Volga third baseman Tyson DeGroot tags out Kingsbury County's Brandt Gilbertson during Game 1 of an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Monday at Hoff Field in Volga. The Knights won the opener, 14-8, and Post 114 won the weather-shortened nightcap by a 13-11 margin in five innings to salvage a split. Volga won three of the four meetings with Kingsbury County this season. Photo by Sean Welsh/Register
VOLGA – Volga and Kingsbury County split an American Legion baseball doubleheader Monday night.
The Knights won Game 1 by a 14-8 margin, before Post 114 rallied for a split with a 13-11 win in Game 2. The nightcap was shortened to five innings due to lightning.
Volga is competing in the Wayne Hauschild Tournament this weekend in Brookings. Post 114 opens play with a game against the Bandits at 11 a.m. Friday at Bob Shelden Field.
• Kingsbury County 14,
The Knights drew 17 walks and used a pair of big innings to beat Post 114.
Kingsbury County scored five runs in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead. After Volga pulled within 9-8 with six runs in the bottom of the fourth, KC bounced back with one run in the fifth and four in the sixth to retake control.
Lane Weber led the visitors with two hits in the win.
Four different Volga batters had a hit.
John Hasche earned the pitching win after throwing 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Tanner Geiman. Tyson DeGroot took the loss, giving up eight runs over the first 3 1/3 innings.
KINGSBURY COUNTY 14, VOLGA 8
Kingsbury Co. 202 514 0 – 14 6 5
Volga 002 600 0 – 8 4 6
• Volga 13, Kingsbury County 11 (5 inn.)
Post 114 fell in a 5-0 hole after just half an inning; but scored six in the bottom of the first, two in the second and three in the third to take an 11-5 lead.
The Knights scored four runs in the fourth to get within 11-9, before Volga scored two in the bottom of the frame to push the lead back to four runs at 13-9. KC closed out the scoring with two runs in the top of the fifth. Volga did not bat in the bottom of the fifth, as the game was called due to lightning.
Cole Hauge led Post 114 with a pair of hits, including a two-run double in the first inning.
Hunter Tietjan added a pair of RBI singles and also picked up the win on the mound after allowing nine runs on three hits in four innings.
Tomas Toucedo threw all four innings for Kingsbury.
VOLGA 13, KINGSBURY COUNTY 11 (5 inn.)
Kingsbury Co. 500 42 – 11 4 4
Volga 623 2x – 13 7 6