Amateur Baseball: Nisswa wins Class C title over Buckman

Nisswa and Buckman played for the Class C State Amateur Baseball title.

Amateur baseball teams from Buckman and Nisswa celebrate.
The Buckman Billygoats and Nisswa Lightning celebrate after playing against each other for the Class C State Tournament title Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.
Contributed by Sandy Tautges
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FARIBAULT— A four-run third inning proved to be the difference for the Nisswa Lightning who captured the Class C State title with a 12-3 victory over Victory League opponent Buckman Monday, Sept. 5.

Jeremiah Piepkorn carried the big bat as he finished 4-5 with a double, three runs and four RBIs.

Aaron Jenkins homered and finished 2-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Matt Casperson went 2-4 with a double, run and three RBIs and Kody Ruedisili finished 3-4 with two runs from his leadoff spot.

Buckman secured an early three-run lead in the first. Noah Boser was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Lane Girtz doubled in a run and scored as did Matt Tautges.

But Nisswa bought in Brett Kramer, a draftee from Fort Ripley, who pitched six innings of one-hit relief to get the win. He walked two and struck out five. Ryan Chmielewski and Corter Dox combined to pitch three scoreless innings of relief.


Drew Beier suffered the loss. The draftee from Foley pitched 2.1 innings. He allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits and four walks.

Nisswa recorded a three-run sixth inning and a four-run eighth inning for insurance.

Earning all-tournament honors were Ruedisili, Piepkorn and Nate DeChaine from Nisswa and Jack Suska, Matt Tautges and Boser from Buckman.

Boser earned the MaxBat Maple Slugger Award after finishing the tournament 13-of-25 for a .520 average, seven runs, 11 RBIs, three doubles, two home runs and an 800 slugging percentage.

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Nisswa's Nate DeChaine, right, receives the Fred Roufs MVP award after leading the Lighting to the Class C State Amateur Baseball title Monday, Sept. 6.
Contributed by Sandy Tautges

DeChaine earned the Fred Roufs MVP award. He was 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA with 11 strikeouts. AT the plate he was 5-of-22 with five runs, 11 RBIs and three home runs.

Buckman 3 5 2

Nisswa 12 13 1

WP: Brett Kramer. LP: Drew Beier. 2B: N-Nicholas Nelson, Jeremiah Piepkorn, Drew Boland, Matt Casperson; B-Lane Girtz. HR: N-Aaron Jenkins.

Nisswa 10, Delano 8

DUNDAS — Ruedisili went 3-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Nisswa Lightning to a 10-8 victory over Delano Sunday, Sept. 4.

Tory Miller scored three times and was 1-2 with two walks. Piepkorn drove in two runs and Chris Pederson went 1-2 with a double and two runs scored.


Nate DeChaine pitched 5.1 innings for the win. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and one walk. He struck out four.

Brett Kramer struck out three in 3.2 innings of relief. He allowed four runs, none earned, on five hits and no walks.

Nisswa jumped to a 3-1 lead after the second inning and built it to 7-1 thanks to a four-run fourth. After Delano cut the lead to 7-4, Nisswa built it back to a 10-4 advantage after seven innings.

Delano rallied with a four-run ninth but fell two runs short.

Delano 8 10 0

Nisswa 10 10 2

WP: Nate DeChaine. LP: Jake Nelson. S: Brett Kramer. 2B: N-Chris Pederson.

Buckman 6, Watertown 4

FARIBAULT — Nathan Ehnstrom pitched 5.1 innings to lead the Buckman Billygoats to a 6-4 victory over Watertown during the Class C State Tournament Sunday, Sept. 4.

Ehnstrom allowed four runs on 12 hits and one walk before giving way to Matt Tautges, who pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief for the save. He allowed two hits and no walks. He struck out three.

Noah Boser finished 3-5 with three RBIs and a double and a run scored. Lane Girtz went 2-2 with two runs scored. Andrew Rueckert doubled and drove in three runs.


A three-run third inning broke a 2-2 tie and bumped Buckman to the win.

Watertown 4 14 1

Buckman 6 10 0

WP: Nathan Ehnstrom. LP: Ansen Dulas. S: Matt Tautges. 2B: B-Noah Boser, Andrew Rueckert, Jack Suska.

Nisswa 14, Jordan 2

DUNDAS — Nisswa jumped out from the start with a four-run top of the first inning and carried that to a 14-2 victory over the Jordan Brewers in the Class C State Tournament Sunday, Sept. 4.

Nate DeChaine drove in eight runs on 4-of-5 batting that included three home runs.

DeChaine also pitched the complete-game victory. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Kody Ruedisili homered and scored twice. Drew Boland also connected on a long ball that scored four runs.

Nicholas Nelson went 2-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI and Jeremiah Piepkorn was 2-5 with two runs scored.

Nisswa 14 10 1

Jordan 2 5 1

WP: Nate DeChaine. LP: Scott Hollingworth. 2B: N-Nicholas Nelson. HR: N-DeChaine 3, Kody Ruedisili, Drew Boland.

Buckman 13, Dumont 4

FARIBAULT — Aaron Weber hit a three-run home run and Noah Boser finished 3-4 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored as Buckman defeated Dumont 13-4 in the Class C State Tournament Sunday, Sept. 4.

Lane Girtz went 2-5 with two RBIs and two runs and Jack Suska was 2-4 with a double, two runs and two RBIs.

Todd Robinson pitched the victory. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out five over eight innings.

Dumont 4 9 5

Buckman 13 12 0

WP: Todd Robinson LP:Jordon Roos . 2B:B-Noah Boser, Jack Suska. HR: B-Aaron Weber.

Nisswa 4, New Ulm 2

FARIBAULT— Nicholas Nelson doubled and drove in two runs as the Nisswa Lightning eliminated New Ulm 4-2 in the Class C State Tournament Saturday, Sept. 3.

Aaron Jenkins homered and Jeremiah Piepkorn drove in Nisswa’s other run. Kody Ruedisili went 2-4 with two runs.

Brett Kramer earned the win after pitching 2.1 innings of relief. He allowed no runs and one hit and struck out four.

Ryan Chmielewski started and went 6.2 innings. He allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out eight.

New Ulm 2 9 1

Nisswa 4 7 2

WP: Brett Kramer. LP: Wade French. HR: N-Aaron Jenkins.

Buckman 8, Waconia 5

DUNDAS — After Waconia built a 5-1 lead, the Buckman Billygoats rallied with two runs in the fifth, two more in the sixth and single runs in the seventh and eighth to post an 8-5 victory Saturday, Sept. 3.

Noah Boser finished 3-5 with three RBIs, a double, a home run and a run scored. Andrew Rueckert was 2-5 with a double and home run. Matt Tautges finished 3-5 with a triple, run and two RBIs and Jack Suska was 3-4 with a double and three runs scored.

Buckman 8 16 1

Waconia 5 8 0

WP:Drew Beier . LP: Kodey Simon. 2B: B-Noah Boser, Andrew Rueckert, Matt Kummet, Travis Kahl, Jack Suska. 3B: B-Matt Tautges. HR: B-Boser, Rueckert.

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