Class C Sunday roundup (Dundas): Bird Island wins in 21 innings, Webster rolls on, Isanti wins in 11

By Mike Randleman

ScoreMonster contributor

Photos via Michael Mingo/Twin Cities Photography

In the longest game in Minnesota Baseball Association state tournament history, Bird Island’s Tyler Hebrink was the only player to not strikeout.

He also got to play the role of hero.

With runners on first and third and no outs, Hebrink flared a single to center field to give the Bird Island Bullfrogs a 3-2 win over the Loretto Larks in 21 innings.

The state tournament spans 99 years. The previous record among all classes was last set in 2017 when Brooklyn Park beat Elko, 4-3, in 20 innings in Class B. In 1976, Cyrus defeated Fairfax, 2-1 and Hector defeated Stark, 4-2, in 1971.

Sunday’s game featured 662 total pitches and lasted 5 hours, 36 minutes. It finished at 12:16 a.m. Monday.

Josh Kingery, a draftee from Atwater, pitched 12 innings and threw 169 pitches as the starter for Bird Island. He’s the son of former major leaguer, Mike Kingery. Josh Kingery allowed six hits, two runs (both earned), three walks and struck out 13.

The opposing starter, Loretto’s Caleb Koskie, is another son of an ex-MLB player, Corey Koskie. Caleb Koskie lasted 7 2/3 innings with five hits, two runs (one earned), three walks and five strikeouts. It marked the first time the sons of two former MLB players faced off in the state tournament.

Loretto took the lead in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Ben Leuthner. Bird Island responded in the fourth with a Dylan Gass sacrifice fly.

Corey Koskie, 49, turned back the clock to slug a home run to right field to put the Larks back up, 2-1, in the seventh. In his first at-bat he flew out to straight away center field at the wall.

A two-out infield single in the eighth by the Bullfrogs’ Aiden Elfering re-tied the game.

Bird Island had more scoring chances throughout the extra innings than Loretto, but pitching was sharp on both sides.

Buffalo Bulldogs draftee Eric Newman followed Koskie with 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball with three hits, one walk and four strikeouts. Newman’s Buffalo teammate, Jon Euerle took the loss but did not allow an earned run in 8 innings. Euerle allowed three hits, no walks and struck out 12.

Jared Dettmann relieved Kingery with 3 2/3 innings of no-hit ball with three walks and four strikeouts. Atwater’s Kobe Holtz followed with 2 1/3 innings with no hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Casey Lewandowski earned the win after going 3 innings with three hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Elfering led Bird Island at the plate going 3-for-9. Trent Athmann and Hebrink added two hits each. 

Kent Koch went 2-for-8 for Loretto’s only multi-hit effort.

Bird Island finished with 11 hits to Loretto’s nine and made four errors compared to five for Loretto.

Loretto was the second seed to make it to state out of Region 12.

Bird Island is the Region 4 champion making its fourth straight state appearance. The Bullfrogs advance to the round of 16 to face the Red Wing Aces 11 a.m. Sept. 3 in Faribault.

Webster 6, Monticello 5

The Webster Sox aren’t content just making their first state tournament appearance. They’re moving on to the final weekend.

A four-run ninth inning rally by the Monticello Polecats put the Sox dream postseason run in jeopardy, but Webster hung on for a 6-5 win.

Peter Tveite was Webster’s Player of the Game for the second straight game. The righthander allowed one run over eight innings with four hits, one run (earned), one walk and eight strikeouts.

Tveite also had three of the Sox 12 hits and drove in a run. Left fielder Jacob Bellile also went 3-for-5 with an RBI. Right fielder William Arendt and shortstop Peter Grassl added two hits each.

Monticello, the Region 11 champion making its ninth appearance at state, was led by a 2-for-4 day from shortstop Sam Dokkebakken. 

Third baseman Tommy Blackstone fueled the Polecats’ two-out rally in the ninth with a three-run double.

Both teams scored a run in the third inning. It remained tied until Webster hung two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.

Monticello starting pitcher Tanner Eckhart took the loss. He allowed one earned run out of three total over 7 2/3 innings with nine hits, no extra-base hits, no walks and five strikeouts.

The Sox advance to the round of 16 to play 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in Faribault against the winner of the Cold Spring Rockies and Watertown Red Devils.

Isanti 3, Brownton 2 (11 innings)

Matt Duong made the most of his opportunity.

The pinch hitter knocked a single to right field to plate Mason Voshell in the Isanti Redbirds’ 3-2 win in 11 innings over the Brownton Bruins.

Duong’s at-bat got off to an inauspicious start as he took a strike while Voshell bolted toward home plate for a squeeze. Voshell got back safely after the apparent sign mix-up. He soon ran home with ease as teammates rushed out to greet him in victory.

Isanti never led until the game was over.

Brownton, the fourth team to make it to state out of Region 7, took the first lead in the top of the fourth inning on a fielder’s choice RBI by Deryk Randt. 

Isanti, the Region 1 champion, brought in a run on a wild pitch in the fifth.

The Bruins went back ahead in the sixth on a Nathan Schultz RBI double. The Redbirds responded in the home half with a Wyatt Soderquist double off the fence to score Mitch Dunbar, who tripled.

James Green was credited with the win. He inherited runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the 10th and came up with a strikeout.

Isanti starter Taylor Wink went 5 2/3 innings with six hits, two runs (both earned), two walks and five strikeouts. North Branch Nighthawks draftee Jimmy Skroch was effective in relief going five innings with one hit, four walks and five punchouts.

State tournament veteran Ryan Grams went down with the ship for Brownton. He pitched 10 1/3 innings, scattering 12 hits while allowing three runs (two earned), four walks and striking out six.

Third baseman Logan Kalis, first baseman Blaze Hogie and Voshell each led Isanti with two hits.

First baseman Matt Schwichtenberg led Brownton with two hits.

The Bruins made their first appearance at state since 2016 and second since 1991.

The Redbirds are making their fourth straight state appearance. They advance to play 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 in Faribault against the winner of the Willmar Rails and Delano Athletics.

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