MILROY- On a night when the Hadley family was being honored for their strength, Josh Hadley wasted no time in doing his part on the mound and at the plate. Hadley was pulled to a standing ovation after 7 1-3 innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out 12 in a 7-1 victory over Stark Saturday night. He also had two RBI on the the night.
" I was trying to keep my emotions in check and not do too much and let that take over," Hadley said. "Everything was overwhelming and I was hoping I could just focus and do something positive. I didn't know I was going to go that long, but you couldn't ask for a better outcome. I'm competitive like everyone else and would like to stay in, but I knew it was time."
Yankees Manager Ryan Rohlik took Hadley out when he did to save his arm for the playoffs, but also to get Josh the admiration he has long deserved.
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Milroy’s Josh Hadley exits the mound after pitching 7 1-3 innings against the Stark Longhorns Saturday in a 7-1 victory. Hadley only let up one hit and struck out 12.
"I wanted Josh to get what he deserved," Rohlik said. "I wanted him to get a standing ovation because he's more than earned that. I told him before the inning to get the first out then I will come and get you. He got a nice round of applause and he deserved that."
The opponent-Stark- was also significant Saturday in the fact that Hadley had spent five years with the Longhorns before joining the Yankees.
He has a lot of friends on the team and wanted them to be a part of the occasion.
"They're from the same community and that accident touched a lot of their lives too. It was fun to have those guys over here. It was the perfect team to have over here for it."
On top of Hadley's two RBI, the Yankees also got RBI from Andy Schmidt, Colton Peterson, Aaron Mathiowetz, Braydin Kvistero and Dean Zwach.
Peterson's RBI came on his first home run as a Milroy Yankee.
Nathan Kral went 2-for-3 for Stark and drove in their lone run.
Stark manager Brian Mathiowetz knew Hadley was going to bring his best stuff from the start.
"We knew what we were getting into," Mathiwetz said. "Josh played many years with us and we know he is a tremendous pitcher. He comes up big in big games. Hats off to him and it was a wonderful night for his family. We're happy to be here."
On Sunday, The Milroy Yankees used the long ball to power past the Granite Falls Kilowatts 4-0. Both Andy Schmidt and Matt Bauer connected on home runs, Bauer's on a solo shot and Schmidt's a two-run blast.
Nathan Deutz pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out 14 batters along the way, allowing just six hits. Tyler Dammann had two of those hits for Granite Falls, finishing the game 2-for-4.
Tyler Kanten was credited with the loss on the mound for the Kilowatts He allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits in his seven innings of work.
Granite Falls opens the playoffs Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. They will face the loser of Willmar and Sacred Heart. Milroy will open the playoffs Wednesday night in Raymond. First pitch between the Yankees and Rockets is set for 7:30 p.m.
Minneota beat Canby 9-2 Saturday and have now won 12 of its past 13 games.
Matt Musser turned in aanother solid pitching performance, striking out ten batters.
Beau Buysse finished with two RBI while Jason Myhre finished with one RBI while batting 3-for-4.
They also got RBI from Tyson Sonnenburg, Justin Greenwood and Derek Buysse.
Chris Kaddatz took the loss for Canby, giving up six of the nine Minneota runs in 7 1-3 innings of work.
Minneota helped pull away with a four-run eighth inning that broke the game open after leading 4-2.
Tony Ross and Trevor Citrowske drove in the two runs for the Knights.
Milroy Irish 10
MILROY - The Milroy Irish closed their regular season with a seven-inning 10-0 win over Adrian Sunday at the Irish Yard. Derek Riley went 2-for-3 with a game-ending double to lead the Irsh. Daniel Frank added two hits and two RBI in the win.
Isaac Dolan went the distance on the mound for a three-hit shutout. Dolan took a perfect game into the sixth inning.
The Irish finished the regular season 16-11 and will open the playoffs on Wednesday in Heron Lake. The best-of three-series will continue on Saturday in Milroy and Sunday, if needed, also in Milroy.
HADLEY- Hadley finished their regular season at home on Sunday with a 9-6 loss against Jackson.
Wade Rignell went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Buttermakers offensively. Colby Pack added a two-run home run on a 1-for-3 night at the plate.
James Wajer was the pitcher of record in the Hadley loss. He allowed three runs on four hits while only one out was recorded while he was on the mound.
Hadley opens tournament play on Wednesday night in Windom, The second game of the best-of-three series is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hadley.
Jake Wahl and Neil Eichten led Lamberton to a 7-4 win over Gibbon on Sunday night.
Wahl drive in three runs on 1-for-3 hitting, while Neil Eichten connected for three hits in the game.
Shane got the win on the mound for the Longsox. In seven inning of relief, he allowed one run on two hits with six strikeouts.
The Longsox end the regular season with a 16-8 record. They open up tournament play Wednesday night at home against Sleepy Eye. First pitch is set for 8 p.m.