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Amateur baseball: NLS Twins top Regal in 18 innings

SPICER — In a marathon game, New London-Spicer outlasted Regal 7-6 in 18 innings in a first round County Line playoff game Saturday.

The teams played the equivalent of two full games before the Twins finally put the winning run across the plate in the bottom of the 18th inning.

The numbers produced in this game were staggering. Each team had a pitcher hurl 11 innings (Austen Hadley for Regal and Kevin Soine for NLS), and each team saw six players have multi-hit performances. 

Neither team managed to plate a run between the eighth and 16th innings. That all changed in the top half of the 17th, when Regal’s Nathan Beier tripled in Andy Hadley, who had led off with a single. Tyler Cebulla drove in Beier with a double to add an insurance run and give Regal a 6-4 advantage.

NLS came back in the bottom half with two runs of their own. Mike Danielson and Ryan Horning started the inning with a pair of singles and both came around to score on Jake Damhof’s two-out double.

After NLS’ Ben Kulset pitched a 1-2-3 top half of the 18th, Twins’ starter Soine was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, Mike Danielson punched a fly ball to right field that allowed Soine to tag up and score the winning run.

Ben Kulset earned the win, while Andy Hadley took the loss.    

NLS hosts Starbuck next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

NL-Spicer 7, Regal 6

Regal...............................000 020 200 000 000 020 — 6 16 3 

NLS..................................000 002 200 000 000 021 — 7 17 2

HITTING – Regal: Shane Rademacher 3-9, 2b, rbi; Jordan Beier 2-7; Austen Hadley 4-8, 2b, 2 rbi; Andy Hadley 3-8; Nathan Beier 2-6, 2b, 3b, rbi; Tyler Cebulla 2-6, 2b … NLS: Kevin Soine 1-8; Jake Rambow 3-9, 2b; Tyler Horning 2-6, hr, rbi; Mike Danielson 3-8, 2 rbi; Scott Rambow 2-5; Ryan Horning 1-2; Nathaniel Swoyer 2-6, 2 rbi; Jake Damhof 2-8, 2 2b, rbi; Ben Kulset 1-8

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Regal: Chris Beier 6-7-2-1-1-1; Austen Hadley 11-10-4-4-3-5; Andy Hadley (L) .2-0-1-1-2-0 … NLS: Soine 11-11-4-4-2-7; Swoyer 5.2-5-2-2-2-5; Kulset (W) 1.1-0-0-0-0-1

Starbuck 6, NL-Sunburg 3

A quick start at the plate and a steady performance on the mound from Jon Hoffman allowed sixth-seeded Starbuck upended No. 2 Norway Lake-Sunburg in the first round of the league playoffs.

Hoffman struck out 10 while scattering five walks and nine hits over nine complete innings of work.

Supporting Hoffman’s win were Zach Lagred’s three hits and a pair of hits from both Mike VanOverbeke and Matt Daniels. It was Daniels’ first hit, a two-run single, that gave Starbuck a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The Lakers cut Starbuck’s lead in half behind two RBI groundouts from James Cortez in the fifth and seventh. But Starbuck went up four again in the ninth behind Lagred’s RBI single and an NLS error.

The Lakers left the tying run at the plate when the game ended after Kyle Baker scored on Chad Searcy’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.

NLS now plays at No. 1 Atwater and Starbuck is at No. 3 New London-Spicer next Sunday.

Starbuck              301 000 002 — 6 11 0

NL-Sunburg        000 010 101 — 3  9  1

HITTING – Starbuck: Trenton Berg 1-4; Zach Lagred 3-5, rbi; Mike Andreas 1-3; Mike VanOverbeke 2-5; Shane Bosek 1-4, rbi; Matt Daniels 2-5, 3 rbi; Tyler Toop 1-2 … NLS: Jonah Johnson 3-5; James Cortez 2-5, 2 rbi; Chris Braaten 1-3; Aaron Zimmer 3-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Starbuck: Jon Hoffman (W) 9-9-3-3-5-10 … NLS: Braaten (L) 8-9-5-5-2-4, Jonah Johnson 1-2-1-0-1-1