Legion Baseball: Three no-hitters highlight second round of playoffs
MONTEVIDEO -- Colton Vien gave up one walk Thursday, but that was the only thing the right-hander gave up as Vien no-hit Sacred Heart/MACCRAY to help Montevideo collect a 10-0, five-inning win in the second round of the District 7, Division II Region 4 playoffs.
Three sparkling defensive plays early in the game kept Vien's shot at a no-hitter going with Montevideo third baseman Austin Hoehne coming up with two of them. Vien's bid for a perfect game was spoiled in the third when he issued a full-count walk to Chris Feldman to open the frame.
The Monte offense was also working on all cylinders as it cranked out 13 hits off two Sacred Heart/MACCRAY pitchers. Brett Bergeson was 3-for-4 to drive in four runs and Vien also singled three times to help his own cause.
In the top half of the first inning, Mitch Treml hit a shot in the hole between Hoehne and Bergeson at short. Hoehne dove to his left to stab the hard-hit ball out of the air. Later in the third, Hoehne fielded a Collin Thompson bunt barehanded and fired the ball across the diamond to Jordan Thompson at first to throw the runner out.
Vien knocked down a ball hit up the middle by Tucker Harazin in the second. Bergeson had enough time to react and threw a dart to first to get Harazin out by a half-step.
Bergeson had run-scoring hits in his first three plate appearances and Jake Bednar knocked out SH/MACCRAY starter Tyler Donner with a two-run single in the fourth.
Montevideo, the top seed for the region tournament, meets No. 3 Madison on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Montevideo. No. 4 SH/MACCRAY and No. 2 Granite Falls follow at noon with the morning loser and the noon winner meeting at 2 p.m. in an elimination game. The championship is set for Sunday at noon in Montevideo. A second game would follow if needed.
Montevideo 10, Sacred Heart/MACCRAY 0
SH/MACCRAY 000 00 -- 0 0 2
Montevideo 130 42 -- 10 13 0
HITTING - Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: not hits ... Montevideo: Joe Bednar 2-for-3, 2b, 3 runs; Brett Bergeson 3-for-4, 4 rbi; Colton Vien 3-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Tanner Lindemann 1-for-3, rbi; Austin Hoehne 1-for-4, rbi; Jake Bednar 1-for-1, 2 rbi; Jordan Thompson 1-for-3; Kyle TeBeest 1-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart/MACCRAY: Tyler Donner (L) 3.1-11-8-8-2-2, Mitch Treml 1.1-2-2-2-2-2 ... Montevideo: Vien (W) 5-0-0-0-1-4
Madison 10, Granite Falls 0
Brandon Bornhorst threw a no-hitter as Madison blanked Granite Falls in five innings.
Bornhorst gave up two walks and struck out 11. Granite Falls starter Aaron Zieske took the loss, giving up seven runs on five hits and two walks in two innings of work.
Colby Siegert had three singles, Jaylen Boldan knocked in two runs, and Sam Haas hit a double, and drove in two runs.
Madison 250 21 -- 10 10 1
Granite Falls 000 00 -- 0 0 4
HITTING - Madison: Colby Siegert 3-for-3, Sam Haas 2-for-3 2b 2 rbi, Preston Kraft 1-for-4 rbi, Jared Roland 1-for-3 rbi, Nick Berkleo 1-for-3, Paul Blone 1-for-3, Jaylen Boldan 1-for-3 2 rbi ... Granite Falls: not hits
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Madison: Brandon Bornhorst (W) 5-0-0-0-2-11 ... Granite Falls: Aaron Ziske (L) 2-5-7-3-2-1, Elliot Carmany 3-5-3-3-2-2
Morris 8, Hancock 4
Jordan Staples gave Morris a cushion in the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double.
Jacob Torgerson and Staples each drove in three runs for Morris. Pat Schaefer had two hits, scored once and drove in a run for Hancock.
Sam Mattson threw a complete game win for Morris, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven.
Taylor Holleman took the loss. He went five innings, giving up six hits, five runs, and three walks.
Top-seeded Morris (16-4) plays No. 2 Brandon-Evansville in Wheaton at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the winner's bracket. A win puts Morris into Sunday's 1 p.m. final in Wheaton.
Hancock 020 001 1 -- 4 7 0
Morris 000 404 0 -- 8 7 5
HITTING - Hancock: Austin Steege 2-for-4, Collin Cunningham 1-for-4 run, Luke Schwarz 1-for-4, Brandon Shaw 1-for-3 run, Pat Schaefer 2-for-3 rbi run ... Morris: Mac Beyer 2-for-3 run, Tyler Hinrichs 1-for-2 2 runs, Jacob Torgerson 2-for-2 2 runs 3 rbi sb, Bryce Jergenson 1-for-3 2b rbi, Jordan Staples 1-for-3 2b 3 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Hancock: Taylor Holleman (L) 5-6-5-5-3-2, Steege 1-1-3-3-3-3 ... Morris: Sam Mattson (W) 7-7-4-3-1-7
BOLD 2, Tri-Town 0
Jake Marcus mowed down Tri-Town en route to tossing a seven-inning no-hitter that featured 14 strikeouts.
The pitching feat allowed the top-seeded Mudhens to move into Saturday's winner's bracket final. Bird Island is hosting the region's final four starting Saturday with No. 4 Tri-Town and No. 3 Hector squaring off at 10 a.m. and BOLD facing off against No. 2 Fairfax at 12:30 p.m. The morning winner and afternoon loser will then play at roughly 3 p.m. in an elimination game.
Sunday's final is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. with another game to follow if needed.
Marcus got all the support he would need in the sixth. Kyle Athmann led off the frame with a walk and stole second. Tri-Town then got two outs before Jordan P. Nelson intentionally walked Logan Sandgren. Tyler Seehusen followed with a shot hit to right-center to knock in Athmann and Sandgren with a triple. Sandgren also tripled in the game.
Athmann singled twice to account for half of the Mudhens' four hits.
Tri-Town threatened in the top half of the sixth after Marcus issued a walk and a BOLD error put two runners on with two outs. But Marcus ended the threat by inducing a fly ball to center.
Tri-Town 000 000 0 -- 0 0 1
BOLD 000 002 x -- 2 4 1
HITTING - Tri-Town: no hits ... BOLD: Trent Athmann 2-for-2; Logan Sandgren 1-for-1, 3b; Tyler Seehusen 1-for-2, 3b, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Tri-Town: Jordan P. Nelson (L) 6-4-2-2-5-7 ... BOLD: Jake Marcus (W) 7-0-0-0-2-14
Fairfax 8, Hector 0
Fairfax right-hander Mason Bleick allowed only a two-out single in the third inning by Dylan Kalenberg as the 19-year-old coming off tendonitis blanked the region's No. 3 seed.
Bleick now has thrown 12 scoreless innings in a row since returning to the hill in a loss to Eden Valley last week. Before that he hadn't pitched since the first week of the season.
He walked one and fanned nine last night.
Bryce Lindemen went 3-for-3 for Fairfax.
Mason Clark took the loss for Hector, which is one loss away from being eliminated from the postseason.
Hector 000 000 0 -- 0 1 2
Fairfax 303 002 x -- 8 9 0
HITTING - Hector: Dylan Kalenberg 1-for-2 ... Fairfax: Bryce Lindemen 3-for-3, Zach Black 2-folr-2, 2b rbi; Luke Seehofer 1-folr-3, 2 rbi, 2b; Colton Pingeon 1-for-3, Joel Munoz 1-for-3, Cade Leitheiser 1-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Hector: Mason Clark (L) 6-9-8-6-3-4 ... Fairfax: Mason Bleick (W) 7-1-0-0-1-9