Murray County Central scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and Rebels starting pitcher Sam Erickson handled the rest of the work in a 2-0 victory over Mountain Lake Area Wednesday in a pigtail game of the Section 3A-South baseball tournament in Slayton.
Erickson tossed a six-hit shutout, striking out 12 batters and walking two.
Erickson's counterpart, Andrew Hirsch, also had a strong outing. He gave up two runs on six hits with 11 strikeouts.
MCC's Nick Petersen had a two-RBI single with the bases loaded in the first inning to give the Rebels a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Rebels, who are seeded eighth in the sub-section, advance to play No. 1 seed Windom Area at 11 a.m. Saturday in Windom.
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MLA-Andrew Hirsch. MCC-Sam Erickson. WP-Erickson. LP-Hirsch.