Martins fall to third-place series

BAREHAND — Lance Becker (right) uses his bare hand to pick up a ground ball and throw out Hadley’s Joe Larson (11) as Levi Becker (back) looks on in the first inning of Game 2 in the best of three series between Hadley and Fairmont. Hadley won 8-6 to win the series. (Photo by Kyle McAreavy)

HADLEY — One bad inning spelled doom for the Martins.

The Hadley Buttermakers beat the Fairmont Martins 8-6 in Game 2 of the Best-of-3 series in the Region 13C Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Laurie Maron Memorial Field in Hadley.

Fairmont moves to the third-place series with a trip to the state tournament on the line. The Martins will play the Windom Pirates in a best-of-three series, which starts Wednesday in Fairmont.

Hadley scored all its runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Fairmont starter Tyler Tennyson had held Hadley scoreless through the first four innings, but the Buttermakers timed him in the fifth for nine hits.

Chris Halbur led off the inning with a double to left-center field and Kellan Johnson hit a single to right to put runners on first and third.

Derek Platt came up next and hit a fly ball to left field for a sacrifice fly.

Joe Larson, Nick Bruning and Blake Rogers smacked back-to-back-to-back singles that found their way through the infield. Rogers’ going for two RBIs.

Max Zwart singled to left for an RBI and Tennyson struck out Erik Wienke for the second out.

The ninth hitter of the inning, Trent Carlson, notched two RBIs with a double to left-center field.

In their second plate appearnaces of the inning, Halbur was hit by a pitch, Johnson singled to left and Platt singled to right field for two RBIs.

The Martins made a pitching change to player/manager Adam Schmidt, who got the third out of the inning on a groundout.

Schmidt said outside of the one bad inning he was happy with the pitching performance.

“We gave up those eight runs in that one inning and other than that we pitched a shutout,” Schmidt said. “This field is kind of weird, anything can happen just like that last inning. We had a couple ground balls get through. Anything can happen in Hadley. They had a couple balls get through when they needed to. But we get another shot at getting to state on Wednesday. We battled pretty good.”

Outside of the fifth, Tennyson and Schmidt held the Buttermakers scoreless, but three innings of scoring for Fairmont were not enough to come back.

In the top of the fifth, Fairmont scored the first runs of the game.

Schmidt took a walk to lead off and Brooks Rohmann doubled to right-center to bring Schmidt across the plate. Dalen Keltgen also hit a double, this time down the right-field line, to bring Rohmann in from second.

With two outs, Lance Becker singled just past the retreating shortstop to score Keltgen.

In the seventh, down 8-3, Fairmont scored after Schmidt walked again, was pushed to second when Rohmann was hit by a pitch, and came across to score on a passed ball.

In their final at-bat, the Martins continued to fight.

Keltgen led off with a walk and Levi Becker doubled to deep center field.

Lance Becker grounded out for an RBI and Tennyson singled to left field to score Levi Becker. But that was all Fairmont could muster as they were forced to watch Hadley celebrate its guaranteed spot in the state tournament with champaign.

Fairmont must win its next series to make it to the state tournament. Schmidt said the team is prepared and should have most of its pitchers ready to go.

“We should be loaded up on our pitching now,” Schmidt said. “Our draft pick will be able to throw and we’ve got another guy who’s thrown a lot of innings, Josh Smith, who will probably start Wednesday. We should be ready to go, we’ll come to play.”

In a town with a census-reported population of 61, the Buttermakers are a big attraction. In the seventh inning, the paid attendance was announced as 268.

The baseball game wasn’t the only attraction though. There was also bingo and a raffle at the game.

In between innings, bingo numbers were announced until there was a winner, which brought about cheers during the quick-paced first four innings.

Three up, three down in the top of the first. I-20.

One hit, no runs in the bottom half. O-64.

One hit, no runs in the first half of the second. B-6.

Same thing in the home half. B-2.

This went on for four innings before a winner was found.

Fairmont 000 030 102 — 6 9 2

Hadley 000 080 00x — 8 13 1

Tyler Tennyson (LP), Adam Schmidt (5) and Dustin Sobolik. Luke Drooger (WP), Nick Bruning (7) and Trent Carlson.

LOB–Fairmont 8, Hadley 7. 2B–Tyler Tennyson (F), Brooks Rohmann (F), Dalen Keltgen (F), Levi Becker (F),Trent Carlson (H), Chris Halbur (H), Alex Peterson (H). SF–Derek Platt (H).