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Legion Baseball: NLS trips up Madison to reach District 7 championship

MONTEVIDEO — Ike Goetzman doubled twice and also hit a triple, three other New London-Spicer players collected two hits each, and Tyson Gislason pitched into the seventh inning as NLS eliminated Madison in the Division II, District 7 Final Four tournament Friday 7-3.

The win propels NLS (11-7) into Saturday’s championship game with Osakis (16-1) at 11 a.m. A NLS win would force another game at 1:30 p.m. Both teams are from the North sub-district as Osakis placed first and NLS second.

Just the champion advances to the Division II State Tournament, hosted by Luverne from Aug. 1-3.

While Gislason kept Madison (15-5) off the scoreboard for the first three innings, NLS scored four times in the second and two more times in the third to take an early lead. Eight batters visited the plate in the second for NLS with Jarrett Hatlestad knocking in Brett Olson on a groundout for the game’s first run. An error on the play also allowed Goetzman, who reached with a double, to score.

Alex Goff then tripled in Hatlestad and Trey Austvold followed with a single that plated Goff. Austvold, Olson and Ryan Vraa had three hits each.

Ty Kanstrup walked and later scored on Joey Devorak’s double in the fourth for Madison’s first run. Brandon Hill was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle and was the lone Madison player to notch multiple hits.

Olson had an RBI single and Goetzman tripled in another run in the third. Goetzman capped the scoring by driving in Vraa with a double.

The 7-1 advantage held up for Gislason until the seventh when Madison produced two runs. Austin Domeier singled to lead off the inning and later scored on Hill’s triple. Dylan Lillejord then doubled in Hill, but Jonny DeGeest came in relief for Gislason and got a flyout and a line drive to end the game.

NLS 7, Madison 3

Madison (15-5) 000 100 2 — 3  9  1

NLS (11-7)           042 010 x — 7 10 0

HITTING — Madison: Austin Haas 1-3, Brandon Hill 3-4 2b 3b rbi, Dylan Lillejord 1-4 2b rbi, Garrett Olson 1-4, Cole Bungarden 1-3, Joey Devorak 1-3 2b rbi, Austin Domeier 1-3 ... NLS: Trey Austvold 2-4 rbi, Ryan Vraa 2-3 2b runs-2, Brett Olson 2-3 runs-2 rbi, Ike Goetzman 3-3 2b-2 3b rbi-2, Jarrett Hatlestad 0-3 rbi, Alex Goff 1-3 3b rbi

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Madison: Haas (L) 2.1-8-6-5-1-0, Daniel Baldwin 3.2-2-1-1-0-4 ... NLS: Tyson Gislason (W) 6.1-9-3-3-3-1, Jonny DeGeest 0.2-0-0-0-0-0