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Amateur Baseball: Milroy topples Bird Island to reach Cornbelt championship

MILROY -- Matt Bauer singled in go-ahead run in the fifth and added insurance with a solo homer in the seventh, leading the No. 3-seeded Milroy Yankees past the No. 4 Bird Island Bullfrogs 4-1 on Sunday to reach the championship game of the Cornbelt League playoffs.

The Yankees are assured of a spot in the Region 11C tourney but will still play a game next weekend for seeding. Milroy will play Wednesday's Raymond-Granite Falls winner next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for the league title. A Raymond win puts the championship game in Raymond, while Milroy would host the Kilowatts if they beat Raymond.

The Bullfrogs went up 1-0 in the second when Mark Neubauer homered off Milroy starter Josh Hadley.

Andy Schmidt tied it up in the lower half of the fourth with a two-out single off Bird Island starter Kyle Krause. It was the first of four straight innings in which the Yanks pushed across one run.

Hadley got the win and Mahlon Zimmermann the save with 2.1 innings of tight relief.

Krause took the loss giving up 10 hits over 7.1 innings.

Milroy 4, Bird Island 1

Bird Island 010 000 000 -- 1 6 1

Milroy 000 111 10x -- 4 10 1

HITTING - Bird Island: Ben Maiers 1-for-3, Dylan Gass 1-for-4, Mark Neubauer 1-for-4, sold HR; Alex Gay 1-for-3, Luke Kramer 2-for-4, 2 2 2b's ... Milroy: Dave Schmidt 1-for-3, Matt Bauer 2-for-4, 2 rbi, solo HR; Justin Schlemmer 2-for-4, Andy Schmdt 2-for-4, Josh Hadley 1-for-3, Mahlon Zimmermann 1-for-1; Micah Gronli 1-for-2, rbi, 2b

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Bird Island: Kyle Krause (L) 7.1-10-4-4-3-2, Brad Gass 0.2-0-0-0-0-0 ... Milroy: Hadley (W) 6.2-5-1-1-3-6, Zimmermann (S) 2.1-1-0-0-0-2

Granite Falls 3, Sacred Heart 2

Granite Falls allowed only one run in the last inning after Sacred Heart loaded the bases, knocking the Saints out of the playoffs.

Tyler Kanten lead Granite Falls with a double and a run batted in. Sacred Heart's Nate Hebrink drove in two runs.

Cody Fruin pitched for the win for the Kilowatts. He went 4.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Kanten threw 4.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out two.

Saints' starter Hebrink, threw all nine innings for the loss, giving up three runs on five hits while fanning seven.

Granite Falls scored in the first on back to back doubles by Tyler Dammann and Tyler Kanten. Sacred Heart tied the game in the second on a Mike Johnson sac fly to center field.

The Kilowatts took the lead in the top of the fifth inning with the bases loaded and induced a ground out to the second baseman to escape the Saints threat.

The Saints loaded the bases with one out in the ninth and scored a run on a Johnson single. Kanten again worked out of a jam with two pop flies to the infield.

Granite Falls will play at Raymond on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

Granite Falls 100 010 010 -- 3 6 0

Sacred Heart 010 000 001 -- 2 4 3

HITTING - Granite Falls: Jeremy Weiland 1-for-4 run rbi, Tyler Dammann 1-for-4 2b run, Tyler Kanten 1-for-4 2b rbi, Craig Listul 1-for-3, Nick Richter 1-for-1, King Richter 1-for-3 run ... Sacred Heart: Mike Kuschell 1-for-4 2 runs, Nate Hebrink 2-for-4 2b, Mike Johnson 1-for-3 2 rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Granite Falls: Cody Fruin (W) 4.2-2-1-1-4-3, Kanten (Sv) 4.1-2-1-1-3-2 ... Sacred Heart: Hebrink (L) 9-5-3-1-2-7

Friday's Game

Milroy 1, Sacred Heart 0

There were 19 hits in the game, but only one run was scored and that runner (Micah Gronli) reached on the game's only walk. Go figure!

Winning pitcher Nathan Deutz fanned 10 over seven innings while giving up five hits but no walks. Reliever Mahlon Zimmerman gave up three hits and no walks over two innings for the save.

Jeremy Hinderks went all 9 for the Saints, allowing 11 hits. The walk was followed by singles by Brian Dolan and Christopher Eichten, the second plating the game's lone run.

Milroy 000 000 100 -- 1 11 1

Sacred Heart 000 000 000 -- 0 8 2

HITTING - Milroy: Brian Dolan 3-for-5, Christopher Eichten 3-for-4, Dave Schmidt 3-for-5, Josh Hadley 2-for-4 ... Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 1-for-4, Tyler Kleinhuizen 3-for-4, Mike Kuschel 1-for-4, Nate Hebrink 2-for-4, Trent Novotny 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Milroy: Nathan Deutz (W) 7-5-0-0-0-10, Mahlon Zimmermann (S) 2-3-0-0-0-2 ... Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (W) 9-11-1-1-1-6