AMATEUR BASEBALL: Cardinals sink Tracy, 11-4
WILMONT -- After Tracy scored four runs in the top of the sixth to pull within one run on the scoreboard Sunday afternoon, the top-seeded Wilmont Cardinals answered with six runs in the bottom half of the frame and went on to claim an 11-4 victory over the seventh-seeded Express in an elimination game of the Gopher League amateur baseball playoffs.
Wilmont (20-6) advances in the double-elimination tournament and will host third-seeded Luverne Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Joe Ahrens pitched the first six innings for the Cardinals and was credited with the win, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Lucas Henning (two innings, four strikeouts) and Stuart Rogers (one inning) finished up on the mound for Wilmont.
Steven Kremer (2-for-4, three RBIs), Jesse Teerink (2-for-3, two runs), Nate Stoll (2-for-4) and Justin Saufley (1-for-4, two RBIs) were the top performing hitters for Wilmont, which increased a 5-4 lead into an 11-4 advantage with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Jason Minett was 4-for-4 to lead Tracy at the plate, while Robbie Slinkman was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
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Tracy 000 004 000 -- 4 7 0
Wil. 140 006 00X -- 11 11 0
Fox Lake 3, Heron Lake 1
HERON LAKE -- Scoring a trio of runs in the final two innings Sunday afternoon, the fourth-seeded Fox Lake Foxes rallied to earn a two-run victory over the third-seeded Heron Lake Lakers in an elimination game of the First Nite League amateur baseball playoffs at Laker Field.
Fox Lake, which moves on to play Windom Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson, scored two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to come back from a narrow 1-0 deficit.
Heron Lake, which ends the season with a record of 12-16, scored its only run in the bottom of the first inning. Kirk McBreen reached on a two-out error and scored on an RBI single to left field by Ike Rogers to give the Lakers a quick 1-0 lead.
Twelve consecutive scoreless half innings ensued, as Heron Lake maintained a slim 1-0 lead all the way until the top of the eighth. Fox Lake's Brennan Holm and Heron Lake's Ben Scheevel were simply locked in a pitchers' duel, as both right-handers hurled a complete game and worked three and four 1-2-3 innings, respectively.
Holm (10 strikeouts, two walks) allowed an unearned run and four hits, while Scheevel (four strikeouts, three walks) permitted one earned run and five hits.
Cody Williams was 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the ninth for Fox Lake, which scored on an error and a passed ball in the eighth. Levi Rignell, Geoff Krumwiede and Matt Bezdicek each had a hit for the Foxes.
McBreen cracked a two-out double in the third for the Lakers, while Octavio Jimenez and Matt Franks each smacked a single in addition to the run-scoring base hit by Rogers.
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FL 000 000 021 -- 3 5 4
HL 100 000 000 -- 1 4 2
Windom 6, Mt. Lake 4
WINDOM -- Kody Johnson's complete-game performance on the mound and a five-run offensive output in the second inning helped lift the fifth-seeded Windom Pirates to a two-run victory over the sixth-seeded Mountain Lake Lakers in an elimination game of the First Nite League amateur baseball playoffs Sunday afternoon at Island Park.
Johnson allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and four walks while fanning three batters in nine innings for Windom (7-14), which advances to play Fox Lake Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson.
Tyler Knutson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases for the Pirates, and Joel Riordan cracked a two-run single to help Windom jump out to an early 5-0 lead.
Kyle Schroeder (double) and Mitch Schroeder (RBI) each had two hits to lead Mountain Lake offensively, while Dusty Pfeiffer worked a complete game on the mound -- allowing six runs (four earned) on seven hits, five hit batters and two walks to go along with five strikeouts.
R H E
ML 000 021 001 -- 4 9 3
Windom 050 010 00X -- 6 7 3