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Amateur Baseball: Atwater edges No. 1 Lakers in County Line playoffs

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Atwater Chuckers' clean-up hitter Matt Tanner hit a two-run ground-rule double off Norway Lake-Sunburg starter Chris Braaten to tie the score at 9-9 in the top half of the seventh inning Sunday in a County Line League playoff game in Sunburg. Jacoby Anderson is the on-deck hitter and the Lakers' catcher is James Cortez.1 / 2
Tribune photo by Rand Middleton The Lakers' Jonah Johnson (13) scores on a wild pitch as the throw from catcher Jacoby Anderson will get away from Atwater pitcher Justin Schroeder (18) in the bottom of the first inning Sunday at Willie Reigstad Field in Sunburg. The Lakers scored six more times before the inning ended to take an early 7-1 lead.2 / 2

SUNBURG -- Atwater survived giving up seven runs in the first inning by keeping the top-seeded Norway Lake-Sunburg Lakers scoreless for the final six innings as the No. 2 Chuckers edged NLS 10-9 Sunday in the second round of the County Line League playoffs.

The third round is scheduled for a pair of 1:30 p.m. games on Saturday. Atwater hosts No. 5 Paynesville and the Lakers will host No. 6 Starbuck. The two winners will then meet the following day at 11 a.m. in Spicer. No. 4 New London-Spicer hosts two games this Sunday with the championship game at 3 p.m.

The title game entrants qualify for the Region 15C tournament.

With two outs in the top half of the 10th inning Jacoby Anderson, the winning pitcher, reached on an error. Brian Kingery followed with a double to right-center to allow pinch runner Ryan Walsh to score standing up and break the 9-9 tie.

Already having sent NLS down 1-2-3 in the ninth, Anderson performed the same feat in the 10th to a seven-inning relief stint. Anderson struck out six while giving up just five hits and one walk.

The Chuckers tied the game at 9-9 in the seventh behind Matt Tanner's two-run double and NLS starter Chris Braaten's wildness. Braaten walked two and hit two other batters in the frame before being yanked off the mound with two outs in favor of Grant Johnson.

Braaten issued seven walks and surrendered nine hits and nine earned runs. Despite not walking a batter and giving up just two hits in 3.1 innings of work, Johnson was tagged with the loss.

The Lakers started out on fire by sending up 11 batters to the plate in the first to manufacture seven runs. Braaten, Aaron Zimmer and Jared Johnson supplied RBI singles before Jonah Johnson capped the scoring with a two-run double.

Zimmer singled in another two runs in the fourth, but the Lakers weren't able to produce any other offense en route to falling into the loser's bracket.

Kingery and Tanner had three hits each to help Atwater outhit NLS 11-9. Jonah Johnson also had three hits for the Lakers.

Atwater 10, NL-Sunburg 9

Atwater 100 202 400 1 -- 10 11 1

NL-Sunburg 700 200 000 0 -- 9 9 2

HITTING - Atwater: Josh Cunningham 1-for-3, 2b, 2 rbi; Jeff Peterson 1-for-4, Justin Schroeder 1-for-5; Matt Tanner 3-for-5, 2 2b's, 3 rbi; Brian Kingery 3-for-6, 2b, rbi; Vance Martin 1-for-4, rbi; Jordan Tanner 1-for-4, rbi ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Jonah Johnson 3-for-5, 2b, 2 rbi; Aaron Zimmer 2-for-4, 3 rbi; James Cortez 1-for-4; Chris Braaten 1-for-4, rbi; Kent Gjerde 1-for-3; Jared Johnson 1-for-5, rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Atwater: Justin Schroeder 3-4-7-7-4-4, Jacoby Anderson (W) 7-5-2-2-1-6 ... Norway Lake-Sunburg: Braaten 6.2-9-9-9-7-3, Grant Johnson (L) 3.1-2-1-0-0-2

NL-Spicer 12, Starbuck 2

Tyler Horning and Mike Danielson each plated four runs as the Twins invoked the 10-run rule. The win also gives New London-Spicer home-field advantage for next Sunday's league championship game.

Horning went 3-for-4 and Danielson had two hits. Starbuck's Jeremy Payne hit two singles and a double.

Kevin Soine pitched a complete-game win for NLS, giving up two runs on six hits while fanning 11.

John Hoffman pitched 3.1 innings for the loss. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, walked one, and struck out seven.

In the first inning, Horning and Danielson each had RBI singles. In the bottom of the fourth, Horning and Jay Magnuson both hit two-run singles and in the seventh, Scott Rambow hit a two-run single. Horning later came up in the seventh and hit another RBI single.

Danielson induced the 10-run rule with a two-run double.

Starbuck 001 010 0 -- 2 6 2

NL-Spicer 210 400 5 -- 12 14 2

HITTING - Starbuck: Jaremy Payne 3-for-4 2b, Zach Lagred 1-for-3, Mike Andreas 1-for-3, Tyler Toop 1-for-3 ... New London-Spicer: Kevin Soine 3-for-4, Jake Rambow 2-for-3, Tyler Horning 3-for-4 4 rbi, Mike Danielson 2-for-4 4 rbi, Jay Magnuson 1-for-4 2 rbi, Jake Damhoff 1-for-4, Nathaniel Swoyer 1-for-2

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Starbuck: John Hoffman (L) 3.1-7-7-7-1-7, Taylor Coleman 3.1-7-5-5-1-2 ... New London-Spicer: Kevin Soine (W) 7-6-2-0-2-11

Paynesville 4, Regal 1

Two unearned runs in the ninth inning padded Paynesville's slim lead and eliminated Regal from the postseason.

Josh Bungum and Austin Mackedanz scored on passed balls with two outs in Paynesville's ninth. The No. 5-seeded Pirates led 2-1 entering the frame thanks to Brett Savelkoul's two RBI.

Aaron Savelkoul worked all nine innings on the mound to get the win, scattering five hits, one walk and two strikeouts. Chris Beier was tagged with the loss after giving up 12 hits and three runs -- one earned -- in eight-plus innings of work. He did strike out six without issuing a walk.

Bungum, Jamie Paul, Keagen Maegher and Shannon Olmscheid had two hits each for Paynesville, which outhit Regal 13-5.

Shane Radermacher had two hits and Cody Flanders knocked in the only run for the No. 3 Eagles.

Paynesville 101 000 002 -- 4 13 1

Regal 010 000 000 -- 1 5 1

HITTING - Paynesville: Jamie Paul 2-for-3; Josh Bungum 2-for-5; Keagen Maegher 2-for-5; Brett Savelkoul 1-for-3, 2 rbi; Ryan Hess 1-for-4; Shannon Olmscheid 2-for-4; Aaron Savelkoul 1-for-4; Austin Mackedanz 1-for-3; Jordan Haag 1-for-1 ... Regal: Austen Hadley 1-for-4; Shane Radermacher 2-for-4; Cody Flanders 1-for-3, rbi; Austin Kampsen 1-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: A. Savelkoul (W) 9-5-1-0-1-2 ... Regal: Chris Beier (L) 8-12-3-1-0-6, Kampsen 1-1-1-0-0-1

Result Saturday


Satell SP 11, Litchfield 5

Alex Lotthammer struck out 10 Blues over seven innings of work and Jim Gabrielson homered and singled for the Stone Ponies in the opening game of a best-of-three series.

Shane Gutormson and Toby Chellin each had a pair of hits for Litchfield.

A score for Game 2 of the series Sunday was not available at press time. Litchfield would force a final game in the series with a win Sunday and that contest would take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Litchfield.

Litchfield 100 000 022 -- 5 10 2

Sartell SP 005 000 42x --11 13 2

HITTING - Litchfield: Matt Spreiter 1-for-4, Eric Hulterstrum 2-for-4, 2b; Gabe Lecher 1-for-5, rbi; Stephen Pennertz 1-for-2, Shane Gutormson 2-for-5, rbi; Toby Chellin 2-for-4, rbi; David Pennertz 1-for-3 ... Sartell Stone Ponies: Austin Timm 2-for-4, Jordan Clitty 2-for-4, 2b; Jim Gabrielson 2-for-4, 3 rbi, HR; Nick Zierden 2-for-3

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Litchfield: David Yordi (L) 6-7-5-5-4-8, Stephen Pennertz 2-6-6-4-0-1 ... Sartell Stone Ponies: Alex Lotthammer (W) 7-4-1-6-10, Nolan Lind 2-6-4-4-2-0