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Tribune notebook: Corn Belt lookin' good

Three of the league's teams made it to state from Region 4C and could all be playing in the Class C tournament's second weekend.

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Bird Island Bullfrogs starting pitcher Aidan Elfering throws a pitch toward home plate during a game against the Raymond Rockets on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune
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These might just be the salad days for amateur baseball's Corn Belt League.
Three Corn Belt teams took up the three qualifying spots from Region 4C for the state Class C tournament, which begins Friday in Faribault, Dundas and Miesville.
The three — Bird Island, Raymond and Willmar — shook off some tough competition from the County Line League in Spicer, home to the league's New London-Spicer Twins. The Atwater Chuckers, Starbuck Stars and Paynesville Pirates, like the Twins, are all good teams. They just didn't make it happen the past two weekends because of how well the Corn Belt teams performed.

The Willmar Rails' Caleb Owens rounds third and looks to head home before slipping on the wet grass in the 13th inning during a Region 4C elimination game against the Paynesville Pirates on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
The Willmar Rails' Caleb Owens rounds third and looks to head home before slipping on the wet grass in the 13th inning during a Region 4C elimination game against the Paynesville Pirates on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022 at Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

The state brackets were announced Sunday. They proved to be promising for the Corn Belt. Willmar and Raymond, which have first-round games, have favorable matchups. Bird Island, the Region 4C champ, has a first-round bye.
Willmar, the third seed, plays the Clinton Cardinals at 11 a.m. Sunday in Miesville. Clinton was the second seed from Region 9C. The Rails, back in the state tournament for the first time since 2003, have a good shot at winning. If they do, they'll play the Delano Athletics, a top-10 in the state rankings most of the summer, at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in Dundas.
Raymond, meanwhile, gets the Wanamingo Jacks in the first round of the 48-team, single-elimination tournament at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Faribault.
The Rockets, a strong mix of veterans and youth, should be considered the favorite against Wanamingo, the third seed from Region 5C. If Raymond wins, it would face Region 8C champion Nisswa at 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at Faribault.

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Bullfrogs starting pitcher Aidan Elfering throws a pitch toward home plate during a game against the Raymond Rockets on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.
Michael Lyne / West Central Tribune

Bird Island, meanwhile, plays the winner of Loretto and Waterville at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28 in Dundas. Both teams are tough. Loretto upset Delano in the first round of the Region 12C tournament before losing to the Athletics in the final to get the No. 2 seed. Waterville has been a top-10 team in the state rankings most of the summer.
It all gets tougher in the second round for Willmar, Raymond and Bird Island. But getting all three into the second weekend of the tournament would be a feather in the league's hat.

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BOLD star still pitching

Former BOLD star Logan Nissen is pitching for the Kane County Cougars of the independent American Association. The team, located in Geneva, Illinois, is using Nissen as a relief pitcher.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is 1-1 with a 2.38 earned-run average in 19 appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander has struck out 23 and walked 11 in 22-2/3 innings. He was signed by Cougars after playing for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in the American Association in 2021.
The former Bethany Lutheran College pitcher also remains on the Bird Island Bullfrogs' roster, where he helped them get into the final weekend of the 2020 state amateur tournament.
Bullfrogs manager Mike Nagel said he hopes the 26-year-old continues his climb up the ladder in pro ball.
Nagel also confirmed that Jordan Sagedahl, the South Dakota State infielder/catcher, will not return to the Bullfrogs this season. Sagedahl is currently playing for the Willmar Stingers of the Northwoods League, but will head to school in Brookings, South Dakota, once Willmar's playoff run is over.

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