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Amateur baseball: Bulls ousted from playoffs

MINNEOTA —For the first time since 1991, the Jackson Bulls amateur baseball team will not be going to the regional tournament.

The Bulls, a traditional southwest Minnesota amateur power and runnersup to Fairmont in the First Nite League this summer, were beaten Friday, 1-0, by a Minneota team that placed seventh in the Gopher League.

Minneota upset Jackson 3-2 in the first game of their best-of-three First Nite/Gopher League playoff series on Wednesday, so Friday’s result means the Bulls go two-and-out in 2013.

“Definitely a shock. But I tell you what, I don’t know how Minneota ended up as a seventh seed,” said Jackson manager Scott Bahr, who described the Mudhens as a class act and a worthy victor.

“We had a wonderful year, won a lot of baseball games. Just didn’t get the h its when we needed it,” Bahr said.

Minneota scored the game’s lone run Friday in the second inning on a two-out single by Tyson Sonnenburg.

The run backed up an outstanding pitching performance by Tony Shaikowski, who went the complete game. He scattered eight Jackson hits while walking one and striking out seven.

Shaikowski struck out the side in the top of the ninth.

Jackson received outstanding pitching from veteran hurler Tom Hady, who also went the distance. In eight innings, Hady allowed just four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Blaise Jacobsen had two of the Bulls’ eight hits.


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