Hornets host Battle Lake in annual night game

Photos by Chad Koenen
Above: Peter Springer and Kaylee Godding get ready for a hit while covering third base during Henning’s game against Battle Lake. Below right: Reddek Speer throws out a runner during Henning’s game against Battle Lake on July 7. Below left: Cove Eckel connects with a pitch in front of the Henning bench on July 7.

By Chad Koenen


The Henning Mighty Mites team split a doubleheader with Bertha-Hewitt on June 28.

The Hornets won the first game by a score of 6-5. Mac Dilly had a double and 2 RBIs to get the Hornets going in the game. Xavier Hoelscher, Mason Miller and Dilly all had singles in the third inning and Brody Iliff scored the game winning run with a single to end the game by a score of 6-5.

In the second game of the day, both teams had a number of good defensive plays to keep the score low. Calahan Koep scored the only run on a single by Mason Mosseau. 

Miller had a double play by making a great catch and then doubling up the base runner. The Hornets lost the game by a score of 2-1.

In Henning’s annual night game against Battle Lake the Hornets were able to edge the Battlers by a score of 7-6. 

The Hornets held Battle Lake scoreless in three innings with tough defense in the field. 

Reggie Emter had a diving catch and two other solid defensive plays to lead the charge.

Miller scored on a big double by Hoelscher to end the game in the bottom of the fifth inning after being tied at a score of 6-6. 

Hoelscher had 2 RBIs in the third inning and Dilly had 2 RBIs in the first inning to lead the way.

Emter went 2-2, Miller was 2-3, Hoelscher was 3-4, Koep was 2-3, Miller was 2-2 and Benjamin Christenson was 2-3. 

The Mighty Mites season came to an end on July 11 at the end of season tournament. 

The Hornets held a 11-9 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but couldn’t hang on for the win against New York Mills. The Eagles were able to score 3 runs in the bottom of the inning to come away with a 12-11 win.

Dilly had 2 RBIs in the 5-run sixth inning to lead all batters. Miller and Hoelscher were both a perfect 4-4 at the plate.

In the second game, Henning fell to Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 9-3. WDC’s defense was stingy in this game and only allowed 9 hits for the Hornets. Emter and Hoelscher both made catches on two of WDC’s line drives to keep the game close.

Emter, Dilly and Christenson were 2-3 in the game, while Iliff was a perfect 3-3 at the plate.

Henning’s season came to an end against Battle Lake as the Hornets were able to pick up the win by a score of 7-6.

Emter had a single to drive in Christenson in what would be the winning run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. 

Emter was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, while Koep, Dilly and Reed Grieger were all 2-2 in the win.

Henning finished the season with a 6-6 record and showed improvements from the first game to the last game of the season.


The Henning PeeWee team fell to a strong Bertha-Hewitt team by a score of 5-0 on June 28.

The Hornets had just 5 hits in the game as the Bertha-Hewitt pitchers struck out 9 Henning hitters in the game. 

Justin Redfield, Alex Castro, Javion Green, Nolan Wendland and Jaeger Sapp had hits for the Hornets. 

Beckham Koep had a great second inning on the mound as he had 2 strikeouts and fielded a ground ball to get the final out of a 1, 2, 3 inning.

On July 7, the Hornets fell to Battle Lake by a score of 9-0 in their annual night game. 

The Battle Lake pitchers notched 11 strikeouts in 5 innings and held Henning to just 2 hits to come away with the win.

Sapp had a big catch in left field and Easton Misegades had a solid game at short stop to lead the defensive effort. 

The two hits for the Hornets were off the bats of Javion Green and Misegades. 

Easton Burmeister and Ryker Thalmann each pitched 2 innings, while Green pitched 1 inning in the loss.

Also on July 7, the Hornets defeated Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 7-6. 

Henning scored 3 runs in the first inning and 4 runs in the second inning. 

Redfield had an unassisted double play to highlight the defense. Thalmann had a great final 2 innings on the mound as he held the Wolverines scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings to seal the victory. Also pitching for the Hornets was Aiden Olson, Easton Burmeister and Green.

Green had a solo home run in the first inning, Misegades went 1-2 with 2 RBIs, Burmeister went 1-2 with 2 RBIs, Redfield went 2-2 with a double and 2 RBIs and Joseph Godding went 1-2. 

In their end of season tournament, the Henning PeeWee team went 1-2 after falling to NY Mills in the opening game of the day by a score of 10-1. A strong pitching performance by the Eagles held Henning to just 6 hits as NY Mills had 12 strikeouts.

In the second game the Hornets defeated Bertha-Hewitt by a score of 5-3. Misegades started the game on the mound and had 7 strikeouts in 3 innings. Misegades, Burmeister and Thalmann had 8 of Henning’s 11 hits. The Hornets scored 3 runs in the third inning to help to secure the win.

In the final game of the day, the Hornets fell to Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 10-4. 

Misegades went 3-3 at the plate and Koep was 2-2 to lead the hitters. Koep and Godding each had 2 RBIs in the loss.

Seven Henning strikeouts left 5 runners on base.

Nora Mills eyes up a pitch during a recent summer rec game in Henning.