Class C Friday roundup (Dundas): Kussatz nails tying run at the plate to lift Dumont past Stark

By Michael Hughes

ScoreMonster Contributor

All night Friday, Jordon Roos did just enough to stifle the Stark Longhorns in a Sweet 16 game of the Class C state tournament in Dundas. Roos, the ace for the Dumont Saints, finished with 10 strikeouts to help strand nine Longhorn runners. He allowed only seven hits and four walks while hurling 152 pitches.

The only Stark runs were unearned against Roos. In the bottom of the fifth, when Sean Mathiowetz singled, stole second, stole third and advanced home on an errant throw that sailed over the third baseman’s head. Mathiowetz finished his night with five stolen bases.

The second Stark run came in the bottom of the ninth, when Mason Cox strode to the plate with two outs, runners on second and third and four strikeouts to his name already. In his fifth at-bat, Cox punched a single to center field to score David Surprenant from third. Pinch runner Talan Helget was waved home from second base, but center fielder Pat Kussatz’s throw was on the money to catcher Mason Lampe, who tagged out Helget to end the game.

Dumont scored its first two runs of the evening in the top of the fourth. After Matt Thielen and Mason Lampe led off the inning with back-to-back singles, both moved up a base on a wild pitch. Shortly after, Thielen scampered home on a passed ball, while Lampe moved up to third. That allowed Kussatz to lay down a bunt, and Lampe to score on a suicide squeeze for a 2-0 lead.

Stark threatened to score in the bottom of the first by placing runners on second and third, but a strikeout and a fly out to right ended the threat. The Longhorns then stranded runners on the corners in the bottom of the fourth and a runner on second in the bottom of the seventh.

Dumont added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Eli Larson doubled to lead off the inning and eventually scored on a passed ball to push the lead to 3-1.

Roos was opposed on the mound by Courtland draftee Chase Meyer, who fired six solid innings for Stark while allowing the two runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts. He was relieved by fellow Courtland draftee Jackson Bode, who cruised through the seventh and eighth innings before running into trouble in the top of the ninth.

Dumont’s postseason run continues, after the Saints survived a 12-inning 7-6 victory last weekend to stave off the Richmond Royals. Up next is another test at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Faribault against the winner of Saturday’s tilt between the Waconia Lakers and Buckman Billygoats.

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