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MONTEVIDEO--Not getting the run support he needed early, Colin Richards took matters into his own hands and, in the process, helped Glenwood/Lowry punch its ticket to the American Legion Division II state tournament. Richards tossed a shutout on ...

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Colin Richards fires a first-inning pitch in Glenwood/Lowry's 3-0, District 7 Final Four championship win over BOLD Saturday in Montevideo. Aside from pitching a shutout, Richards also had a key RBI in the fourth inning. Clay Cunningham / Tribune

MONTEVIDEO-Not getting the run support he needed early, Colin Richards took matters into his own hands and, in the process, helped Glenwood/Lowry punch its ticket to the American Legion Division II state tournament.

Richards tossed a shutout on the mound and delivered a key RBI single in the fourth inning, catapulting Glenwood/Lowry to a 3-0 win over BOLD in the championship game of the American Legion District 7 Final Four Saturday.

With two on and two out, Richards poked a Reed Stadther pitch into left-center field, scoring Austin VerSteeg. Riley Thompson also came around to score on the play after an errant relay throw went over the head of the third baseman.

After struggling at the plate for much of the high school and Legion seasons, Richards, a soon-to-be Minnewaska senior, said he was elated to finally be finding a rhythm offensively.

"(My swing has) just been coming around at the perfect time and it's been awesome," he said. "That was such a great feeling out there."

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VerSteeg scored again in the sixth inning on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by pinch-hitter Chris Claussen.

The offense was plenty for Richards, who finished with 11 strikeouts, including five in the last two innings.

Despite being shut out, the Mudhen offense had plenty of chances, stranding eight runners, including seven in the first four innings.

"We hit the ball well, we just couldn't put them together," BOLD coach Joe Dollerschell said. "Sometimes that's just the way of the game."

Glenwood also benefitted from a strong game by catcher Justin Amundson, who caught runners stealing in both the third and fifth innings.

The win helped Glenwood/Lowry get payback on BOLD, after the Mudhens beat them in last season's championship round.

Though he didn't consider it a revenge game, G/L coach Bob Hendrickson said he was thrilled to see things go the other way this season.

"I don't think this was redemption, but it sure feels good," he said.

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Hendrickson is also feeling good about his team's chances at state. And with three pitchers (Richards, VerSteeg and Thompson) selected to the all-tournament team, he thinks his club will stack up well with anyone.

"I'm feeling pretty good about our chances right now," he said. "I think we've got a pretty good shot."

The state tournament runs from July 29-31 in Le Sueur.

Glenwood/Lowry 3, BOLD 0

BOLD 000 000 0-0 7 1

Glenwood/Lowry 000 201 x-3 5 1

Hitting-BOLD: Ben Steffel 1-4, Michael Gruber 1-4, Max Buchtel 3-3, Logan Nissen 1-3, Hayden Tersteeg 1-2 ... Glenwood/Lowry: Justin Amundson 1-3, Michael Gruber 1-4, Austin Versteeg 1-3 r-2, Riley Thompson 0-1 r, Colin Richards 2-2 rbi, Chris Claussen 0-0 rbi

Pitching-BOLD: Reed Stadther (L) 6-5-3-2-4-0... Glenwood/Lowry: Richards (W) 7-7-0-0-2-11

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