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Tri-Town looks sharp in Final Four opener

MONTEVIDEO--Four players had multiple hits, Payton Kinzler allowed just three hits in seven innings and Tri-Town opened the American Legion District 7 Final Four with an impressive 5-1 win over Cottonwood Tuesday.

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Tri-Town's Noah Cunningham (right) attempts to tag out Cottonwood's Jacob Rausch in the second inning of a District 7 American Legion Baseball Final Four Tournament matchup Tuesday. Though Rausch was safe on the play, he would be stranded at second base. Tri-Town went on to win 5-1. Clay Cunningham / Tribune

MONTEVIDEO-Four players had multiple hits, Payton Kinzler allowed just three hits in seven innings and Tri-Town opened the American Legion District 7 Final Four with an impressive 5-1 win over Cottonwood Tuesday.

The Black Sox's first two runs came via leadoff errors. Kinzler reached on an overthrow by the shortstop before scoring on a wild pitch in the second inning.

In the third, Noah Cunningham got on after a dropped third strike and eventually came around on a David Kingery single.

After Cottonwood got a run back in the fourth, the Tri-Town offense came to life in the bottom of the fifth, batting around and scoring three times.

Kingery, Cullen Hoffman, Colton Minnick and Adam Johnson all had two hits for the Black Sox.

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The offense came in support of another strong effort by a Black Sox starter.

Kinzler finished with seven strikeouts, no walks and one unearned run.

Tri-Town 5, Cottonwood 1

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Tri-Town 011 030 x-5 10 2

Hitting-Cottonwood: Brad Boerboom 1-3, Jacob Rausch 1-3, Jacob Neu 0-1 r...
Tri-Town: Jaren Kaddatz 1-3 r, David Kingery 2-4 r rbi, Colton Minnick 2-3 r, Payton Kinsler 0-2 r rbi, Cullen Hoffman 2-2, Kobe Holtz 1-2 rbi, Adam Johnson 2-3 rbi, Noah Cunningham 0-3 r

Pitching-Cottonwood: Kailen French (L) 4.1-10-5-3-1-3, Seth Plotz 1.2-0-0-0-0-2... Tri-Town: Payton Kinsler (W) 7-3-1-0-0-7

Glenwood/Lowry 5, BOLD 3

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Glenwood/Lowry plated four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to complete a 5-3, comeback win over BOLD in Tuesday's District 7 Final Four second game.

Austin Versteeg, who had a game-high three RBIs, had the biggest hit of the big inning when he blasted a two-run double.

He also got the win on the mound, striking out eight in seven innings.

The Mudhens, who outhit Glenwood 10-6, was led by Logan Nissen, who had two hits and two RBIs.

BOLD will meet Cottonwood in the loser's bracket at 6:15 Thursday, with Glenwood/Lowry and Tri-Town meeting 30 minutes after game one ends.

The start time of the opening game was moved back an hour, due to concerns about the heat.

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Hitting-BOLD: Ben Steffel 1-4, Brecken Ebnet 2-3, Logan Nissen 2-4 2b rbi-2, Reed Stadther 2-4 rbi, Zach Blum 1-4, Hunter Evenson 1-4, Sam Marks 1-3...G/L: Justin Amundson 1-3, Matt McIver 1-4, Michael Gruber 1-2 rbi, Austin Versteeg 2-3 2b rbi-2, Colin Richards 1-3

Pitching-BOLD: Nissen (L) 4.2-6-5-4-4-5, Steffel 1.1-0-0-0-0-1... G/L: Versteeg (W) 7-10-3-2-1-8

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