FOREST CITY— It was a pair of high-scoring battles for the Waldorf University baseball team, but the Warriors prevailed to sweep Presentation College during Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) doubleheader.

Waldorf (14-24, 10-4) earned a 14-13 win in 12 innings during the opener and secured a 19-16 victory in the nightcap. With the two wins, the Warriors maintain third place in the conference standings.

"It puts us in a good spot," Waldorf coach Joe Tautges said. "Those were two big wins, but we need to come out on (Sunday) and finish it."

The Warriors, who have now surpassed last year's win total, trailed by as many as six runs during the opener and erased a seven-run deficit in Game 2.

"Finding a way to win is always big," Tautges said. "The guys stuck with it."

Mitchell Keeran turned in a monster day, going 5-for-9 with three home runs and seven RBIs. Prior to the twin bill, Tautges told him to relax at the plate on a day where the wind was carrying balls out of the park. It paid off for the freshman from Clear Lake, who leads the team with seven homers and 29 RBIs on the season.

"He struck the ball pretty well," Tautges said. "It was good to see him finally start driving some baseballs and hopefully, he can continue it (Sunday) because we're going to have the same conditions."

The Keeran brothers delivered throughout the day as junior Michael Keeran added eight hits and four RBIs. Three of Michael Keeran's hits went for extra bases as he collected a triple and two doubles.

"With the wind blowing out, it was a good day to hit," Tautges said. "As long as you keep your approach, good things will happen."

 

ST. PETER, Minn. – The Waldorf University men’s track and field team recorded nine top-five finishes during Saturday’s Lee Krough Invitational.

Caleb Gilbertson, Jonah Remker, Alvyns Alcenord and Isaiah Craig chased down first in the 4x100-meter relay, clocking a time of 43.63 seconds for the Warriors. Waldorf’s 4x400 relay team took third, finishing in 3 minutes, 29.62 seconds.

 Alcenord charged to second (11.03) in the 100 finals after qualifying fourth (11.20) in the preliminaries.

Waldorf’s Nathan Meiners locked up third (16:46.82) in the 5,000. Ovan Garcia secured fifth (16:56.74) in the event, Aaron Ward came in sixth (16:56.95) and Cody Clark pulled in seventh (17:08.06).

Craig claimed third in the triple jump, hitting a mark of 13.33 meters (43 feet, 9 inches). He also earned fifth in the high jump as he cleared the bar at 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1.5 inches).

Gilbertson leaped to fourth in the long jump, recording a distance of 6.28 meters (20 feet, 7.25 inches). Korey Beaman raced to fourth (59.62) in the 400 hurdles, Mark Ahlers ran to seventh (4:18.00) in the 1,500 while Remker finished eighth (23.32) in the 200 for the Warriors. 

Women's track

ST. PETER, Minn. – Peyton Russell led the Waldorf University women’s track and field team, claiming fourth place in the javelin with a distance of 34.74 meters (114 feet) during Saturday’s Lee Krough Invitational.

Abby Buehler earned fifth in the long jump for the Warriors with a 5.00-meter (16-foot-5-inch) performance. Buehler finished ninth in the triple jump at 10.21 meters (33 feet, 6 inches).

Softball

FOREST CITY – The Waldorf University softball team battled to a sweep over Dakota State University during Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) doubleheader. 

Waldorf (11-21, 5-9) fought to a 2-1 victory over in the opener and the Warriors concluded the twin bill with a 7-5 win over the Trojans (7-17, 4-10).

"Our defense really stepped up and made some great plays to keep Dakota State from ever having a long threat," Waldorf coach Lexy Determan said. "We were able to get a couple of big outs at third and home to keep them from gaining any momentum."

Ashton May paced the Warriors in Game 1 with a 2-for-2 performance as the junior from Sharpsburg, Georgia, produced a triple and an RBI double.

Waldorf senior Andrea Hartmann went 2-for-3 with a double. Senior Jessica Abrahamson belted an RBI single while senior Maggie Eden and sophomore Hattie Hupke added singles.

"Overall, our at-bats looked more relaxed," Determan said. "I just think we can be a little more aggressive on strikes. We did have a few hard-hit balls that went right to people."

Harley Lindell led the Trojans with a run-scoring double. Peyton Brokiewicz provided a double while Kayla Schmell and Audrey Kosman contributed singles.

Hartmann (3-8) earned the win, tossing a four-hitter. She struck out two batters, walked two and yielded one run in seven innings.

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