn, and Locke also recorded hits for Post 9 on their way to victory.
In Game 2, Kaden Krause threw his second no-hitter of the season. In three short innings of work on the mound, Milbank defeated Big Stone City 8-0.
Post 9 scored two runs in the top of the first. Krause singled and Merik Junker tripled to score Krause and Kellen Hoeke hit a sacrifice fly to score Junker.
Milbank would replicate their second five-run inning of the night in the second inning. Hoeke pushed two runners across with his RBI double to right field. Micah Dietmeier knocked in two more runs with a two-RBI single to center field.
Post 9 added an insurance run in the top of the third when Krause singled to right field on a line drive to score Mikey Karges. Karges had reached base after he had been hit by a pitch.
At the bottom of the third, a new contender took the field – bugs! Yes, you read that correctly. A horde of insects swarmed the field and the game was called.
Krause pitched all three innings. He recorded six strikeouts and earned the win on the mound. Krause also recorded two hits and one RBI. Hoeke contributed one hit and three RBIs to bring his total for the night to an impressive six hits and six RBIs.