AMATEUR BASEBALL: A's rally past Cardinals, 4-3
WILMONT -- For seven innings, the Wilmont Cardinals were in control of Friday night's amateur baseball game.
But the final two frames proved to be the difference.
Pipestone scored three runs in the eighth and added a run in the ninth to take a 4-3 victory.
Matt Paulson led off the ninth by drawing a walk for the A's and Jon Schelhaas followed with an RBI double, which ended up being the game's decisive run.
Lewis Valt had a key two-run double in the eighth to tie the score at 3-all.
Doug Mead added an RBI single for the A's.
Bryce Beyers earned the victory on the hill. After giving up two first-inning runs, Beyers allowed one more run while scattering eight hits and striking out eight in eight innings. Paulson earned the save in relief.
Adam Diekmann suffered the loss for Wilmont (19-6). He allowed two earned runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out nine in a complete-game effort.
Jesse Teerink was 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the Cardinals, while Steven Kremer was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Jay Scheidt and Lucas Henning each had a hit and scored a run, while Diekmann had an RBI in the game.
Wilmont will host Tracy on Sunday afternoon in the next round of playoffs.
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Wil. 200 001 000 -- 3 8 2
Tracy 10, Hadley 5
PIPESTONE -- Hadley jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against Tracy, but the Express used a six-run fourth inning to rally for a five-run victory.
Zach Bruns suffered the loss for Hadley, which ends its season with a 13-14 record.
Alex Van't Hof and Luke Schneider each threw in relief for the Buttermakers.
Robby Slinkman led Tracy offensively. He was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles in the game.
Troy Kepler was 2-for-4 for the Express.
Kyle DeLong was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Hadley, while Paul Counter and Max Zwart each had a double.
Tracy will travel to Wilmont on Sunday.
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Jackson 3, Heron Lake 2
JACKSON -- Zeroes highlighted the scoreboard Friday night at Wacker Field, as no runs were scored in 12 of the 17 at-bats between First Nite League rivals Jackson and Heron Lake.
By game's end, however, the No. 2-seeded Jackson Bulls emerged with a 3-2 victory over the No. 3-seeded Heron Lake Lakers and will advance to meet the No. 1-seeded Fairmont Martins (a 13-3 Friday night winner over Windom) in a Wednesday night winner's bracket game at Fairmont.
Heron Lake (12-15), meanwhile drops into the loser's bracket and will host the No. 6-seeded Fox Lake Foxes Sunday (2 p.m.) at Laker Field.
Jackson's Keith Fandel and Heron Lake's Matt Franks both were sharp on the mound Friday, each twirling strong complete games.
Fandel struck out eight batters and issued just five walks and three hits, while allowing a pair of earned runs, in nine innings.
Franks hit two batters, but only walked one -- that free pass coming in the first inning -- while scattering eight hits and striking out three in eight innings on the hill.
Pat Rients (2-for-3, walk, run) and Blaise Jacobsen (2-for-4, RBI double) each had multiple-hit games for the Bulls, while Eric Milbrath (2-for-4, walk) was the Lakers' leader at the plate.
Jacobsen's booming opposite-field double with two outs plated Rients (one-out single) with the game's first run in the bottom of the third inning.
An inning later, the Bulls went up 2-0 as Andy Wolf's RBI single scored Caleb Rossow, who had reached base on a one-out double.
Heron Lake closed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fifth as Tony Jorgenson and Lucas Knutson drew back-to-back walks and Milbrath followed with a single, loading the bases.
Lon Eichenberger's deep sacrifice fly to right field plated Jorgenson with the first Lakers' run.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Bulls plated what turned out to be the decisive run as Wolf -- who was hit by a pitch for the second time -- advanced to second on Jason Cook's second successful sacrifice bunt of the game.
A shallow single by Rients advanced Wolf to third base and he scored Jackson's third run on a long RBI sacrifice fly to center field by veteran Bulls' first baseman Kip Wachal.
Trailing 3-1, Heron Lake rallied with a run in the top of the eighth.
Eichenberger drew a leadoff walk and later scampered home as Franks launched a two-out RBI double up against the left-field fence.
Evan Place drew Heron Lake's fifth walk of the game, putting the potential lead run on base.
But Fandel was able to get the next Laker to pop up for the third out and then he retired Heron Lake in order -- including the first two by strikeout -- in the top of the ninth.
Ryan Rasche and Trent Sukalski each had singles for Jackson in the second inning to account for Jackson's other two hits.
Heron Lake did not have an error in the game.
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Jack. 001 100 10X -- 3 8 2