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Amateur Baseball Roundup: Sacred Heart secures first-round bye for Cornbelt playoffs

GRANITE FALLS — Sacred Heart clinched the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Cornbelt League playoffs by beating Granite Falls 6-4 Tuesday.

The Saints finish 8-4 in league play and will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs, which start Sunday. Milroy is the No. 1 seed after going 10-2 in the Cornbelt.

Sunday will see No. 6 Willmar at No. 3 Raymond and No. 5 Granite Falls at No. 4 Bird Island. Both games are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart would then host the Raymond-Willmar winner next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the second round. Also at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday is the Bird Island-Granite Falls winner at Milroy.

See Thursday’s Tribune for statistics from Tuesday’s Sacred Heart-Granite Falls game.

Marshall 6, Bird Island 5

Bird Island’s bid for a first-round bye of the Cornbelt playoffs was dashed when Marshall scored twice in the bottom of the ninth.

Dylan Gass was 3-for-4 and Elliot Serbus added two hits to the Bullfrogs’ 10-hit attack.

Bird Island led 4-0 through four innings after getting an RBI single from Serbus in the first and three runs in the third behind Mark Neubauer’s two-run double and another RBI single from Serbus.

The fourth-seeded Bullfrogs will likely host No. 5 Granite Falls on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the first round of the league playoffs.

Bird Island           103 000 010 — 5 10 1

Marshall               000 021 102 — 6 12 3

HITTING – Bird Island: Ben Maiers 1-5, Dylan Gass 3-4 2-runs rbi, Shawn Dollerschell 1-4 2b run, Tyler Hebrink 1-5, Mark Neubauer 1-4 2b run 2-rbi, Elliot Serbus 2-3 2-sb 2-rbi, Jake Marcus 1-5 run … Marshall: Ben Kroger 2-4 run, Zach Olson 3-4 2-2b 3b 2-runs 2-rbi, Andrew Kinney 2-5 2b run 2-rbi, Taylor Rignell 2-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bird Island: D. Gass 8-9-5-5-4-3, Brad Gass (L) 0-3-1-1-0-0 … Marshall: Dylan Shoemaker 2.1-5-4-3-2-2, Kroger 5.2-5-1-1-4-4, Cody Curry (W) 1-0-0-0-0-2

Late Monday result


Litchfield 11, Sauk Rapids Jimmy’s 7

Litchfield’s Lucas Johnson banged out 4 hits, Kurt Gartner supplied another 3 and Ed Estrada was 2-for-6 with a triple and 3 RBIs.

Litchfield              401 220 200 — 11 12 3

SR Jimmy’s          100 002 103 —  7  12 3

HITTING – Litchfield: Lucas Johnson 4-5, 2b, rbi, Gabe Lecher 1-4, rbi-2, Kurt Gartner 3-6, rbi-2, Josh Johnson 1-4, Ed Estrada 2-6, rbi-3, 3b, Dan Oster 1-4, rbi … Sauk Rapids Jimmy’s: Matt Szymanski 3-5, rbi, Dren Elness 3-5, rbi, 2b, Matt Lehrer 3-5

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Litchfield: Kurt Gartner (W) 5-6-3-2-3-3; Stephen Pennertz 4-6-4-3-0-0 … Sauk Rapids Jimmy’s: Matt Heck (L) 4-5-9-4-10-3; Justin Szymarski 5-7-2-2-2-8