Baseball: Anderson pitches Rebels to Subsection titlePublished 10:32pm Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Nothing was going to stop Southland pitcher Lukas Anderson Tuesday.
Not even a the fact that he had to pitch 10 and two-thirds innings on a day he began not even knowing if he was going to pitch at all.
After closing out the last three and two-thirds of an inning in a 12-8 win over Hayfield in the Section 1A West semifinals, Anderson struck out 14 in a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over Kenyon-Wanamingo in the Section 1A West championship game in Dick Seltz Field Tuesday.
“It was pure adrenaline,” Anderson said. “I’m sure I’ll feel it when I get home, but I’m doing all right. This is the highest energy game I’ve pitched in. It was fun.”
The Knights (12-8 overall) had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the seventh when Anderson struck out three straight hitters to end the game.
“Luke pitched a gem tonight there’s no doubt about it,” Southland head coach Scott Rettertah said. “He’s wanted to pitch this game for a year because he never got a chance to pitch against them last year.”
Southland had its season end on an 11-1 loss to KW last season and Anderson had that game on his mind as he was pitching Tuesday.
“We were pretty excited,” Anderson said. “We wanted to get to Kenyon and we had a lot of payback coming for the way they hammered us last year.”
Southland got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when Travis Bruggeman knocked in Nick Schmitz with a two-out single down the left field line. Schmitz scored again in the sixth when the Knights had a throwing error on a bunt by Decker Bendtsen.
“I was looking to swing early in the counts and not let him get ahead,” said Schmitz, who was 2-for-4. “Their pitcher had a breaking curve ball that was hard to hit.”
While Anderson was more than ready to throw on Tuesday, Southland head coach Scott Retterath had planned on starting Ike Kloeckner against Hayfield.
Then Kloeckner got sick and Tuesday’s tournament play was extended to two rounds due to expected rain on Wednesday.
Retterath was hoping to win at least one of two so Kloeckner could pitch Wednesday, but now his team won’t have to play until the Rebels (15-2 overall) take on Wabasha-Kellogg (15-1 overall) Saturday at the Section 1A tournament at 10 a.m. in Riverland.
Schmitz said its a great feeling to come into the Section 1A tournament without a loss for a group of seniors that has been around for awhile in Southland sports.
“It’s nice to finally get here,” he said. “It’s been a few times in football and basketball and it’s nice to finally get a subsection championship in baseball.”
Southland 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 — 2 9 0
KW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 2
Southland pitching: Lukas Anderson (W), 7 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 R, 14 K, 1 HBP
Southland hitting: Taylar Schwartz, 1-for-4; Trent Reinartz, 1-for-4; Anderson, 1-for-3, BB; Mike Goergen, 0-for-4; Nick Schmitz, 2-for-4, 2 R; Decker Bendtsen, 1-for-3; Sam Klaehn, 1-for-3; Travis Bruggeman, 1-for-3, RBI; Nick Finbraaten, 1-for-3
Southland 12, Hayfield 8
Southland pitching: Schwartz (W), 3 1/3 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, 1 K; Anderson, 3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K
Southland hitting: Schwartz, 0-for-3, R, 2 BBs; Reinartz, 0-for-3, 2 R, HBP, BB; Anderson, 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, BB; Goergen, 3-for-5, triple, RBI, 2 R; Schmitz, 1-for-3, RBI, R, BB; Bendtsen, 0-for-2, HBP; Klaehn, 2-for-3, BB; Bruggeman, 1-for-4, RBI, R; Finbraaten, 1-for-3, RBI, R, BB
Rocky Hulne is the sports editor of the Austin Daily Herald. Follow him on twitter @RockyHulneADH.