Milbank’s 14U Junior Teener baseball team was on the road for a doubleheader Tuesday night, June 13, in Sisseton. Milbank defeated Sisseton 13-3 and 16-2.The victories improved their season record to 4-2.Right out of the gates, Milbank scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Jeter Scoular drew a one- out walk. Tyler Heinje followed with a single. Mack Koplin was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Scoular and Heinje both scored on passed balls to move the score to 2-0. Mason Allen lined a single to right centerfield to score Koplin and Keaton Johnson. Each had reached first by drawing a walk. Allen stole second and advanced to third and then home on wild pitches from Sisseton’s man on the mound. Milbank led 5-0.
Sisseton scored two runs in the bottom of the first to get on the board at 5-2. Heading into the second, Jaxon Wiese drew a lead-off walk to start the inning. He stole second and third and capitalized on a wild pitch to put Milbank ahead 6-2. Heinje was hit by a pitch and later came around to score courtesy of some more wild pitches. Aiden Kelly drew a walk and followed in Wiese and Heinje footsteps to push Milbank ahead 8-2.Jeryn Borrman got the top of the third started. He reached first on an error. Lance Egebretson did the same, and both runners scored during Wiese’s at-bat on an error from Sisseton’s shortstop. Milbank stretched their lead to10-2. Heinje then doubled to deep left field. Wiese stole second and third again and would score when Heinje doubled to deep left field. Koplin scored Heinje with a single to right. Milbank led 12-2.
Sisseton scored a run in the bottom of the third to inch closer to Milbank at 12-3 and attempt to spark a rally, but Milbank got one across in the top of the fourth. It was enough to invoke the Mercy Rule. In securing the win, Jeryn Borrman was hit by a pitch and later scored on a passed ball to bring Milbank’s total to 13.
Borrman led the way on the mound for Milbank. He pitched four innings and allowed no earned runs He struck out seven. Heinje put up two hits.
In game two, Sisseton held Milbank scoreless in the top of the first while they pushed two runs across. Milbank bats began heating up, and they scored eight runs in back-to-back innings to secure the Mercy Rule victory.
Will Muellenbach, Sam Shelstad, Sam Wilson, Cody Kasuske, and Oliver Erickson drew five walks in a row. They helped build the score to 3-2. Abe Fischer singled to right field to take it to 4-2. Gage Newstrand drew a walk to add to Milbank’s lead at 5-2. Keaton Johnson doubled to score Newstrand and Fischer. Milbank led 7-2. Johnson scored when Heinje grounded out.Even with an 8-2 lead, the Junior Teeners weren’t done scoring. Muellenbach started the third with a single. Wilson reached on an error. Shelstad followed with a two-RBI single to left field to pad Milbank’s lead at 10-2. Kasuske was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Erickson singled to load the bases. Fischer walked to score Shelstad. Johnson singled to move the score to 12-2 and keep the bases loaded. Heinje was hit by a pitch to force another run home. Muellenbach doubled to make the score 15-2 when Johnson and Heinje both crossed the plate. Micah Tostenson scored on Shelstad’s walk to give Milbank their game winning total of 16.
Keaton Johnson was credited with the win for Milbank. He had five strikeouts in three innings of work on the mound. Will Muellenbach posted two hits with two RBIs.