The Faribault 16-and-under VFW baseball team got underway Wednesday at historic Tink Larsen Field in Waseca.
Host Waseca erased a 4-0 Faribault lead to come back to win 7-6 in walk-off fashion. Waseca had a few games under its belt and its roster is heavy on varsity contributors.
Faribault also has some spring high school varsity experience, which led the way Wednesday.
A sacrifice fly by Bethlehem Academy varsity starter Aiden Tobin brought in Tim Neirby for a 1-0 Faribault lead in the second inning.
A Jackson Reineke RBI single, a John Cunniff two-RBI double and a Zack Slinger sacrifice fly made it 4-0 in the third.
Waseca scored its first five runs with two outs including two to cut it to 4-3 after four.
Faribault scored on an error in the fifth and Waseca countered with a two-run single in the bottom half.
Faribault High School starting varsity catcher Jordan Nawrocki hit a two-out single to nudge Faribault back up in the sixth.
Waseca was retired in order in the sixth, as was Faribault in the top of the seventh.
The leadoff batter was retired in the seventh but Waseca used three straight singles to end the game.
John Palmer, who’s pitched for FHS varsity, struck out 13.
“We’ve got a good mix of athletes, sophomores and freshmen,” said Faribault co-manager Charlie Lechtenberg. “We should be a competitive team. It was too bad we couldn’t hold on to that one last night.”
Faribault is home for a doubleheader with another league foe, Stewartville, 11 a.m. Saturday at Bell Field.
Waseca 7, Faribault VFW 6
F — 013 011 0
W — 001 220 2
Faribault batting — Jordan Nawrocki 3-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2B; John Palmer 2-4, 2 R; Tim Neirby 1-3, R, 2B; John Cunniff 1-4, RBI, 2B; Jackson Reineke 1-4, R, RBI, SB; Brad Sartor 0-2, BB; Zack Slinger 0-4, 2 RBI
Faribault pitching — Palmer (L) 6⅓IP-8H-6ER-7R-3B-13K-123P
Indians pick up shutout
Nolan Grose pitched seven innings and Bladyn Bartelt two to combine for a one-hit shutout in Wednesday’s 4-0 win for the Waterville Indians (6-1, 6-0 13/60 League) at the Minnesota Lake Royals (2-1, 2-1 13/60).
The league-leading Indians’ sixth straight win was aided by multi-hit game by Riley Schultz with two RBIs. Shane Sellner had three hits and Thomas Hiller stole a base.
Waterville is home 7:30 p.m. Friday for a non-league vs. the Owatonna Aces (3-3).
Faribault legion season gets underway
The Faribault American Legion U19 baseball team got its season underway Thursday night after press time vs. Rosemount. Earlier scheduled games for Faribault were postponed due to opponents still alive in the high school season playoffs.
Next for Faribault is 7 p.m. Monday vs. Apple Valley.
K-W legion drops opener
The Kenyon-Wanamingo American Legion team fell 15-4 in five innings at Pine Island Monday.
Cole Flom led the K-W offense with a 2-for-2 day with a double and RBI.
Tuesday’s home opener vs. Zumbrota-Mazeppa was moved due to weather to Thursday night after press time.
K-W batting — Cole Flom 2-2, RBI, SB; Kevin Vazquez 1-1; Tate Erlandson 1-2; Gavin Sommer 1-2; Owen Hilke 1-3, R, RBI; Garrett Grove 1-3; Tyler Craig 0-2, 2 R, SB
K-W pitching — Trevor Steberg (L) 2IP-6H-5ER-8R-0BB-0K-47P, Flom ⅓IP-1H-4ER-4R-3BB-1K-25P, Luke Berg ⅓IP-1H-1ER-1R-3BB-0K-22P, Alec Johnson 1⅓IP-4H-5ER-5R-2BB-1K-33P