SPICER — Leading 2-0 through six innings, New London-Spicer tallied four runs in the bottom of the seventh to secure the County Line League’s top seed in the Region 4C tournament following a 7-1 victory Sunday at Green Lake Diamonds.

After Scott Rambow drew a one-out walk in the seventh, Dalton Rambow put the Twins ahead 4-0 with a two-run home run to left-center. NLS tacked on two more runs in the inning as Wyatt White scored on a grounder while Josh Soine crossed home after an error.

Starbuck's Aaron Ver Steeg lines up a pitch during Sunday's County Line League playoff game against New London-Spicer at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer. 

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Starbuck's Aaron Ver Steeg lines up a pitch during Sunday's County Line League playoff game against New London-Spicer at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

Dalton went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for the Twins. Mike Danielson was 2-for-5 and Scott scored twice. On the mound, Adam Nibaur locked up the win for NLS after seven innings of work.

Michael Gruber and Darion Alexander, the Stars’ Nos. 1 and 2 hitters, both went 3-for-4, with Gruber scoring the team’s lone run. Aaron Ver Steeg was hit with the loss after striking out five in five innings of work.

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Saturday at the Region 4C tournament in Starbuck, NLS will face Bird Island, the No. 4 seed from the Corn Belt League at 10 a.m. Starbuck faces the Corn Belt’s No. 3 seed, Marshall, at 3 p.m.

New London-Spicer shortstop Ben Kulset reaches down to scoop up a ground ball during Sunday's County Line League playoff game against Starbuck at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer. 

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New London-Spicer shortstop Ben Kulset reaches down to scoop up a ground ball during Sunday's County Line League playoff game against Starbuck at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

County Line

NLS 7,

Starbuck 1

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Hitting - Starbuck: Michael Gruber 3-4 r, Darion Alexander 3-4, Matt Gruber 1-3 rbi bb, Austin Ver Steeg 1-4, Mike Andreas 1-4 rbi, Aaron Ver Steeg 1-2, Conner Westberg 0-0 bb, Andrew Toop 0-0 bb … New London-Spicer: John Perkins 0-4 bb, Austen Hadley 0-4 r bb, Mike Danielson 2-5, Scott Rambow 1-2 r-2 bb-2, Dalton Rambow 3-4 hr r-2 rbi-2, Wyatt White 1-3 r rbi bb sf sac, Josh Soine 1-3 r bb sac, Derek Dolezal 1-3 rbi bb, Ben Kulset 0-3 rbi,
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Aa. Ver Steeg (L) 5-4-1-1-2-5, Toop 2-4-5-3-4-2, Mi. Gruber 1-1-1-0-1-2 … New London-Spicer: Adam Nibaur (W) 7-7-0-0-2-4, Danielson 2-3-2-2-1-1

Starbuck 7,

Regal 6

Starbuck edged its way into the County Line League playoff final with a come-from-behind victory over Regal early Sunday afternoon at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.

Down 6-3 after six innings, the Stars tied the game with a three-run top of the seventh. Then with two outs in the eighth, Aaron Ver Steeg started a string of three straight Starbuck singles. Michael Gruber put Ver Steeg in scoring position with a hit, and Darion Alexander brought in the go-ahead run with a base knock of his own.

Gruber finished 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored, and was the winning pitcher after tossing three innings of relief. Alexander was 3-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs while Ver Steeg went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Austin Ver Steeg picked up the save after holding the Eagles hitless in the bottom of the ninth.

Chris Beier was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI while Josh Beier, Nathan Meyer and Shane Radermacher each collected two hits in the loss. Sam Oehrlein was hit with the loss after tossing eight innings.

The No. 3 seed out of the County Line, Regal will open the Region 4C tournament at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Starbuck against Raymond, the No. 2 seed out of the Corn Belt League.

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Hitting - Starbuck: Michael Gruber 4-4 2b r-3, Darion Alexander 3-4 2b r rbi-2 sac, Matt Gruber 1-4 bb sb, Austin Ver Steeg 0-2 r rbi bb-2 sf, Mike Kragenbring 1-4 2b rbi-3 sf, Mike Andreas 1-5 Aaron Ver Steeg 2-4 r-2 … Regal: Jordan Beier 0-5 r, Josh Beier 2-5 2b r, Nathan Meyer 2-4 r rbi bb sb, Chris Beier 3-5 r rbi, Blake Karsch 1-3 rbi-2 bb sf, Shane Radermacher 2-4 r rbi bb, Sam Oehrlein 1-5, Nick Perkins 1-4 r rbi sb-2
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Alexander 5-8-5-5-2-4, Mi. Gruber (W) 3-4-1-1-2-1, Au. Ver Steeg (Sv) 1-0-0-0-0-0 … Regal: Oehrlein (L) 8-12-7-7-4-3, Radermacher 1-0-0-0-0-0

Starbuck 7,

Paynesville 6

Starbuck advanced in the County Line League playoffs with the victory over the Pirates at Spicer.

Paynesville earns the fourth seed out of the County Line in the Region 4C playoffs and will face Sacred Heart, the fifth seed from the Corn Belt League, in a play-in game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Starbuck.

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Hitting - Starbuck: Michael Gruber 2-4 r bb-2 2b, Darion Alexander 2-4 r rbi-3 2b sac hbp, Matt Gruber 1-6 r, Austin Versteeg 2-3 r rbi 2b-2 hbp-2, Mike Kragenbring 3-5 rbi-2 2b, Mike Andreas 1-5, Jackson Hendrickson 2-4 r bb 2b, Andrew Toop 1-5 sb, Aaron Versteeg 1-3 r bb-2, Connor Westberg 0-0 r sb … Paynesville: Rick Hendrickson 1-3 bb-2, Grady Fuchs 1-5 rbi, Luke Johnson 2-5 rbi, Griffin Bjerke 2-4 2b, Drew Tangen 2-4 r-2, Abe Bullard 0-3 r-2 bb, Grant Fuchs 1-4 r, Tanner Stanley 1-3 r rbi-3 3b sf.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Starbuck: Ma. Gruber 8-10-6-2-3-5, Alexander (W) 1-0-0-0-0-0 … Paynesville: Spencer Imholte 6-13-6-5-1-5, Blake Vagle (L) 3-2-1-1-4-1.

Corn Belt

Sacred Heart 4,

Granite Falls 2

With a spot in the Region 4C tournament on the line, Sacred Heart secured the No. 5 seed from the Corn Belt League after beating Granite Falls.

Tied 2-2 after six innings, the Saints went ahead for good after a bases-loaded walk by Mike Kuschel brought home Ryan Hebrink. Nate Hebrink scored one batter later on a fielder’s choice.

Tyler Froland led Sacred Heart’s offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI. Picking up the win for the Saints was Jeremy Hinderks, who struck out eight in a complete game.

Out-hitting Sacred Heart 13-6, Cam Vien was the Kilowatts’ top batter, going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Tyler Dammann, Cole Richter and Kyle TeBeest each came up with two hits for Granite Falls while Dalton Anderson was hit with the loss after six innings of work.

The Saints will face Paynesville, the No. 4 seed from the County Line League, in a Region 4C play-in game at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Starbuck.

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Hitting - Granite Falls: Jordan Odegard 1-5, Tyler Dammann 2-5, Craig Listul 1-5, Cam Vien 3-4 2b r bb, Colton Vien 1-5 r, Cole Richter 2-4 rbi, Bennett Knapper 1-4, Kyle TeBeest 2-4 sb … Sacred Heart: Trent Novotny 1-4 2b r-2 bb sb, Ryan Hebrink 1-4 r bb, Nate Hebrink 1-4 r, Dakota Freiborg 1-3 bb, Tyler Froland 2-3 2b rbi bb, Mike Kuschel 0-3 rbi bb, Mike Johnson 0-3 rbi bb, Ayden Gustafson 0-3 bb sb, Jack Howard 0-0 sb
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Dalton Anderson (L) 6-6-4-3-5-4, Adam Brewers 2-0-0-0-2-2 … Sacred Heart: Jeremy Hinderks (W) 9-13-2-1-1-8

North Star

Dassel-Cokato 3,

Litchfield 1

The Litchfield Blues saw their season end with a 3-1 North Star League playoff lost to the Dassel-Cokato Saints in Dassel.

Dassel-Cokato took a 1-0 lead in the third on an unearned run. The Saints added two more runs in the fourth.

The Blues scored in the top of the fifth, but could get no closer.

A complete box score was unavailable.

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Region 15C

Lake Henry 3,

St. Augusta 1

The Lake Henry Lakers beat St. Augusta in the first game of the Region 15C tournament at Greenwald.

The Lakers play Elrosa at 4 p.m. Saturday in Greenwald.

No further information was available.

Region 9C

Morris 5,

Dumont 2

The Morris Eagles remain in the winners’ bracket of Region 9C after beating Dumont in Rosen.

Statistics were not available.

With a spot in the region finals on the line, Morris will take on Ortonville at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 back in Rosen.

Clinton 10,

Madison 2

The Clinton Cards kept their season alive, capping off a two-win weekend with a Region 9C loser’s bracket victory against the Madison Mallards in Clinton.

Statistics were not available.

Late Saturday

Corn Belt

Granite Falls 7,

Willmar 5

Granite Falls rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth to beat Willmar on Saturday in the Corn Belt League playoffs at Sacred Heart.

Amateur Baseball Notebook: Rails focus on playoffs

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Hitting - Granite Falls: Jordan Odegard 2-4 r rbi-2 hr, Brandon Grund 1-4 r hbp, Tyler Dammann 1-2 r rbi hbp, Craig Listul 1-4 r rbi, Cam Vien 1-4, Colten Vien 1-5 rbi-2, Bennett Knapper 1-5 r, Kyle TeBeest 1-4 r-2, Cole Richter 0-4 sac … Willmar: Adam Herman 0-3 hbp sb, Jordan Steffer 0-5 rbi, Jayden Dierenfeld 0-3 r hbp, Gunner Banks 1-2 r-2 hbp, Ashton Gregory 1-4 r rbi 2b, Christian Lessman 2-3 r rbi-2 hbp, Caleb Owens 1-4 rbi sb.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Granite Falls: Cam Vien 5.1-4-5-4-2-5, Christen Kanten (W) 3.2-1-0-0-1-3 … Willmar: Bryan Wiedeman 6.2-5-3-2-4-3, Jack Baumgart 2.1-4-4-2-1-2.

Sacred Heart 10,

Willmar 5

A seven-run fourth lifted the host Sacred Heart Saints past Willmar on Saturday in a Corn Belt League playoff game at Sacred Heart.

Ryan Hebrink went 2-for-5 with a home run and Mike Kuschel and Mike Johnson each had two hits to lead Sacred Heart.

Christian Lessman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for the Rails.

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Hitting - Willmar: Adam Herman 1-4 r sb, Jordan Steffer 0-3 rbi-2, Jack Baumgart 1-5 rbi, Ashton Gregory 1-2 r 2b, Christian Lessman 2-4 r-2 rbi 2b sb, Caleb Owens 1-3 r sb, jayden Dierenfeld 0-2 hbp-2 … Sacred Heart: Trent Novotny 1-4 r rbi 2b, Ryan Hebrink 2-5 r-2 rbi-2 hr, Nate Hebrink 1-4 r rbi, Dakota Freiborg 1-5 rbi 2b, Jeremy Hinderks 1-2, Kevin Strommer 0-1 r, Tyler Froland 1-4 r-2 2b, Mike Kuschel 2-3 r rbi, Mike Johnson 2-4 r rbi, Ayden Gustafson 1-3 r rbi.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Lessman (L) 3.2-9-8-8-1-4, Herman 4.1-3-2-2-3-2 … Sacred Heart: Jack Howard (W) 8-6-5-4-5-10, Froland 1-0-0-0-1-1

Granite Falls 2,

Wabasso 1

Granite Falls enjoyed a walk-off victory over Wabasso on Saturday to eliminate the Jaxx from the playoffs at Sacred Heart.

Craig Listul homered and Bennett Knapper singled home a run in the bottom of the ninth for the Kilowatts. Knapper went 3-for-4 with a stolen base.

Cam Vien tossed a four-hitter, allowing no earned runs or walks and striking out 14 for Granite Falls.

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Hitting - Wabasso: Sam Guetter 1-4 2b, C.J. Theis 1-4, Devan Liebl 0-4 r, Carter Guetter 2-3 sb-2 … Granite Falls: Craig Listul 1-4 r rbi, Cam Vien 0-3 r, Cole Richter 1-3 sac, Colten Vien 1-4, Bennett Knapper 3-4 rbi sb, Brandon Grund 0-3 sac.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Wabasso: Kyle Lechner (L) 8.2-6-2-2-2-5 … Granite Falls: Cam Vien (W) 9-4-1-0-0-14.



County Line

NLS 16,

Regal 15

Second-seeded New London-Spicer earned the right to host Sunday’s County Line League playoffs with the victory over top-seeded Regal at Beier Field.

The Twins scored six runs in the top of the ninth to take a 16-14 lead, then held on to beat the Eagles, who had leads of 7-0 and 11-4 in the game.

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Hitting - NLS: Jake Rambow 0-3 rbi-2 sf, Ben Kulset 0-0 r rbi hbp, Adam Schrader 3-6 r rbi-5 hr, John Perkins 1-2 r-2, Scott Rambow 1-4 r-2, Dalton Rambow 3-5 r-3 rbi hbp, Austen Hadley 4-6 r-3 rbi 2b-2, Wyatt White 2-5 r rbi-2, Josh Soine 1-2 r-2 rbi-2, Derek Dolezal 1-3 r rbi-2 sac … Regal: Jordan Beier 3-4 r-4, Josh Beier 2-5 r-3 rbi-3 2b, Nathan Meyer 1-3 r-3, Chris Beier 3-5 r-2 rbi-4 2b hr, Blake Karsch 3-5 r rbi-3, Shane Rademacher 1-6 rbi-2, William Roguske 0-4 r hbp, nathan Beier 1-1 rbi-2, Nick Perkins 1-4 4 rbi, Sam Oehrlein 0-4 sac.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - NLS: Patrick Courtney 4-8-7-6-3-1, Hunter Magnuson 1-2-4-4-4-0, Ethan Haugen (W) 3.1-2-3-3-2-5, Hadley (Sv) 0.2-3-1-1-0-0 … Regal: C. Beier 5-7-6-6-1-2, Rademacher 1.1-3-4-4-4-1, Meyer (L) 0.1-3-4-4-3-0

North Star

Litchfield 10,

Montrose/Waverly 5

Dylan Koll threw six solid innings and Avery Liestman homered to lead the Blues past the Stingers in a North Star League game at Optimist Park in Litchfield.

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Hitting - Montrose/Waverly: Brady Boeddeker 1-4 bb, Kirby Moynagh 1-4 r hbp, Ben Kunze 1-r 4-2 bb 2b, Jason Slivnik 2-4 rbi-2 2b, Elliot Hellman 0-4 r, Robb Moynagh 1-3, J.T. Weiman 0-0 bb, Travis Bickman 1-3 r, Eddie Kolasa 0-0 BB … Litchfield: Andrew Loch 2-5 r-2 rbi 2b, Owen Boerema 3-5 rbi 2b, Jake Jones 1-5 r rbi, Brady Smith 1-4 bb, Cabe Lecher 1-5 r rbi, Dylan Koll 0-3 r bb, Avery Liestman 1-4 r-2 rbi-2 hr, Cody Klabunde 1-2 r-3 rbi-2 bb-2 2b sb-2.
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Montrose/Waverly: Weiman (L) 6-8-7-2-3-5, Kunze 2-4-3-3-1-0 … Litchfield: Koll (W) 7-6-3-2-1-6, Joey Hyde 2-1-2-2-3-3

Region 9C

Rosen 9,

Appleton 3

The Appleton A’s saw their season come to a close Saturday after taking a loss to the Rosen Express on Saturday.

Clinton 5,

Dawson 1

The Clinton Cards put an end to the Dawson Drakes’ season with a Region 9C losers’ bracket victory Saturday in Clinton.

Madison 4,

Hancock 0

The Madison Mallards lived to fight another day after shutting out the Hancock Orphans in the Region 9C losers’ bracket Saturday in Clinton.