Warriors top Wesmen in extra innings, split NSAA doubleheader

FOREST CITY – The Waldorf University baseball team split the first two games of a four-game North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) series with the University of Winnipeg on Saturday.

Waldorf (10-22, 6-4) claimed a 9-8 victory in 10 innings during the opener. The Wesmen (6-22, 3-7) secured a 6-5 win after holding off a comeback effort by the Warriors.

Jimmy Quirk lifted Waldorf in the 10th inning of Game 1 as the freshman from Woodbury, Minn. connected for a single that allowed junior Kellan Mick to score the winning run.

"Getting the big walk-off hit was huge," Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said.

Freshman Garrett Gillen went 3-for-4 at the plate with three doubles and two RBIs in the opener. Kellan Mick turned in a 3-for-5 performance with a double and three RBIs. Quirk went 2-for-5 with and drove in a run. Junior Michael Keeran provided a double while juniors Bruce MauRyan Villarreal, sophomore Eric Mallo and freshman Mitchell Keeran added singles.

Winnipeg's Drake Pilat produced a double and three RBIs, going 3-for-5 at the plate. Colton Carlow contributed a 3-for-5 performance. Marc Lepore went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Junior Dave Erickson started on the mound for Waldorf. He struck out two batters, walked four and allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings.

Women set four new records

DECORAH – The Waldorf University women's track and field team established four outdoor school records at Saturday's Norse Relays.

Peyton Russell locked up first place in the collegiate division of the javelin as the sophomore from Bedford turned in a distance of 36.92 meters (121 feet, 2 inches) to set a new school record.

"She had a very nice series of throws," Waldorf coach Kelsey Riggins said.

Freshman Kelli Wallace crushed her personal record in the hammer throw, improving by nearly two meters. The Blooming Prairie, Minn. native captured a school record with a 27.95-meter (91-foot, 8-inch) toss.

"Kelli is one of the hardest working athletes on our team and it was great to see her improve by so much," Riggins said. "I know that success will only continue."

Freshman Auburn Miller took seventh in the shot put after recording a toss of 10.66 meters (34 feet, 11.75 inches).

Craig captures high jump title, Warriors show fight

DECORAH – Six outdoor school records were brought down by the Waldorf University men's track and field team in a strong showing during Saturday's Norse Relays.

"This was the first relay meet we have competed in with a team this size and overall, it was a really fun day," Waldorf coach Kelsey Riggins said. "It was great to see them all working together, making adjustments as a group and supporting one another."

Isaiah Craig captured the high jump title for the Warriors as the freshman from Apple Valley, Minn. cleared the bar at 1.85 meters (6 feet, 0.75 inches) to set a new school record.

"We are finally getting Isaiah back from a hamstring issue and it was great to see him getting back into a rhythm this weekend," Riggins said.

Freshman Justin Jacobi battled to third in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a time of 16.19 seconds immediately after a relay race.

"He ran that hurdle race right after competing in the 4x1600 relay and actually ran a very smooth race," Riggins said. "He competed very well for us."

Freshman Andre Davis made his debut in the 400 hurdles and crossed the finish line in eighth (1:03.75).

"The 400-meter hurdles is a promising race for Andre," Riggins said. "I am looking forward to seeing him compete in upcoming meets now that he has a race under his belt and knows what to expect."

Waldorf ties for fourth place in Wartburg Invitational

WAVERLY – The Waldorf University men's golf team tied for fourth place with a 311-stroke total during Saturday's Wartburg Invitational.

Rick Young led the Warriors as the senior from Garner tied for sixth with an 18-hole score of 74 on the par-72 layout at Prairie Links Golf Club. Junior Hugo Becerra also turned in a solid performance as he tied for ninth, firing a 75.

"They both had really nice days," Waldorf coach Mark Clouse said.

Chilly temperatures and strong winds made for a less than ideal day on the links. However, the Warrior duo and their teammates didn't let it stifle their efforts.

"It was a difficult day not only with the cold, but it was also windy," Clouse said. "It was a good chance to see where their ball-striking is at right now. In those types of conditions, you can see pretty quickly if you're hitting the ball solidly and they definitely had control. It showed in their results and that's really good to see."

Waldorf freshman Zabdiel Flores and junior Thomas O'Rourke tied for 22nd as they each carded 80-stroke rounds. Senior Nick Boswell competed as an individual and tied for 26th with an 81.

Freshman Kole Hallmark and senior Austin Heeren tied for 28th, putting together 82-stroke totals for the Warriors. Waldorf junior Chad Hein tied for 30th with an 83 while competing as an individual.

It was a fairly consistent tournament for the Warriors. Their top two individual performances were separated by a stroke while the rest of the team's players were only three strokes apart.

"We're doing a really nice job with a lot of aspects of the game right now," Clouse said. "If we can sink a few more putts and get up and down a couple more times, we'll be right there. We're very competitive and that's good to see."

NCAA Division III's Wartburg College won the team championship with 295 strokes to edge Kirkwood Community College (298) by three strokes. Kirkwood is ranked No. 4 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II poll.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout (309) took third to place ahead of fellow NCAA Division III member Simpson College (311), Waldorf (311), Wartburg Orange (355), NCAA Division III's Coe College (340) and NCAA Division III's Buena Vista University (342).

From one tournament to the next, Waldorf hasn't seen a lot of the same opponents during the spring campaign. It helps the Warriors gauge where they stack up as they work toward the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Championships later this month.

Jamestown, Presentation fend off Waldorf in NSAA battles

FOREST CITY – The Waldorf University softball team fell short in a pair of tightly-contested North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) matchups against the University of Jamestown and Presentation College on Saturday.

Jamestown (22-7, 7-2) escaped with a 5-2 win over the Warriors (7-19, 3-7) in the opener while Presentation (14-22, 2-8) held off Waldorf in a 12-9 victory during the final game of the day.

Sophomore Hattie Hupke led the Warriors in Game 1, turning in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate. Senior Jessica Abrahamson provided an RBI single and senior Maggie Hawley also contributed a hit.

Rylee Perez keyed the Jimmies, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run-scoring single. Sydney Jeffers also added a pair of hits. Autumn Wang cranked a double and finished with two RBIs. Jamestown also received hits from Brittany Rheault, Linda Ontiveros, Sydney Greenlund and Emma Keller.

Rheault picked up the win. She notched eight strikeouts, issued three walks and yielded two runs (one earned) on five hits in a complete seven-inning outing.

Senior Andrea Hartmann (1-7) was handed the loss. She struck out one batter, walked two and allowed five runs (one earned) on nine hits in seven innings.

Wang put Jamestown on the board in the top of the first inning with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Abrahamson evened the score, singling in a run during Waldorf's half of the first.

The Warriors claimed a 2-1 lead in the fourth when junior Brittani Sanchez crossed home plate following an error.

A four-run seventh inning lifted the Jimmies. In an inning that featured five hits, Perez tied the game with an RBI single. Perez and Jeffers scored on an error while Wang smacked an RBI double to give Jamestown a three-run advantage.

Rheault allowed one hit in the bottom of the seventh, but the Jimmies retired the side to secure the comeback victory.

Sophomore Taylor Bell paced the Warriors, going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in the loss to Presentation. Hupke collected a pair of singles and Hartmann went 1-for-4 with three RBIs. Senior Kaitlin Murphy contributed an RBI single, Hawley belted a double and junior Ashton May finished with a single.

Fourteen hits powered the Saints. Kassandra Orozco led the charge, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Jaycee Herman provided a 3-for-4 performance that included a run-scoring single. Jacque Trost and Shelby Anderson each ripped two-run doubles while aiding Presentation with two hits apiece. Haylee Hemmert also finished with two hits.

Kayla Reynolds earned the win. She struck out one batter, walked one and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits as she closed out the final one and two-thirds innings.

Ashlyn O'Keefe started inside the pitcher's circle for the Saints. She exited with two strikeouts and seven walks after surrendering six runs (five earned) on six hits in five and one-third innings.

Sophomore Briley Sullivan (3-2) was hit with the loss. She struck out a batter, walked one and relinquished six runs (four earned) on four hits in the seventh inning.

Waldorf sophomore Kaylie Brindley worked the first six innings in the circle. She fanned one batter, issued two walks and allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits.

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