Kemp leads Wabasso by MVL

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello Minnesota Valley Lutheran shortstop Alec Gratz dives for the ball during the Chargers’ game against Wabasso Thursday at Mueller Park in New Ulm. For more photos of this event go to

NEW ULM — The game of baseball is won by good pitching and good defense.

Thursday afternoon the Wabasso Rabbits got both.

Righthander Ty Kemp allowed just one hit — a one-out single in the second inning to Teddy Giefer — and the Rabbits’ defense played errorless ball behind him as Wabasso improved to 4-1 in the Tomahawk Conference and 5-1 overall with a 3-0 win over Minnesota Valley Lutheran Thursday at Mueller Park.

Kemp threw 77 pitches in the complete game win. He walked just two and was aided by a double play from his infield defense in the fifth inning when the Chargers (4-3, 3-2) mounted their biggest scoring threat.

Freshman Jace Marotz took the loss in his first varsity start for MVL. He was charged with three runs in his five innings of work.

Nick Altermatt had two hits for the Rabbits.

“He [Kemp] came out, was hot right away and pitched seven innings of nice baseball,” MVL coach John Gunderson said. “He did not mess around — he was very efficient with what he needed to do.”

Wabasso scored a run in the first on a walk to C.J. Theis and a Jacob Plaetz RBI double.

The Rabbits added two more runs in the fourth inning when Marotz walked Devan Liebl. A sacrifice bunt, a Jayden Eis single and a walk to Tyson Doubler loaded the bases. Altermatt’s single scored Liebl and a fielder’s choice added the final run.

“Jace will learn from what he saw here today,” Gunderson said. “He is going to give us a lot of innings this year. We have four years to work with him. We gave up three runs and normally we can come back from that but with Ty pitching the way he did it was not going to happen today.”


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