KoMets looking for consistency at the plate
The Kasson-Mantorville baseball team has gotten off to a great start to the year with a 6-1 record heading into their Monday night game against Holy Family Catholic. While the record looks great on paper, the KoMets haven’t been running away with games due to a modest effort at the plate. Thankfully, K-M has been able to use their athleticism to manufacture runs.
“We have a lot of athletes that can move bases and put us in opportunities to score,” K-M baseball coach Broc Threinen explained. “Once we get some more experience, we will be even better at executing some different methods of getting that extra 90 feet.”
Their athleticism was on full display during the early part of the week as they traveled to Byron on April 21 to take on the Bears in a HVL matchup. After allowing Caden Bazing to score on a fielder’s choice in the first inning, the KoMets fired back with a Jack Peterson double in the second to even the score at 1.
That would be the only earned run K-M would get in the game as Brendan Knoll would score on an error in the third and again in the sixth after a pair of wild pitches to give the KoMets a 3-1 lead. After Ryan Thompson scored on an Austin Rolandson single to cut the lead to 3-2, K-M would score a pair of runs after a Hunter Nelson scored on a groundout by Knoll and Drew Kirmse stole home.
With a complete game from Knoll that scattered six hits, two earned runs and seven strikeouts, the KoMets were able to secure a 5-2 victory.
“The pitching in our first seven games has been outstanding,” Threinen declared. “The kids haven’t allowed more than two runs per game and we’ve used six different pitchers in those games.”
The KoMets would look to keep their undefeated record going against Lake City in a doubleheader on April 23, and K-M got off to a great start when Kirmse used his speed after a single to steal second and third base before scoring on a Knoll groundout.
K-M would extend on their lead when they plated three unearned runs in the second Lake City starter Josh Brown walked in a run and threw a wild pitch that would let Hunter Brekke score. Brown would allow a third when he would commit an error for a 4-0 advantage.
After the Tigers plated a run in the top of the fifth, the KoMets would answer when Hunter Nelson scored on a single from Knoll, who would also score on a sacrifice fly from Peterson. After Aaron Berge twirled five solid innings, Andy Plein would come in to pick up the save and the 6-2 victory.
In the second game, it would be a pitching duel between Lake City’s Jarrett Thomas