State Tourney Blog: Final Weekend Game Recaps

–by Louie Opatz, MBA freelancer & host of Town Ball Talk podcast 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2                      

Moorhead Brewers 3, Austin Greyhounds 1 @ Hutchinson (5 pm)

A dominant start from Tanner Dahl powered the Brewers to a 3-1 win over Austin in a loser’s bracket elimination game Friday night in Hutch.

Dahl struck out 10, walked one and scattered six singles – plus an extra-base hit – in his complete-game win. Moorhead scratched across runs in the first two innings and held Austin to a single run in the third to carry a 2-1 lead through eight innings. The Brewers scored an insurance run for Dahl in the top of the ninth, but the Moorhead ace didn’t end up needing it as he closed out the game.

Moorhead leadoff hitter Spencer Flaten flashed his speed to bedevil the Greyhounds: the centerfielder legged out a triple and stole a base on his way to a 2-for-5 game with a run scored and an RBI. Former Phillies big-leaguer Chris Coste smacked two singles in four at-bats to aid the Brewers’ cause, and catcher Tanner Adam tripled while going 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Austin leadoff hitter Jordan Hart tripled and went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while first baseman Logan Spitzak singled twice in four at-bats in the losing cause.      . 

Chaska Cubs 2, Blaine Fusion 1 @ Dassel (5 pm)

Chaska’s Pete Ohnsorg attacked Blaine’s hitters all game. Though the Fusion pounded out 12 hits, it wasn’t enough to overcome Ohnsorg, who went the distance to guide the Cubs to a 2-1 win in an elimination game Friday night.

Blaine opened the scoring off Ohnsorg with a run in the top of the second before Ohnsorg and the Chaska ‘D’ clamped down, holding the Fusion scoreless for their final eight cracks. After a scoreless first inning, Chaska answered with runs in the bottom of the second and the third to take the early 2-1 lead that would prove to be the final score. The Cubs tallied only six total hits – but three were doubles.

The top of the Fusion’s order battered Ohnsorg. Blaine’s 1-2-3 hitters Dan Mossey, Corey LaPlante and Matt Mossey went 8-for-14 with a run and an RBI. Six-hole hitter Tom Druk was also a thorn in Ohnsorg’s side, as the rightfielder doubled twice on his way to a 4-for-4 day. Chaska second baseman Tony Lane and third baseman Chase Hentges each went 2-for-4 with a double. 

Moorhead Brewers 1, Beaudreau’s Saints 0 @ Hutchinson (7:30 pm)

Moorhead starter Tanner Dahl finished off a night he’ll never forget, as the Brewers’ righty twirled his second consecutive complete-game win of the day to push Moorhead past St. Cloud Beaudreau’s 1-0 Friday night in Hutchinson.

All told on Friday, Dahl threw 18 innings on 222 pitches, giving up one run on 12 hits with 21 punchouts. In the matchup against Beaudreau’s, Dahl and Saints starter Dominic Austing each held their opponent scoreless through five innings, until the Brewers’ Chris Clemenson scored the game’s only run in the sixth. That was enough for Dahl, who struck out 11 Saints batters, walked two and allowed only five hits.

Moorhead first baseman Mike Peschel and rightfielder Tom Fuchs propelled the Brewers’ offense, as each went 2-for-4 with a double to collect four of the team’s six hits. Beaudreau’s catcher Tom Imholte went 2-for-4 off Dahl from the leadoff spot, and third baseman Brian Minks smacked the Saints’ only extra-base hit with a double. Dahl’s Herculean performance powered the Brewers to Sunday’s loser’s bracket semifinal clash against the Chaska Cubs at 5 pm in Dassel. 

Chaska Cubs 3, St. Michael Saints 2 @ Dassel (7:30 pm – 11 innings)

The Chaska Cubs won their second one-run game of the day Friday night, but it took an extra two innings to do so. And more than that, it took the thunderous bat of third baseman Chase Hentges, whose solo home run in the top of the 11th was the game-winner.

Neither team could get on the board through the first six innings, as St. Michael starter Scott Lieser held Chaska at bay. Cubs starter Austin Lubinksy — who threw five innings with three hits, five strikeouts and zero walks — and Cubs reliever Ryan Zimmerman kept the Saints’ bats quiet through 18 outs.

Chaska opened the scoring with two runs off Lieser in the top of the seventh, but St. Michael answered back with a run in the bottom half of the seventh and eighth to tie the game. The two offenses lay dormant until the top half of the 11th, when Hentges sent one deep into the night — and Zimmerman shut the door in the bottom half to secure the win.

Lieser threw all 11 innings for the Saints — striking out nine, walking one and allowing two earned runs — but he was saddled with the season-ending loss. Chaska leftfielder J.T. Canakes frustrated Lieser all evening, collecting three singles and a double in four at-bats.

Three Saints accounted for all eight of St. Michael’s hits: shortstop Max Ditty went 3-for-5, infielder Alex Naasz doubled and singled twice in four at-bats while designated hitter Jeff Hackenmueller tallied two singles in five trips to the plate. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Sobieski Skis 5, Prior Lake Mudcats 4 @ Hutch (11 am – 11 innings)

A four-run, eighth-inning outburst by Prior Lake tied the game and pushed it to extra innings before Sobieski scratched across the winning run in the 11th for a 5-4 victory. With the win, the Skis advance to Class C’s final eight.

Sobieski ace Tyler Jendro went the distance, tossing 150 pitches. The 2014 Class C state tournament MVP allowed four unearned runs on five hits, striking out eight while walking two.

The Skis opened the scoring in the fifth inning with a four-spot — two of them unearned — against Mudcats starter Topher Rose, who was yanked for draftee Matt Lane of Faribault with two outs in the fifth. Prior Lake took advantage of two Sobieski fielding miscues in the eighth to score four unearned runs and tie the game off Jendro. The Skis ace held strong, shutting the ‘Cats out for two frames before Sobieski scored the winner.  

The Skis employed a balanced attack to muster up their five runs. Six different Sobieski batters had one hit to account for the Skis’ total, but four of those batters — Beau Hanowski, Scott Litchy, Joey Hanowski and Jon Czech — belted doubles. Leftfielder Tony Loehr starred at the plate for the Mudcats, doubling, singling and walking in four plate appearances against Jendro, to tally Prior Lake’s lone multi-hit effort. 

Winsted Wildcats 7, Watkins Clippers 5 @ Dassel (11 am)

Saturday’s marquee mound matchup between Winsted’s Tony Kley and Watkins’ Matt Geislinger lacked its expected pitching dominance but delivered on suspense, as Watkins left the tying run at the plate in a 7-5 loss to the Wildcats.

Kley pitched seven solid innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with nine K’s and four walks. Geislinger hurled a 134-pitch, eight-inning complete game, conceding six earned runs on seven hits while striking out 11. Neither pitcher was as sharp around the strike zone as last weekend; Geislinger struggled with his control all day, walking four Winsted batters and hitting two more, while Kley issued four bases-on-balls across his seven innings.

Winsted carried a 6-1 lead to the sixth when the Clippers scored three runs, highlighted by an RBI double by Geislinger to help his own cause. But Kley kept the Clippers at bay in the top of the seventh and the Wildcats scored an insurance run in the bottom half to help reliever Patrick Tschida, a draftee from Watertown, close the door with a two-inning save.

Winsted centerfielder Curtis Herbolsheimer went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI to pace the Wildcats’ offense, and rightfielder Gregg Kohler went 1-for-3 with an RBI double to earn Winsted’s other extra-base hit. Geislinger had Kley’s number at the plate: the lefty doubled twice and walked once in four plate appearances, driving in two and scoring one. Catcher Lincoln Haugen and third baseman Brenden Ashton each picked up two hits for the Clipper cause.  

Miesville Mudhens 5, Shakopee Indians 4 @ Litchfield (1:30 pm)

A walk-off single from Miesville third baseman Charles Bruchu in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mudhens a 5-4 win over Shakopee and punched Miesville’s ticket to the Class B state championship game Monday in Hutchinson.

The Mudhens ran out to an early 3-0 lead but Shakopee scored in the fourth and fifth to tie the game 4-4 after five complete. The game remained tied until the ninth, when Bruchu — who powered the Miesville lineup from the top spot with a 3-for-5 day — smoked a line drive just above the grasp of Shakopee third baseman Troy Wasiloski to plate teammate Brian Sprout for the game-winning run.

Miesville starter Jacob Dickmeyer threw the first seven for the Mudhens and let the Indians put the ball in play, striking out one, walking one and scattering nine hits and four earned runs. Reliever Ryan Fritze entered in the eighth and pitched two perfect frames, striking out two, to earn the win for the Mudhens, who will play the winner of Sunday’s consolation bracket in the title game on Monday. Miesville shortstop Deryk Marks singled three times in four at-bats to drive in one run, and Mudhens first baseman Andrew Werner went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the win. Shakopee rightfielder Brandon Olson paced the Indians offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base, and Wasiloski drove in two runs and doubled on his way to a 1-for-3 performance. 

Raymond Rockets 2, Sartell Muskies 1 @ Hutchinson (1:30 pm – 15 innings)

Raymond claimed victory in Saturday’s wildest game, as Rockets catcher Tyler Steen stroked a one-out double in the bottom of the 15th to give Raymond the walk-off win.

The Rockets scored first, scratching across a single run in the bottom of the fourth off Sartell lefty John Schumer, and the Muskies answered back in the top of the seventh with a tying run off fellow lefty Alex Lothammer to make it 1-1. That score held for eight more innings, until Steen strode to the plate and smashed one to the right-center gap off Muskies’ reliever Adam Wenker to send the Rockets soaring into Sunday and eliminate Sartell.

Lothammer pitched the first eight innings of the game before being relieved by Tyler Knott — who threw six innings of scoreless ball, allowing only three hits. Lothammer then re-entered the game in the top of the 15th after spending six innings on the bench. With the go-ahead run on third and two outs in the 15th, Lothammer got out of the inning with help from centerfielder Brett Swanson’s game-saving, diving catch.

Raymond leftfielder Mike Jeseritz went 3-for-7 with a run from the leadoff spot, and third baseman Calvin Kosminskas also tallied three hits for the Rockets, going 3-for-6 with a double. Steen’s game-winning double was one of his two hits in seven trips to the plate for the Rockets. The Muskies were paced by speedy leadoff hitter Andrew Deters, who singled three times and stole three bases off Steen.

Sartell third baseman Jace Otto also notched three hits, going 3-for-6 with a double. Lothammer scattered seven safeties and one earned run across his bifurcated nine-inning appearance to earn the win, while Wenker took the loss. 

Nisswa Lightning 5, Bemidji Blue Ox 1 @ Dassel (1:30 pm)

Avon draftee Kyle Collins twirled a gem for Nisswa in the round of 16 Saturday, scattering seven hits across nine innings, walking zero and striking out nine to guide the Lightning to a 5-1 win over Bemidji.

Nisswa never trailed in the game, as the Lightning carried a 3-0 lead to the top of the eighth, when the Blue Ox got on the board against Collins to make it 3-1 Nisswa entering the bottom half of the frame. The Lightning’s potent offense scored two more in their half of the inning to give Collins a comfortable 5-1 lead entering the ninth.

Lightning leftfielder Luke Schumer singled twice and drove in a run in three at-bats to pace Nisswa, whose thunderous bats were held largely in check by the Bemidji duo of Ryan Hirt and Kaleb Dingman. The Lightning K’ed 12 times and notched zero extra-base hits, but timely hitting and four Blue Ox errors helped push Nisswa to the next round.

Bemidji catcher Thomas Revering went 2-for-4 in the season-ending loss, and leftfielder Nick Hovila tripled in four at-bats to tally the game’s only extra-base hit. Bemidji starter Hirt struck out 12 batters to account for 63 percent of the outs he recorded, but the Blue Ox pitcher was hit hard when the Lightning put the ball in play, allowing eight hits across 6 ⅓ innings. 

Plato Bluejays 5, Elrosa Saints 2 @ Dassel (5 pm)

For the first time in their 2016 state tournament run, the defending champion Plato Bluejays had to play nine innings Saturday — but did so comfortably, eliminating Elrosa 5-2 in a game in which Plato never trailed.

A week after tossing a complete-game shutout against Blue Earth, Elrosa starter Ethan Vogt had a tougher go of it Saturday: the Saints’ righty gave up nine hits in four innings, allowing four runs — one of which was earned. Vogt’s counterpart Chris Odegaard dominated for the Bluejays, allowing two unearned runs, striking out 11, walking zero and scattering eight hits across his complete-game win.

Plato hit Elrosa hard from top to bottom: eight of the Bluejays’ nine starters had a hit off Saints pitching, and the Plato attack was led by designated hitter Adam Prehn, who smacked four singles and scored a run in four trips to the plate. Plato catcher Noah Lepel proved a tough out for Elrosa, as the three-hitter went 2-for-3 with a single, double and walk in the Bluejays’ win. Saints shortstop Matt Middendorf keyed the Elrosa attack, singling twice and scoring a run in his five at-bats from the leadoff spot. Elrosa rightfielder Austin Hadley earned the Saints’ other multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the season-ending loss.

Hutchinson Huskies 9, Milroy Irish 1 @ Hutchinson (5 pm)

The Hutch bats gave Milroy little chance Saturday afternoon, as the Huskies pounded out 17 hits to the Irish’s three to overwhelm Milroy 9-1 and advance to Sunday’s round of eight.

The Huskies scored in five of their nine innings at the plate — including a four-run third — to take an early, commanding lead that they never looked in danger of relinquishing. Hutchinson starter Connor Kern threw all nine to earn the complete-game win, striking out seven, walking three and allowing two Irish hits; only a single Milroy run in the bottom of the ninth prevented Kern from getting his shutout.

The Hutchinson hit parade was led by rightfielder Jake Wendland, who went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and two RBI to raise his tournament batting average to an eye-dropping .857. Leftfielder Keegan Macemon pounded out three hits — including a double — on his way to a 3-for-5 game with two RBI and a run scored. Four more Huskies — Justin Juergensen, Jayden Juergensen, Marcus Hahn and Fernando Villegas — tallied multi-hit games in Hutch’s lopsided win. Milroy first baseman Brady Lanoue and and leftfielder Derek Riley accounted for the Irish’s two singles in the elimination loss.

Maple Lake Lakers 3, Waconia Lakers 0 @ Dassel (7:30 pm)

Maple Lake starter Jeremy Schmidt was dominant in the Dassel site’s final game of the day, as the righthander tossed nine spotless innings to lead Maple Lake over Waconia 3-0.

Schimdt threw nine scoreless innings, allowing only six Waconia singles while striking out eight and walking zero, pushing his tournament line into absurd territory: three starts, three wins, 10 hits, one run, one walk and 24 strikeouts across 25 innings. Maple Lake opened the scoring in the fourth with a run and added another in the top of the fifth. Maple Lake pushed one more across in the top of the ninth to give Schmidt plenty of breathing room.

The heart of Maple Lake’s order proved tricky for Waconia starter Kodey Simon, who allowed two earned runs on seven hits across nine innings to pick up the tough loss: Maple Lake’s Riley Decker, Chad Raiche and Todd Fuller — the Lakers’ 2-3-5 hitters — went 5-for-10 with an RBI and a run scored to account for all but two of Maple Lake’s hits. Waconia shortstop and leadoff hitter Derek Marten was the only Laker who could claim he got the better of Schmidt: Marten singled twice in four at-bats, the only Waconia batter to notch more than one hit off the Maple Lake ace. 

Lastrup Lakers 5, Hadley Buttermakers 3 @ Hutchinson (7:30 pm)

A nightmare eighth inning from Hadley undid the Buttermakers against Lastrup, as the Lakers battled back from a two-run deficit to take the lead on an error and back-to-back suicide squeezes on their way to a 5-3 win over Hadley.

Hadley was in control through seven innings, as Buttermakers starter Justin Reisma battled through control issues — the Hadley starter walked four and had one wild pitch in seven frames of work — to keep Hadley up 2-0 entering the eighth. Reisma ran into trouble to start the eighth, however, as Lastrup got its first two base runners on and Windom draftee Sam Huska was called on to mitigate the damage. The Lakers moved their runners over to second and third with one out before the wheels came off for the Buttermakers: an error scored a run to make it 2-1 Hadley before the Lakers successfully executed consecutive suicide squeezes to take a 3-2 lead. Lastrup pushed across another run to give the Lakers a two-run lead — a differential that would prove definitive, as each team scored once in the ninth and Lastrup held on for the 5-3 win.

Lastrup infielder Brad Meyer led the Lakers’ attack with two singles, a double and a walk in five plate appearances, and starting pitcher Chad Weiss smacked two singles and drove in a run to go with his two-run, eight-inning win on the mound. Hadley third baseman Blake Rogers was a nuisance for Lastrup pitching all evening: the three-hole hitter reached base three times — via base hit, hit-by-pitch and walk — in five plate appearances and scored all three of the Buttermakers’ runs in the heartbreaking loss. Hadley first baseman Max Zwart and shortstop Eric Wieneke went 2-for-4 and 3-for-5, respectively, to account for five of the Buttermakers’ nine hits. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Lastrup Lakers 3, Maple Lake Lakers 1 @ Hutchinson (11 am)

Lastrup posted two runs in the top of the first in what would prove the difference, as Lastrup held off Maple Lake 3-1 in the battle of the Lakers.

Maple Lake halved the deficit with a run in the bottom half of the fourth, but Lastrup answered back immediately, pushing a run across the plate in the top of the fifth to regain the two-run lead, 3-1. Lastrup starter Brad Meyer didn’t overpower Maple Lake — he struck out only one of the 36 batters he faced — but he was a paragon of control, conceding only two free bases and four hits on his way to the complete-game victory. Maple Lake relied on two Dassel-Cokato draftees to handle pitching duty: starter Eric Hanson struggled across two innings, allowing four hits, walking four and giving up two runs before giving way to teammate Tyler Zweibohmer, who settled in and tossed seven innings of one-run ball in the losing effort.

Lastrup leadoff hitter Chad Weiss once again paced the Lakers’ offense, smacking two singles and a double with one run scored in five at-bats, and Paul Herman and Reggie Litke each went 2-for-4 to give Lastrup three batters with multi-hit games. Maple Lake’s offense was stymied for much of Sunday’s action — four Lakers batters each tallied a single hit — but third baseman Riley Decker performed well, doubling and getting hit by a pitch to be the lone Maple Lake batter to reach base more than once.

Raymond Rockets 10, Nisswa Lightning 2 @ Dassel (11 am)

Through six innings, Raymond and Nisswa looked destined to be a classic close playoff game — until the Rockets blasted off for six runs in the seventh to run away with a 10-2 win over the Lightning.

Both teams scored twice in the second inning, and after Raymond starter Cole Christianson held Nisswa scoreless in the top of the third, the Rockets responded with two more runs in the bottom half to take a 4-2 lead and bounce Lightning starter Scott Sand. The game remained 4-2 until the seventh, when Nisswa reliever Luke Schumer got into trouble: the big righty was relieved by Nate DeChaine, who got out of the inning, but not before the Rockets had crossed the plate six times and taken a commanding 10-2 lead. DeChaine struggled to get Raymond batters out in his one inning of work, allowing three walks, two singles and a double before getting three outs.

The Rockets were powered by a team-wide hitting attack: only one starter, shortstop Eric Hulterstrum, failed to tally a base hit — but Hulterstrum still reached base twice and scored two runs in the big win. Second baseman Austin Smith delivered some key blows from the nine-hole, driving in four runs on his way to a 2-for-5 day, and rightfielder Justin Koenen and first baseman Kyle Knott each went 3-for-4 and a double.

Sobieski Skis 15, Winsted Wildcats 12 @ Dassel (1:30 pm)

The Skis held on to win a sloppy, high-scoring affair at Dassel that saw Sobieski and Winsted combine for seven errors and 10 first-inning runs before the dust had settled with the Skis winning 15-12.

Both teams started a lefty and both lefties struggled: Matt Swanson, a draftee from Upsala, gave up four runs to the Wildcats in the top of the first inning on four hits and a walk, and Shane Khan, Winsted’s starter, gave those four runs right back — plus two more — in the bottom half. The Skis were quicker with the hook, however, and yanked Swanson in favor of fellow draftee Kyle Boser, of Randall, to start the second inning. Boser performed admirably, steadying the ship with seven solid innings of four-run ball. Khan remained on the bump until the fourth, when the Skis got to him and reliever Jacob Volness for four more runs. After a five-run seventh, the Skis carried a comfortable seven-run lead into the final inning. But after the Wildcats scored three runs off reliever Andrew Lange before Lange could record an out, Sobieski turned the game over to ace Tyler Jendro, who had thrown 150 pitches the day before. Jendro ceded one run and two hits but got the big three outs to ensure the 15-12 victory.

Winsted was undone by defensive miscues — the Wildcats had five fielding errors — and free bases — the Skis were beaned five times and walked seven times. The Wildcats out-hit the Skis 17-12, but the miscues made the difference. Sobieski centerfielder Beau Hanowski was the engine driving the Skis’ offense from the top of the order: the lefty reached base four times, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, two runs and two RBI. Sobieski’s 3-4-5 batters wreaked havoc on Winsted pitching: Scott Litchy, Joey Hanowski and Collin Eckman went a combined 6-for-12 with four RBI and nine runs scored. Winsted first baseman Joe Kley and leftfielder Garrett Zander each tallied three hits on the day: Kley went 3-for-4 with a double, base-on-balls, hit-by-pitch, two runs and three RBI to reach base five times, while Zander went 3-for-5 with a walk and four runs scored.

Hutchinson Huskies 4, Plato Bluejays 2 @ Hutchinson (1:30 pm)

Hutchinson ensured that Class C would have a new champion this season, as the Huskies eliminated Plato 4-2 in front of a Hutchinson home crowd Sunday afternoon.

The Bluejays stranded far too many runners to win: Plato out-hit Hutch 14-6, and smacked nine hits against Buffalo draftee Jon Euerle in his 3 ⅓ innings, but only managed two runs. Hutchinson brought in 48-year-old righty Kyle Messner to relieve Euerle in the fourth, and the veteran steadied the squad with 5 ⅔ innings of shutout ball. Plato and Hutch were locked in a 2-2 score until the eighth, when the Huskies scratched across two runs off Plato reliever Lucas Herd, a draftee from Green Isle, to take the 4-2 lead and hold on to victory, spoiling the Bluejays chances at a repeat.

Hutchinson designated hitter Jayden Juergensen starred for the Huskies, collecting three singles and an RBI in four at-bats, while teammate Jayden Fleck scored twice and drove in another on his way to a 1-for-3 day. Plato second baseman Chris Odegaard drove in both of the Bluejays’ two runs: the cleanup hitter went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly. Shortstop Matt Odegaard and desginated hitter Adam Prehn each notched three hits in the losing effort.

Moorhead Brewers 5, Chaska Cubs 1 @ Dassel (5 pm)

Moorhead took a commanding 3-0 lead through three innings and never let go, as Dylan Deavy tossed a complete-game to guide the Brewers to a 5-1 win and eliminate the Cubs.

Deavy wasn’t razor-sharp — he walked five Cubs batters and threw one wild pitch — but he limited Chaska to just five hits and struck out seven batters to claim the win. Moorhead got on the board in the bottom of the second, thanks to a two-run blast from 43-year-old former Philadelphia Phillie Chris Coste. The Brewers added another run in the bottom of the third and the two teams traded runs in the fourth inning to make it 4-1 Moorhead. The Brewers added another insurance run in the bottom of the fifth as Deavy settled in and cruised through the final four innings without allowing a run.

Coste bashed a second homer and ended his day with a 2-for-4 line with three RBI and two runs to pace the Brewers’ attack. Brewers Mike Peschel, Chris Clemenson and Matt Oye also tallied two hits on the day to aid the Moorhead cause. Chaska leftfielder J.T. Canakes went 2-for-3 with the Cubs’ lone RBI, and three other Cubs — Tony Lane, Chase Hentges and Josh Korth — each had a single in the season-ending loss.

Raymond Rockets 11, Lastrup Lakers 5 @ Hutchinson (5 pm)

The Rockets’ hit parade continued apace in Game Two Sunday, as Raymond pounded out 19 hits on its way to an 11-5 win over Lastrup and a spot in the Class C state championship game. 

Once again, eight of Raymond’s nine starters tallied a hit, and the Rockets’ explosive bats broke through in the bottom of the seventh to power the home team to a five-run inning that broke a 5-5 deadlock to give Raymond starter John Sawatzky a 10-5 lead. Sawatzky was relieved by Zach Nelson, who held Lastrup quiet across two scoreless innings. The Rockets scored an insurance run in the eighth that Nelson ultimately didn’t need. Sawatzky was solid enough to earn the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits to go with one walk and two strikeouts in his seven innings of work.

Raymond’s top six hitters harassed Lastrup starter Eric Lampert, a draftee from Upsala, and relievers Scott Janson and Reggie Litke: the Rockets’ opening sextet of Mike Jeseritz, Justin Koenen, Tyler Steen, Kyle Knott, Jordan Smith and Cal Kosminskas each had a multi-hit game, combining to go 16-for-29 with seven RBI and nine runs. Lastrup clean-up hitter Brad Meyer drove in two runs with a double in four at-bats, and and Lakers second baseman Paul Herman went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss.

Moorhead Brewers 5, Shakopee Indians 4 @ Dassel (7:30 pm – 13 inn.)

Moorhead needed 13 innings but ultimately prevailed over Shakopee, holding off a pesky Indians team with a 5-4 win that sent the Brewers to Monday’s championship game against Miesville.

Moorhead held a 4-1 lead until the bottom of the sixth, when the Indians struck for two runs off Brewers starter Jason Beilke, who went six innings and got a no-decision. After the Brewers were held scoreless in the top of the seventh, Shakopee struck again in the bottom half — this time off Moorhead reliever Kyle Kingsley, who had entered in the seventh — with a single run to tie the game at four. Neither team could muster a run in the next five innings, as Kingsley and the Indians’ duo of starter Sheldon Miks — who threw 10 ⅓ innings — and reliever Aaron Johnson kept Moorhead at bay until the 13th, when the Brewers broke through against Johnson. Johnson ceded one run on four hits, striking out three, to get saddled with the loss, as Kingsley held the Indians scoreless in the bottom of the 13th to pick up the six-inning relief win.

Six Moorhead batters accounted for all of the Brewers’ 14 hits: Mike Peschel, Derek Dormanen, Chris Clemenson, Tanner Adam, Tom Fuchs and Jeremy Peschel each boasted multi-hit games, and Clemenson and Jeremy Peschel starred for Moorhead, going 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI and a run and 2-for-6 with a double and three RBI, respectively. Shakopee leadoff hitter Kyle Ryan and leftfielder John Hellkamp led the Indians’ offense, as Ryan went 2-for-5 with a run and Hellkamp went 3-for-5. 

Sobieski Skis 8, Hutchinson Huskies 3 @ Hutchinson (7:30 pm)

Hutchinson’s home-field run ended Sunday night, as 2014 Class ‘C’ state champs Sobieski eliminated the Huskies with an 8-3 win under the lights at Veterans Memorial Field.

Sobieski starter Andrew Lange ran into control issues in the first inning, and he was quickly pulled — after ⅔ of an inning, one hit, three walks and two runs — in favor of Upsala draftee Matt Swanson, whose start in the previous game lasted only one inning. Swanson performed far better in his relief role, twirling 8 ⅓ innings of one-run ball to pick up the win. The two runs Lange ceded in the first inning gave Hutch an early lead, but the Skis tied the game in the top half of the second. Sobieski grabbed a 4-2 lead with two runs in the top of the fourth and didn’t let go, weathering a one-run fifth inning from the Huskies to eventually pull away 8-3.

Sobieski shortstop Collin Eckman was the Skis’ star: the righty slugged two homers in the first four innings to stake Sobi to the lead they carried until the end of the game. Eckman ended the game with a 3-for-4 day with two home runs, one double, one walk, three runs and three RBI. Sobieski leadoff hitter and centerfielder Beau Hanowski continued his hot tournament hitting, smacking three singles, walking once and tallying one RBI in five plate appearances. Hutchinson rightfielder Jake Wendland continued his torrid state tourney hitting, tripling, singling and walking on his way to a 2-for-3 game with a run and an RBI.

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