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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

REGAL -- Regal will be the top seed out of the Cornbelt North for the upcoming Region 15C amateur baseball tournament after beating Norway Lake-Sunburg 10-4 in the league's championship game Sunday.

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The Lakers clinched the second spot for the region tournament by beating New London-Spicer 7-6 earlier Sunday.

The Eagles (15-8) pulled out the hitting sticks against the Lakers, pounding out 18 hits.

Norway Lake-Sunburg collected 11 hits, but only scored two runs in the third inning and two more in the ninth.

Norway Lake-Sunburg will play Elrosa at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill, followed by Regal against St. Martin at 3:30 p.m.

Regal 10, NL-Sunburg 4

The Eagles, who drafted New London-Spicer's Darren Ogdahl and Scott Rambow after the game, got a solo home run from Josh Krupke in the fourth inning and a two-run blast from pitcher Chris Beier in the fifth. Regal scored four runs in the frame to take a 7-2 lead.

Austen Hadley went 3-for-6 with two RBI, and Beier and Krupke added three hits each for the Eagles.

Jordan Johnson and Dan Leritz had three hits each for the Lakers.

Regal 10, NL-Sunburg 4

NL-Sunburg 002 000 002 -- 4 11 2

Regal 101 141 02x -- 10 18 1

HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jordan Johnson 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, 2 rbi; Dan Leritz 3-for-5, rbi; Aaron Zimmer 2-for-4; Grant Johnson 2-for-5, 2 runs; Alex Baker 1-for-4 ... Regal: Austen Hadley 3-for-6, 2 sb's, 2 rbi; Jordan Beier 1-for-4, rbi; Andy Hadley 1-for-1, 2b, rbi; Josh Beier 1-for-3; Shane Rademacher 2-for-5; Chris Beier 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Austin Kampsen 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3b; Cody Flanders 1-for-1; Steven Gerding 1-for-5; Josh Krupke 3-for-4, solo HR, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Norway Lake-Sunburg: Darren Carlson 413-12-7-7-2-5; Justin Johnson 323-6-3-3-1-0 ... Regal: Chris Beier (W) 5-7-2-2-2-3, Austen Hadley 3-2-0-0-1-2, Shane Rademacher 1-3-2-2-2-2

Regal 10, NL-Sunburg 4

NL-Sunburg 002 000 002 -- 4 11 2

Regal 101 141 02x -- 10 18 1

HITTING - Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jordan Johnson 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, 2 rbi; Dan Leritz 3-for-5, rbi; Aaron Zimmer 2-for-4; Grant Johnson 2-for-5, 2 runs; Alex Baker 1-for-4 ... Regal: Austen Hadley 3-for-6, 2 sb's, 2 rbi; Jordan Beier 1-for-4, rbi; Andy Hadley 1-for-1, 2b, rbi; Josh Beier 1-for-3; Shane Rademacher 2-for-5; Chris Beier 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Austin Kampsen 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3b; Cody Flanders 1-for-1; Steven Gerding 1-for-5; Josh Krupke 3-for-4, solo HR, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Norway Lake-Sunburg: Darren Carlson 413-12-7-7-2-5; Justin Johnson 323-6-3-3-1-0 ... Regal: Chris Beier (W) 5-7-2-2-2-3, Austen Hadley 3-2-0-0-1-2, Shane Rademacher 1-3-2-2-2-2

Norway Lake-Sunburg 7, New London-Spicer 6

Grant Johnson's two-run single with two outs in the eighth inning capped Norway Lake-Sunburg's three-run eighth inning and the Lakers staved off a late New London-Spicer comeback bid.

Aaron Zimmer plated the first run in the eighth for the Lakers with a sacrifice fly that scored Chris Braaten.

Grant Johnson hurled six innings for the win, allowing seven hits and no earned runs. He walked two and struck out two.

The Twins scored twice off relieve Nate Schlagel in the top of the ninth on three singles and a fielder's choice. Braaten entered and gave up a two-run homer to Mike Danielson before striking out two to get out of the jam.

Grant Johnson went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs. Justin Johnson was 2-for-5 and Braaten 2-for-3.

Danielson finished 3-for-5 for the Twins. Mike Plumhoff and Kevin Soine had two hits apiece.

NL-Spicer 200 000 004 -- 6 11 3

NL-Sunburg 102 000 13x -- 7 12 2

HITTING - New London-Spicer: Ben Kulset 1-for-5; Mike Thompson 1-for-5, rbi; Mike Danielson 3-for-5, 2b, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Matt Plumhoff 2-for-4; Jack Hartley 1-for-4; Jeremy Dirksen 1-for-4, 2b; Kevin Soine 2-for-4 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Justin Johnson 2-for-5; Grant Johnson 4-for-5, 3 rbi; Jordan Johnson 1-for-5, rbi; Kent Gjerde 1-for-4; Chris Braaten 2-for-3, 2b; Chad Searcy 1-for-3; Nate Schlagel 1-for-1

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- New London-Spicer: Ben Kulset (L) 8-12-7-6-1-4 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Grant Johnson (W) 6-7-2-0-2-2, Nate Schlagel 2-3-3-3-1-2, Chris Braaten (S) 1-1-1-1-1-2

Games Saturday Norway Lake-Sunburg 4, Starbuck 3

Two walks and two errors led to the winning run in the bottom of the 11th innings for the Lakers.

Chris Braaten worked all 11 innings for the win. He was touched for seven hits and only one earned run, while walking none and striking out eight.

Consecutive walks to Grant Johnson and Jordan Johnson, plus an outfield error loaded the bases with one out. Braaten's ground ball was then misplayed in the infield for another error, allowing Grant Johnson to score the winning run.

The Lakers had only four hits off three Starbuck pitchers. Jon Hoffmann was the hard-luck loser, allowing onluy two hits and an unearned run over the final six innings to absorb the loss.

Aaron Kessler had two hits for Starbuck.

Starbuck 200 100 000 00 -- 3 7 4

NL-Sunburg 000 030 000 01 -- 4 4 3

HITTING - Starbuck: Ryan Gandrud 1-for-5; Aaron Kessler 2-for-5; Zach Lagred 1-for-5; Mike Andreas 1-for-4, rbi; Mike VanOverbeke 1-for-3; Andrew Olson 1-for-4 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Kent Gjerde 1-for-3, 3 3 bb's, rbi; Chris Braaten 1-for-5; Alex Baker 1-for-3; Aaron Zimmer 1-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Starbuck: Jim Walker 413-2-2-2-2-2, Joe Heidelberger 23-0-1-1-4-1, Jon Hoffmann (L) 6-2-1-0-7-5 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten (W) 11-7-3-1-0-8

New London-Spicer 8, Paynesville 4

No statistics or details were available at press time.

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