Norway Lake-Sunburg tops Starbuck to win Cornbelt South title
SUNBURG -- A six-run seventh inning punctuated a perfect run for Norway Lake-Sunburg through the Cornbelt North playoffs as the Lakers outslugged Starbuck 12-8 Sunday in the championship.
The Lakers (8-10) will enter this weekend's Region 15C tournament in Greenwald as a No. 1 seed while Starbuck will be a No. 2 seed. The Stearns County North and South leagues are also in the region tournament.
Starbuck took a 4-1 lead in the third inning when Mike Andreas belted a grand slam, but Norway Lake-Sunburg responded with four runs in the bottom half of the frame.
The Lakers stretched their lead to 6-4 in the sixth before the Stars plated four runs in the seventh behind Zach Lagred's two-run double and Mike VanOverbeke's two-run single.
The Stars' lead didn't last long as the Lakers got a three-run homer from Jared Johnson and a three-run double from Chad Searcy in the seventh.
Grant Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth after entering in the seventh to get the win. Nick Sutton surrendered 11 runs and nine hits in six innings of relief to get tagged with the loss.
Brant Beckman doubled twice and singled to drive in two runs for NLS. Searcy also doubled twice and Kent Gjerde drove in two runs.
Andreas, VanOverbeke and Matt Daniels had two hits apiece for Starbuck.
Norway Lake-Sunburg 12, Starbuck 8
Starbuck 004 000 400 -- 8 9 1
NLS 104 001 60x--12 11 1
HITTING - Starbuck: Ryan Gandrud 1-for-4; Kevin Mahoney 1-for-2; Zach Lagred 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Mike Andreas 2-for-5, grand-slam HR, 4 rbi; Matt Daniels 2-for-3; Mike VanOverbeke 2-for-5, 2 rbi ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Justin Johnson 1-for-4; Brant Beckman 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 2 rbi; Kent Gjerde 1-for-2, 2 rbi; Chris Braaten 1-for-5; Chad Searcy 2-for-3, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Nate Schlagel 1-for-3, rbi; Jared Johnson 2-for-3, 3-run HR, 3 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Starbuck: Jim Walker 2-2-1-1-4-0, Nick Sutton (L) 6-9-11-10-2-3 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Nate Schlagel 61/3-5-6-6-5-5, Grant Johnson (W) 22/3-4-2-2-3-1
Starbuck 3, Regal 2
Andrew Olson hit the first pitch he saw from Regal reliever Shane Rademacher in the bottom half of the ninth inning over State Highway 9 for a solo home run as the Stars clinched a berth in the Region 15C playoffs.
Regal had tied the game at 2-2 in the eighth when Josh Krupke drilled a two-run homer.
Mike VanOverbeke opened the scoring by hitting a two-run homer in the sixth for Starbuck.
Joe Hiedelberger worked all nine innings for Starbuck to collect the win, striking out five and giving up nine hits.
Regal 000 000 020 -- 2 9 0
Starbuck 000 002 001 -- 3 9 0
HITTING - Regal: Josh Krupke 2-for-4, 2-run HR, rbi; Jordan Beier 2-for-5; Shane Rademacher 1-for-4; Chris Beier 1-for-4; Andy Hadley 1-for-4; A.J. Hadley 1-for-4; Eric Wolbeck 1-for-4 ... Starbuck: Ryan Gandrud 2-for-4; Zach Lagred 1-for-4; Mike Andreas 1-for-4, 2b; Matt Daniels 1-for-3; Mike VanOverbeke 1-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Andrew Olson 3-for-4, 2b, solo HR, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Regal: Andy Hadley 51/3-6-2-2-2-5, Shane Rademacher (L) 22/3-3-1-1-1-0 ... Starbuck: Joe Hiedelberger (W) 9-9-2-2-1-5
Result Saturday NL-Sunburg 4, Starbuck 2
James Cortez broke a 2-2 tie for Norway Lake-Sunburg with an RBI single in the eighth inning. The win secured a spot in the Region 15C playoffs for the Lakers.
Chris Braaten went the distance to pick up the win, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out six.
Jon Hoffmann struck out eight and gave up just four singles in a complete-game performance for Starbuck.
Mike Andreas singled in a run in the sixth for Starbuck.
NL-Sunburg 010 100 011 -- 4 4 0
Starbuck 000 002 000 -- 2 6 3
HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: James Cortez 1-for-3, rbi; Chris Braaten 1-for-4; Chad Searcy 1-for-3; Nate Schlagel 1-for-4 ... Starbuck: Ryan Gandrud 1-for-3; Kevin Mahoney 1-for-3; Zach Lagred 1-for-3; Mike Andreas 1-for-3, rbi; Andy Toop 1-for-3; Andrew Olson 1-for-1
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten (W) 9-6-2-2-2-6 ... Starbuck: Jon Hoffman (L) 9-4-4-1-7-8