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Amateur Baseball: Milroy rallies past Bird Island to win Cornbelt title

MILROY — Another close game between Milroy and Bird Island went in the Yankees’ favor Friday as the No. 4 seed rallied from an 8-3 deficit with six late runs to beat the visiting Bullfrogs 9-8 in the championship game of the Cornbelt League playoffs.

It was the third one-run game the teams played this year. They split the regular-season series and Milroy beat the Bullfrogs 3-1 in last Friday’s winner’s bracket final in Bird Island.

Having already clinched spots in the Region 11C playoffs — hosted by Watkins — last week, Milroy (14-11) will play the Central Valley North runner-up (Kimball or Luxemburg and Bird Island (20-9) will take on the Central Valley South runner-up (Watkins or the Cold Spring Rockies) next Saturday in the region quarterfinals.

Friday saw the No. 2-seed Bullfrogs jump out to a 6-1 lead after just three innings. Half of the runs were unearned as Milroy made an error in each of the first three innings.

Milroy cut the Bullfrogs’ lead in half in the fifth when Eric Dolan delivered a two-run single, but Bird Island went up by five in the seventh after Shawn Dollerschell, who was 4-for-5, slugged an RBI double and Mark Neubauer singled in Dollerschell.

However, that would be all the scoring Bird Island would get as Austin Duetz, in relief of starter Nathan Duetz, got five of the final seven outs on strikeouts.

The Yankees got within one in the seventh after scoring four times, highlighted by Matt Bauer’s RBI double and Andy Schmidt’s RBI single. Another RBI double from Micah Gronli tied the game at 8-8 before David Schmidt brought in Gronli with the winning run on a fielder’s choice.

Milroy outhit Bird Island 11-9 with eight hits coming against Bullfrogs starter Logan Sandgren over six innings. Sandgren also issued six walks. But it was Tate Lange who got tagged with the loss.

Dolan finished 4-for-4 to knock in four Yankee runs. Elliot Serbus and Logan Swann both singled twice for Bird Island.

Milroy 9, Bird Island 8

Bird Island           204 000 200 — 8  9  2

Milroy   100 020 42x — 9 11 6

HITTING — Bird Island: Elliot Serbus 2-5 run, Logan Swann 2-5 runs-2 rbi, Shawn Dollerschell 4-5 2b-2 runs-2 rbi-2, Mark Neubauer 1-5 rbi-2 ... Milroy: Micah Gronli 2-4 2b runs-2 rbi, Matt Bauer 1-4 2b run rbi, Eric Dolan 4-4 rbi-4, David Schmidt 1-5 rbi, Andy Schmidt 2-4 rbi, Darrick Allpress 1-2 run

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Bird Island: Logan Sandgren 6-8-6-6-6-3, Tate Lange (L) 1.1-2-3-2-1-0, Swann 0.2-1-0-0-1-0 ... Milroy: Nathan Duetz 6-6-6-3-2-6, Austin Duetz (W) 3-3-2-2-0-6