Madison 1, Cottonwood 0
With two teams locked in a pitchers' duel Thursday night, it was Cottonwood that was first to crack in a 1-0 loss to Madison in a District 7 Division II playoff Legion baseball game in Madison.
That crack didn't come until the bottom of the seventh. Cottonwood pitcher Bayley Enstad and Madison pitcher Colby Siegert threw six straight scoreless innings. Siegert had one more clean frame left in him, but Enstad and Cottonwood were unable to keep Madison off the board.
The winning run scored when Cottonwood's first baseman threw across the diamond to try to get an out at third, but the third baseman and the Madison baserunner bumped into each other and the ball rolled away, allowing the runner enough time to dash home.
Enstad finished the game with four strikeouts and gave up three hits and three walks. Cottonwood had just two hits in the game, one by Brad Boerboom and the other by Wyatt Schuster.
Cottonwood drops to the losers' bracket of the tournament and will play Saturday at noon in Minneota.
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C-Bayley Enstad. M-Colby Siegert. WP-Siegert. LP-Enstad.
Mudcats drop 2 on the road
A pair of gut-wrenching losses were the result of a trip across state lines Wednesday for the Marshall Mudcats Legion baseball team. Playing a doubleheader against Brandon Valley in Valley Springs, S.D., the Mudcats suffered two walk-off losses in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Marshall held a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh of Game 1, but a costly error by the Mudcats allowed Brandon Valley to steal the game away in a 6-5 victory.
Drew Hmielewski went the distance for Marshall in the loss, finishing with two strikeouts and two walks while giving up seven hits.
Marshall's Nolan Schaeffer belted a home run in the game, while Bryce Johnson and Walker Werpy each had a pair of singles.
Game 2 saw Marshall mount a late comeback, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 8-8. Brandon Valley, however, snatched away another win with a run in the bottom half of the inning.
Schaeffer showed his power once again in the losing effort, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. Hmielewski was 2-for-4 and scored a run, while Matt Campion had a double and a run scored.
The Mudcats (5-17 overall) will close out the regular season on the road Saturday with a doubleheader against Excelsior in Minnetonka.
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M-Drew Hmielewski. LP-Hmielewski. HR: M-Nolan Schaeffer.
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M-Carl Douglas, Conner Messman (5), Jared Holland (5). LP-Holland. 2B: M-Matt Campion. HR: Nolan Schaeffer.
Olivia 6, Tyler 5
Two errors in the second inning ultimately cost the Tyler VFW team in Bird Island on Thursday, as two dropped fly-balls resulted in two unearned runs in a 6-5 loss to Olivia.
Tyler was a step behind Olivia all night until a two-run top of the fifth tied the game at 5-5. Olivia answered quickly, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the inning and holding Tyler scoreless for the final two frames.
Ben Steffel tossed the first five innings for Olivia, ultimately picking up the win. Trevor Nissen recorded the save in two innings pitched.
Levi Hurst threw all six innings for Tyler and took the loss, giving up four earned runs on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Ryan Fischer roped a double for one of Tyler's five hits in the game, while Ross Johnson was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Brent Wiering and Steve Snow each drove in a run.
With the loss, Tyler drops to the elimination bracket of the District 3 playoffs and will face Tracy at 12:30 p.m. in Marshall. Olivia takes on Marshall Blue at 5:30 p.m. in Marshall on Saturday.
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T-Levi Hurst; O-Ben Steffel, Trevor Nissen (6). WP-Steffel. LP-Hurst. S-Nissen. 2B: T-Ryan Fischer.
Milroy Irish 7, Martin County 2
Isaac Dolan allowed just two runs on eight hits while picking up a win over eight innings of duty on Wednesday, as the Milroy Irish bested the Martin County Foxes 7-2 in Truman. Milroy holds a 1-0 lead in the opening-round series of the First Nite/Gopher League playoffs.
Dolan fanned six batters in his time on the hill, while Clay Ellis struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Offensively, the Irish were led by Dominic Dolan, who gathered three of Milroy's 11 hits for the game. Dominic Dolan finished 3-for-4 with a double. Daniel Frank legged out a triple and picked up an RBI in a 1-for-3 night for the Irish, while Anthony Dolan was 2-for-3 with a run driven in.
Nate Stark started and gave up four runs for Martin County, taking the loss.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is slated for today at Legion Field in Marshall.
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MI-Isaac Dolan, Clay Ellis (9). FL-Nate Stark, Connor Grupe (8), John Traetow (9). WP-Dolan. LP-Stark. 3B: M-Daniel Frank. 2B: M-Dominic Dolan.