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Region 13 amateur tournament is set

The Adrian baseball team had just nine players on Sunday as it faced an elimination against Fox Lake. But nine was just fine for the A’s. Brent Hokeness cracked a two-run home run and player-manager Michael Preuss added a solo shot as Adrian defeated Fox Lake 10-2 to win a best-of-three playoff series and advance to the Region 13C tournament.

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The Adrian baseball team had just nine players on Sunday as it faced an elimination against Fox Lake.

But nine was just fine for the A’s.

Brent Hokeness cracked a two-run home run and player-manager Michael Preuss added a solo shot as Adrian defeated Fox Lake 10-2 to win a best-of-three playoff series and advance to the Region 13C tournament.

In another deciding game of a first-round playoff series on Sunday, Lakefield edged Ruthton 3-1.

On Saturday, teams from Hadley, Pipestone and Jackson clinched spots in the Region tournament by winning a second consecutive game in a best-of-three series. They join the Milroy Irish, which topped Worthington Friday night to advance.

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Regular-season champions from Windom (First Nite League) and Luverne (Gopher) had byes in the first round.

The eight remaining teams will be reseeded tonight (Monday) at a meeting in Windom to determine the pairings for the second round. The four second-round series will be best-of-three affairs and will begin Wednesday night.

Next week, the four teams left will face another best-of-three situation. At stake are three state-tournament berths.

In Adrian’s clinching victory on Sunday in Truman, Hokeness put the A’s ahead with a two-run blast in the first inning. Preuss went yard in the fourth, and Adrian put the game away with six runs in the seventh. Dawson Krahling, an Adrian High senior, pitched two innings in relief of standout southpaw starter Tucker Sorensen to close it down. Sorenson, who also had two hits and two RBIs, struck out seven in seven effective innings.

“It was a fun series, with two young teams battling it out,” said Preuss, who finished with three RBIs on Sunday. “Our team responded very well after the loss (17-7 in Game 2 on Friday night). We had nine guys total (on Sunday) but the nine that we had were there to compete and got the job done.”

Adrian might not be a favorite in the next best-of-three series, but that doesn’t bother the A’s.

“It’s still playoff baseball,” Preuss said. “Every team that’s out there is competing for a chance to play ball for another week. We have the talent to compete. It’s all about who shows up at the right time.”

Here are the results from last weekend’s action:

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Hadley 9, Mountain Lake 7

HADLEY — Veteran slugger Nick Bruning went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs on Saturday as Hadley finished off a two-game sweep of the Lakers. Two of Bruning’s hits were doubles.

The Buttermakers, 18-8 overall, are vying for their seventh straight trip to the state tournament.

Manager Myron Bennett’s Hadley club received a strong start from pitcher Avery Weber. Lefty closer Max Zwart struck out all four batters he faced to register the save.

Zwart added two hits and two RBIs, while Danny Blankenship had a hit and two runs batted in.

Lakefield 3, Ruthton 1

LAKEFIELD — Dalton Henning pitched six excellent innings and Andrew Hessebeck had a three-run double as the Frogs advanced on Sunday.

Keegan Klontz and Trevon Bargfrede also pitched effectively for Lakefield, which bounced back after an 11-1 loss to Ruthton in Game 2.

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Pipestone 3, Heron Lake 0

Carter Colemar knocked in a run to lead the A’s to a second straight shutout and a series win over the Lakers.

Mike Friese earned the mound victory for Pipestone. Eli Fest pitched well for Heron Lake.

In the series opener, Pipestone’s Brandon Alfson threw a no-hitter as the A’s defeated the Lakers 4-0.

Jackson 18, Tracy 2

JACKSON — Easton Bahr went 6-for-6 as the Bulls swept the Engineers.

Bahr had two doubles. He also scored five times and swiped three bases.

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