Legion baseball roundup: No. 2-seed Madison edges No. 3 Montevideo
MADISON — A scorching line drive in the seventh inning off Garrett Olson’s bat was too much for Montevideo to handle as the hit drove in the winning run for Madison in a 5-4 victory in a winner’s bracket semifinal of the Division II, District 7 South playoffs Thursday.
Brandon Hill walked and stole second to lead off the bottom half of the seventh before moving to third on a wild pitch. Jeff Rohloff got a strikeout after walking Hill, but Olson’s rocket found an opening in Montevideo’s modified infield. Montevideo had an outfielder move up just behind second base in hopes of keeping Hill stranded at third.
The win puts No. 2 Madison into Saturday’s winner’s bracket final at 2 p.m. in Granite Falls against top-seeded BOLD.
Montevideo tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth when Adam Kilibarda notched a two-out single that knocked in Bryce Maurice. They then threatened in the seventh, but Olson, playing first after starting the game on the mound, scooped up a throw from Hill to end the inning.
Austin Haas was given the win in relief of Olson after getting the final four outs. Olson gave up seven hits and Haas struck out two.
Hill and Dylan Lillejord hit back-to-back doubles to open the third and Daniel Baldwin later singled in a run to put Madison up 4-3.
Zac Enevoldsen singled three times for Montevideo, while Lillejord, Olson and Baldwin had two hits each for Madison.
Montevideo 210 001 0 — 4 8 1
Madison 103 000 1 — 5 9 2
HITTING – Montevideo: Zac Enevoldsen 3-4, Austin Hiepler 1-2 hbp-2, Markus Kranz 1-3 rbi, Ricky Schmitz 1-3, Tristan Weber 1-2, Adam Kilibarda 1-3 rbi-2 … Madison: Austin Haas 1-4, Brandon Hill 1-3 2b runs-2, Dylan Lillejord 2-4 2b rbi, Garrett Olson 2-4 rbi, Ty Kanstrup 1-3 rbi, Daniel Baldwin 2-2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Montevideo: Jeff Rohloff (L) 6.1-9-5-5-2-5 … Madison: Olson 5.2-7-4-3-3-3, Haas (W) 1.1-1-0-0-0-2
Granite Falls 7,
Joe Sannerud had three RBIs, and Dylan Johnson tossed a complete game to lead No. 9-seed Granite Falls over No. 4-seed Cottonwood.
Sannerud plated two in the third on a two-out double and another in the seventh on a sac fly.
GF scored its other four runs unearned, taking advantage of six Cottonwood errors.
Chase Richter, Sannerud and Derrick Grund each had two hits, and Austin Vikander score three times.
Granite Falls 202 200 1 — 7 9 3
Cottonwood 210 000 1 — 4 7 6
HITTING – GF: Blake Lindstrom 1-4, Dylan Johnson 1-4, Austin Vikander 0-3, r-3, Chase Richter 2-3, 2b, Joe Sannerud 2-3, 2b, rbi-3, Zach Fischer 1-4, Derrick Grund 2-4 … Cottonwood: Jacob Neu 2-4, rbi-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — GF: Johnson (W) 7-7-4-3-2-2 … Cottonwood: Randy Louwagie (L) 6-8-7-1-2-2; Neu 1-1-0-0-0-1
Osakis 2, Morris 0
Ky Zimmel stifled Morris with a 14-strikeout two-hitter to propel No. 1-seed Osakis over the 29ers.
Brady Jergenson had both hits for Morris, a single and a double.
Osakis scored in the first and fourth on RBI base hits from Mike Herringhsaw and Jarrett Weisphenning.
Morris moves into the elimination bracket and will face the winner of the Glenwood-Eden Valley-Watkins game 5 p.m. Saturday in Wheaton.
Morris (9-6) 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Osakis 100 100 0 — 2 5 0
HITTING – Morris: Brady Jergenson 2-3, 2b … Osakis: Drew Searing 1-3, 3b, Mike Herringshaw 1-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Morris: Joey Dufault (L) 6-5-2-2-2-2 … Osakis: Ky Zimmel (W) 7-2-0-0-1-14
BOLD 9, GFW 0
The top-seeded Mudhens cruised past No. 5 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop after three pitchers surrendered just three hits to offset starter and winner Austin Weis issuing eight walks.
A seven-run second inning — highlighted by Riley Kramer’s three-run double — gave BOLD an early advantage. Eleven Mudhens batted in the frame and when the inning was over they used seven hits to stake an 8-0 run. Lane Stadther finished 3-for-4 with Kramer, Trevor Nissen and Ben Steffel each collecting two hits.
GFW had the bases loaded in the third and fifth, but the Mudhens played solid defense to get Weis out of further trouble.
BOLD now plays either No. 2 Madison or No. 3 Montevideo on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Granite Falls in the winner’s bracket final. The winner earns an automatic bid into next week’s District Final Four in Montevideo.
GFW 000 000 0 — 0 3 1
BOLD 170 001 x — 9 11 1
HITTING – GFW: Zack Black 2-3, Cody Huiras 1-3 … BOLD: Lane Stadther 3-4 3b, Trevor Nissen 2-4 rbi-2, Riley Kramer 2-4 2b rbi-4, Ben Steffel 2-3 2b, Joel Erickson 1-3 rbi, Max Buchtel 1-2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — GFW: Gustavo Munoz (L) 2-9-8-6-0-0, Seth Schutte 4-2-1-1-0-0 … BOLD: Austin Weis (W) 4.1-2-0-0-8-4, Steffel 1.2-0-0-0-0-0, Kramer 1-1-0-0-0-2
NLS 8, Wheaton 1
New London-Spicer strung together four singles and two walks to take a 4-0 lead in the first inning that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Ryan Vraa and Lucas Nordmeyer each had three hits, with Vraa knocking two RBI singles.
Wyatt White added two hits and Tyson Gislason was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Nordmeyer started and earned the win, going six innings and striking out four.
No. 4-seed NLS (6-6) will face the loser of the Clinton-Brandon/Evansville game 2 p.m. Saturday in Wheaton.
Wheaton 001 000 0 — 1 4 1
NLS (6-6) 410 102 x — 8 10 0
HITTING – Wheaton: Braedon Lampe 2-2 … NLS: Trey Austvold 1-4, Lucas Nordmeyer 3-3, Wyatt White 2-3, Ryan Vraa 3-4, rbi-2, Tyson Gislason 1-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Wheaton: Cameron Mandal (L) 5-10-8-8-5-3; Carter Thiel 1-0-0-0-0-1 … NLS: Nordmeyer (W) 6-4-1-1-3-4; Jarrett Hatlestad 1-0-0-0-0-1