An eight-run sixth inning unravelled the Lamberton Long Sox as they were bounced from the Minnesota Class C State Tournament on Sunday, losing 11-2 to the Avon Lakers.
Lamberton was leading 1-0 heading into the sixth, but Avon opened the top of the inning with five straight hits. The hits, and walks, kept coming in the inning, as Lamberton went through three pitchers in the eight-run inning.
Derrick Jenniges, who started for the Long Sox, was relieved by Allen Woitas after not recording an out in the sixth. Woitas was also relieved in the sixth, being replaced by Peyton Larson.
Avon had just three hits before its collection of bloops and ground balls blew open the game.
The Long Sox were unable to recover from the inning, allowing two more runs in the top of the eighth. Lamberton scored their second run off a Colby Pack sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, but mustered just four hits off of Avon starter Kyle Collins.
As a whole, Lamberton batters struck out ten times during the game, while Lamberton's five pitchers combined for nine walks and 14 hits allowed.
The Long Sox got their first run of the game when Donald Strand scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Strand led off the game with a double and finished 2-for-5 with a run and a double. He had Lamberton's only extra base hit and only multiple-hit game.
Avon added their last run in the ninth off of reliever Johnny Pistulka.
The Long Sox finish 2012 with a 29-8 record and claimed their 10th Tomahawk East League Division Championship in a row.
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A-Kyle Collins, Peter Berg (8); L-Derrick Jenniges, Allen Woitas (6), Peyton Larson (6), John Jenniges (8), Johnny Pistulka (9). WP-Collins. LP-D Jenniges. 2B: L-Donald Strand.