MILROY - Winnebago American Legion Post 82/Blue Earth Post 89 earned a spot in the Minnesota Division II state baseball tournament.
Brandyn Olsen singled home the tying run before scoring the eventual game-winning run in the top of the third inning to guide Winnebago/Blue Earth to a 2-1 victory over St. James in the District 2 championship game on Sunday in Milroy.
Post 82/Post 89 (17-3) opens the state tournament against the District 7 champion at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Bird Island.
WINNING RUN — Winnebago American Legion Post 82/Blue Earth Post 89 runner Brandyn Olsen, shown scoring ahead of the throw to St. James catcher Ryan Menssen (left) during the sub-district finale on July 14 in Truman, scored what proved to be the game-winning run in Sunday’s District 2 championship game against St. James in Milroy. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
David Franta, who went 4-for-4 to top WBE's nine-hit offensive attack, served as his lineup's catalyst during the top of the third inning.
Trailing 1-0, Franta doubled before circling the bases on Olsen's RBI single. Seth Anderson followed with a one-out single, Carter Hanson walked and Luke Schavey delivered the pivotal RBI double to plate Olsen with the go-ahead run.
WBE starting pitcher Quinn Huisman allowed one earned run during the bottom of the first inning before hurling six shutout frames. Huisman gave up seven hits, walked four and did not record a strikeout in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Shortstop David Franta triggered the game-ending double play to fend off St. James' seventh-inning bid to force extra innings.
Zack Gleiter, who had doubled and scored St. James' run in the first inning on Walker Froehling's RBI single, doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Gleiter moved to third base on Froehling's right-side groundout before Ryan Menssen lofted a sinking liner behind second base.
Franta tracked down the baseball for the second out before firing to catcher Carter Hanson, who held onto the throw and tagged out Gleiter at the plate.
Gleiter collected two doubles to top St. James' seven-hit effort, Kyle Pinke contributed two hits, Devin Wolle doubled and Nick Beckius added a hit.
Christian Haugh and Hanson each added singles for WBE.
St. James starting pitcher Sam Carlson allowed two runs on nine hits, struck out five and walked one in seven innings of work to absorb the tough loss.
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Quinn Huisman (WP) and Carter Hanson. Sam Carlson (LP) and Ryan Menssen.
Fairmont 4, Minneota 0 - Brandon Alfson, a draftee from Pipestone, solidified the Martins' choice by striking out 15 batters in nine innings to take the 4-0 Region 13C playoff win over the Mudhens on Saturday night in Minneota.
The No. 1-seeded Fairmont Martins (21-3) advance to play host to No. 4 seed Hadley in Game 1 of a best-of-three series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fairmont.
Alfson allowed just three hits in nine innings, walking one in his shutout win.
Ian Bents smacked a pair of hits, including a double, driving in two RBIs for the Martins in the win.
Adam Schmidt added a double for one of his two hits, while Taylor Morris drove in a pair of RBIs on a single.
Shaun McGuire, Game 1's winning hurler, added some offense in Game 2, pounding two hits.
Tony Shaikoski pitched seven innings for the Mudhens, giving up all four runs, before Matt Musser pitched the final two innings in relief.
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Brandon Alfson (WP) and Dustin Sobolik. Tony Shaikoski (LP), Matt Musser (8) and Beau Buysse.
The Fairmont VFW Post 1222 baseball lineup nearly reached the Minnesota 2nd District Tournament's championship round on Sunday.
Ben Abel generated a game-best four RBIs behind two hits to propel Fairmont to a 9-5 victory over New Ulm Gold during Saturday's first elimination-round game in Arlington.
Eagan, however, edged Fairmont by a 3-1 decision in Saturday's second elimination-bracket contest to end Post 1222's stellar postseason run.
Fairmont, which entered the playoffs with a 7-8 record, closed the season with a 14-10 overall mark.
Eagan advanced to play district unbeaten Hutchinson on Sunday for the right to play in the Minnesota VFW State Tournament next week.
Parker Monsen and Tyler Tennyson each supplied two hits to Fairmont's winning ways against New Ulm Gold on Saturday.
Nathan Gillis drove in a pair of runs for Post 1222 with one hit, Spencer Chirpich and Matt Lytle each contributed RBI singles to the victory, while Jack Waletich chipped in a hit.
Chirpich allowed five runs - three earned - on 12 hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory for Fairmont in Game 1.
Gillis produced Post 1222's only hit and lone RBI in the 3-1 loss to Eagan.
Chirpich reached on an error in the top of the first inning, advanced 90 feet on Tennyson's sacrifice bunt, moved to third base on a walk to Waletich, stayed put on a walk to Abel, and crossed the plate on Gillis' sacrifice fly.
Gillis allowed three earned runs on seven hits, struck out three and walked one in six innings of work to absorb the loss for Fairmont.
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