Dragons defend their lair
ADRIAN -- It was a classic pitcher's duel at its finest Saturday in the second round of the Section 3A baseball playoffs, as the top-seeded Adrian Dragons scored the game's only run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat defending section champion and fourth-seeded Southwestern United, 1-0.
Adrian (19-3) now plays second-seeded Wabasso at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Luverne. SWU (9-11) plays sixth-seeded Springfield at 7 p.m. tonight in Windom.
Adrian's Brandon Diekmann (seven innings pitched, three strikeouts, two hits, two walks) and SWU's James Anderson (6 2/3 IP, one strikeout, no walks, five hits) were both dazzling on the mound for their respective teams, throwing up zeroes on the scoreboard inning after inning.
Diekmann led off the bottom of the seventh with a sharp single up the middle, and John Archer came on to courtesy run for the senior lefty.
Tyler Vaske advanced Archer to second with a sacrifice bunt, bringing Brett Nowtony to the plate with one out.
Nowotny belted a 1-0 pitch deep to right field. Alex Leopold made a tremendous catch near the fence, and Archer tagged and moved to third on the play.
Leopold's relay throw got away from second baseman Josh Olson, and Archer was waved around third -- beating the throw to the plate and giving the Dragons a 1-0 victory.
Adrian had a few other chances to score earlier in the game, while SWU only had one runner in scoring position the entire game.
The Dragons' Cody Kontz led off the bottom of the first with a sharp single to left and moved to second on Adam Diekmann's sacrifice bunt. But Anderson got the next two batters to fly out and pop out, respectively.
In the third, Adrian's Matt Gades (2-for-2, double) singled and stole second with one out. However, Anderson induced a flyout and a groundout to get out of another jam.
Adrian turned a nifty double play in the top of the first, as Trevor Leopold bounced into a 6-4-3 (Cody Kontz-Jordan Kontz-Glen Kruger) twin killing.
SWU's Alex Leopold smashed a two-out double to right in the fourth, and Kirk McBreen followed with a walk. Diekmann, though, worked out of the inning by getting the next batter to ground out to second.
SWU had another nice chance in the fifth, as Olson reached on an infield single to start the inning. Tyler Stenzel laid down a bunt to try to advance Olson, but third baseman Will Lutmer charged hard and started a 5-4-3 double play to get two quick outs.
Diekmann hit Ben Scheevel with a pitch, but then retired the next seven batters in order to give the Dragons a chance to get a run -- which they did in the bottom of the seventh.
R H E
SWU 000 000 0 -- 0 2 2
Adrian 000 000 1 -- 1 5 1
ML/B-O 12, Edgerton 0 (6 innings)
Jacob Gordon twirled a six-inning no-hitter, pitching the fifth-seeded Wolverines to a big victory over the eighth-seeded Flying Dutchmen in an elimination game.
Edgerton, which had lost to Adrian 5-0 earlier in the day, ends its season with a 2-13 record.
ML/B-O (7-15), which had lost to SWU 7-0 in its first game, plays third-seeded Murray County Central at 5 p.m. tonight in Windom.
Gordon issued five walks and struck out six batters in firing a gem for the Wolverines.
Trey Manitz hurled the first five innings for Edgerton before Alex Elgersma tossed the sixth.
ML/B-O scored a trio of runs in the first inning, as Evan Anderson, Kyle Schroeder and Gordon each knocked in a run.
The Wolverines tacked on another run in the second when Brandon Fast singled to right to plate Austin Hopwood, making it 4-0.
Sparked by four straight singles in the fourth, the Wolverines increased their lead to 8-0.
Nate Haseman and Hopwood both singled before Matt Strom -- who would later score on an RBI groundout by Barrett Herrig -- reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Fast then delivered a two-run single and later came around to score on a wild pitch.
Fast, Schroeder, Shane Nelson (courtesy running for Gordon) and Steven Herrig all scored in the Wolverine sixth -- increasing the bulge to 12-0. Zac Clarke smacked a two-run single, and Bill Grefe singled in a run to highlight the frame.
Elgersma walked twice for Edgerton, while Manitz, Jordan Bouw and Pat Kleinjan each walked once. Kent Van't Hof reached on a fielder's choice.
R H E
ML/B-O 310 404 -- 12 14 0
Edgerton 000 000 -- 0 0 3
Adrian 5, Edgerton 0
Cody Kontz gave up no runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking no one in earning the victory for the Dragons.
Kent Van't Hof suffered the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out none and walking one.
Kontz was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, while Adam Diekmann was 2-for-4 with a triple and a double. Brandon Diekmann was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI.
Marty VanPeursem, Alex Elgersma, Van't Hof and Jordan Bouw each singled for the Flying Dutchmen.
R H E
Edgerton 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1
Adrian 211 010 X -- 5 8 0
SWU 7, ML/B-O 0
Scoring all seven of their runs in the bottom of the second, the Wildcats quickly sent the Wolverines to the loser's bracket.
Alex Leopold earned the victory for SWU, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Nate Haseman suffered the loss, giving up four earned runs on six hits while striking out four, walking one and hitting two batters.
Trevor Leopold was 2-for-3 with two RBI at the plate for SWU. Kyle Schroeder and Barrett Herrig each had a hit for the Wolverines.
R H E
ML/B-O 000 000 0 -- 0 2 6
SWU 070 000 X -- 7 6 1
Section 3A MCC 6, Springfield 4
MILROY -- Derik Johnson pitched six strong innings to lead the third-seeded Murray County Central Rebels to a first-round victory in the Section 3A tournament.
Johnson walked six and fanned five before Paul Counter pitched the seventh to earn the save.
Jake Sweetman was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for the Rebels, while Johnson also had a double.
R H E
Springfield 200 010 1 -- 4 4 2
MCC 210 102 x -- 6 7 1
Wabasso 5, MCC 2
MILROY -- Second-seeded Wabasso sent the Rebels to the loser's bracket with a second-round victory.
Paul Counter pitched into the sixth for MCC before Justin Reinsma came on in relief.
Kyle DeLong was 2-for-4 for MCC, while Jake Sweetman had an RBI double.
MCC (11-8) plays ML/B-O at 5 p.m. tonight in Windom.
R H E
MCC 200 000 0 -- 2 8 1
Wabasso 021 002 x -- 5 8 4
Section 3AA Luverne 12, T-M-B 2
LUVERNE -- Four players had two hits or more, as the top-seeded Luverne Cardinals rolled past No. 5 Tracy-Milroy-Balaton in the second round of the Section 3AA tournament.
Luverne received a first-round bye, while T-M-B defeated fourth-seeded Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove, 2-1.
Tyler Reisch was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and four RBIs for Luverne, while Phil Paquette (one double) and Andrew DeBoer were each 3-for-4.
Jake Clark was 2-for-2 with a double, and Jeremy Hoff blasted a home run for the Cardinals.
Zach Olson pitched 3 2/3 innings to earn the victory, striking out seven and walking two.
Luverne plays Pipestone Area at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Windom.
R H E
T-M-B 020 00 -- 2 4 3
Luverne 312 51 -- 12 13 0
PA 16, Lincoln County 0 (5 innings)
PIPESTONE -- Greg Quist homered twice in Pipestone Area's nine-run third inning, as the second-seeded Arrows opened the tournament with a big win over No. 7 Lincoln County.
Quist had a solo shot and a three-run bomb in the third inning, and also had a sacrifice fly in the first to finish with five RBIs.
Seth Garrett was 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Arrows, while Colin Taubert was 2-for-2 with a triple.
Sammy Schneider pitched four innings to earn the victory, striking out eight and walking three.
R H E
LC 000 00 -- 0 2 0
PA 219 4x -- 16 13 0
Windom 6, JCC 4
PIPESTONE -- Rallying with five runs in the sixth inning, the sixth-seeded Windom Eagles earned a first-round victory over No. 3 Jackson County Central.
Kirby Johnson twirled a complete-game gem for Windom, striking out 13 batters.
Ryan Rasche was cruising for JCC until the sixth, as he struck out 10 in 6 1/3 innings.
Shea Aamot had a three-run triple to tie the game in the sixth for Windom, while Bryce Grove's infield single drove in the eventual game-winning run.
Johnson had two hits for Windom, while Jesse Behrens had three hits.
Tyler Rettig had a two-run homer in the second inning for JCC, while Jake Grages had two hits.
R H E
Windom 000 005 1 -- 6 9 1
JCC 220 000 0 -- 4 6 0
PA 12, Windom 4
PIPESTONE -- Pounding out 13 hits for the second straight game, the Arrows stayed in the winner's bracket with a victory over Windom.
Colin Taubert tossed all seven innings for PA, striking out eight and walking five. He was also 2-for-3 with a triple.
Nathan Alfson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Arrows, while Doug Mead doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, and Robbie Forde was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Bryce Grove took the loss in five innings of work for Windom, fanning four and walking four.
Kirby Johnson was 3-for-4 with two doubles, and Brett Dumke was 2-for-2 with a pair of triples.
The Arrows play Luverne at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Windom, while the Eagles play RRC/W-WG at 5 p.m. tonight in Pipestone.
R H E
Windom 010 111 0 -- 4 6 2
PA 102 144 x -- 12 13 3
JCC 11, Lincoln County 0 (5 innings)
PIPESTONE -- Pat Rients (three IP) and Jeremy Joyce (two IP) allowed just two hits, as the Huskies stayed alive by eliminating Lincoln County.
Jordan Lewis had a pair of hits for JCC (14-8), while Ryan Rasche and Devin Bezdicek each drove in two runs.
JCC plays fifth-seeded T-M-B at 7 p.m. tonight in Pipestone.
R H E
LC 000 00 -- 0 2 2
JCC 531 02 -- 11 8 0