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Amateur Baseball: Twins earn spot in 15C tournament

Regal right-hander Austen Hadley delivers against Atwater in the seventh inning at Kingery Field in Atwater on Sunday. Hadley limited the Chuckers to six hits in the Eagles’ 9-1 victory to secure a spot in the Region 15C playoffs. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

The New London-Spicer Twins will return to Minnesota’s amateur baseball region tournament level where they are the defending champions in Region 15C.

Also advancing are the Regal Eagles, who last went in 2009.

Regal was the No. 4 seed and the Twins No. 3 starting the County Line playoffs.

Regal defeated NL-S 2-1 on Sunday in a game to decide region 15C seeding.

On Saturday, the Twins, behind Kevin Soine’s two-hitter, guaranteed a spot on Saturday evening at Kingery Field with a 3-0 victory over the Atwater Chuckers, the top seed.

The NLS right-hander had a no-hitter on the books with one out left in the ninth. Jeff Peterson, the Chuckers’ left fielder, broke it up with a Texas league single over the first baseman’s head. Soine pitched a (seven-inning) no-hitter vs. New Market in a tournament early in the season.

Regal knocked off Starbuck Saturday to get a shot at Atwater, at Kingery Field Sunday.

It was 1-0, Regal up, through six innings with the Chuckers’ Justin Schroeder and the Eagles’ Austin Hadley both sharp.

But in the seventh, the Eagles lifted off coupling four singles, an error and an unlikely infield foul sacrifice fly to post six runs off Schroeder and reliever JaColby Anderson.

That was more than enough with the Chuckers’ bats unexpectedly silent for the weekend — just eight hits in 18 innings.

The eight-team tournament runs the next two weekends starting with three teams each from the Stearns County North and South divisions, plus the two County Line representatives.

Sunday’s results

Regal 2,

New-London Spicer 1                                 

Despite being outhit 14-8, Regal outlasted NL-S 2-1 in 11 innings Sunday afternoon in Spicer.

Tyler Horning and Scott Rambow had four and five hits respectively for the Twins, but their efforts were not enough.

Regal’s Shane Rademacher picked up the win. He gave up 12 hits in 9.2 innings of relief but managed to give up only one run.

Nathaniel Swoyer took the loss in relief of starter Ben Kulset who went nine rock-solid innings, giving up one run one on five hits.

Andy Hadley had two hits and a double for Regal.

Regal     000 000 001 01 — 2 8 4

NL-S       001 000 000 00 — 1 14 0

HITTING – Regal: Shane Rademacher 1-5; Jordan Beier  1-4; Austin Hadley 1-5, 2b, rbi; Chris Beier 1-5, 2b, rbi; Andy Hadley 2-5, 2b; Nathan Beier 1-4; Austin Kampsen 1-4 … NL-S: Kevin Soine 1-4; Horning 4-6; Mike Danielson 1-5; Scott Rambow 5-5, 2b, rbi; Dean Stier 1-5; Jake Damhof 1-3; Ben Kulset 1-5

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) —

Regal: Andy Hadley 1.1-2-0-0-3-0; Rademacher 9.2-12-1-1-2-3 … NL-S: Kulset 9-5-1-1-0-7; Nathaniel Swoyer 2-3-1-1-0-1

Regal 8, Atwater 1

Regal turned a nail-biting playoff game into a rout in the late innings of their 8-1 victory over Atwater Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles held a slim 1-0 going into the seventh inning but broke the game open with a five-fun frame.

Austin Hadley went all nine innings and earned the win for Regal. He scattered six hits and yielded only one earned run.

Atwater’s Justin Schroeder started and was chased after giving up 10 hits in six innings. He suffered the loss.

Every Regal starter had at least one hit, and they had a robust 16 hits combined.

Regal     010 000 502 — 8 16 1

Atwater               000 000 010 — 1 6 2

HITTING – Regal: Shane Radermacher 2-5; Jordan Beier 1-4, rbi; Austin Hadley 1-5, rbi; Chris Bauer 2-5; Andy Hadley 2-5, rbi; Nathan Beier 3-5; Austin Kampsen 2-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Ryan Schneider 1-4, rbi; Tyler Cebulla 2-4 … Atwater: Schroeder 1-4; Matt Tanner 1-4; Jacolby Anderson 1-3; Brian Kingery 1-2, rbi; Vance Martin 1-4, Jordan Tanner 1-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Regal: Austin Hadley 9-6-1-1-3-5 … Atwater: Schroeder 6-10-4-1-3-5; Anderson 3-6-4-3-0-1

Saturday’s result

New London-Spicer 3, Atwater 0

    Kevin Soine kept Atwater’s bats silent in a dominating complete game shutout performance at Kingery Field Saturday night.

    Soine gave up only two hits and a pair of walks. He struck out eight.

    Soine helped his cause at the dish with two singles. Mike Danielson, Jake Rambow and Jake Damhof also had multi-hit performances.

    Michael Malvin went all nine innings as well and had had a solid outing. He gave up only three earned runs but took the loss.

   Josh Cunningham and Jeffrey Peterson were the only Chuckers to get a hit.   

NL-S       110 000 100 — 3 11 0

Atwater               000 000 000 — 0 2 0

HITTING – NL-S: Soine 2-3; Jake Rambow 2-5, rbi; Mike Danielson 3-4, rbi; Dean Stier 1-4; Ryan Horning 1-4; Damhof 2-4 … Atwater: Cunningham 1-4; Peterson 1-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — NL-S: Soine 9-2-0-0-2-8 … Atwater: Malvin 9-11-3-3-2-2

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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