Any team in any sport wants to be playing their best come playoff time. Breckenridge showed they’re where they want to be in their first-round game against Staples-Motley, Minnesota, on Tuesday, May 28.
Playing their last game of the season on Cowboy Field, BHS dominated every facet of the game in a 5-0 victory. They ripped 13 hits, tore up the bases, turned a pair of double plays in an error-free showing and held their foes to six hits.
“It was probably our best game all around. Everybody played extremely well and we didn’t make many mistakes today,” Breckenridge coach Kevin Hiedeman said. “It’s a fun team to watch because it’s fun baseball. They bunt the ball, steal a lot of bases, they make great plays and if you want to watch good baseball, come watch them. They’re fun.”
The top of the order has been deadly at the plate the entire regular season and that carried over to the postseason. Leadoff hitter Hunter Feigum went 4-4 and Jeremy Stack followed with a trio of singles in the two spot. Both of them came around to score twice in the massive showing.
“The formula all year: When Hunter and Jeremy hit the ball and get on base, we score runs. Those guys run so well,” Hiedeman said. “The first inning, they hit the ball to left field with a guy on second base and they don’t send him (home). We had the exact same play with Jeremy on base and we sent him and we scored. You can’t teach speed and we have a lot of it. That was the difference in the game.”
Four other Cowboys had hits with Brayden Wahl and Max Johnson each notching two singles. Johnson also had a hand in the two double plays at second base.
“Max had a great game. It was definitely his best game,” Hiedeman said. “Max has done a lot of things for us this year. He courtesy ran and runs well, he’s played some second base and he’s kind of that utility guy we use. We changed things up a little bit today, which put him at second base and boy did he capitalize on that. He played great.”
Stack’s first hit of the night plated Feigum and Cooper Yaggie brought Stack in with a single, putting Breck up by two in the first inning. The next two runs came in the third off a Wahl RBI and an error. The final BHS score was off another error.
Connor Twidwell started on the mound and Carter Haugen finished off the last two and two-thirds. Both were solid in their time on the hill, but the big victory was keeping their pitch counts low.
“Both pitchers threw really well. They only walked one guy each so our formula was to play solid defense, don’t walk anybody and we’re going to win,” Hiedeman said. “Nobody threw more than 50 pitches, so everybody’s eligible for the maximum amount come Thursday. We should be in as good of shape as we can be in.”
The third-seeded Cowboys (16-5) move on to play second-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek, Minnesota. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Now that Breckenridge has a playoff win under their belt, the rest of the tournament is double elimination. Win or lose they’ll play again later in the day.
“That’s the best team we’ll play all year probably. We’re going to face two really tough teams starting with Wadena,” Hiedeman said. “Are we capable of beating them? If we play like this, yeah, we are. We’ll let the ball bounce the way it does.”
Hunter Feigum- 4-4, 2B, 2 Rs, SB
Jeremy Stack- 3-4 RBI, 2 Rs, 2 SBs
Brayden Wahl- 2-4 RBI
Jack Aigner- 1-4 K
Cooper Yaggie- 1-3 RBI, K
Carter Haugen- 0-2 BB
Connor Twidwell- 0-2 BB
Max Johnson- 2-3
Hayden Schuler- 0-2 K
Luke Arnhalt- 0-1 K
Derrick Zietlow- R
Connor Twidwell- four and a third innings, 4 hits, BB, K
Carter Haugen- two and two-third innings, BB, 3 Ks