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Granite Falls Legion advances to District 7, Division II Final Four

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SACRED HEART -- Granite Falls scored five times in the bottom of the first inning without the benefit of a hit and went on to douse Montevideo 10-5 Sunday in the championship of the Southwest Pod of the District 7, Division II Legion baseball playoffs.

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Granite Falls edged Cottonwood 5-4 with a two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday.

Granite Falls opens the Final Four against Benson on Tuesday in Montevideo.

Games Saturday Granite Falls 5, Cottonwood 4

Trailing 4-2, Granite Falls closed within 4-3 with a run in the sixth, then won with two runs in the seventh without a hit.

Walks to the first two batters in the seventh were followed by consecutive wild pitches that let a run in to tie the game. An error then allowed the winning run to score.

Derek Dyrdahl worked two hitless innings of relief for the win. He walked none and struck out four.

Phil Johnson was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Granite.

Cottonwood 022 000 0 -- 4 9 2

Granite Falls 002 001 2 -- 5 7 1

HITTING - Cottonwood: Tony Ross 2-for-4, 2b, rbi ... Granite Falls: Austen Cole 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Phil Johnson 2-for-3, rbi; Taylor Tollefson 1-for-4; Steve Kvam 2-for-3; Tyler Sand 1-for-3, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Cottonwood: Tyler Peterson (L) 6-7-5-4-2-7, Tony Ross (L) Zc-0-0-0-1-1 ... Granite Falls: Taylor Tollefson 5-9-4-3-2-6, Derek Dyrdahl (W) 2-0-0-0-0-4

Montevideo 10, Minneota 5

Ryan Tostenson went 3-for-3, including a three-run homer in the second inning, and drove in four runs to lift Montevideo.

Colton Vien went 2-for-2 for the winners.

Justin Fox was 4-for-4, including a pair of doubles, for Minneota.

Troy Hendrickson pitched six innings for the win, allowing six hits and three earned runs, while striking out seven.

Minneota 200 020 1 -- 5 8 6

Montevideo 152 020 x -- 10 8 3

HITTING - Minneota: Justin Fox 4-for-4, 2 2b's; Alex Christianson 2-for-3, 2 rbi ... Montevideo: Troy Hendrickson 1-for-3; Ryan Tostenson 3-for-3, 3-run HR, 4 rbi; Mitch Christensen 1-for-3; Christian Brabender 1-for-2; Colton Vien 2-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minneota: Cody Jerzak (L) 4-8-9-6-2-2, Alex Buysse 2-0-1-0-2-3 ... Montevideo: Troy Hendrickson (W) 6-6-4-3-4-7, Josh Fenske 1-2-1-1-0-1

Montevideo 7, Cottonwood 1

Joe Bednar uncorked a two-run homer in the sixth inning and Colton Vien went 2-for-2 with two RBI to spark Montevideo.

Cam Vien earned the win, giving up five hits and one run over six innings of work. He walked one and struck out four before giving way to Colton Vien, who hurled a hitless seventh.

Montevideo 003 004 0 -- 7 5 3

Cottonwood 000 100 0 -- 1 5 2

HITTING - Montevideo: Colton Vien 2-for-2, 2 rbi; Tyler Grey 1-for-2; Jerod Schmitt 1-for-2; Joe Bednar 1-for-1, 2-run HR, 2 rbi ... Cottonwood: Brady Enstad 3-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Cam Vien (W) 6-5-1-1-1-4, Colton Vien 1-0-0-0-0-1 ... Cottonwood: Adam Brewers (L) 5-3-5-3-1-9, Jeremy LaBat 2-2-2-2-1-1

Championship Sunday Granite Falls 10, Montevideo 3

Only three of Granite Falls' 10 runs were earned as Montevideo committed five errors.

Austen Cole went 3-for-4 to lead an eight-hit attack for Granite Falls.

Granite's five-run first inning included two walks, three Montevideo errors and a hit batsmen.

Montevideo 100 200 0 -- 3 7 5

Granite Falls 501 310 x -- 10 10 4

HITTING - Montevideo: Todd Bergeson 2-for-5; Troy Hendrickson 1-for-5; Cam Vien 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Tyler Grey 1-for-3; Colton Vien 1-for-3; Mike Hass 1-for-1 ... Granite Falls: Austen Cole 3-for-4; Taylor Tollefson 1-for-4, rbi; Derek Dyrdahl 1-for-3; Steve Kvam 1-for-3, rbi; Jordan Hagert 1-for-3; Derek Lalim 1-for-1; Tyler Sand 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Braden Lee 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideor: Mitch Christianson (L) 3Zc-6-9-3-2-2, Josh Fenske 2Xc-4-1-0-2-3 ... Granite Falls: Phil Johnson (W) 5-5-3-2-6-6, Dylan Lindstrom 2-2-0-0-1-4

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