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Amateur baseball: Buttermakers clinch spot in regional

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Hadley’s Eric Wieneke (right) rounds third base and receives congratulations from coach Myron Bennett for his solo home run during Saturday’s game in Hadley. The Buttermakers defeated Windom 6-4 to clinch the best-of-3 series 2-0.

HADLEY — Hadley was consistent all day Saturday on its way to clinching a trip to the Region 13C Tournament.

The Buttermakers scored single runs in six different innings. That was enough for them to take a 6-4 victory over Windom and take a 2-0 win in the best-of-3 First Nite and Gopher League playoff series.

The home team picked up a run in the bottom of the first before Eric Wieneke hit a solo home run in the second to put them up 2-0. One more in the third made it a 3-0 ballgame before the Pirates retaliated with a single run in the fourth.

Windom seemed to have some momentum going when it cut the deficit to one with a run in the top of the sixth, but Hadley came back with a single tally to set the score at 4-2 going into the seventh.

That is where Colby Pack — who finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate — gave the Buttermakers some breathing room when he did some yardwork of his own. His solo home run gave them a 5-2 lead, which turned out to be big when the Pirates plated a pair of runs in the seventh to once again make it a 5-4 game.

Hadley got one more in the eighth to put the game away and finish Windom’s season.

Sam Erickson got the win for the Buttermakers. He went seven and one-third innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits while striking out eight. Nick Bruning came in to pitch the last inning and two-thirds to earn the save. Andrew Hirsch was handed the loss for Windom. Over seven and one-third, he allowed five earned on 10 hits and fanned six.

Wieneke went 2-for-2 at the plate for the Buttermakers, adding a solo homer and two runs scored. Pack was 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and two runs scored. Taylor Rignell added a 2-for-4 night at the plate.

Kirby Johnson led the Windom hitting attack, going 3-for-5. Sam Huska and Zach Bartosh were both 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Hadley and seven other teams in Region 13C will find out who they play at 7 p.m. tonight at the re-seeding meeting.

Martin County was the latest team to join the region field when it defeated Pipestone in a decisive Game 3 on Sunday in Truman. The Foxes forced a rubber match with a 7-5 win in 11 innings Friday night.

Also on Saturday, Milroy beat Heron Lake 10-0 to win that series 2-0 and Fairmont defeated Tracy 13-0 for a series sweep. Those teams will be joined by regular-season league champions Jackson and Wilmont — both of which earned first round byes — along with Luverne and Adrian after they clinched on Friday night.


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Milroy 10, Heron Lake 0 (7 inn.) MILROY — The Irish took advantage of two costly Heron Lake errors Saturday to take a series sweep over the Lakers.

Milroy scored eight unearned runs on its way to a 10-0 run-rule win in seven innings.

Although Heron Lake commited only two miscues, they were big ones. An error in the second inning opened the door to a seven-run frame for the Irish. All three of the runs they added in the third were unearned as well.

Alex Meyer took the loss for the Lakers. He went the first two and tho-thirds innings and allowed seven runs — two earned — on seven hits and walked three. Mason Schailbe got the win for Milroy.

Mark Fest, Octavio Jimenez and Chad Knutson had a hit each for the Lakers.


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Zach Hacker

Zach is the Daily Globe sports reporter. He has previously been a sports editor at both the Waseca County News in Waseca, Minn., and The Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Kansas. He is originally from New Richland, Minn., and now lives in Worthington with his dog; a beagle-corgi mix named Homer. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, pontooning on St. Olaf Lake and watching professional and collegiate sports.

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