COLD SPRING – Brandon Bloch took over at the plate and on the mound for St. Cloud Apollo in a 13-5 Central Lakes Conference win over Rocori on Thursday night.
Bloch picked up the pitching win for the Eagles and also went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a home run.
Junior Cooper Lynch went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI and T.J. Frericks went 3-for-4 and drove in one run.
The Eagles tallied 15 hits in the win.
Adam Dingmann went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a home run for Rocori.
Rocori (6-1 Central Lakes, 6-2 overall) went into the day leading the conference. The Spartans remain in first because Alexandria (4-1, 5-2) split its doubleheader with Sauk Rapids.
Apollo (4-2, 5-2) is in third place and split the season series with the Spartans.
SAUK RAPIDS 7-1, ALEXANDRIA 1-7
SAUK RAPIDS – Charlie Oltz was 3-for-3 , going deep once and driving in two runs as Sauk Rapids won game one at Bob Cross Park. He also pitched all seven innings, striking out seven batters. Jordan Schlichting went 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Storm.
But Parker Bowden threw all seven innings for Alexandria to pick up the win in game two. Nick Knoblach went 1-for-2. Ben Kluver went 1-for-3.
Matt Meyer led Sauk Rapids (4-4 CLC, 4-4 overall), going 2-for-3.
WILLMAR 5-1, SARTELL 3-4
SARTELL – Second baseman Josh Warne went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored to lead the host Cardinals over the Sabres in the first game of a doubleheader at Champion Field.
Lead off man Tyler Stegeman went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored for Willmar.
Sam Neeser of Sartell was 2-for-3, scoring one run.
Sartell avenged its first game loss by holding Willmar to just four hits in the game. Cody Partch went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Sabres (1-6 CLC, 2-8 overall).
Austin Rambow led Willmar (1-5, 1-7) going 1-for-2, driving in one run.
FERGAS FALLS 8-4,
ST. CLOUD TECH 4-22
FERGUS FALLS – St. Cloud Tech had a lead but dropped the first contest and walloped Fergus Falls in the second game.
Drew Reinertson was 4-for-4 and scored twice for Fergus Falls in game one. Teammate Abbott Aho went 2-for-5, knocking in one RBI. Reece Johnson went all seven innings, striking out six and walking four in the win.
Tech had six hits in the game, all from different players. Jake Samuelson went 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Teammate Noah Voigt went 1-for-2 and knocked in two RBI.
In the second game, Voigt went 3-for-5 with six RBI and two runs for Tech. Isaac Matchinsky and Chase Aleshire each added three RBI in the win.
SAUK CENTRE 6, MELROSE 4
MELROSE – A tight contest shifted in Sauk Centre’s favor after three Melrose errors in the sixth inning and a strong effort on the mound by Sauk Centre junior Josh Buschette.
Buschette pitched a complete game and struck out eight, allowing four earned runs and seven hits.
The contest was tied 2-2 going into sixth inning and finished with Sauk Centre ahead 5-2 thanks in part to Melrose mistakes. On offense, the Mainstreeters (3-3) were led by sophomore Matt Moritz, who finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and freshman Will Funk, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Melrose (1-3 West Central, 2-4) was led by senior Isaac Sawyer who belted a a two-run home run and finished with two RBI. Senior Tyler Revermann added a solo home run in the game and senior Trevor Sawyer finished 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single.
EDEN VALLEY-WATKINS 0-3
EDEN VALLEY – Mathias Hennen broke the tie in the third inning with a single, scoring teammate Cameron Hunt for what proved to be the winning run in game one. Hennen picked up the win for the Cubs, going six innings and striking out three.
Austin Berg went 1-for-3 with a double for the Eagles.
Kimball then squeaked out the doubleheader sweep. Preston Peglow went 2-for-2 with two doubles to lead Kimball (4-4, 4-5). Teammate Tim Konz went 1-for-3, driving in one run. Travis Linn went 2-for-3 for Eden Valley-Watkins (1-7, 1-7).
ROCKFORD 5-2, PIERZ 0-4
PIERZ – Pierz bounced back after being blanked in the first game to earn a split against Rockford.
The Pioneers were out-hit 11-6 in the contest and had four errors to Rockford’s one. Cody Meyer earned a win on the mound after pitching all seven innings and striking out four batters. He allowed five hits, three walks and one earned run. Nick Lochner went 2-for-4 in the same game, finishing with two RBI and three stolen bases.
HLWW 10-6, BBE 5-0
ELROSA – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted (6-2 CMC, 6-2 overall) swept host Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (2-6, 2-6).
For BBE, James Kuefler went 2-for-2 with a double and Tyler Wander was 2-for-4 with a double.
For HLWW, Jake Gruenhagen was 2-for-3 with two doubles and Jordan Jeseritz homered. Jordan Steffer and Joel Aalid got the pitching wins.
Kuefler and Tommy Cebulla took the pitching losses for BBE.
BBE is host to Sauk Centre at 7 tonight.