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NLS sweeps Central series

New London-Spicer's John Perkins, 12, is greeted at the plate by teammates after being driven home on a Derek Dolezal double in the first inning of Thursday's Central Sub-State game against BOLD in Bird Island. Joe Brown / Tribune1 / 4
BOLD shortstop Hayden Tersteeg reels in a hopper before making the throw to first for an out during Thursday's Central Sub-State game against New London-Spicer in Bird Island. Joe Brown / Tribune2 / 4
BOLD stating pitcher Jordan Sagedahl strides out for a pitch during the first inning of Thursday's Central Sub-State semifinal game against New London-Spicer in Bird Island. Joe Brown / Tribune3 / 4
New London-Spicer pitcher Matt Spaulding picks up a grounder by BOLD's James Woelfel and throws to first base for the final out of the third inning Thursday in Bird Island. Joe Brown / Tribune4 / 4

BIRD ISLAND — New London-Spicer's batters weren't going to wait around this time.

After a slow start to game one of their best-of-three series against BOLD, the Wildcats jumped out to a 7-1 lead after three innings, sweeping the Mudhens in the Central Sub-State semifinal series with a 7-3 victory on Thursday.

"It's a lot easier for our hitting and our pitchers," said NLS catcher Derek Dolezal. "There's not a lot of stress on you to get that run right away. Playing loose and having fun is what we've been doing."

The catalyst for much of NLS's early offensive success was from Dolezal, who had a two-run double in the first inning, along with an RBI single in the second.

"Most of the playoffs, we've all been hitting and contributing," said Dolezal, who finished 2-for-3. "Everyone one-through-nine has been hitting the ball."

The first-inning outburst continued with an RBI single by Jake Schmidt and a one-run double off the left-field wall by Christian Lessman.

Two more runs came home in the third on a two-run double by Matt Spaulding.

Even while up six runs, NLS couldn't relent.

"We never truly felt comfortable," said NLS head coach Mike Thompson. "With the lineup they run out there offensively, we know they're capable of putting up a lot of runs in a hurry. ... Since we started the postseason, our defense and pitching have been really solid and that's what has carried us."

With the only early highlight coming via an RBI double from Jordan Sagedahl in the bottom of the first, BOLD had a steep hill to climb.

Cade Morse provided a sacrifice fly in the fourth that brought in Jack Peppel, and James Woelfel got an RBI single in the fifth.

But, the runs were isolated incidents for the Mudhens, who left five runners on base through the final four innings. Spaulding, the Wildcats' pitcher, didn't make things any easier in picking up the complete-game victory.

"I give all the credit to (NLS); they're a good team and they're going to represent us well," said BOLD head coach Joe Dollerschell. "Solid hitters, solid pitchers. They're a very disciplined team, very well-coached. We knew it was going to be tough going in there even though they were a number three seed in their pod."

At 11 a.m. Saturday back in Bird Island, the Wildcats will resume postseason play with another series against the winner of the best-of-three between Annandale and Holdingford. Game two and game three, if needed, will take place on Sunday in Bird Island.

New London-Spicer 7, BOLD 3

NLS 412 000 0-7 8 2

BOLD 100 110 0-3 6 3

Hitting - New London-Spicer: John Perkins 1-2 2b, Mitch Kruger 0-2 rbi, Matt Spaulding 1-4 rbi, Derek Dolezal 2-3 2b rbi-3, Jake Schmidt 1-4 rbi, Christian Lessman 1-4 2b rbi, Nick Perkins 1-3 ... BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-4 2b, Jordan Sagedahl 1-4 2b rbi, James Woelfel 1-4 rbi, Hayden Tersteeg 1-2 2b, Reed Stadther 1-3, Braeden Tersteeg 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - NLS: Spaulding (W) 7-6-3-2-1-2. ... BOLD: Sagedahl (L) 1.2-5-5-4-1-2, Matt Moorse 2.1-1-2-1-2-0, Stadther 3-0-0-0-1-0