Amateur baseball: Jackson tramples Adrian, Nawrocki dominates Hadley
JACKSON — If anyone questioned whether or not Jackson would be rusty going into its Region 13C first round series against Adrian, they had their answer in a hurry Wednesday.
Ten days after their regular season finale, the Bulls hung a 5-spot on the board in the first inning to get out to a huge lead. Adrian managed just one hit and Jackson took a 1-0 series lead with a 10-0 run-rule win.
Blaise Jacobson got things jump-started in the first with a two-run single. Two more in the second followed by single tallies in the third, fourth and fifth got the game to its eventual final score.
Meanwhile three pitchers combined for a one-hitter for the Bulls. Ryan Rasche picked up the win, going five innings in the start. He allowed one hit and struck out six. Collin Lovell — a draftee from Windom — and Pat Boggess pitched a 1-2-3 inning each in relief.Ross Ackerman took the loss for the A’s. he gave up eight runs — six earned — on six hits while striking out one over three innings.Andy Wolf, Rasche and Ethan Welter had two hits each for the Bulls. Jacobson added two RBIs. Colin Sandbulte had Adrian’s lone hit.The A’s will try to stave off elimination in Game 2 of the best-of-3 series at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Adrian.R H EAdrian 000 000 0 — 0 1 3Jackson 521 110 x — 10 9 0
Fairmont 6, Hadley 0 FAIRMONT — Hadley ran into a dynamo Wednesday in its first game of a Region 13C playoff series against Fairmont.Martins pitcher Taylor Nawrocki, a standout at Minnesota State University, Mankato, went all nine innings and allowed just three hits while striking out 18.The result was a 6-0 loss for the Buttermakers, putting them in a 1-0 hole in the best-of-3 series.The Martins got single runs in the first and third innings to go up 2-0 before Hadley finally got something going in the fourth. Trent Carlson cracked a triple, but was left stranded at third. It was the only real threat the visitors put together on a night dominated by Nawrocki.Justin Riensma took the loss for Hadley, going three and two-thirds and allowing two earned runs on five hits and striking out one. Bryce Christopher and Eric Wieneke finished things up in relief.Carlson’s triple was the offensive highlight of the night for the Buttermakers. Joe Larson and Colby Pack both went 1-for-4 with a single each.
Luke Becker had a huge night at the plate for Fairmont, going 4-for-5 with four runs scored. Levi Becker was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs with Shaun McGuire driving in two.Hadley (19-11) will host Fairmont (20-7) in Game 2 at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hadley. If the Buttermakers win, Game 3 would go back to Fairmont at 2 p.m. Sunday.R H EHad. 000 000 000 — 0 3 3Fair. 101 011 02x — 6 12 1