Faribault Lakers One Win From State Amateur Baseball
Brothers Nate and Nick Rost each hit 2 run home runs in the first inning to lead the Faribault Lakers over the Lonsdale Aces 5-1 tonight in Lonsdale.
Nate was also the winning pitcher for the Lakers who are a win away from the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. The Aces season ended.
Phil Tisdel started the game on the mound for the Aces with Blake Langerud starting the game with a single on a 0-1 count.
Following a fly out and ground out Nate Rost took an 0-1 count pitch over the left center field fence. Matt Lane jumped on the first pitch for a solid single before Nick Rost sent a 2-1 count pitch over the right field fence.
A 4-0 lead was all Faribault would need. Nate Rost allowed a one out triple in the bottom of the first inning to Ross Beumer but he would not score.
The Lakers added a run in the 5th inning again with two outs in the scorebook. Danny Pierce hammered a 1-0 count pitch to left center for a double which was followed by a hit from Joe Grote on a 0-1 count.
Pierce scored on the hit and Grote took second when the throw came home. Grote was the last batter Tisdel would face. The 6'8 265 pound Montgomery native had thrown 60 pitches through 4 2/3 innings with 6 hits allowed, 5 runs all earned, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk.
The Aces scored in the bottom of the 6th inning when Marty Kalina clubbed the 8th pitch of his at bat to left for a single. Beumer was behind 0-2 when he was grazed by the ball on the next pitch from Nate Rost.
Following a pop out Jack Skluzacek hit a 3-1 count ground ball to second base and Faribault took the out conceding the run. Rost recorded his seventh strike out to end the sixth inning.
Nate Rost had allowed a single and double in the bottom of the 5th inning to start the inning and got out of the inning with no damage. Devin Vosejpka hit a 0-2 pitch to left field for the single and Isaac Pint followed with a 0-1 count double. Rost struck out the next two batters before Jordan Yetzer ended the inning with a hard hit liner that was caught in left field on the 8th pitch of his at bat.
Nate Rost gave up a 0-1 count single to Pint to start the bottom of the 7th inning but had a comeback ball to him and two fly outs to end the inning and his duties on the mound. He finished the game throwing 88 pitches through 7 innings with 63 strikes, 7 strikeouts, 0 walks, 1 hit batter, scattering 6 hits.
Adam Fjerstad came in to replace Tisdel for Lonsdale and allowed no runs the rest of the way. He went 4 1/3 innings with 60 pitches thrown, 39 strikes, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 hit batter.
Joe Grote came in to pitch the final two innings for the Lakers. He threw 27 pitches, 17 strikes, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit allowed.
Faribault finished the game with 7 hits, 0 errors, 5 runners left on base, 2 in scoring position.
Lonsdale had 7 hits, 0 errors, 6 runners left on base, 5 in scoring position.
Faribault travels to New Prague to play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. even though the Lakers are the #3 seed and New Prague #5 seed because Region 3C policy states Loser's Bracket they try to get each team a home game.
The winner goes to state. Loser ends their season.
In the other Loser's Bracket game Tuesday, St. Benedict survived with a 8-6 win over Montgomery in Veseli ending the Mallards season.
St. Benedict will play at Prior Lake Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Winner goes to state. Loser ends their season.
The winners of those Loser's Bracket games play each other 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the highest seed to determine the #3 and #4 seeds out of Region 3C so if Faribault wins they will have a home game.
There were no close games in Tuesday Region 3C Winner's Bracket action. St. Patrick punched their ticket to state with a 12-0 win over St. Benedict in Jordan.
Union Hill crushed Prior Lake 10-0 to qualify for State also. The Bulldogs travel to St. Patrick Sunday with the winner going as top seed from Region 3C and the loser going as the #2 seed. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
In Section 1B Amateur Baseball Tournament action New Market defeated Elko 8-3 to advance to the State Tournament. Miesville got by Dundas 8-5 to punch their ticket to the big dance.
The Redemption Round to determine the 4th and final Section 1B seed in the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament begins Friday at 8:00 p.m. when Dundas travels to New Market.
The winner goes to Hampton Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with the victor in that game going to state.
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