Governors with Barrage of Runs Friday, Kienholz No-Hitter Saturday Extends Win Streak to Seven

Governors with Barrage of Runs Friday, Kienholz No-Hitter Saturday Extends Win Streak to Seven

The Pierre Governors won four games over the weekend sweeping Washington on Friday with two high scoring affairs 13-8 and 20-12, and would sweep Brandon Valley on Saturday 2-0 and 6-5.


The Governors would score 33 runs on Friday, outscoring their previous eight game run total as they improved their record to 5-5. Washington would take a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first put it would be answered by the Govs in the bottom half of the inning and then answering again in the bottom of the second to tie the game 4-4. In the bottom of the third, Pierre would strike for six runs in part of three singles and a bases loaded hit by pitch to take control of the game 10-4. Washington would make it 10-6 in the top of the fourth, but a solo shot by Lincoln Kienholz followed by an RBI double from Jack Merkwan and RBI single from Deegan Houska would give the Govs a 13-6 lead and hold on for the game one win. Kienholz finished with three RBI while Merkwan, Jett Zabel and Cade Kaiser all had two RBI in the win.

In game two the Govs had more of the same from the offense as they exploded for 20 runs three runs in the first and four runs in the second and third innings. However, Pierre led 11-3 after three innings, Washington stormed back to tie the game at 11 heading into the bottom of the fifth. The Govs would strike for four runs in the bottom half of the inning and then another five runs in the sixth to control the game and taking advantage of four Washington errors in the game. Zabel hit a two home run early as he finished a double away from the cycle and had seven RBI in the win which included him for nine in total of the doubleheader.

Brandon Valley

Kienholz would be dominant on the mound Saturday afternoon against Brandon Valley as he would toss a complete game no hitter giving up just two walks on 11 strikeouts with just 93 pitches thrown. Houska would drive in what would be the winning run in the bottom of the fourth as he grounded out to second and scored Merkwan. Merkwan would then score again in the bottom of the sixth as Jonny Lyons was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Pierre had just four hits in the game with Merkwan singling twice.

In game two the Govs opened up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first before Brandon Valley would have a four run fourth to take a 5-3 lead and led going into the bottom of the sixth. In the sixth Brecken Krueger would hit a sacrifice fly to score Trevor Rounds to make it a 5-4 game. Then Merkwan would attempt an early steal of second to force a pickle and an errant throw by the pitcher would easily score George Stalley from third. Zabel would cap off his phenomenal weekend with the go-ahead RBI double as the Govs extend its winning streak to seven and have made a comeback in five of its seven wins. Lyons would pick up the win throwing four innings in relief of Ridge Leimbach.

The Governors are now 7-5 on the season and will face Harrisburg on Wednesday in Chamberlain for a single game. First pitch is at 6:00 on KCCR and on YouTube at KCCR Sports with Jon Winkler on the call.