Warriors Crush Trojans, Sweep NSAA Series

The Waldorf University baseball team concluded a series sweep, crushing Dakota State University during Sunday’s North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) doubleheader.

Waldorf (11-23, 4-4) rolled to a 22-6 victory over Dakota State (1-15, 1-7) in seven innings during the opener. The Warriors powered to a 20-6 victory during the nightcap.

“We came out and put some runs on early,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said.

Sophomore Mitchell Keeran and junior Riley MacDonald each went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Warriors in Game 1. Junior Miguel Castro finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Sophomore Jimmy Quirk went 2-for-2 with an RBI single. Junior Jacob Tedesco drove in two runs, including a run-scoring single. Sophomore Garrett Gillen provided a double. Freshman Alex Remy delivered an RBI single. The Warriors also received singles from senior Michael Keeran, junior Joey Ponder, freshmen Nestor Jimenez and Reid Johnson to round out their 15 hits.

Juan Sermo belted a two-run home run for the Trojans. Connor Nagel went 2-for-3. Smith Kemper finished 2-for-3 with a double while Garrison Collier went 2-for-4. Garrett Mullins tallied a double while Andrew Hesse added a single. The Trojans finished with nine hits.

Senior Dave Erickson (1-7) recorded the win. He struck out six batters, allowed two walks and gave up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in seven innings.

“Dave gave us a good start,” Tautges said. “He didn’t have as quality of a start, but obviously scoring 22 runs gives us a better chance to win.”

David Kirby (0-5) took the loss. He tallied a strikeout, walked 10 batters and surrendered eight runs (six earned) on one hit in three innings. Justin Mettling threw two-thirds of an inning in relief. He fanned a batter, allowed two walks and relinquished 14 runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. Brad Frandsen gave up a walk and three hits in two and one-third innings.

The Warriors were able to capitalize on 16 free passes and eight Dakota State errors, but faced the challenge of inconsistently receiving good pitches to hit.

“It was tough to hit because their pitchers were so wild,” Tautges said. “It’s hard to find a rhythm when they aren’t consistently throwing strikes.”

Sermo cracked a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

The Warriors scored four runs in the first and contributed three runs in the second to take a 7-2 lead.

Nagel singled in a run during the third and Waldorf matched the run in the bottom half of the inning.

Zach Sutera drove in a run for Dakota State on a groundout in the fourth. Collier connected for a run-scoring single.

The Warriors poured in 14 runs during the fourth, extending their lead to 22-5.

During the seventh, Kemper knocked in Collier on a sacrifice fly.

Senior Bruce Mau went 3-for-4 with a two-run blast, RBI double and RBI single in Game 2. Tedesco finished 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Remy contributed a two-run single and an RBI single. Quirk provided a run-scoring single and a pair of RBI sacrifice flies. Freshman Kyle Froom and Mitchell Keeran notched RBI doubles while Michael Keeran added a double. Ponder turned in a single to round out Waldorf’s 12 hits.

Mullins produced a two-run double while Sermo connected for an RBI double. The Trojans also received singles from Hesse, Kirby and Nagel to round out their five hits.

Michael Keeran (3-5) captured the win. He punched out three batters, issued four walks and allowed six runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. Senior Dean Mick fanned two batters and gave up one hit in two innings.

Trey Randel (0-2) was tagged with the loss. He recorded two strikeouts, walked six batters and surrendered 12 runs on seven hits in two and two-thirds innings. Dyshawn Proudlove issued three walks and relinquished four runs on one hit in one and one-third innings. Mullins allowed a walk and gave up four runs on four hits in two innings.

Waldorf powered to a 10-0 lead after one inning.

Randel reached on an error and brought in Sermo during the second. Sutera drove in Nagel on a groundout later in the inning.

Mau smashed a two-run homer to give the Warriors a 12-2 lead in the second.

Quirk knocked in Michael Keeran on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

During the fifth, Sermo doubled in a run. Mullins slapped a two-run double while Kirby connected for an RBI single.

The Warriors tallied six runs in the fifth to extend their lead to 19-6.

Froom smacked an RBI double in the sixth.

“Our guys stuck with it,” Tautges said. “It’s very easy to lose focus in these type of games and our guys played well all weekend. ”

The Warriors battle Grand View University (16-9) on Tuesday in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Des Moines. Grand View is led by Lou Yacinich, who is serving his 43rd season as the head coach of the Vikings.

“A Grand View team is always a good team,” Tautges said. “Lou is a very good coach. They’re going to be very tough games, but we should have enough pitching to play very well.”

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