Class C action Saturday in Norwood

Saturday 8/19 uploaded 10:00 p.m.

Written by Erik Steffenson

1:00 p.m.- Blue Earth Pirates (1) v. Fort Ripley Rebels (0) 10 innings

Lee Hodges goes all ten innings to carry the Pirates past Fort Ripley

Today started out with two aces on the hill that refused to give their opponents any easy way in the first round. Nine innings was not enough for either team to get a run scored.

The closest opportunity came in the top of the ninth when the Pirates had runners on third and first before Kane Malo struck out to end the frame. They would come back next inning with a leadoff single from T.J. Schmidtke and he managed to find his way to third base with one out where Bobby Olson got him home on a sacrifice fly to right field. It would be the only run of the game.

Jack Hegarty got the start for the Rebels and he also went ten innings allowing only seven base hits (all singles), one unearned run, while striking out twelve. Lee Hodges for the Pirates threw ten spectacular innings as well only letting 6 runners on base (4 hits, hit batter, fielding error). He managed to strike out eight batters as well.

Blue Earth will play the Bemidji Blue Ox next Sunday in Hamburg.

4:00 p.m.- Hadley Buttermakers (3) v. Cannon Falls Bears (2) 10 innings

Back and forth game ends up in favor of the Buttermakers

Keith Myers tossed a ten inning complete game, but despite allowing only three runs and striking out eight; Hadley managed to scrape enough to defeat the Bears.

The Bears struck the scoreboard first on an RBI single from Zeke Williams in the second inning. Hadley tied the game in the fifth inning on a single by Chris Halbur. In the eighth inning Hadley was threatening again with Derek Lieser and Nick Bruning leading off with back-to-back singles. Lieser would score on a sacrifice fly by the catcher Blake Rogers. Two batters later Kellan Johnson singled to right, but a great throw by the Bear’s Peter Haggerty caught Bruning at the plate to end the top half.

Cannon Falls would rally in the ninth as it started with Garrett Beach walking to leadoff, Austin Jacobs went in to pinch run. After a sacrifice bunt, Rich Burr sent a line drive to right center which scored Jacobs from second in order to tie the game.

In the tenth inning, with Myers still on the hill, Nick Bruning (third of the game) struck another single between the third baseman and shortstop with one out. Blake Rogers followed him immediately followed with a single to move Bruning to second. Max Zwart made it three singles in a row with a single to right and Bruning this time barely beat the throw home to make it 3-2.

“That time I made sure that my leadoff from second was bigger because I knew the right fielder already got me once. As soon as I slid home I told the umpire I beat it and got underneath and he knew it as well” Bruning said.

“It was tough last year because we were ten runned out of the tournament. Today though..watching these guys on the toes of the dugout and watching the excitement on these guys is fun to watch.” Manager Myron Bennett

Hadley will go on to play Fergus Falls in Green Isle next Saturday.

7:00 p.m.- Young America Cardinals (5) v. Rochester Roadrunners (0)

Isaac Norman stops the Roadrunners

A good crowd came out to support the Young America Cardinals and cheer on the Concordia student, Isaac Hormann, on the mound. Hormann was spectacular on the hill as he tossed all nine shutout innings allowing only four hits and escaping a bases loaded jam in the ninth with no outs.

Hormann was also the leadoff hitter in the lineup for the Cardinals as well. He started the game with a single to center and would score on Matt Mann’s single two batters later. Mann would go three for five (all singles) plus two stolen bases. Roch Whittaker would tack on two more runs in the third inning with a two RBI double into deep right center.

Young America would take advantage of Rochester’s sloopy defense late in the game as bad pickoff attempt by Roadrunners pitcher Brandon Wolf (draftee out of Owatonna) led to Logan Harms scoring from third. In the ninth Mann got on base on an error by the shortstop and then advanced to third on another bad pickoff by Wolf. The pinch hitter Barret Panning hit a sacrifice fly to drive Mann home to make it 5-0.

Jade Boettcher (draftee from Stewartville-Racine) got the start for the Roadrunners and pitched five innings allowing only five hits and three runs while striking out four.

“Being in the state tournament is fun. It’s definitely a different feeling playing with wood bats then playing in college. It’s fun playing with these guys and hopefully we can make a good run this year” Isaac Hormann on playing with Young America.    

Young America will go on to play Lake Henry next Saturday in Hamburg.

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