MCC Junior High Baseball report
By Scott Mansch
The junior high baseball teams from Murray County Central recently completed a very successful season.
The eighth-grade squad finished 8-12. Highlights included a four-game winning streak, defeating teams from Marshall, Red Rock Central-Westbrook, Mountain Lake Area and Adrian-Ellsworth in consecutive contests, and a solid performance at the Hadley Lions tournament in Slayton that featured a victory over Springfield and a narrow defeat to Pipestone.
The eighth-graders were led offensively by shortstop Gavin Gillette, who batted .309 and collected 17 hits. Center fielder Anikan Larson batted .303 with eight RBIs. Other leaders included Drew Wajer (.281), Hudson Schryvers (.277) and Dylan Kluis (.265, three extra-base hits and nine RBIs).
Others who contributed offensively included Andrew Holm, Jackson Kramer, Torin ThunderHawk and Evan Burch.
The left-handed Kluis led the eighth-grade team on the mound. He earned three victories and in 34 innings pitched struck out 66 hitters. Schryvers also earned three pitching wins, striking out 28 in 20-plus innings.
Others who pitched included Gillette, Burch, Wajer and Holm.
Meanwhile, the MCC seventh-grade team posted a 17-1 record. The squad won seven straight to open the spring before dropping a decision to a talented Marshall Black team in the championship game of a Marshall tournament.
The seventh-grade team finished the season with a flourish, winning 10 in a row. The squad out-scored its opposition in the 18 games by a collective score of 157-55.
Leading the way at the plate for the MCC seventh-graders were six players who batted better than .350. They included second baseman Eli Gillette (.575), catcher Carter Hanson (.486), shortstop Teague Meyer (.453), pitcher-first baseman Maxwell Miller (.400), third baseman Cayden Veldhuisen (.375) and jack-of-all-trades Gabriel Tentinger (.366).
Tentinger pitched, caught and played first base. He also filled in at shortstop and the outfield during the season.
Miller had a team-high 23 RBIs, while Meyer led the squad with six extra-base hits.
Also contributing to the team’s success were Lucas Kuball, Jaxon Wendorff, Wyatt Thompson, Luke Iverson, Gage Carlson and Thomas Pruitt.
The seventh-grade team had excellent pitching. Meyer, who also pitched at times for the eighth-grade club, finished 3-2 with four saves and a 2.35 earned-run average. In 21-plus innings he walked but six and struck out 40.
Miller, like Meyer a hard-throwing righthander, was 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA. In 28 innings pitched he walked six and struck out a whopping 55.
Others who pitched well for the MCC seventh-graders were Veldhuisen (3-0, 1.03), Tentinger, Hanson (4-0), Eli Gillette and Wendorff.
The MCC junior high teams were coached by Scott Mansch and Jeff Grieme.
7th Grade Baseball Team Back row, from left: Wyatt Thompson, Eli Gillette, Luke Iverson, Maxwell Miller, Lucas Kuball and Cayden Veldhuisen. Front row, from left: Jaxon Wendorff, Gabriel Tentinger, Teague Meyer, Carter Hanson and Thomas Pruitt. Missing from photo is Gage Carlson.
8th Grade Baseball Team Back row, from left: Hudson Schryvers, Evan Burch, Andrew Holm, Torin ThunderHawk and Anikan Larson. Front row, from left: Jackson Kramer, Gavin Gillette, Drew Wajer and Dylan Kluis.
Rebels Season Comes to an End
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the Rebels traveled to Wabasso to take on the RRC/WWG Falcons. The Rebels were the 5th seed in the playoffs, so they were the away team. They jumped off to an early one to nothing lead in the first inning. Little did the Rebels know, that would be the last lead they’d have of their season. RRC/WWG, used a couple of hits and a couple of mistakes by the young Rebels team to take the lead and never look back. In the seventh inning, the Rebels tried to mount a comeback, but fell short in their efforts. On the last out of the game, the score read 6-3 in favor of the Falcons. The young Rebels finished their season with a 9-7 record.
MCC Wins in last game at home
On Tuesday the MLA/C team came to Slayton for the final regular season game of the year. The Rebels gave the home fans and the seniors a great senior day. Christian Tentinger drove in four on his two hits to lead MCC past MLA/C 15-5. Tentinger drove in runs on a single in the second, a homerun in the third and a fielder’s choice in the fourth. Derek Kluis was the winning pitcher for the Rebels. Also pitching for the Rebels was Peyton Coulter, Colten Mitchell, and Connor DeGreeff out of the bullpen for the victories Rebels. The Rebels tailed 13 hits in the game. Coulter, Kluis, Nate Kleven, and Tentinger all managed multiple hits for the home team. Rebels play RRC/WWG on Saturday for the first round of section playoffs.