Martins capture Region 13C amateur baseball crown
MILROY — Pipestone draftee Brandan Alfson fired a second consecutive postseason complete-game gem to guide the Fairmont Martins to the Region 13C amateur baseball crown on Friday night at Irish Yard in Milroy.
Alfson, the Martins’ first choice in the regional draft, recorded 10 strikeouts and allowed one unearned run on seven hits in nine yeoman innings of work to pace Fairmont’s 2-1 comeback victory over the Milroy Irish in Game 2 of their best-of-3 series.
The Martins (23-8) earned a first-round bye and open the Class ‘C’ state tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, in Norwood against the winner between the Region 10 runner-up and the third-place team from Region 12.
The Irish play the Region 6 third-place finisher at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, in Hamburg in opening state tournament action.
“There wasn’t even another option as far as we were concerned when it came to our first draft pick,” Fairmont player/coach Levi Becker said in reference to selecting the right-handed throwing Alfson. “Brandan has pitched for us in the past (in the playoffs), so he knows us well and vice versa.”
Trailing 1-0 after seven completed innings Friday night, Fairmont manufactured two runs in the top of the eighth and that’s all Alfson needed.
Matt Lytle was hit by a Cody Mather pitch and moved to second base on Lance Becker’s sacrifice bunt. Milroy intentionally walked Jack Waletich before a wild pitch moved both Martins into scoring position.
Tanner Nawrocki deposited an RBI single to plate Lytle with the tying run before Waletich scored the eventual game-winning run on Tyler Tennyson’s RBI groundout.
The Irish put runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth only to have Alfson record back-to-back strikeouts to escape danger.
The Pipestone draftee pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
Christian Petschke, Levi Becker and Parker Monsen each produced hits for the Martins.
Mather allowed two runs on four hits, struck out six and issued one walk in nine solid innings to take the loss.
Alfson fanned 14 in firing a four-hitter in a 2-1 regional win over Windom last Friday.