MANKATO — Bryson Yackel went 4 for 5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBIs Tuesday to lead Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial to a 15-10 Valley Conference baseball victory over Mankato Loyola at Franklin Rogers Park.
The win gave LCWM the Valley Conference championship with an 8-0 record. Loyola finished second at 6-2.
Kolten Barker went 3 for 6 with four RBIs for the Knights. Jordan Nelson was 3 for 5 with a double and Nick Kelly added two hits. Bryan Davis came on in relief to get the win, allowing three runs on three hits with four strikeouts over 4.2 innings.
Loyola was led by Evan Ellingworth who belted two home runs and finished with four RBIs. Shane Sellner ended up 2 for 3.
Mark Kortuem took the loss in relief, giving up five hits and fanning four without allowing an earned run over three innings.
Loyola (10-3) hosts New Ulm Cathedral at 5 p.m. Friday at Bethany field. LCWM (12-2) plays Thursday at Lester Prairie.
MR 18, Cleveland 0: Maple River scored 13 runs in the first inning, and five in the second to down Cleveland in a Valley game at Minnesota Lake.
The Eagles’ Nolan Walters drove in five runs in the first inning, Ethan Boertge had two doubles and four RBIs, and Zach Krengel scored three times. Devan Swanson gave up four hits and two walks and struck out eight in five innings.
Maple River (5-6, 2-2 Valley) takes on Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman/Martin Luther today.
NUC sweeps MVL: New Ulm Cathedral swept Minnesota Valley Lutheran, winning 3-0 and 7-2 in a Tomahawk Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday.
Cathedral’s Collin Helget allowed four hits and struck out six in seven innings for the Game 1 win, and Gabe Knowles was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Kris Goetzke had a double for MVL, and Rick Jensen took the loss. He allowed three earned runs on 10 hits in six innings.