CLASS C ROUNDUP SATURDAY AT LITCH: Buckman’s Noah Boser steps up big in win over Kimball

By Matthew Davis

Photos via: RK Photography

Buckman Billygoats left fielder Noah Boser took matters into his hands against the Kimball Express.

Boser hit a solo home run and a two-out, walk-off single for a 5-4 Billygoats victory in 11 innings over the Express. Kimball previously came from three runs down to force extra innings.

Buckman jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning, and the Billygoats made it 3-0 with two more runs in the fourth inning. Kimball didn’t go quietly with two runs in the sixth inning amid loading the bases. The Express tied things up 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning. 

Kimball grabbed the lead in the top of the 10th inning when Ben Johnson singled to score Tommy Friesen. The Billygoats responded by turning a double play on the next at-bat to keep the deficit at 4-3.

Boser answered for his team with a solo home run with no outs in the 10th inning to tie things up at 4-4. Aaron Weber followed that up with a one-out double, and the Express took a risk by intentionally walking Matt Kummet to put two runners on. Kimball escaped with a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning.

The Billygoats made quick work of Kimball in the top of the 11th inning, but Kimball retired two Billygoats batters quickly in the bottom of the 11th. Jack Suska hit a two-out double deep to the right field wall, and Boser followed it up with the game-winning single. 

Elrosa 2, Minneota 0

It took some chipping away, but Elrosa finally broke through against the Minneota Mudhens in a 2-0 win. 

Minneota thwarted the Saints’ first good scoring attempt with a play at the plate in the third inning, but the Saints finally broke the 0-0 tie in the sixth inning with two runs. The game remained a pitching duel otherwise as Saints draftee Cole Fuchs fanned nine batters and Mudhens starter Danny Hennen allowed one earned run.

Saints first baseman Ashton Dingmann led the offense, going 3-for-3 batting and a run scored. Third baseman Peyton Winter and designated hitter Andrew Weller drove in runs.

Mudhens catcher Austin Devlaeminck led his team at the plate with a 2-for-4 game. No other Mudhens batters mustered more than a hit.

Elrosa will face Delano in the final weekend of the tournament.

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