Recaps: Day 1 of Class B state tourney

Posted on Aug. 24, 2014 by Erik Steffenson

We had a 30-minute delay (Mother Nature decided to give us some rain) before the official start of the Class B tournament took place in Le Sueur. A decent crowd of 2,062 showed up throughout the day and behind the outfield fences in the park nearby was live music that went on from the start of the day until about 10 at night. Overall, it was a great start to the Class B tournament.

Austin Greyhounds v. Burnsville Bobcats:

After the 30 minute rain delay, it was a quiet start to the game as starters Joe Huffman for the Hounds and Casey Jacobson for the Bobcats held their respective opponents to a scoreless game through four innings. The first run came on a two-out RBI single by Matt Trocke in the top of the fifth to give Burnsville a 1-0 lead. Huffman came out after five allowing only four hits and the one run while striking out eight. Austin tied it in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Andy Swank. In the eighth, a sacrifice fly gave Burnsville a 2-1 lead, the first run off of Hounds pitcher Nels Nelson, who entered the game in the sixth inning. The Bobcats added two more runs in the ninth inning and Casey Jacobson kept the Hounds off the board to complete the 4-1 victory. Jacobson pitched all nine innings allowing only seven hits, two walks, one run, and striking out six to advance Burnsville.

Duluth Xpress v. Blaine Fusion

This game had Matt Mossey all over it as he put on a good show in Le Sueur. He had a no hitter going into the seventh inning and kept Duluth quiet as he struck out 16 in 7 and 1/3 innings pitched. Matt contributed to his own cause with an RBI single in the third inning to give his team a 2-0 lead at the time. Blaine added four more runs in the bottom of the fifth with a bases loaded triple by Andy Wojciechowski and he was driven in on the next play on a single by Ryan Sutterer. Blaine had a 7-0 lead into the eighth when the Duluth bats suddenly began coming alive. It was one runner on and one out when Mossey was pulled for Brooks Maner. D.J. Lahti drove in the first Xpress run with an RBI double. Jon Kusch hit a three run homer two batters later to cut the lead to 7-4. Blaine responded with two runs in the bottom half to make it 9-4 where Maner pitched a solid ninth inning to complete the 9-4 victory.

St. Cloud Beaudreau’s v. Victoria Vics

Victoria was the favorite in the upper half of the Class B bracket entering the game. St. Cloud took advantage of an early Vics throwing error that would score one run for a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Adam Dittrich got things going for the Vics as he led off the bottom of the third with a double and was driven in on a double by Greg Winegarden two at bats later. Matt Mann then crushed a two-run bomb down the left field line to give Victoria a 3-1 lead. The Beaudreau’s scored two runs in the top of the fifth taking advantage of a couple Vics errors to tie it 3-3. Sam Rothstein then hit a home run to center field to put the Vics back on top 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. Another costly Vics error led to a St. Cloud run in the eighth inning to make it a 4-4 tie. In the ninth inning, Ryan Schneider hit an RBI single that dropped in to score what would be the winning run to make it 5-4. Reese Gregory continued his impressive performance into the ninth as he sent the Vics down 1-2-3 for the 5-4 Beaudreau victory. He went all nine innings allowing only six hits, four runs while striking out seven.

Isanti Redbirds v. Elko Express

It was the final game of the day in Le Sueur and this one did not disappoint. After a scoreless first inning, Isanti scored the first run of the game in the top of the second with an RBI single from Thomas Heifort. Elko responded with two runs with a RBI single from Gordon Kappers and an RBI groundout by Kyle Kraska. Isanti went ahead in the third inning with a three run blast to left by Kyle Johnson to give the Redbirds a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Ryan Van Dusen hit a two run single up the middle to tie the game 4-4. Kappers gave the Express a 5-4 lead with an RBI single later in the inning. Isanti tied it in the top of the sixth with an RBI double by Heifort. A home run by T.J. Evanson put Elko ahead 6-5 and the Express would score two more with another two-run single by Van Dusen. Evanson hit his second homer of the game in the bottom of the seventh with a two-run shot to left center after a an RBI double by Nick Altaville to make it a 11-5 Elko lead after seven. In the eighth, Isanti was shut down again by reliever John Hayes who entered the game in the seventh. After a Redbird error cost another run in the bottom half, Altaville hit a three run homer to right to give Elko a 15-5 victory since it hit the ten-run rule after the home run.      

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