Saturday 8/26- posted at 12:00 a.m.
Written by Erik Steffenson
12:00 p.m.- Sobieski Skis (5) v. Plato Blue Jays (0)
Tyler Jendro keeps the Blue Jays bats silent
Tyler Jendro kept up his playoff magic as he went the distance in shutting out the Plato Blue Jays while striking out nine.
Joey Hanowski got the Skis on the board early as he singled to lead off the second inning and proceeded to get sacrificed over to second. He then stole third base and scored on the catcher’s throwing error.
The game would remain relatively quiet as Jendro and Chris Odergaard, the Plato pitcher, kept both teams to just one hit a piece through six innings. Jendro then added another run in the seventh as he hit a small blooper to right field that scored the runner from second to make it 2-0.
The next inning started with a single from Beau Hanowski who then got sacrificed over to second. Scott Litchy was intentionally walked, and then Joey Hanowski hit a ground ball to the first baseman who made a bad throw to second which resulted in Beau scoring. Collin Eckman followed up by laying down a sacrifice bunt, but another bad throw (this time by Odergaard) lead to Litchy scoring from second and Hanowski moving to third who would then score the next play on a sacrifice bunt.
“It was awesome being back out there. Small ball worked itself in our favor again and it helps to have a solid defense behind me and hopefully we can keep making it work.” - Tyler Jendro
Despite the five Plato errors, Chris Odergaard had a decent outing as he also pitched all nine innings while striking out four. Tyler Lang also had two of the six Plato hits with two singles.
Sobieski will play the winner of New Prague/Chokio next Saturday.
2:30 p.m.- Hadley Buttermakers (3) v. Fergus Falls Hurricanes (4)
Hurricanes hold off Hadley’s rally late to win by one
Fergus Falls started early as they managed to start a two out rally in the first inning starting with a Dan Revering double and then the next two batters walking to load the bases for Jack Hiederman who singled in two runs for the early 2-0 lead.
Hadley got a run in the third inning from an overthrown ball to third as Nate Wieneke was attempting to reach third from first on a single, but got rewarded by scoring instead. The Hurricanes responded with two more runs in the bottom frame when Jake Anderson delievered a two RBI single to make it a 4-1 lead.
Nick Bruning led off the sixth inning with a home run to on top of the school building in right field. Blake Rogers took advantage of a bad throw by the shortstop on an attempted double play in the eighth that let him score to make it a one run game.
Hadley would not go down without a fight as they had no one on base with two outs in the ninth when a Chris Halbur double followed by a walk and another error by the shortstop loaded the bases suddenly. Blake Rogers smacked a good pitch up the middle only to have it snagged by Dan Revering, the Hurricane shortstop, to end Hadley’s season.
Luke Drooger pitched the first four innings for the Buttermakers struggling early allowing six hits and four runs (two earned). Lucas Henning, a draftee from Worthington, entered the game in the fifth and was a stud in relief as he pitched the other four innings only allowing two hits and striking out six while letting no more Hurricanes score.
For Fergus Falls, Darin Stanislawski got the nod as he pitched seven solid innings as he only allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), and striking out eight. Peter Gaustad entered the game in the eighth from third base and earned the save despite the pressure from the Buttermakers.
“Those errors at the end didn’t help us out. It was a tight situation at the end for sure, but I’m glad we got through it. All in all we made the plays that we needed to make and we ended up hanging on to win so that’s all that matters.” - Peter Gaustad
Fergus Falls will play the winner of Kimball/New Market next Saturday in Norwood.
5:30 p.m.- Faribault Lakers (6) v. Midway Snurdbirds (4)
Faribault uses big second inning to get by Snurdbirds
The Lakers got hot in the second inning as the first four batters got on base (single, double, dropped 3rd strike that scored a run, and a walk). After a strikeout, Mitch Johnson hit a grounder that was flubbed by the first baseman in which everyone advanced a base to make it 2-0. A RBI groundout by Blake Langerud made it 3-0. The Lakers then hit three consecutive RBI singles, including one from the pitcher Matt Lane who led off the inning with a single. That was the curtain call for the Snurdbird starter Jake Lund who only lasted 1 ⅔ innings responsible for all six Laker runs although only one was earned.
Drew Rasmussen and Chris Baso led off the third inning with singles for Midway. Rasmussen scored on an error by the third baseman while Baso scored on the next play from a single by Steve Wettering to cut the lead to 6-2.
Chris Baso led off the fifth inning by reaching on base by an error and would score for the second time of the game on Wettering’s second RBI via fielder’s choice. Wettering would pick up his third RBI on his second single of the game in the seventh inning to cut the lead to 6-4, but that is the rest the Snurdbird bats could do.
Matt Lane tossed all nine innings for the Lakers allowing ten hits and four runs (three earned) but also shined with nine strikeouts and hit three singles as a batter. Patick Riewer (draftee from Bertha) entered the game in the second inning and pitched the rest of the way for Midway only allowing eight baserunners on base and striking out six.
“I’m just out there to try and help my team. On the mound I try to get guys out and when I’m batting I try to just push runs across. As a group we played well and I’m gonna try to keep contributing when we play next week.” - Matt Lane on doing double duty today.
Faribault will play Raymond next Saturday in Norwood.
8:30 p.m.- Maple Lake Lakers (3) v. Jordan Brewers (4)
Brooke Fobbe provides big hits for the Lakers but still fall short
The final game was a little wet to start with but Jordan managed to take advantage of the first of five Maple Lake errors in the first inning as a an error by the first baseman with two outs allowed the first Brewer run.
Maple Lake tied the game in the third inning when Brooke Fobbe led off with a triple and scored when the shortstop fired the relay throw into the Laker dugout giving Fobbe a free advancement to score.
Jordan responded in the bottom frame with a two out rally that started with an RBI single by Joe Lucas followed by a walk from Jake Lucas. Scott Hollingsworth then hit a hard line drive deep into center to score Joe and Jake Lucas and give them a 4-1 lead which the Brewers would hold onto the rest of the night.
Brooke Fobbe appeared again in the seventh inning with his second triple of the the night and was brought in on the next at bat by a double from McRae Haney to cut the lead to 4-2. Haney would be left stranded on third though.
In the eighth inning the Lakers came back threatening with two outs when pinch hitter Logan Orazem managed to avoid a inning ending double play by beating out the throw to first. He then was scored on Fobbe’s double to make it a one run ballgame. Fobbe would be left stranded though as Haney grounded out the next at bat.
Hunter Malachek was the starter for Maple Lake pitching 5 ⅓ innings allowing four hits, four walks, and four runs. Colton Petron, a draftee from Loretto, kept the Brewer bats quiet the rest of the night as he only allowed one hit- the only baserunner he allowed on base.
Mitch Bockenstedt was fantastic on the hill for Jordan as he took his start into the seventh inning. Mitch struck out ten (five of the first seven he faced), allowed only four hits and two runs. Joe Lucas came in from center field to pitch the final three frames as he entered the game after Fobbe’s leadoff triple in the seventh. Lucas managed to keep the Lakers in control as he only allowed four baserunners on base while giving up one run and striking out three.
Jordan will play Elrosa next Saturday in Green Isle.