Landon Rolbiecki threw against Cottonwood Tuesday night. Here he delivered a pitch to a Cottonwood hitter. Rolbiecki also excelled at the plate for the Vultures.Rounding third was Jaymes Moon. He was watching Coach J.D. Pesch for instructions.

Vultures attack for two victories

The Minneota Vultures Jr. American Legion baseball team has begun to play like Vultures, attacking their prey and tearing them apart.

After a 14-3 win over Dawson on Friday, and an 11-1 win over Cottonwood Tuesday, Minneota is 6-1 and in lead their conference. “They played really well. Again, they are ‘playing the game’, focusing on the small things and taking the game pitch by pitch and adjusting,” said Coach J.D. Pesch.

“Pitching has been getting better. We’re working some new guys in the rotation. Sam Buysse on his second ever outing threw strikes after settling down.

Cole Sanow has been pitching a bit more and looking very good,” Coach Pesch said. Teddy Pesch pitched four innings and got the win. He fanned six, gave up no walks and allowed just one hit and no runs. Sam Buysse came on in relief for three innings and he fanned two and gave up just four hits. Sam Buysse was 3-5; Pesch 4-4; Landon Rolbeicki 3-5; Austin Sorensen 2-3 and Cole Sanow 3-5. The Vultures are in first place in the Junior Legion District 7 South.

Minneota 14, Dawson 3

MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Sam Buysse, cf 5-1-3-0; Cole VanOverbeke, 2b 4-0-0-0; Tony Starodub, 2b 1-0-0-0; Teddy Pesch, p 6-4-4-1; Landon Rolbiecki, ss 5-4-3-1; Cole Sanow, lf 5-3-3-2; Austin Sorensen, 1b 3-1-2-3; Trey Gronke, ph 2-0-1-0; Grady Moorse, cf 3-1-1-0; Tyler Gronke, ph 1-0-0-0; Josh Laleman, 3b 4-0-1-1; Jaymes Moon, c 4-0-1-1. Totals 48-14-17-9.

DAWSON: (AB-R-H-RBI) 25-3-1-2. SCORE BY INNINGS: Minneota 303 222 2 — 14 17 0 Dawson 000 030 0 — 3 5 7 LOB-Minneota 9; Dawson 5. 2B-Minneota: Teddy Pesch (2); Cole Sanow; Austin Sorensen. 3B-Minneota-Teddy Pesch; Landon Rolbiecki (2). PITCHING IP R ER H BB K Minneota Teddy Pesch (W) 4 0 0 1 0 6 Sam Buysse 3 3 3 4 1 2 Minneota 11, Cottonwood 1 The Vultures attacked Cottonwood early, with three runs in the first inning — then built their lead behind the five-hit pitching of Landon Rolbiecki to coast to an 11-1 win Tuesday in Minneota. Sam Buysse had three hits; Austin Sorensen two and both Rolbiecki and Teddy Pesch collect hits. Pesch scored four runs.

The Vultures play at 5 p.m. at home Friday against Granite Falls.

Minneota 11, Cottonwood 1

MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Sam Buysse, cf 4-3-3-1; Landon Rolbiecki, p 4-2-1-1; Teddy Pesch, ss 1-4-1-3; Austin Sorensen, 1b 4-1-2-1; Grady Moorse, 2b 4-0-0-0; Jaymes Moon, c 3-0-0-0; Josh Laleman, 3b 2-1-0-0l Cole VanOverbeke, lf 2-0-0-0; Trey Gronke, lf 1-0-0-0; Tony Starodub, rf 2-0-0-0; Tyler Gronke, rf 1-0-0-0. Totals 26-11-17-6. COTTONWOOD (Totals) 23-1-5-1. Score by Innings Cottonwood 000 100 — 1 5 1 Minneota 301 223 — 11 11 2 3B-Minneota: Teddy Pesch, S. Buysse. Pitching IP R ER H BB K Minneota Rolbiecki (W) 6 1 1 5 0 8

Josh Laleman throws. Staff photo by Byron Higgin

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