AMATEUR BASEBALL: Barnstormers win state title
JORDAN -- With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, Rob Petersen delivered. With a runner on first base, Petersen hit an RBI double, sending the Southwest Barnstormers to the Class B state title in a 35-and-older league. "We're reall...
JORDAN -- With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth inning, Rob Petersen delivered.
With a runner on first base, Petersen hit an RBI double, sending the Southwest Barnstormers to the Class B state title in a 35-and-older league.
"We're really excited to win the state tournament in our first year," Barnstormer manager Tarry Boelter said. "It was a fun year and I think we ended up 11-3 for this season."
Petersen delivered the game-winner in a 3-2 extra-inning victory Sunday.
The Barnstormers faced Fergus Falls Saturday and won 7-4.
Brian Price earned the victory Saturday, allowing four runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out six.
Ryan Beers was 4-for-4 with two RBI, while Mike Wenninger was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Micky Sehr was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI, while Todd Armstrong was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Sunday pitted the Barnstormers against Bloomington for the state title. The two teams had met prior this season.
"We had played Bloomington a couple of weeks ago in an exhibition game and we beat them like 10-0," Boelter said. "But they were missing a few players and they played very well (Sunday); they were a good team."
The Barnstormers jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning as Beers and Petersen each hit RBI singles in the frame.
However, the Eagles answered with two runs in the sixth to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Wenninger was hit by a pitch. The next batter, Beers, grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning.
It was then that Petersen came through.
With a double in the gap, Petersen recorded his second hit of the day, scoring Beers from first and sending the Barnstormers to the state title.
"It was a battle and nerve-wracking," Boelter said. "I've played in a lot of college games, but I never got to play in a state championship. It was the first (title) for a lot of us guys even, though we're older. It was really a big thrill for us."
Not only did Petersen drive in the game-winner, he also picked up the victory on the hill. He allowed two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven in eight innings.
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FF 201 010 0 -- 4 8 0
SW 132 001 X -- 7 14 0
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Bloom. 000 002 00 -- 2 6 1
SW 200 000 01 -- 3 7 1