Legion Baseball Roundup
MADISON -- After surrendering two hits and an unearned run in the first inning, Bryce Hiepler retired the next 20 batters in a row to help Madison beat Clinton 8-1 in a play-in game for the District 7, Division II Northwest Section playoffs Monday.
Madison will now play at Chokio on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinals.
Hiepler finished the game with six strikeouts without issuing a walk.
Madison's offense, meanwhile, scored in every inning and was paced by Justin Stamp's 3-for-3 performance. Stamp had an RBI single and double while Jared Weber belted a two-run double and Scott Omland doubled in another run.
Madison also got two doubles from Tom Zupan and two singles from Colton Kanstrup.
Madison 8, Clinton 1
Clinton 100 000 0 -- 1 2 4
Madison 111 311 x -- 8 10 2
HITTING - Clinton: Marcus Moberg 1-for-3; Dan Kleindl 1-for-3 ... Madison: Jared Weber 1-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Justin Stamp 3-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Zach Ronglien 1-for-2; Tom Zupan 2-for-3, 2 2b's; Colton Kanstrup 2-for-3; Scott Omland 1-for-2, 2b, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Clinton: Andrew Maus (L) 6-10-8-5-4-1 ... Madison: Bryce Hiepler (W) 7-2-1-0-0-6
Dist. 7-II Northeast
West Central 5, Benson 3
(Play-in) -- Chris Perdong hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, giving West Central the win.
Brooks Guest, Andrew Ebert and Cameron Simmonds each drove in a run for Benson, which finished 3-9.
Benson 102 000 0 -- 3 6 0
West Central 300 002 x -- 5 8 2
HITTING - Benson: Brooks Guest 2-for-3, 2b, rbi; Andrew Ebert 1-for-3, rbi; Cameron Simmonds 1-for-3, rbi; Andrew Simmonds 1-for-3; Daniel Martin 1-for-3 ... West Central: Chris Perdong 2-run HR, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Benson: Andfrew Simmonds (L) 6-8-5-5-7-5 ... West Central: Erickson (W) 7-6-3-2-1-8
Dist. 7-II Northwest
Bellingham 6, Morris 4
(Play-in) -- Eric Croatt singled in two runs in the top half of the seventh inning and also scored after Morris committed two errors on the play.
Dallack Dosdall drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom half of the inning to get Morris (12-10) within 6-4, but Bellingham induced a groundout to end the game.
Darrick Henrichs singled twice and stole three bases to ignite Morris.
Bellingham 000 300 3 -- 6 7 3
Morris 020 010 1 -- 4 6 5
HITTING - Bellingham: Eric Croatt 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Dylan Jorgensen 2-for-3; Curtis Swenson 2-for-4, rbi; Nick Stuart 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi ... Morris: Tony Schultz 1-for-4, rbi; Dustin Sauter 1-for-4; Darrick Henrichs 2-for-3, 3 sb's, 2 runs; Nate Gades 1-for-4, 2b; Tallack Dosdall 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Bellingham: Curtis Swenson (W) 7-6-4-2-5-2 ... Morris: Kirby Sayles 4-5-3-3-1-0; Tony Schultz (L) 3-2-3-0-0-3
Dist. 7-II Southwest
Montevideo 15, Minneota 5
(Play-in) -- Mitch Christensen singled in pinch-runner Tyler Kuhno in the sixth inning to invoke the 10-run rule and put Montevideo (5-12) in Thursday's semifinals at Sacred Heart. Christensen also singled in a run in the first and had a two-run single in the second.
Montevideo pounded out 14 hits. Todd Bergeson had four hits, Christensen three and Josh Anderson and Andy Schultz two each.
Minneota 000 230 -- 5 9 8
Montevideo 342 213 -- 15 14 2
HITTING - Minneota: Cory Buysse 3-for-3, 2b; Tyson Sonnenburg 2-for-3, 2b ... Montevideo: Grant Kaihoi 1-for-4, 2 rbi; Todd Bergeson 4-for-4, 4 runs; Tyler Grey 1-for-5, rbi; John Schmit 1-for-4; Josh Anderson 2-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Mitch Christensen 3-for-4, 4 rbi; Andy Schultz 2-for-4, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Minneota: Tyson Sonnenburg (L) 3-9-9-4-4-2; Alex Buysse 22/3-5-6-5-2-2 ... Montevideo: Tyler Grey (W) 6-9-5-1-0-4
Sacred Heart 6, NLS 4
Sacred Heart plated all of its runs in the first three innings behind run-scoring hits from Phil Erickson, Paul Peterson and Mike Fischer.
Erickson doubled and singled and Fischer doubled twice to spark Sacred Heart's offense.
Austen Hadley slugged a three-run homer in the fifth to get New London-Spicer within two.
Sacred Heart 213 000 0 -- 6 7 0
NL-Spicer 001 030 0 -- 4 5 2
HITTING - Sacred Heart: Phil Erickson 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Dakota Freiborg 1-for-4; Paul Peterson 1-for-1, rbi; Mike Fischer 2-for-3, 2 2b's, rbi; Trent Novotny 1-for-3 ... New London-Spicer: Jack Hartley 1-for-4; Austen Hadley 2-for-4, 2b, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Caleb Friedrich 1-for-3; Luke Peterson 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart: statistics not available ... New London-Spicer: Caleb Friedrich (L) 21/3-6-6-5-2-0; Kevin Soine 42/3-1-0-0-1-6