Waldorf’s Manna Blanks Grand View in Split

The Waldorf University baseball team claimed a split with Grand View University during Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Waldorf (13-28) blanked Grand View (18-13) in an 8-0 decision during the opener. The Vikings secured a 9-6 victory during the nightcap.

Tony Manna (1-2) recorded a shutout for the Warriors in Game 1. The senior from Omaha, Neb. struck out three batters while allowing one walk and six hits in seven innings.

“Tony did an awesome job,” Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said. “He pounded the zone. Grand View is a great fastball-hitting team and Tony was able to keep them off balance by being able to throw his breaking ball for strikes.”

Sophomore Jimmy Quirk went 2-for-3 while belting a two-run home run and a double. Senior Ryan Villarreal and junior Ryan MacDonald also smacked two-run homers. Freshman Alex Remy ripped a triple and junior Joey Ponder produced a double. Senior Bruce Mau and sophomore Mitchell Keeran also contributed singles to round out Waldorf’s eight hits.

Ryan Curtis, Dustin Nelson and Hunter Embray provided doubles for Grand View. Grand View also received singles from Damon Nuss, Jack Haller and Jake Miller. The Vikings totaled six hits.

Brandon Mazur (0-2) took the loss. He fanned four batters, issued three walks and gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits in five innings. Jordan Haas tallied a strikeout, walked a batter and surrendered two runs on one hit in one inning.

“It was a good game all around” Tautges said. “There was good defense, good pitching and we swung the bats well.”

Senior Michael Keeran stole home in the bottom of the first inning to give Waldorf a 1-0 lead.

During the third, Embray delivered a one-out double. Nuss singled to put runners on the corners and Tyler Smith drew a walk to load the bases. Manna kept the Vikings off the board by punching out the next two batters.

Michael Keeran scored in the third as a result of a fielding error.

Villarreal and Quirk each smashed two-run homers in the fifth to give the Warriors a 6-0 lead.

MacDonald connected for a two-run blast in the sixth.

“We were able to get the bats going late and get some padding,” Tautges said.

Michael Keeran went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Game 2. He swiped three bases and has 18 stolen bases on the season. Remy contributed a double while Villarreal and junior Jacob Tedesco provided singles. The Warriors finished with five hits.

Ryan Scanlon paced the Vikings, going 4-for-4 with two doubles. Nick Panzica drove in three runs, which included a two-run homer. Cody Cline went 2-for-4 with four RBIs while Nick Yan finished 3-for-3 with a double. Kyle Krier contributed a run-scoring double. The Vikings compiled nine hits.

“They got their runners in,” Tautges said. “They had key hits. We left our runners on base and didn’t get those two-out hits that win ball games.”

Dante Huffcut-Grant (1-1) notched the win. He fanned four batters, allowed two walks and gave up an unearned run on two hits in three innings. Colby Sorensen started the first three innings. He struck out four batters, issued four walks and relinquished five runs (four earned) on three hits. Austin Marchant picked up his eighth save of the season after tossing one inning and walking three batters.

Junior Eric Mallo (1-2) was hit with the loss. He fanned three batters and allowed two runs on five hits in two innings. Junior Adam Kovash started the opening three and one-third innings. He walked two batters and surrendered five runs on five hits. Freshman Josh Krstulovich retired the two batters he faced. Senior Trevor Bauer gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.

“We didn’t throw a breaking ball for a strike until the sixth,” Tautges said. “When you can’t throw your breaking ball against a fastball-hitting team, it’s going to be a tough day. We just struggled on the mound overall during that second game.”

Villarreal singled in a run during the first to put the Warriors on the board. Quirk knocked in Remy on a sacrifice fly to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead.

Michael Keeran scored in the second off a passed ball.

Panzica delivered a two-run shot in the third.

Cline doubled in two runs during the fourth. Panzica drove in a run on a groundout to extend Grand View’s lead to 5-3.

Michael Keeran ripped a two-run double in the fourth. MacDonald drove in a run after reaching on a fielding error to give Waldorf a 6-5 advantage.

During the sixth, Cline contributed an RBI single and Krier doubled in a run.

Yan connected for a run-scoring single in the seventh. Cline also drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.

“Clearly, it came down to their guys wanting it more than our guys,” Tautges said. “Our guys didn’t have a lot of energy in that second game. They settled and that’s what they get. You need to compete well for all 14 innings if you want to have a chance to win.”

Waldorf, which holds a 4-8 record in North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) play, takes on Viterbo University (7-26, 5-7) in a four-game series. The two teams are scheduled to face off in doubleheaders at La Crosse, Wis. on Thursday at 1 p.m. and on Saturday at 12 p.m.

“It’s a big conference series and we need to find a way to win all four games,” Tautges said. We’re going to have to battle all 32 innings. Conference games are always going to be tough, regardless of our opponent’s record. We’ll need to be ready to go.”

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