Breck bats are sizzling hot to begin the spring
• By Coach Kevin Hiedeman
Breckenridge Splits Season Opener With Wahpeton
The Cowboys defeated Wahpeton 3-0 in game one. Cooper Yaggie threw a shut out throwing all 7 innings striking out 13 batters and only giving up 4 hits. Cooper was dominant on the mound in game 1. Breckenridge also had their bats working picking up 11 hits topped off by a home run by Cam Neito. Neito, Yaggie, Jayce Werner, Collin Roberts and Connor Twidwell all had multiple hits in game one.
In game two the Cowboys lost 12-6 even though they outhit Wahpeton 13-11. We struggled to throw strikes early in the second game. Twidwell started on the mound, threw 3 innings giving up 4 earned runs. Collin Roberts gave up 4 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning. Jared Aamold pitched 3 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs. I thought Jared did a good job. He threw strikes for us. Our defense was very suspect in game two.
We let balls drop in the outfield, and in foul territory. Some of that is due to the fact that its our first game of the year and we haven’t been outside much. It’s hard to work on those things in the gym. We have to do a better job throwing strikes but again I was impressed with our bats. Cam Nieto picked up another four hits with a home run and a double. Chris Nieto, Twidwell and Aamold all had multiple hits in the second game.
Cowboys Defeat Wheaton 15-8 In 32 Degree Weather
Breckenridge fell behind in the top of the first on a base hit and a home run by Wheaton but bounce back to score 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st. Breckenridge exploded in the bottom of the second scoring eight runs. The Cowboys had 3 doubles 4 singles a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly in the inning. Unfortunately the Cowboys committed 4 errors in the top of the third allowing five Wheaton runs to score but the Cowboys bounce back again scoring three more runs in the bottom of the third.
The Cowboys played much better the remainder of the game scoring one more run in the bottom of the fourth and shutting out Wheaton until the top of the seventh when they scored 1 run. Connor Twidwell threw six innings for the Cowboys giving up six hits while striking out six. Adam Ohm came in to record the final two outs of the game
Our bats have been on fire so far this season. The Cowboys racked up 15 more hits on the day. Cooper Yaggie, Chris Nieto, Connor Twidwell, Griffin Bosse and Collin Roberts all had multiple hits for the Cowboys. Chris Nieto and Cooper Yaggie each had three hits on the day
Breckenridge out hits OTC 13 to 1 in a 7-1 Win
This game was much closer than the final box score shows. Breckenridge held OTC to only one hit but the Cowboys struggled to throw strikes walking seven batters and hitting two more over seven innings. Breckenridge picked up 13 hits in the game but struggled to get the key hit to score runs. Breckenridge stranded eight runners in the game
In the bottom of the sixth inning the score was 3 to 1 and OTC had the bases loaded. The Cowboys were able to throw a Battle Lake runner out at the plate and record the final out only giving up one run in that inning.
The Cowboys broke the game open in the top of the seventh scoring four runs. Cooper Yaggie continues his hot streak at the plates going 4-4 on the day Griffin Bosse also picked up 3 hits and Jared Aamold had 2 hits. Jayce Werner, Connor Twidwell, Collin Roberts and Jacob Vizenor each had one hit in the game.
Cooper Yaggie pitched the first five innings picking up the win giving up one hit and one run. Adam Ohm earned the save pitching the final two innings. The Cowboys pitching staff will really be challenged with a doubleheader next Tuesday followed by a doubleheader versus Barnesville on Thursday.
Breckenridge Opens Heart O' Lakes Conference Play With Sweep Of Frazee
Cowboys won the first game 9-0. Connor Twidwell started on the mound and was impressive only giving up 1 hit, striking out 6 batters in 3 2/3 innings. Because of the pitch count rule and another double header on Thursday the Cowboys tried to get through these games with no one throwing more than 50 pitches. Jared Aamold pitched 2 2/3 innings and Collin Roberts pitched the final 1/3 inning to complete game 1.
The Cowboys bats continued to sizzle picking up 14 hits in the game. Breckenridge scored 4 runs in the first inning knocking out Frazee starting pitcher. Cooper Yaggie had 3 hits. Jared Aamold, Griffen Bosse, Jacob Vizenor, and Collin Roberts each had two hits in the game.
In the second game the Cowboys won 12-2 in 5 innings. Roberts continued on the mound pitching 2/3 of an inning giving up 2 runs. Yaggie came in to record the final out of the inning and pitched the next 3 innings striking out 8 batters. Jayce Werner pitched the final inning.
Offensively Werner and Vizenor had 2 hits and the Cowboys recorded 10 hits over 5 innings.
The Cowboys did a much better job of throwing strikes against Frazee. Our bats continue to be hot and we are starting to play better defense. Breckenridge did not commit a single error in the first game.
Cowboys continue conference play hosting a double header vs Barnesville on Thursday.