ATWATER — The Tri-Town Black Sox regrouped from its Game 1 loss to Pierz to win two on Sunday at Kingery Field, cementing the American Legion Baseball Division II Central Sub-State championship.
Pierz won Game 1 Saturday in Pierz, 10-8.
In the opening game Sunday, the Black Sox’s Josh Kingery struck out 11 and gave up just two hits and no walks in a complete-game victory. On the offensive end, Five Tri-Town players — Kingery, Connor Barker, Jack Peterson, Logan Straumann and Jaxon Drange — had two hits apiece. Barker had two doubles and two RBIs while Kingery finished with two runs and two RBIs. Peterson drove in a pair of runs to force a winner-take-all Game 3.
In the finale, Pierz scored four in the first inning, followed by another in the second for a 5-0 lead. But the Black Sox’s bats exploded with eight runs in the top of the third. Leading 10-7 going into the seventh, Tri-Town put up five runs to put an exclamation point on the weekend.
Barker crushed the ball in the night cap, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam and a double. He had seven RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Josh Kingery also had a home run, going 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs.
Along with three hits, a run and an RBI on offense, Jack Peterson threw the first five innings to get the win for the Black Sox. Zach Bagley followed up with two scoreless innings of relief.
Tri-Town opens the Division II State Tournament at noon Friday at Sacred Heart against Glenwood-Lowry.
Tri-Town 15, Pierz 7
Tri-Town 008 020 5-15 13 3
Pierz 410 011 0- 7 8 6
Hitting - Tri-Town: Connor Barker 3-5 hr 2b r-2 rbi-7, Jack Peterson 3-5 r rbi, Zach Bagley 3-5 2b, Josh Kingery 2-4 hr r-3 rbi-3, Josh Kinzler 1-3 r-3 rbi-2, Keegan Kessler-Gross 1-3 r-2 rbi, Jaxon Drange 0-3 r-3, Jaxon Behm 0-3 r … Pierz: Ryan Stuckmayer 2-4 r rbi-2, Noah Cekalla 2-4 2b rbi, Kolten Happke 2-4 r, Michael Leidenfrost 1-4 r-2, Ben Virnig 1-3 2b rbi-2, Kamden Happke 0-2 r rbi-2, Andy Winscher 0-2 r, Michael Burggret 0-2 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Tri-Town: Jack Peterson (W) 5-7-7-4-2-3, Bagley 2-1-0-0-0-2 … Pierz: Max Barclay (L) 2 2/3-4-8-2-6-1, K. Happke 4 1/3-9-7-6-2-3
Tri-Town 9, Pierz 0
Pierz 000 000 0-0 2 3
Tri-Town 110 124 x-9 10 1
Hitting - Pierz: Noah Cekalla 1-3, Ben Virnig 1-2 … Tri-Town: Josh Kingery 2-3 r-2 rbi-2, Connor Barker 2-4 2b-2 rbi-2, Jack Peterson 2-4 rbi-2, Logan Straumann 2-3 2b r, Jaxon Drange 2-3 r rbi, Josh Kinzler 0-1 r-2 rbi, Zach Bagley 0-1 r-2, Keegan Kessler-Gross 0-1 r
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Pierz: Reese Young (L) 5-7-5-4-4-3, Kamden Happke 1-3-4-4-1-0 … Tri-Town: Kingery 7-2-0-0-0-11