Class C Roundup (Faribault): Loretto rallies to win slugfest over Waterville 10-7

By Pat Beck

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.orgThe Loretto Larks won a slugfest 10-7 over the Waterville Indians in the first round of the state Class C tournament Friday at Bell Field in Faribault.

Loretto out hit Waterville 15-10 and rallied from trailing 3-1 after one inning with a seven-run outburst in the third inning, including a bases-clearing double by Bradley Koskie, to take an 8-4 lead.

Selected the Player of the Game by the Minnesota Baseball Association, Bradley Koskie, 21, finished 3-for-6 with a double, a run and four RBIs, while Corey Koskie went 1-for-4 with one run scored.

Tyler Maher also had a big night for the Larks, batting 4-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.

Others with multiple hits included Ben Leuthner 2-for-5 with two runs; Keenan Hodgkin 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI; and Chris Glunz 2-for-4 with one run.

Another Koskie, Caleb, picked up the win on the mound in relief of starter Tyler Beckman, who failed to get an out while allowing two runs on three hits.

Caleb Koskie, a lefty, pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Eric Newman, a draftee from Buffalo, earned the save, pitching the last 3 2/3 innings and giving up one run on four hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

Waterville cut the lead to 8-6 with two runs in the fourth inning, but Loretto scored a run in the fifth and a run in the seventh.

Three Waterville players had multiple hits, led by Bladyn Bartelt who went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Luke Seller (double) and Ben Boran both batted 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI each.

Getting a hit each were Ty Kaus 1-for-3 with a double and two runs, and Shane Sellner, Josh Cook and Isaac Turner 1-for-5 (double) with one RBI.

Luke Sellner started at pitcher for the Indians and lasted two innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Dalton Grose pitched the last five innings, giving up three runs on six hits, six walks and four strikeouts.

Tom Gannon pitched the eighth inning with one run on two hits and one walk.

The game, which ended at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, was delayed for nearly two hours because of rain. There was extensive puddling on the field, which the groundskeepers diligently removed to make safe play possible.

Loretto next faces the Bird Island Bullfrogs at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Dundas.

Waterville’s season ends with a 27-4 record.

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