Sacred Heart, Raymond advance to state amateur tournament
MADISON -- After losing to Raymond three times earlier in the season, Sacred Heart upended the Rockets 8-4 Sunday in the championship of the Region 9C playoffs.
Both teams advance to the state tournament with Sacred Heart (26-13) playing St. Martin at 7:30 p.m. and Raymond (31-6) playing Lake Henry at 5 p.m. next Saturday in Bird Island in the first round.
Sacred Heart responded after Jordan Smith hit a solo home run in the first inning for Raymond by getting a solo shot from Ryan Hebrink and a three-run homer from Mike Johnson in the second to take an early 4-1 lead.
The Rockets got within one in the bottom half of the second when Matt Bauer hit another solo homer and Zach Nelson singled in a run. Kyle Knott's solo homer in the third then tied the game.
The Saints answered with three runs in the fourth to take control for good. Ross Hebrink scored on a wild pitch to break the tie and Mike Kuschel added a two-run single.
Adam Loe survived surrendering nine hits and three walks over 6Xc innings of work to get the win. Loe also struck out seven. Tom DeBoer also struck out seven, but the Raymond starter was tagged with the loss after giving up six hits and seven earned runs in five innings.
Sacred Heart 8, Raymond 4
Sacred Heart 040 301 000 -- 8 6 1
Raymond 121 000 000 -- 4 11 0
HITTING - Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 1-for-4, solo HR, 2 runs, rbi; Mike Kuschel 2-for-4, 2 rbi; Jeff Hinderks 1-for-5, rbi; Nate Hebrink 1-for-4; Mike Johnson 1-for-2, 3-run HR, 2 runs, 3 rbi ... Raymond: Jed Nelson 2-for-4; Jordan Smith 2-for-5, solo HR, rbi; Kyle Knott 1-for-3, solo HR, rbi; Matt Bauer 2-for-4, solo HR, rbi; Tyler Steen 2-for-4, 2b; Ben Ruter 1-for-4, 2b; Zach Nelson 1-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Sacred Heart: Adam Loe (W) 62/3-9-4-4-3-7, Nate Deutz 21/3-2-0-0-0-3 ... Raymond: Tom DeBoer (L) 5-6-7-7-3-7, Josh Hadley 4-0-1-1-2-1
Sacred Heart 10, Dumont 2
A two-run homer from Jeff Hinderks and solo homers from Ryan Hebrink and Jeremy Hinderks allowed Sacred Heart to clinch a spot in the state tournament from the third straight year. The Saints pounded out 13 hits.
Jeremy Hinderks hurled a complete game to get the win, striking out 10 and giving up five hits.
Dumont 000 200 000 -- 2 5 2
Sacred Heart 043 110 10x --10 13 1
HITTING - Dumont: Sam Theilen 1-for-4; Aaron Johnson 2-for-4, 2b; Nick Hervin 1-for-4, rbi; Mike Kill 1-for-1 ... Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 2-for-5, solo HR, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Tyler Kleinhuizen 2-for-5, 2b, rbi; Mike Kuschel 2-for-5; Jeremy Hinderks 2-for-5, solo HR, rbi; Justin Schlemmer 1-for-2, 2 runs; Jeff Hinderks 2-for-3, 2-run HR, 3 rbi; Ross Hebrink 1-for-4; Mike Johnson 1-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Dumont: Aaron Johnson (L) 2-6-6-5-1-1, Lee Arnold 4-5-3-3-3-2, Sam Theilen 2-2-1-1-2-0 ... Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (W) 9-5-2-2-3-10
Sacred Heart 10, Madison 0
Nate Hebrink's one-hit shutout that featured eight strikeouts kept Sacred Heart alive and eliminated Madison from the tournament. Hebrink allowed just two baserunners by issuing a walk in the first inning and giving up a single to Aaron Olson in the third.
Justin Schlemmer sparked the Saints' offense by hitting three RBI singles. Ryan Hebrink belted a two-run homer in the third and Nate Hebrink helped his own cause by hitting a two-run triple in the first.
Schlemmer, Tyler Kleinhuizen, Mike Kuschel and Jeff Hinderks all had three hits for the Saints.
Madison 000 000 0 -- 0 1 0
Sacred Heart 312 110 2 --10 15 0
HITTING - Madison: Aaron Olson 1-for-2 ... Sacred Heart: Ryan Hebrink 2-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Tyler Kleinhuizen 3-for-3, 3 runs; Mike Kuschel 3-for-4, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Justin Schlemmer 3-for-5, 3 rbi; Jeff Hinderks 3-for-4, rbi; Nate Hebrink 1-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Madison: Matt Enger (L) 12/3-7-4-4-2-1, Aaron Olson 21/3-4-3-3-2-0, Derek Gritmacker 21/3-2-3-3-1-0, Justin Stamp 0-2-0-0-0-0 ... Sacred Heart: Nate Hebrink (W) 7-1-0-0-1-8
Raymond 12, Dumont 1
Mike Jeseritz led off the home half of the first inning with a home run to ignite a 15-hit attack for Raymond. Jason Meyer and Ben Ruter hit back-to-back RBI singles and Matt Bauer had an RBI double also in the inning.
That was more than enough support for Raymond starter Tyler Knott as Knott worked the first five innings of the seven-inning contest to get the win. Knott struck out six without issuing a walk and gave up just three hits. Zach Nelson and Jordan Smith each threw a scoreless inning of relief to finish the game.
Jeseritz, Bauer and Ruter had three hits each while Jed Nelson and Jason Meyer added two apiece. Meyer also hit a solo home run in the fourth.
Dumont 001 000 0 -- 1 4 2
Raymond 433 101 x --12 15 0
HITTING - Dumont: Mitch Frisch 1-for-1, 2b; Sam Theilen 1-for-2, 2b; Eric Deal 1-for-2; Kevin Coffman 1-for-1 ... Raymond: Mike Jeseritz 3-for-4, 2b, solo HR, 2 rbi; Jed Nelson 2-for-4, rbi; Kyle Knott 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Matt Bauer 3-for-4, 2b, rbi; Tyler Steen 1-for-2, 2b, 2 rbi; Jason Meyer 2-for-3, solo HR, 2 rbi; Ben Ruter 3-for-3, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Dumont: Brady Sykora (L) 1-5-4-4-1-0, Dan Johnson 5-10-8-8-1-2 ... Raymond: Tyler Knott (W) 5-3-1-1-0-6, Zach Nelson 1-1-0-0-0-0, Jordan Smith 1-0-0-0-1-2
Elrosa 3, Norway Lake-Sunburg 1
Norway Lake-Sunburg outhit Elrosa 7-5, but the Lakers were unable to string any big innings together and finished the season 9-12.
Ethan Vogt, a former Ridgewater and Minesota Gophers hurler, earned the win on the mound. He walked one and struck out five.
James Cortex and Chad Scearcy had two hits apiece for the Lakers.
Chris Braaten, who drove in the lone NL-Sunburg run with a fielder's choice in the second inning, took the loss. He walked two and struck out six.
NL-Sunburg 010 000 000 -- 1 7 0
Elrosa 100 000 02x -- 3 5 1
HITTING - Norway Lake-Subnurg: Justin Johnson 1-for-4; Scott Rambow 1-for-4; Brant Beckman 1-for-4; James Cortez 2-for-4; Chad Scearcy 2-for-3 ... Elrosa: Matt Middendorf 1-for-4; Ethan Vogt 2-for-3; Pat Illies 1-for-4, 2b, rbi; Randy Duevel 1-for-3
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Norway Lake-Sunburg: Chris Braaten (L) 8-5-3-3-2-6 ... Elrosa: Ethan Vogt (W) 9-7-1-1-1-5