Amateur Baseball: Four-run 8th inning lifts NL-Sunburg past Regal in County Line playoffs
REGAL -- Norway Lake-Sunburg came from behind in the late innings to edge Regal 7-6 in the County Line playoffs Sunday.
The Lakers, down 6-3, scored four times in the top of the eighth to seize the lead.
Nate Schlagel, pitching in relief, silenced the Eagles' bats on two hits and no scores over the last 31/3 innings to achieve the victory.
The Lakers' big inning included an RBI single by Grant Johnson and a two-run double to left-center by Jonah Johnson.
Regal scored four times in the third for a 4-3 lead. Josh Krupke supplied an RBI single and Andy Hadley squeezed a run home. Another run scored on a base-loaded walk allowed by Norway Lake-Sunburg starter Chris Braaten.
Austen Hadley was the losing pitcher in relief of Chris Beier, who pitched into the eighth.
Aaron Zimmer had two of the Lakers' seven hits.
Austin Kampsen and Beier had two hits each in Regal's 10-hit offense.
The loss eliminated Regal.
Norway Lake-Sunburg plays Starbuck at Minneswaska High School at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
NL-Sunburg 7, Regal 6
NL-Sunburg 010 020 040 -- 7 7 3
Regal 000 411 000 -- 6 10 1
HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Grant Johnson 1-for-4, rbi; Jordan Johnson 1-for-3, 2 runs; Kent Gjerde 1-for-3, rbi; Aaron Zimmer 2-for-4, rbi; Chad Searcy 1-for-4, 2b; Jonah Johnson 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi... Regal: Shane Radermacher 1-for-4, rbi; Austen Hadley 1-for-5, A.J. Hadley 1-for-4, 2b; Austin Kampsen 2-for-4, 2b; Josh Krupke 1-for-3, rbi; Nathan Beier 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Chris Beier 2-for-3, Andy Hadley 1-for-2, 2b, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten 52/3-8-6-5-2-1, Nate Schlagel (W) 31/3-2-0-0-1-4 ...Regal: Chris Beier 7-4-5-3-7-3, Austen Hadley (L) 2-3-2-2-0-0
Starbuck 2, Paynesville 1
This was a terrific pitchers' dual matching the Pirates' Aaron Savelkoul and the Stars' Jon Hoffmann.
The game was tied 1-1 through seven innings after each team scored a run in the fourth.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the Stars' Joe Heidelberger singled and Ryan Ganderud bunted him to second. Zach Lagred then singled to right center to drive in the go-ahead run.
Paynesville threatened in the ninth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But when Brett Savelkoul tried to score on a bloop single behind short, Ganderud threw him out at home plate.
It was Savelkoul who gave the Pirates' a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when his RBI single followed a double by Keagan Meagher.
Chad Andreas' RBI single in the bottom of the fourth scored an unearned run to knot the score 1-1 for Starbuck.
Hoffmann gave up eight hits, walked two and fanned eight. Aaron Savelkoul's four-hitter included three walks and eight strikeouts also.
Starbuck will host Norway Lake-Sunburg at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Minnewaska High School.
Paynesville 000 100 000 -- 1 7 2
Starbuck 000 100 01x -- 2 4 0
HITTING - Paynesville: Jamie Paul 1-for-4, Keagan Meagher 1-for-4, 2b; Brett Savelkoul 1-for-3, rbi; Jordan Haag 2-for-4, Adam Miller 1-for-4, Casey Hess 1-for-3 ... Starbuck: Zach Lagred 1-for-4, rbi; Chad Andreas 2-for-3, rbi; Joe Heidelberger 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Aaron Savelkoul (L) 8-4-2-1-3-8 ... Starbuck: Jon Hoffmann (W) 9-7-1-1-2-8