Amateur Baseball: Hinderks drives in 10 to place Sacred Heart in Region 9C tourney
SACRED HEART -- Jeremy Hinderks nearly did it all for Sacred Heart Sunday.
Hinderks slugged two grand slams, drove in 10 runs and threw a complete game on the mound to ignite the top-seeded Saints to a 15-2 win over Raymond in the Cornbelt League playoffs.
The win also secured a spot in the Region 9C playoffs and improved the Saints' record to 21-3. Sacred Heart is off until next Sunday when it hosts either Bird Island, Milroy or Raymond in the league championship.
Both teams scored single runs in the first and were held scoreless for the next three innings.
The Rockets pulled ahead 2-1 in the fifth when Jed Nelson scored while Mike Jeseritz was caught in a rundown between first and second. But Hinderks belted a grand slam in the bottom half of the fifth to put the Saints in control.
Sacred Heart then put six more runs up on the scoreboard in the sixth behind two-run singles from Hinderks, Tyler Kleinhuizen and Mike Kuschel.
Hinderks, who gave up six hits, walked four and struck out four on the mound, ended the game early when he crushed another grand slam with two outs in the seventh.
Tyler Steen was 3-for-4 and scored on Kyle Knott's grounder in the first for Raymond.
Sacred Heart 15, Raymond 2
Raymond 100 010 0 -- 2 6 4
Sacred Heart 100 046 4 --15 10 1
HITTING - Raymond: Tyler Steen 3-for-4, 2b; Justin Koenen 2-for-3; Jed Nelson 1-for-4 ... Sacred Heart: Tyler Kleinhuizen 3-for-5, 2 rbi; Nate Hebrink 1-for-2; Jeremy Hinderks 3-for-5, 2 grand slams, 10 rbi; Mike Kuschel 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Jeff Hinderks 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Raymond: Zach Nelson (L) 51/3-5-10-8-6-4, Jordan Smith 2/3-2-1-1-0-0, Justin Koenen 2/3-3-4-4-1-1 ... Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (W) 7-6-2-1-4-4
Bird Island 4, Granite Falls 1
Jesse Bjur threw all nine innings to shut down the Kilowatts, who closed out their season.
Bjur's four-hitter included five walks and eight strikeouts at Lions Memorial Park where Granite Falls had laid a 7-6 loss on the Mudhens on Wednesday.
Bird Island got RBI hits from Shawn Dollerschell, Tyler Hebrink, Brad Gass and Ben Maiers.
Shaun Condon's ground out to short scored Tyler Kanten, who had walked, in the seventh for the Kilowatt's lone tally.
Bird Island plays at Milroy at 7:30 on Wednesday.
Granite Falls 000 000 100 -- 1 4 2
Bird Island 100 100 11x -- 4 9 0
HITTING - Granite Falls: Tyler Dammann 1-for-4, Craig Listul 2-for-3, King Richter 1-for-3 Bird Island: Dylan Gass 1-for-3, Mark Neubauer 1-for-3, Shawn Dollerschell 2-for-4, rbi; Tyler Hebrink 1-for-4, rbi; Brad Gass 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Ben Maiers 2-for-4, rbi, 2b
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Granite Falls: Aric Roeller (L) 3-4-1-1-3-0, Tyler Kanten 5-5-3-2-2-3 ... Bird Island: Jesse Bjur (W) 9-4-1-1-5-8