Rebels, Wildcats remain alive
WINDOM -- Southwestern United and Murray County Central each won an elimination game Tuesday night at Island Park, staying alive in the Section 3A baseball tournament.
Third-seeded MCC defeated No. 5 Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin in the opener, 12-4. Fourth-seeded SWU held on for a 7-5 victory over No. 6 Springfield in the nightcap.
MCC (13-8) and SWU (10-11) square off tonight in another elimination game at 7 p.m. in Luverne.
SWU 7, Springfield 5
Stranding 16 Tiger runners on base, the Wildcats worked out of jam after jam and received clutch hitting throughout the lineup in earning the victory.
Lon Eichenberger threw four solid innings for the Wildcats, striking out five batters and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks.
Ben Scheevel hurled 2 2/3 innings of effective relief before Alex Leopold came on to record the final out in the seventh for the save.
SWU jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, as Josh Olson and Scheevel (2-for-4) each delivered a two-run single for the Wildcats.
Springfield plated a run in the bottom half to make it 4-1, and loaded the bases in both the third and fourth frames --scoring just one run in the fourth.
SWU scored its fifth run in the fourth, as Tyler Timko singled and advanced to second on an error in right field. After Olson laid down a sacrifice bunt, James Anderson later plated Timko with a single to left-center.
The Wildcats made it a 7-2 ballgame with a pair of runs in the fifth, as two Springfield errors allowed Leopold and Kirk McBreen (2-for-4) to come around and score.
Springfield scored one run in each of the last three innings, but had chances for plenty more.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth, Scheevel induced a groundball to McBreen at third for the last out.
After Scheevel ran into trouble again in the seventh -- loading the bases with two outs -- head coach Tim Owen brought in Leopold to close the door.
Leopold got the only batter he faced to ground into a 6-4 force play (Trevor Leopold to Olson), and the Wildcats survived and advanced.
Bill Blumberg had a booming double for the Wildcats in the third inning.
R H E
SWU 040 120 0 -- 7 9 2
Springfield 010 111 1 -- 5 8 4
MCC 12, ML/B-O 4
Justin Reinsma twirled a solid complete game, and the Rebels used seven Wolverine errors to their advantage in posting the victory.
Reinsma fanned seven and allowed just two earned runs on nine hits and one walk in going the distance.
Kyle Schroeder, Nate Haseman and Barrett Herrig each saw mound duty for ML/B-O.
MCC scored twice in the bottom of the first, as Derik Johnson (3-for-4 with a double) drove in Tom Spartz (2-for-3) with a single, and Jake Sweetman stole home when Johnson intentionally drew a throw down to first.
Paul Counter's RBI triple to the fence in center highlighted a three-run second inning for MCC. Spartz (single) and Kyle Delong (sacrifice fly) also drove in runs in the frame.
ML/B-O cut into the lead with a trio of runs in the top of the third. Two Rebel errors allowed two runs to score, while Barrett Herrig (2-for-4) had a run-scoring single.
MCC broke the game open by batting around and putting six runs on the board in the bottom half of the third, as ML/B-O committed four miscues to help the Rebels to an 11-3 bulge. Brian Everson's two-run single was followed by Eric Wieneke's run-producing single --highlighting the hitting for the Rebels in the frame.
The Wolverines got one run back in the sixth when Zac Clarke (2-for-3) blasted a double and pinch-runner Josh Falk later scored on Austin Hopwood's RBI groundout.
Ben Clarke scored MCC's final run in the bottom of the sixth, as he walked, stole both second and third, and scored on Wieneke's single to left.
Hopwood and Evan Anderson each had two hits for the Wolverines.
R H E
ML/B-O 003 001 0 -- 4 9 7
MCC 236 001 x -- 12 10 3