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Fast start lifts MCC past MACCRAY in Section 3A

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Fast start lifts MCC past MACCRAY in Section 3A
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MARSHALL -- MACCRAY's bid in Section 3A baseball ended Tuesday evening at Legion Park with a 4-3 loss to Murray County Central.

The Wolverines left the tying run at third base and the winning run at second in the sixth.

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The Wolverines, who were state champions in 2009, finish the season 11-9.

MCC scored three times in the bottom of the first, coupling three singles and two walks off Wolverine starter Riley Aeikens.

Aeikins allowed just two hits, a run and one walk over the next five innings.

MACCRAY scored one in the first on a two-out single by Seth Hinrichs to plate Jamie Boonstra. In the second, again with two outs, Boonstra's clutch double chased Alex Wrede to the plate. Wrede had reached on a long double.

That made it 3-2, but MCC would get the decisive run in the third. A one-out walk to Trent Carlson, who then stole second, was followed by a run-scoring single by Josh Onken for a 4-2 lead.

MACCRAY made it 4-3 in the sixth when Corey Abbas singled in Aeikens, who had walked. But the rally stalled with two runners in scoring position.

The Wolverines outhit MCC 8-5, but Sam Erickson, the Rebels' starting pitcher, walked just one and eight strikeouts got him out of tight spots.

MCC must beat Tracy-Milroy-Balaton twice on Thursday at Richter Field in Granite Falls to advance to the state tournament.

MCC 4, MACCRAY 3

MACCRAY 110 001 0 -- 3 8 3

MCC 301 000 x -- 4 5 0

HITTING - MACCRAY: Jamie Boonstra 2-for-4, rbi, 2b; Seth Hinrichs 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Riley Aeikens 1-for-2; Darren Westerman 1-for-3; Corey Abbas 1-for-3, rbi; Alex Wrede 1-for-3, 2b ... Murray County Central:: Austin Kluis 1-for-3; Chris Halbur 1-for-2, 2b; Trent Carlson 1-for-2, rbi; Josh Onken 1-for-3, rbi; Matt Hart 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- MACCRAY: Riley Aeikens (L) 6-5-4-4-3-6 ... Murray County Central: Sam Erickson (W) 7-8-3-3-1-8

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