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Elko wins No. 1,100 for longtime town coach

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Trying to score from second base on a hit to the outfield, Elko’s Ash Larsen is tagged out at the plate during the Express’ 5-1 win over crosstown rival New Market Friday, July 14, at Fredrickson Field. Two days later, Larsen and his teammates recorded the 1,100th win for their longtime coach Terry Fredrickson. (John Mueller photo)

With a win over crosstown rival New Market Friday night, they set the stage for Sunday’s milestone victory, the 1,100th victory in the coaching career for Elko’s Terry Fredrickson.

After the Express defeated their crosstown rival, New Market, 5-1, Friday, Elko topped St. Patrick Sunday, 6-2, at home and celebrated its longtime coach. Fredrickson was doused with bubbly after the game. His record is now 1,100-577. His teams have won 65.59 percent of their games since Fredrickson took over the helm for the Express in 1976. He is only the third manager in the team’s storied history. He replaced Dean Simon who coached Elko for two seasons, 1974 and ’75.

Fredrickson’s father, Myron, was Elko’s first manager. He coached from 1968 to 1973. Terry Fredrickson pitched during his playing days and was better known for his work on the mound than his hitting, according to the team’s historian, Brad Fredrickson.

In the win over St. Patrick Sunday, July 16, Express pitcher Easton Richter pitched a complete game gem, allowing four hits and one earned run. He had two hits, including a two-RBI triple. Elko’s Justin Roitman had three hits and drove in two runs in the win.

Two days earlier, Friday, July 14, lefty Tate Marland took a no-hitter into the fifth inning against New Market. Marland left the game allowing only three hits and no earned runs.

The Express dominated the Muskies, scoring once in the first and three times in the third inning.

Richter finished the game with two hits while Roitman drove in two RBIs. TJ Evanson also drove in two runs for the Express.

Complete details of both games were unavailable when the papers went to press.

In other contests in the Dakota Rice Scott League: Webster Sox 9, New Prague Orioles 2 The Sox scored four times in the third inning and five more runs in the fourth inning to top the Orioles Sunday, July 16, in Webster. Brooks Prochaska, Jake Bellile and Augie Isaacson finished the day with multiple hits. Prochaska drove in three runs on two hits. Bryce Novak had two doubles for the Orioles while James Fuerniss hit a home run and an RBI double. Beau Plaisance also had a hit. Gavin Bergman was the losing pitcher while Peter Twiete pitched seven innings striking out 10 and was the winning pitcher. Ryan Joyner pitched the last two innings, striking out three New Prague hitters. The win improved Webster’s record to 12-3 in the always-grueling DRS League.

Faribault Lakers 5, Union Hill Bulldogs 3 Details of the July 16 game were unavailable when the papers went to press.

Prior Lake 12, Lonsdale 2 The Mudcats overwhelmed the Aces with runs in five of the seven innings of the Sunday, July 16, game. Prior Lake outhit Lonsdale, 16-3. Joe Malecha drove in the Aces’ two runs in the third inning. Ross Beumer and Isaac Pint scored for Lonsdale. Thomas Hoppert, Beumer and Pint had hits for the Aces.

Montgomery Mallards 15, Shakopee Coyotes 5 The Mallards scored six times in the seventh inning and three more times in the eighth to blow away the Coyotes Sunday, July 16, at The Joe in Shakopee. The contest had been competitive to that point. The Mallards held a 6-5 lead after six innings. Montgomery outhit the Coyotes, 13-6. Shakopee was victimized by six errors allowing six unearned runs for the Ducks. Max Krautkremer drove in two runs for the Mallards. He scored twice and had three hits in the win. Pat Lloyd also drove in two runs for Montgomery. Cole Pint scored three times. Johnny Krocak and Derek Christenson scored twice. Dylan Westerman, Devin Whiteis, Pat Lloyd, Nolan Readmond, Ryan Iverson and Jack Barnett rounded out the scoring for Montgomery. Barnett pitched five innings for the Mallards. He allowed five runs on four hits. Barnett struck out eight Coyotes. Robbie Marshall finished up, striking out two and allowing only one hit in three innings.

Webster Sox 12, Faribault 2 Webster’s Max Drexl had three hits while teammate Jake Bellile hit a two-run home run in the July 15 win at Webster. The Sox pounded out 15 hits in the win. The Sox’s Augie Isaacson reached base five times and stole bases. Webster pitcher Jordon Huwe worked for seven innings without giving up an earned run.

Lonsdale 4, Montgomery 1 The Aces scored twice in the first and eighth innings to overcome the Mallards Friday, July 14, in Lonsdale. Designated hitter Jacob Love was credited with two RBIs for the Aces. Love also scored a run. Marty Kalina scored and drove in a run for the Mallards. Chad Vosejpka, Isaac Pint and Love also accounted for the Aces’ runs in the win Lonsdale pitchers Daniel Turner and reliever Pint allowed only three hits apiece. Pint struck out six Ducks in three innings. Turner struck out five quackers and walked two in the win. Johnny Krocak had three hits and scored the Ducks’ lone run in the setback. Dylan Westerman added two hits in the setback.

Webster 5, Veseli 0 Jake Ekness enjoyed a 4-for-4 day in the July 14 win at Veseli. Webster’s Brooks Prochaska added three hits and Will Wareham added in two hits. Meanwhile, Sox pitcher Jackson Renz pitched a complete game shutout. He struck out 18 and allowed a scant four hits.

Union Hill Bulldogs 4, Prior Lake Mudcats 3 The Bulldogs built a 4-0 lead and then held on as the Mudcats’ rally came up short in the July 13 tilt in Union Hill. Union Hill scored three times in the bottom of the first inning. It added another run in the third frame while starting pitcher Conrad Masberg was cruising. The Mudcats battled back, scoring in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings to trim the Bulldogs’ advantage to a run. Will Busch drove in three runs for Union Hill. He also scored once on a home run. The Bulldogs’ Nathan Berg also scored when he smacked a ball over the fence. It was one of Berg’s two hits in the win. Busch and Jack Kreutzian also had hits for Union Hill. On the mound, Masberg pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and two runs, one of which was earned. He struck out six Mudcats. Joe Becker came in for the save, pitching the final two innings. He struck out four Prior Lake hitters and allowed a lone run.

Lonsdale 4, St. Benedict 3 (15 inns.) It took the Aces a while but they finally came away with a 15-innning victory over St. Benedict Wednesday, July 12. Lonsdale jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added another run in the bottom of the ninth to force bonus baseball after the Saints rallied late, scoring twice in the eighth inning and once more in the ninth. Mike Alvestad scored twice for Lonsdale. Chad Vosejpka crossed the plate as did Jordan Yetzer. Jack Skluzacek, Vosejpka, Isaac Pint and Jordan Yetzer drove in runs for the Aces. Alvestad paced the team with three hits. Skluzacek, Vosejpka, Marty Kalina and Pint all had two hits each for Lonsdale. Malecha pitched seven-plus innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out a dozen Saints and walked only three. Connor Crabtree pitched three-plus innings and Ross Beumer went the final four for the Aces. Mallards’ starter Tyler Hughes lasted five innings. Cole Minnick pitched just over seven innings in relief and Matthew Morenson went the final two frames for the Ducks.

Elko Express 4, New Prague Orioles 3 The Orioles led, 3-0, going into the eighth inning but the Express used some timely hitting to score four runs in the bottom of the inning to slip past the Orioles Wednesday, July 12. New Prague starter Jayce Luna had a no-hitter through six innings while striking out a half-dozen Elko sluggers. The Orioles scored in the second inning when Tommy McBroom and Beau Plaisance both singled and then Anthony Mader drove them in with a double. Mader hit a double in the fifth and scored on a hit from Jake Deutsch.