St. Patrick Among 8 Left in MBA Class C Tournament
The St. Patrick Irish scored 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-4 walk-off win over the Avon Lakers in Dundas Saturday.
The victory means they go up against the Delano Athletics today at 1:30 p.m. in Dundas.
The Irish took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. The Lakers scored 2 runs in the third and two runs in the fifth.
St. Patrick answered with 2 runs in the fifth to keep within striking distance going into the late innings of the game.
Ryan Friedges hit a two run home run over the left field fence to send St. Patrick to the final eight teams left in the single elimination Class C Minnesota Baseball Association Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Friedges will be a senior next season at Minnesota State Mankato. His brother Jack just concluded his senior season with the Mavericks and is also on the St. Patrick team.
Jack had a pair of hits including a double and scored 2 runs.
Collin Denk will be a senior next season for Minnesota State. He started the game on the mound going 6 innings with 11 hits allowed, 4 runs, 2 earned with 3 strikouts and 1 walk.
Denk is from Eden Prarie the Friedges went to Jordan High School.
Trevor Divinski, a former Mavericks player threw the final 3 innings to earn the victory. He allowed 2 hits, struck out 5, walked no batters. Divinski also hails from Eden Prairie.
Kyle Rhodus stroked 3 hits with an RBI. The 2018 Lakeville North graduated played football and baseball for the Panthers.
Avon had 13 hits, 3 errors. St. Patrick 8 hits, 2 errors in the thriller.
The Irish will move to Class B next season. Faribault Lakers players Joe Grote and Matt Lane are draftees for the Irish.
In other Class C games Saturday.
Delano blanked Isanti 5-0 in Faribault in a battle between two Region champions,
Region 12 Champ Delano scored a run in the 4th inning thanks in part to an error then added four insurance runs in the sixth inning when all nine batters made a plate appearance.
The Athletics started draftee Avery Liestman of the Litchfield Blues. The right handed hurler went 7 innings throwing 105 pitches, 74 strikes. Liestman struck out 7, walked 1, allowed 7 hits.
Jackson Royer of Delano threw the final two innings with 25 pitches, 17 for strikes, 2 strikeouts, 1 hit allowed.
Chatfield High School graduate Phil Bray started on the mound for Region 1 Champ Isanti. The Redbirds lefty lasted 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned with 7 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 intentional while throwing 103 pitches, 60 strikes.
James Skroch, righty draftee from North Branch pitched in the 7th inning, righty James Green pitched the 8th and veteran right handed Chris Olean pitched a scoreless 9th.
Bray tried to pick a runner off second base in the 4th inning which allowed the run to score on a ground out giving Delano the only run they would need.
In the 6th inning Brady Miller hit a 1-2 count pitch for a infield single. After two outs were recorded Jack Paulson clubbed a 1-1 count RBI double. The Redbirds elected to intentionally walk Jeff Althoff.
Designated hitter Owen Hinkle got a 1-1 count RBI single, Jake Nelson hit a 0-1 count two run single.
The Buckman Billygoats got by the Waconia Lakers 8-5. The Lakers scored 5 runs in the first three innings to take a 5-1 lead.
The Billygoats got 7 runs the rest of the way with solo runs in the 4th, 7th and 8th innings and 2 run 5th and 6th innings.
Drew Beier left handed draftee from Foley threw the final six innings for the third seed out of Region 8 allowing 2 hits with 8 strikeouts, 1 walk.
Kodey Simon started the game for the Region 7 runnerup Lakers. The right handed pitcher went the first 5 2/3 innings allowing 11 hits, 6 earned runs with 2 strikeouts and a walk.
Buckman smacked 3 doubles off Simon and finished the game with 5 doubles in Dundas.
The top three hitters for the Billygoats (Matt Tautges, Lane Girtz, Noah Boser) each had 3 hits, Tautges 2 RBI, Boser 3 RBI to lead the way.
Boser, Andrew Rueckert each had home runs in the 16 hit attack. Waconia finished the game with 8 hits.
The Billygoats defeated Cannon Falls opening weekend in Faribault. They will play the Dumont Saints 1:30 p.m. today in Faribault.
The Saints went marching into the final 8 field with a dramatic 3-2 win over Stark Friday night in Dundas.
Region 9 Champion Dumont took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. The Region 2 second seed Longhorns scored a run in the 5th setting up the dramatic 9th inning.
The Saints scored in the top of the inning. Stark could only manage one run in the bottom of the ninth.
Right handed pitcher Jordon Roos went the distance for the Dumont win allowing 7 hits, 2 unearned runs, 10 strikeouts, 4 walks. Roos is a Paynesville graduate and Jamestown North Dakota player and threw 152 pitches.
Stark had the game tying run thrown out at the plate to end the game. Dumont centerfielder Pat Kussatz made the perfect throw and collected a RBI in the game which kept everyone on the edge of their seats.
Matthew Thielen and Jacob Uhlich each had 2 hits for the Saints who finished with 6 hits. Stark tallied 7 hits.
Chase Meyer, draftee from Courtland was charged with the tough loss.
The final Saturday game in Faribault was a thriller with the Nisswa Lightning striking a 4-2 win over the New Ulm Brewers in a battle of region champions.
The game was tied at 2 when Nisswa scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and held off the Brew crew.
Region 2 Champion New Ulm left 9 runners on base, 8 of them in scoring position. Region 8 Champion Nisswa stranded 6 runners, 4 in scoring position.
With two outs in the bottom of the third inning Cody Ruedisili a Wofford University player from Florida hit a single. He then stole second base during a Nicholas Nelson at bat that ended in a 1-0 count double scoring Ruedisili.
In the top of the 4th inning the Brewers answered when designated hitter, current Minnesota State Mankato player Hunter Ranweiler of New Ulm hit a 1-2 count pitch for a single to start the inning.
Ranweiler would go to second base on a wild pitch while two outs were recorded. Jaden Domier was walked. Andrew Peters stroked a 0-1 count pitch for a single but there was no RBI because Ranweiler scored after stopping at third base.
The throw to home plate ended in an error scoring Ranweiler.
Nisswa first baseman Aaron Jenkins hit a one out 0-2 count pitch for a home run in the 4th inning.
Trevor Nissen anwered with a no doubt 2-2 count pitch homer over the left field fence at Bell Field.
With one out in the bottom of the 7th inning #9 batter Matt Casperson was walked. An error allowed Ruedisili to get on base for the third time in the game. Nicholas Nelson collected his second RBI on a sacrifice fly in front of a 0-2 count infield single by Jeremy Piepkorn.
Wade French started on the hill for New Ulm going 7 innings with 109 pitches thrown, 66 strikes. He fanned 6 batters, walked 4, allowing 7 hits. Mitch Bockenstedt threw a up and down in order 8th inning.
Draftee from Foley Ryan Chimelewski started for Nisswa lasting 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 7 batters, walked 2, allowed 8 hits.
Brett Kramer draftee from Fort Ripley finished the game, 2 1/3 innings, 4 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 hit allowed.
Nisswa will play the Jordan Brewers at 11:00 a.m. today in Dundas.
Jordan scored all 3 of their runs in the top of the ninth inning to get by the Bluffton Braces in Dundas.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th inning.
The Brewers managed 4 hits, Braves 3 hits in the contest.
Michael Vohnoutka had 2 RBI, Afton Koch the other RBI in the Jordan final inning victory.
Bird Island ended Red Wing's title hopes with a 1-0 13 inning win despite the Aces two pitchers combining to throw a one hitter.
A strike out passed ball avoided the third out in the bottom of the 13th for the Bullfrogs and scored on a single by cleanup hitter Logan Swan.
Games Sunday include in Faribault:
- 11:00 a.m. Bird Island vs. Watertown
- 1:30 p.m. Dumont vs. Buckman
- 4:30 p.m. Winners play in Semifinal game
Games Sunday in Dundas are:
- 11:00 a.m. Nisswa vs. Jordan
- 1:30 p.m. Delano vs. St. Patrick
- 4:30 p.m. Winners tangle in Semifinal
Survivors of 4:30 p.m. games today play Noon Monday in Faribault for the 2022 Class C State Championship.
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