Amateur baseball: Jackson trips Hadley, Heron Lake splits weekend
HADLEY — The Jackson offense proved to be just a little bit too powerful for Hadley Sunday in each squad’s final regular season contest.
The Bulls put a pair of crooked numbers and went on to finish their season with an 18-1 record by beating Hadley 9-6.
Jackson was on top 4-0 midway through the fifth when the Buttermakers finally found an answer for pitcher Zach Copley. They rallied to a four-run inning to knot it at 4-all.
Eventually, the Bulls regained their form and put four runs of their own on the board in the seventh. Hadley got two back in the bottom of the frame, but that was as close as it got.
Copley got the win for the Bulls, throwing six innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits. James Wajer took the loss in relief, throwing just one-third of an inning in the place of starter Colby Pack.
Blaise Jacobson went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Bulls. Andy Wolf was also 3-for-4, clubbing a pair of doubles. Caleb Rossow added another round-tripper.
Wade Rignell went 3-for-4 with a double to lead Hadley. Nick Bruning was 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. Joe Larson added a 2-for-5 day while Pack hit a home run of his own.
Hadley will take on Windom in the first round of the playoffs with Game 1 slated for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Windom. Game 2 and (if necessary) Game 3 will be Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Hadley.
As the First Nite League champions, Jackson will get an automatic bid to the Region 13C tournament.
R H E
Jackson 001 030 401 — 9 12 0
Hadley 000 040 200 — 6 11 1
Heron Lake 2, Windom 1 (8 inn.)
HERON LAKE — The Lakers took advantage of two eighth-inning errors by Windom Sunday to take a 2-1 walk-off win in their finale game of the regular season.
Alex Meyer reached on an error and, after moving along on a pair of well-executed bunts, he raced home on a Pirates throwing error for the 2-1 win.
The first Heron Lake run happened when Joey Kinley singled in the sixth and trotted home on a bases loaded balk.
Meyer got the win in relief, throwing one and one-third innings. Garet Rogers started and didn’t allow an earned run on four hits over six and two-thirds. Collin Lovell took the loss in relief of Andrew Hirsch.
R H E
Windom 010 000 00 — 1 4 3
Heron Lake 000 001 01 — 2 5 2
Adrian 5, Heron Lake 4
HERON LAKE — That win for Heron Lake came one day after a tough, 5-4 loss at the hands of Adrian on Saturday.
Ross Ackerman picked up the win for the A’s with Colin Sandbulte getting the save. Lance Knutson allowed only two earned runs on six hits while striking out three in the loss for the Lakers.
Octavio Jiminez was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored for Heron Lake. Cody Kontz was 2-for-2 with a pair of runs for Adrian.
Heron Lake will open the postseason at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Jackson against Milroy. Saturday’s Game 2 will be at 2 p.m. in Milroy. If a Game 3 is necessary it will be played at 2 p.m. Sunday in Milroy.
R H E
Adrian 202 010 0 — 5 7 2
Heron Lake 020 000 2 — 4 6 2