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Raymond wins Cornbelt South playoffs

RAYMOND -- A quick start held up for Raymond as the Rockets beat Sacred Heart 7-4 in the Cornbelt South championship Sunday.

The Rockets scored single runs in the first and third innings and plated three runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

Sacred Heart then scored in the fifth and sixth behind solo home runs from Nate Hebrink and Ryan Hebrink and twice more in the eighth to get within one run.

Jed Nelson then ended a four-inning scoreless drought for Raymond with a two-run homer in the eighth to seal the win.

Both teams advance to the Region 9C playoffs Saturday in Madison.

Raymond 7, Sacred Heart 4

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Raymond 131 000 02x -- 7 13 1

HITTING - Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 2-for-4, solo HR, 2 runs, rbi; Ross Hebrink 1-for-3; Nate Hebrink 2-for-4, solo HR, rbi; Mike Kuschel 1-for-2; Phil Erickson 1-for-4; Josh Hebrink 2-for-4; Matt Huhnerkoch 1-for-4 ... Raymond: Tyler Steen 1-for-5; Jed Nelson 2-for-5, 2-run HR, 2 rbi; Jordan Smith 3-for-4; Kyle Knott 1-for-3; Mike Jeseritz 2-for-4; Jason Meyer 1-for-4; Zach Nelson 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart: Dan Kluver (L) 2-6-4-4-2-1, Adam Loe 6-7-3-3-0-6 ... Raymond: Tyler Knott (W) 6-3-2-2-2-11, Zach Nelson (S) 2-2-0-0-0-1, Jordan Smith 1-3-2-2-2-1

Land O'Ducks Canvas Appleton 12, Montevideo 6

Baxter DuFrane went 3-for-5 and scored three times and Appleton advanced to the finals.

Kyle Sachs scattered 11 hits over 72/3 innings for the win.

Joe Schlagel was 3-for-4 and drove in a run for Montevideo. Troy Hendrickson had a pair of doubles. Mitch Christensen and Ryan Tostenson drove in two runs each.

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HITTING - Appleton: Damian Coyour 1-for-5; Bryce Hiepler 2-for-5, 2b; Baxter DuFrane 3-for-4, 2b, 3 runs; Todd Molden 2-for-5, 4 runs; Kyle Sachs 2-for-5, 2b, rbi; Eric Schlieman 2-for-3, 2 runs, rbi; Brandon Berge 1-for-6, 2 rbi ... Montevideo: Mitch Christensen 1-for-2, 2 rbi; James Gallagher 1-for-4; Troy Hendrickson 2-for-4, 2 2b's, bi; Joe Schlagel 3-for-4, 2 runs, rbi; Ryan Tostenson 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Cameron Vien 2-for-4, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Appleton: Kyle Sachs (W) 7Xc-11-6-5-0-9, Bryce Hiepler 1Zc-0-0-0-0-1 ... Montevideo: Troy Hendrickson (L) 3Zc-8-6-4-3-4, Jake Karels 3Xc-4-3-3-1-1, Travis Epema 1Xc-1-3-1-5-0, Cameron Vien Zc-0-0-0-0-0