The Region 4C amateur baseball tournament will wrap up this weekend but two teams already have earned sports in the Minnesota Baseball Association Class C State Tournament that begins Aug. 16 in Delano, Maple Lake and Dassel.
Raymond and New London-Spicer are both 3-0 in the 4C playoffs and the Rockets and Twins play a winners bracket game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Sacred Heart.
Both teams have already qualified for the state tournament, and four teams remaining in the 4C losers bracket will be playing this weekend for the region’s third and final state tourney berth.
Starbuck and Bird Island play at 11 a.m. Saturday, and Regal and Sacred Heart play at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Both games are in Sacred Heart.
The winners of those games play at 4 p.m. Saturday. The winner of the 4 p.m. Saturday game earns the third state spot and also plays the loser of the Raymond and NLS game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The region championship game is 11 a.m. Sunday, with a second game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday if needed.
Junior Legion state
Two area teams will be in action at the Minnesota State Junior Legion Tournament on Friday through Sunday in St. Charles.
Sacred Heart/MACCRAY plays a first-round game against La Crescent at 10 a.m. Friday. Morris plays a first-rounder against Esko at 3 p.m.
The tournament’s consolation games are at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the consolation final is 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tourney semifinals are at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. The third-place game is 11:30 a.m. Sunday and the championship game is 2 p.m. Sunday.
The New London-Spicer Athlete/Parent Fall Meeting is 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the NLS High School Performing Arts Center. Fall participants in grades 9-12 should attend.
NLS varsity sports seasons begin Monday. Check www.NLS.k12.mn.us for practice times.
With three two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth, Rochester prevented the doubleheader sweep against Willmar on Wednesday night as the Honkers came away with a 4-1 Northwoods League win at Mayo Field.
With the bases loaded, Tristan Peterson drew a bases-loaded walk to score the go-ahead run. In the next at-bat, another run scored when Austin Schell was hit by a pitch. Then an error gave Rochester its third run in the fifth inning.
The Honkers led early with a solo home run by Mitchell Allen in the bottom of the second inning. Willmar would tie the game up in the top of the fifth when, after drawing a walk and stealing a base to get in scoring position, Riley Johnson reached home on a Brennan McKenzie double.
The Stingers were limited to just two hits, with McKenzie’s double and a Luke Bowman single that led off the top of the seventh.
Masen Palmier was hit with the loss after allowing four runs on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 4-2/3 innings.
Willmar will start a two-game series with Mankato with a road game on Thursday and the home finale on Friday. Both games are slated to start at 7:05 p.m.
Willmar 000 010 0-1 2 2
Rochester 010 030 x-4 4 0
Hitting - Willmar: Brennan McKenzie 1-3 rbi, Luke Bowman 1-3, Riley Johnson 0-1 r … Rochester: Mitchell Allen 1-1 hr rbi r, Evan Berkey 2-4 r, Kyler McMahan 1-2 r, Andy Armstrong 0-3 r, Tristan Peterson 0-2 rbi, Austin Schell 0-2 rbi
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Masen Palmier (L) 4.2-3-4-3-4-5, Joel Cheatwood 1.1-1-0-0-0-3 … Rochester: Ryan Dorney 4.2-1-1-1-4-10, Anthony Rodriguez 0.1-0-0-0-0-1, Keon Taylor (W) 2-1-0-0-0-2
Sam Baier hit three of Willmar’s five home runs as the Stingers defeated Rochester in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Rochester.
Baier had three hits, drove in five runs and score three times. Branden Boissiere had two hits, including a solo home run, and Riley Johnson also had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two while scoring twice.
Willmar scored nine runs in the first inning to set the game’s tone.
Garret Rukes worked the first five innings of the seven-inning game to get the win.