The Breckenridge Cowboys picked up two big wins versus a tough Pelican Rapids team to secure one of the top finishes in the HOL conference. DGF and Perham are still playing so the Cowboys will need to see the results of their games to know their exact position. The Cowboys have a 9-3 conference record.
In game one Breckenridge scored early in the first inning picking up two runs when Andrew Kram was hit by a pitch and Tommy Hiedeman drew a walk. Mitch Porter doubled scoring Kram and Hiedeman scored on a passed ball. Viking pitcher Matt Osborne got out of the jam by striking out the next three Cowboy hitters. Pelican tied the game scoring two in the bottom of the third on Hayden Christenson's single, a couple of Breckenridge errors and Braden Sillerud's walk with the bases loaded, and took the lead scoring one in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Christenson and a double by Nick Schermerhorn. Breckenridge tied the game in the top of the fifth when Hiedeman reached on a fielder’s choice and ended up scoring on an error and a passed ball tying the game 3-3. In the top of the 6th Dawson Pedersen walked to start off the inning. Wes Johnson singled and Jeremy Stack reached on a bunt that scored Pedersen. Johnson scored on a Pelican error. Pelican scored one run in the bottom of the 6th when Schermerhorn doubled with two outs and scored on a two-base hit by Jake Gottenborg, but the Cowboys were able to hold on to pick up the 5-4 victory. Osborne (5IP, 8K, 4BB) took the loss for the Vikings and Engen got the win in relief for the Cowboys.
Breckenridge only picked up 5 hits in the game but figured out a way to earn the win. Kram, Hiedeman, Porter and two by Wes Johnson were the offensive producers. But the highlight of the game was the pitching of Andrew Kram and EJ Engen. Kram pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up only 1 hit striking out 5 but also walking 6. Engen came in and pitch 4 1/3 fabulous innings, striking out three and not walking a batter -giving up 5 hits. "Both these guys threw on Tuesday and with injuries and our game schedule, both these competitiors stepped up for us," said Head Coach Kevin Hiedeman.
In game two, Breckenridge again got on the board first picking up one run in the bottom of the first when Kram singled and Hiedeman was hit by a pitch. Porter reached on an error and Johnson walked scoring Kram. Osborne tied the game in the second on his lead off home run, his third of the year. The Cowboys picked up three more in the second inning when Hunter Feigum reached on a dropped first strike, Kram was hit by a pitch and Hiedeman walked. Porter reached on an error scoring Feigum and Kram. Hiedeman scored on a sac fly by Dylan Teberg to make it a 4-1 game. Pelican came back with two of their own in the fourth. Oakley Kress and Sillerud singled with one out and Reggie Funk walked to load the bases one out later. A wild throw from the catcher allowed Kress to score and Christenson's single plated Sillerud. Schermerhorn then hit a long drive to the game in left where centerfielder Dawson Pedersen made a fine running catch. "Pedersen made several nice catches in both games, some of which were sensational," commented Coach Steve Babb of Pelican Rapids.
In the bottom of the fourth, with two outs and no one on, Porter again reached on an error, Teberg and Pedersen walked. Johnson singled scoring Porter. Teberg scored on a Pelican error making the score 6-3. Kress drove home the final run with a sacrifice fly ini the seventh and Breckenridge completed the sweep with a 6-4 win.
"Again, hats off to the Cowboy pitchers," commented Coach Hiedeman. "Luke Arnhalt started, pitching one inning giving up one run on two hits. Hiedeman pitched the next three innings striking out two, walking two giving up three runs, only one earned. Engen came in and picked up the save pitching the final inning striking out two batters to secure the victory.
Also, Dawson Pedersen had some amazing plays in center field. I’m super proud of these guys for a fabulous finish this year in a very tough Heart o Lakes Conference. We’ve had 5 seniors plagued with injuries throughout the season and numerous kids have stepped up to fill the void, many of them pitching and playing positions they have never played before. Its been a total team effort. We have one remaining game next week against Ortonville before section play begins."