Local amateur baseball teams both fall in Class C state tournament
GLENCOE -- Many amateur baseball fans were thinking this might be the year Sacred Heart and Raymond would play for an eighth time, only this time for a state championship.
Instead, both team's stellar 2011 seasons ended within hours of each other.
Sacred Heart fell to Isanti 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday in the second round of the Minnesota State Amateur Class C Baseball Tournament.
Raymond couldn't get its offense in gear in the game following the Saints' loss and, as such, couldn't get by Big Lake. The White Caps defeated the Rockets 4-2 on Saturday.
Had the team's won, they would have moved into the tournament's double-elimination brackets, meaning it would have taken two losses to knock them out of the tournament's upcoming rounds.
The Saints finished 26-7 and the Rockets closed out the season 21-11. The teams played seven times this season, including in the Region 11C championship.
Saints fall to Isanti in 10th
The Sacred Heart Saints' season came to an end in broken-hearted fashion.
The Saints gave up two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning and lost 2-1 to Isanti in the Minnesota State Amateur Class C Tournament on Saturday.
The game wasn't exactly a pitchers' duel pitting Jeremy Hinderks against Isanti's Wade Reichmann.
The Saints left 12 men on base and Isanti stranded 21 runners.
"Both teams didn't capitalize on a lot of opportunites, is what happened," said Saints manager Andy Davis.
Despite allowing a total of 25 hits, neither Hinderks nor Reichmann allowed a run until the Saints' Nate Hebrink hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning.
But Isanti answered with two runs in the bottom of the 10th on a Patrick Lind double two outs.
Brian Schultz started the rally off by reaching on a error at second. Ben Samuelson reached on an infield single to second to put two on with two out.
Reichmann was the winning pitcher throwing all 10 innings for Isanti giving up 9 hits, 1 earned run, 2 walks and 9 strikeouts.
Hinderks gave up 15 hits over 9Xc innings. Both runs were unearned. He walked four and fanned seven.
Joe Ramberg and Wyatt Soderquist were each 3-for-5 for Isanti.
Isanti 2, Sacred Heart 1
Sacred Heart 000 000 000 1 -- 1 9 3
Isanti 000 000 000 2 -- 2 15 0
HITTING - Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 2-for-5, Nate Hebrink 1-for-4 hr rbi r, Mike Kuschel 1-for-4, Dakota Freiborg 1-3, Jeff Hinderks 2-for-3, Mike Johnson 1-for-4, Ross Hebrink 1-for-4 2b ... Isanti: B.JK. Samuelson 2-for-5 r, Patrick Lind 2-for-5 2b rbi-2, Bud Heifort 3-for-5, Joe Ramberg 3-for-5, Wyatt Soderquist 3-for-5
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (L) 9Xc-15-2-0-4-7... Isanti: Wade Reichmann (W) 10-9-1-1-2-9
Big Lake downs Rockets
GLENCOE -- Big Lake scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Raymond Rockets on Saturday.
The second-round loss in the round of 16 eliminated the Rockets.
Michael Smith was the winning pitcher for Big Lake going 7 innings. He allowed only 4 hits and 2 earned runs. He also walked 3 and struck out 5.
Mitchell Loegering walked, David Burkholder singled and Justin Haag walked to start out the first. Loegering scored on a ground out and Burkholder scored on an error by the second baseman. Ross Stein doubled to drive in the third run.
Brian Larson drove in the last run for Big Lake with a single. Burkholder was 2-for-5, Stein 2-for-4 and Larson 2-4 for Big Lake.
Tyler Knott took the loss for Raymond.
Big Lake 4, Raymond 2
Big Lake 130 000 00 -- 4
Raymond 002 000 00 -- 2
HITTING - Big Lake: David Burkholder 2-for-4, Matthew Loegering 1-4 r rbi, Ross Stein 2-for-4 2b rbi r, Brian Larson 2-for-4 rbi ... Raymond: Jed Nelson 1-for-4, Kyle Knott 1-for-4, Zach Nelson 0-for-4 r, Jason Meyer 1-for-4 r, Brandon Madsen 0-3 rbi, Jordan Daugherty 1-3 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Big Lake: Michael Smith (W) 7-4-2-2-3-5 ... Raymond: Tyler Knott (L) 3-5-4-4-2-0, Bruce Geislinger 4-1-0-0-1-0