Milroy Yankees 7, Sacred Heart 2
A 7-2 victory over Sacred Heart in the Corn Belt League playoffs Wednesday clinched a spot in the Region 11C tournament for the Milroy Yankees and set up a rematch with Bird Island for the league championship.
Milroy (16-4 overall), the regular season Corn Belt League champion, was knocked down to the losers' bracket after falling to Bird Island 9-2 in its playoff opener. Wins over Raymond and Sacred Heart mean the Yankees will have another shot at the Bullfrogs. The two teams will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bird Island. If Bird Island wins, the Bullfrogs are tournament champions. If Milroy wins, a decisive game will be played at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Milroy.
Solid pitching helped Milroy capture the win over Sacred Heart on Wednesday. Nathan Deutz started the game for the Yankees and held the Saints to two runs on three hits in seven innings. He also struck out eight batters and walked one. Mahlon Zimmermann closed out the game, tossing two scoreless innings.
Andy Schmidt and Dave Schmidt each went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Milroy. Micah Gronli added a two-RBI triple.
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SH-Nate Hebrink, Steve Jakel (5), Matt Koenen (9). MY-Nathan Deutz, Mahlon Zimmermann (8). WP-Deutz. LP-Hebrink. 2B: SH-Hebrink. 3B: MY-Micah Gronli.
Fairmont 7, Minneota 0
A sterling pitching performance by Shaun McGuire Wednesday night gave top-seeded Fairmont a 7-0 win over No. 8 seed Minneota and a 1-0 lead in the second-round series of the First Nite/Gopher League playoffs.
McGuire went the distance in the nine-inning shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out 12 batters and walking none.
The Martins gave McGuire plenty of runs to work with early on, scoring five runs off of Minneota starter Danny Hennen in the second inning. Hennen left the game after four innings. He gave up five earned runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Fairmont's Jon Ellis, who plays at Southwest Minnesota State, was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Ian Bents was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
Minneota's four hits, all singles, were from Austin Buysse, Beau Buysse, Luis Macias and Tyson Sonnenburg. Beau Buysse, the Mudhens' catcher, also threw out two runners in the game.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is 7:30 p.m. Friday in Minneota.
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M-Danny Hennen, Pat Bogges (5), Matt Musser (8). F-Shaun McGuire. WP-McGuire. LP-Hennen. 2B: F-Jon Ellis, McGuire, Ian Bents.
Hadley 11, Milroy 7
Four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the Hadley Buttermakers to an 11-7 win over the Milroy Irish Wednesday in Windom in a second-round series of the First Nite/Gopher League playoffs.
Hadley had five extra-base hits, including three triples, among its 14 total hits.
Chris Halbur was 3-for-4 for the Buttermakers with a triple and two runs. Nick Bruning and Eric Wieneke each had a double, a triple and three RBIs, while Joe Larson chipped in two hits and drove in two runs.
Derek Riley and Cody Mather each had three hits for Milroy. Riley had two RBIs.
Game 2 of the three-game series is Friday at Yankee Field in Milroy.
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MI-Isaac Dolan, Cody Mather (7). H-Zach Bruns, Nick Bruning (8). WP-Bruns. LP-Dolan. 2B: H-Nick Bruning, Eric Wieneke. 3B: H-Chris Halbur, Bruning, Wieneke.