Bulldogs sweep pair of doubleheaders, drop heartbreaker at Kee

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Ben Krambeer connects with a pitch in MFL MarMac’s 20-1 victory over Postville in a June 14 doubleheader. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Bulldog Austin Schlee was pitcher Nick Krambeer’s battery mate in the first of two games against Postville last week.

Carver Blietz-Bentien awaits a call from the umpire on an out at third base. The Pirates scored just one run against MFL MarMac.

The Bulldogs—including senior Chauncy Drahn—scored early and often in a 20-1 effort over Postville on June 14.

Landon Johnson throws a ball to the infield versus the Pirates.

Nick Krambeer earned the game one victory over Postville on June 14. His four innings on the mound included two hits, two walks and one unearned run. He struck out eight batters.

Bulldog leadoff hitter Parker Kuehl attempts to drop down a bunt against the Pirates.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


The MFL MarMac baseball team continued to rack up wins last week, sweeping a pair of doubleheaders before dropping a heartbreaker at conference-leading Kee.


The Bulldogs’ first twin bill, on June 13, started with a 15-2 rout of Clayton Ridge-Central. An 11-run third inning sealed the win for the team, which tallied seven hits, seven walks and six hit by pitches, in addition to a whopping 15 stolen bases.


Elias Hatt led MFL MarMac with two hits and a hit by pitch, three stolen bases, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jacob Schellhorn drove in three runs and scored once after singling and drawing a walk. Another two RBIs came from Carver Blietz-Bentien, who went 1-3 with a walk, two steals and two runs scored. Kaden Stocker doubled and walked, stole two bases and scored a team-high three times.


Stocker and fellow senior Chauncy Drahn pitched a combined five innings, holding the War Eagles to just four hits, a walk and a hit batter, while striking out seven; the two earned runs scored off Stocker.


In game two, the Bulldogs rebounded from a 1-0 first inning deficit to win 5-1. Two runs came in the second and three in the sixth. War Eagle starter Caden Helle limited them to only four hits in six innings, but the Bulldogs drew three walks against him and were hit twice, and two more players reached on errors, leading to two unearned runs. MFL MarMac also continued its assault on the base paths, with another six steals.


Stocker was 2-3 in this match-up—including a triple and a single—and knocked in a run. He also stole a base and scored twice. Landon Johnson finished with an RBI-single and run scored, while Jaron Wille earned an RBI on a sacrifice.


Ben Krambeer pitched a masterful six innings, surrendering just five hits, two walks and an earned run on his way to the victory.


June 14 was another doubleheader sweep for the Bulldogs. The first game was over in four innings, after MFL MarMac erupted for 16 runs in the opening frame, en route to a 20-1 win. 


Ten different players earned a hit—and 13 scored at least one run—in the victory. That included a three-hit effort for leadoff man Parker Kuehl, who singled twice and doubled, walked and stole three bases. He knocked in two runs and scored once himself. Johnson was 2-2 with two stolen bases, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Blietz-Bentien singled and got hit by a pitch, stole a base, drove in two runs and crossed the plate two times.


The win went to Bulldog sophomore Nick Krambeer, whose four innings on the mound included two hits, two walks and one unearned run. He struck out eight Pirates.


MFL MarMac took the second game of the doubleheader via forfeit.


The Bulldogs wrapped up the week June 16, dropping a hard-fought, 5-4 game at Kee. The Hawks struck early with a two-run first inning, and MFL MarMac trimmed the advantage to 2-1 in the second. Kee then bumped the lead back to two runs after scoring in the bottom of the third—and maintained that through the top of the sixth—when the Bulldogs put up three runs for a 4-3 margin. They couldn’t hold off the Hawks, however, who walked it off with a two-run seventh inning.


MFL MarMac scored all its runs on only three hits and four walks. The biggest was a two-RBI double from Johnson, who also scored a run. Stocker doubled, drew two walks and crossed the plate twice. Hatt and Quinn McGeough added the other RBIs.


Stocker took the loss, allowing four hits, three walks and a hit batter over five and two-thirds innings. Three runs scored while he was on the mound, but only two were earned. He also struck out eight Hawks. 


Ben Krambeer was roughed up in one-third of an inning, surrendering four walks and two earned runs.


The Bulldogs are now 11-8 overall and 7-5 in the Upper Iowa Conference. Seven games are scheduled this week, starting with a home doubleheader against Turkey Valley on June 20. They’ll then head to Oelwein June 21, Wapsie Valley June 22 and North Fayette Valley June 23. The team will be back in Monona June 24, versus Lisbon, then finish the week at Dunkerton on June 25.

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