Chargers crush GFW

NEW ULM – On Thursday afternoon, Minnesota Valley Lutheran righthander Rick Jensen scattered five hits in a complete game win over Buffalo Lake-Hector/Stewart.

Twenty four hours later, Jensen returned to the mound for the Chargers and bettered his last outing.

Jensen allowed just two hits and fanned five through four innings as the Chargers downed Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 11-0 in a Tomahawk Conference game.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the 10-run lead rule.

Nick Dewanz pitched the fifth inning for MVL.

Tanner Buettner took the loss for GFW. He went four innings and was charged with seven runs.

Ryan Grunke, Chad Lease, DeAndre Parker and Grant Wilson each had two bits for MVL.

Lease and Wilson each drove in two runs.

“I told the kids after the game that it just showed the conditioning that he (Jensen) has been putting in,” MVL coach Jeff Schoenherr said about Jensen’s two-day performance. “He has been doing a lot of throwing all winter and his arm is really strong.”

Jensen, who has now pitched 13 innings in two days and permitted just seven hits, said that his arm is not sore despite throwing 97 pitches Thursday and 62 on Friday.

“I have been conditioning the arm a lot and keeping it strong for the season,” Jensen said. “My arm is still doing fine.”

MVL scored all of the runs that it needed in the first inning when it took a 3-0 lead.

Kris Goetzke and Grunke singled before a Justin Bruns sacrifice bunt moved them both into scoring position.

Lease rapped a two-run single and then later scored on a Jensen base hit.

MVL essentially ended the game with seven runs in the fourth inning thanks to four Chargers’ hits and five GFW errors.

“This was an ugly day both in the field and weather-wise,” GFW coach Jeff Seehafer said. “We decided earlier today that we would try and get a game in because we had no place to put it on the schedule.”

Singles from Grunke and Dewanz, three errors on ground balls and a Jake Mielke base hit made it a 7-0 game. A Wilson base hit, a groundout and another error upped the lead to 10-0.

“Errors hurt us,” Seehafer said. “We are young and inexperienced and when things go bad sometimes things snowball on you.”

The win was MVL’s third in a row. “Gaining confidence can go a long way,” said Schoenherr.

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