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BOLD fights off resilient Litchfield to gain district berth

SPICER--Litchfield's theme throughout the playoffs has been to fight and the team came out swinging Sunday afternoon trying to fight off elimination against BOLD.

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BOLD's Max Buchtel prepares to throw and complete a double play in Sunday's 8-3 win over Litchfield. Jake Schultz / Tribune

SPICER-Litchfield's theme throughout the playoffs has been to fight and the team came out swinging Sunday afternoon trying to fight off elimination against BOLD.

But the No. 2 seed Mudhens proved to be too much, winning 8-3 to secure a berth in the District 7 playoffs.

Litchfield had four hits in the first inning off BOLD starter Ben Steffel but only managed to score one run thanks to a double play ball that cleared the bases.

"That was a pretty big moment for us," BOLD coach Joe Dollerschell said. "We turned another in the second there and that really changed the whole tone of the game."

The Mudhens took advantage of the momentum shift and tacked on three runs in the bottom of the second and never looked back.

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Logan Nissen hit an RBI double off the wall and Zach Blum also doubled in a run as part of his 2-for-3 performance.

Brecken Ebnet was the leading hitter for the Mudhens, going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs.

BOLD now advances to the district Final Four with Tri-Town, Glenwood-Lowry and Cottonwood. Seeding will be at noon today.

BOLD 8, Litchfield 3

Litchfield 100 000 2-3 10 2

BOLD 032 120 x-8 11 0

Hitting-Litchfield: Luke Schultz 1-4 rbi, Andrew Lock 1-4 rbi, Carson Deal 1-3, Jake Jones 2-4 2b, Stan Ridgeway 1-3 rbi, Ezra Kaping 1-3, Tony Schneider 3-3 ... BOLD: Ben Steffel 2-4, Max Buchtel 1-2, Logan Nissen 1-4 2b rbi, Hayden Tersteeg 1-2 rbi, Jake Evenson 1-1, Brecken Ebnet 2-2 2b rbi-3

Pitching-Litchfield: Ashton Kaping (L) 6-11-8-7-1-2 ... BOLD: Steffel (W) 7-10-3-3-1-1

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BOLD's Ben Steffel fires a first inning pitch in Sunday's playoff game against Litchfield. Steffel allowed three runs in the complete game performance, earning the win in the 8-3 ballgame. Jake Schultz / Tribune

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