Arrows earn 3AA title shot
MARSHALL -- With a steady rainfall dropping on American Legion Field in the bottom of the seventh Saturday, Pipestone Area's Seth Garrett doubled to deep right field to score the game-tying and game-winning runs, capping a four-run rally that gave the Arrows a 6-5 victory over Lac qui Parle Valley in the winners' bracket finals of the Section 3AA baseball tournament.
The victory moves the Arrows (19-5) into the section championship game Thursday at 5 p.m. in Marshall against whoever comes out of the losers' bracket (Luverne, Jackson County Central, Yellow Medicine East or Lac qui Parle Valley).
Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Arrows -- who had been held in check for most of the game by LQPV's Matt Enger -- received a leadoff single to center by designated hitter J.J. McGeath (2-for-3).
Derek Delaney followed by coaxing a five-pitch walk before Robbie Forde doubled to right-center, scoring both runners to make it a 5-4 ballgame.
Sammy Schneider then dumped a single into shallow center field. Brock Kanstrup nearly made a diving catch on the play, so Forde had to stay at second.
Colin Taubert then tried to advance the runners with a sacrifice bunt, but he fouled off a pair of attempts. The senior veteran regrouped and battled -- drawing a walk on the eighth offering from Enger to load the bases with no outs.
That brought Garrett to the plate. After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Garrett blasted his double over the right-fielder's head to score Forde and Schneider -- giving the Arrows the one-run victory.
The rally was necessary because the Eagles plated a trio of runs in the top of the fifth to go up 5-2.
Kanstrup, Adam Paulson, Enger, Lucas Bremseth and Tim Eliason each cracked a hit off Schneider to produce the three runs. Doug Mead came on in relief for the Arrows, and allowed just three base runners the rest of the way to earn the victory in 2 2/3 innings.
Schneider, who started the game and went the first 4 1/3 innings, wiggled out of a first-inning jam as he hit a batter and walked two to fill the bases with just one out. But Bremseth bounced into a 4-6-3 (Delaney-Greg Quist-Forde) double play to end the inning.
Quist then got the Arrows on the board with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the first. Nathan Alfson doubled to the fence with two outs before Quist's rip down the left-field line plated him for a 1-0 Arrow lead.
Enger set the Arrows down in order in both the second and third, and later in both the fifth and sixth. Mead, who was the only base runner for the Arrows after the first and before the seventh, singled and came around to score on an error in the fourth for the Arrows' second run.
LQPV scored single runs in the second and fourth frames before scoring three runs in the fifth to carry a seemingly comfortable lead into the final two innings.
However, Forde and Garrett delivered their two-run doubles in the seventh to spark the Arrows' come-from-behind victory.
R H E
LQPV 010 130 0 -- 5 9 1
PA 100 100 4 -- 6 8 1
Adrian 12, RCW 4
GRANITE FALLS -- The Dragons racked up 22 hits against the Jaguars and advanced to meet Murray County Central in an elimination game at 5 p.m. today in Windom.
Brandon Diekmann struck out two and walked no one to earn a complete-game victory for the Dragons (20-4).
Dakota Freiborg suffered the loss for the Jaguars, giving up six runs on eight hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Cody Kontz was 3-for-5 on the day for the Dragons. Will Lutmer also went 3-for-5 and had two doubles. Matt Gades, Brett Nowotny, John Archer, Reid Strand, Tyler Vaske, Brandon Diekmann, Jordan Kontz, and Adam Diekmann each had two hits in the game, accounting for the 22 hits -- a new school record.
Drew Hultquist was 2-for-3 for the Jaguars, while Tyler Kleinhuizen had a double.
R H E
Adrian 204 032 1 -- 12 22 0
RCW 000 003 1 -- 4 9 4
MCC 7, Minneota 6
GRANITE FALLS -- Ben Clarke singled in Paul Counter in the bottom of the seventh and the Murray County Central Rebels scored a come-from-behind victory in Section 3A playoff action.
Counter also earned the victory on the mound in relief of Justin Reinsma and Derik Johnson.
Reinsma allowed two earned runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two in four innings.
Counter was 4-for-4 at the plate, while Clarke was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Brady Johansen went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Matt Buysse had a double for Minneota.
R H E
Minneota 100 003 2 -- 6 8 1
MCC 014 001 1 -- 7 12 1
In other weekend playoff action, the Luverne Cardinals (Section 3AA) defeated MACCRAY by a score of 5-0 and will play the winner of the JCC vs. YME contest at 6 p.m. tonight in Marshall.
Coaches were unavailable for stats from this game.