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Kilowatts end season with loss to Sacred Heart

SACRED HEART — The Granite Falls amateur baseball team was able to defeat Wabasso and Willmar on Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Corn Belt League playoffs to keep its season alive, but the Kilowatts would come up just short and fall 4-2 to Sacred Heart on Sunday to see their season come to an end.

After falling to Willmar on Friday, the seventh-seeded Kilowatts faced eighth-seeded Wabasso in the consolation bracket on Saturday. Wabasso would hold a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but a home run by Craig Listul helped Granite Falls tie it up. A few plays later, Bennett Knapper connected on a game-winning RBI single to give the Kilowatts the 2-1 win.

Against Wabasso, Knapper led the way for Granite Falls with three hits and an RBI while Listul added a hit and an RBI and Cole Richter and Colton Vien each had a hit. Cam Vien earned the victory on the mound, going all nine innings while allowing one run on four hits and struck out 14.

For Wabasso, Carter Guetter led the way with two hits while Sam Guetter and CJ Theis each had a hit. Kyle Lechner took the loss on the mound, going 8 2/3 innings while allowing two runs on six hits and struck out five.

Against Willmar, the Kilowatts got out to a strong start with a two-run home run by Jordan Odegard before the Rails answered back with five runs over the fifth and sixth innings to take a 5-2 lead. Granite Falls would get a run back in the seventh before scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to earn the come-from-behind 7-5 victory.

Odegard led the way for Granite Falls with two hits, including the home run and two RBI while Colton Vien added a hit and two RBI. Cam Vien earned the victory on the mound, going 5 1/3 innings while allowing five runs on four hits and struck out five.

Granite Falls then squared off against Sacred Heart on Sunday needing two straight wins against the Saints to secure the final spot in the Region 4C tournament. It was a tight game, as the score was tied 2-2 after six innings, but Sacred Heart was able to get the final two runs on the board to earn the 4-2 win and move on to the region tournament.

No stats for the Sacred Heart game were available at press time.

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