Prep Baseball: Rocori sinks Paynesville
ST. CLOUD -- Rocori topped Paynesville for the Section 6AA-West title 8-0 Thursday.
The Bulldogs (15-8) still advanced to the Section 6AA Final Four Monday. Paynesville will face the loser of the St. Cloud Cathedral-Little Falls game at 5 p.m. Monday at Putz Field.
Blaine Athmann of Rocori held the Bulldogs to two hits, both singles from Jordan Lieser and Aaron Lund. Athmann struck out six and walked three.
Paynesville trailed 1-0 through four innings, but the Spartans (19-3) broke out with five runs in the fifth.
Mathias Butala went 2-for-2, including a triple and two sacrifice flies, and three RBI. Ben Rausch had a double and two RBI.
Rocori 8, Paynesville 0
Paynesville (15-8) 000 000 0 -- 0 2 1
Rocori (19-3) 100 052 x -- 8 8 2
HITTING - Paynesville: Jordan Lieser 1-for-3; Aaron Lund 1-for-2 ... Rocori: Derek Lieser 1-for-3; Zach Hinkemeyer, 2-for-4; Mathias Butala 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3b, 2 sac flies, 3 rbi; Scott Willenbring 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Ben Rausch 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Mike Holbrook 1-for-2, 2 sb's
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: Jordan Lieser (L) 4Zc-6-6-6-2-1, others not available ... Rocori: Blaine Athmann (W) 7-2-0-0-3-6