Prep baseball: Fransen tames Mustangs
SACRED HEART -- Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart starting pitcher Ryan Hahn hit the first batter of the game with a pitch and it wound up being the difference in Renville County West's 1-0 win over the Mustangs on Monday.
After Hahn hit leadoff hitter Brett Feldman, he reached second on a sacrifice.
Ryan Fransen walked and Feldman stole third to put runners on the corners, and Feldman came in with the game's only run on a double-steal with Fransen going to second on an early break.
The one run held up, as Fransen pitched a complete-game, one-hit gem for the Jaguars.
Fransen struck out eight and walked four.
In the sixth inning, the Mustangs had their best chance to score when they loaded the bases, but the rally ended with a popup for the third out.
Ben Maiers had the lone hit for the Mustangs. He also pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Hahn.
Brett Feldman, Tucker Harazin and Chris Feldman had hits for RCW.
No. 7-seed RCW opens Section 3A play 11 a.m. Saturday against No. 2-Lac qui Parle Valley.
In Section 2A-North, No. 2-BLHS will face the winner of Sleepy Eye-Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity play-in game 5 p.m. Thursday in Hector.
The Sacred Heart Baseball Field will be the site of the American Legion Division II state tournament August 3-5.
RCW 1, BLHS 0
BLHS 000 000 0 -- 0 1 1
RCW (4-10) 100 000 x -- 1 3 0
HITTING - BLHS: Ben Maiers 1-for-2 ... Renville County West: Brett Feldman 1-for-2, 2b, Tucker Harazin 1-for-3, Chris Feldman 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- BLHS: Ryan Hahn (L) 2-0-1-1-1-4; Ben Maiers 3-3-0-0-0-4; Mason Clark 1-0-0-0-0-1 ... RCW: Ryan Fransen (W) 7-1-0-0-4-8