ST. JAMES - Welcome American Legion Post 553/Sherburn Post 356 came back and scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to top Lake Crystal 5-4 in a Sub-District 'C' tournament elimination baseball game Friday in St. James.
Welcome/Sherburn (8-7) plays Minnesota Lake at 11 a.m. today in another elimination game in St. James.
Tyson Schuder hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning between the Lake Crystal third basemen and shortstop to score Levi Ringnell from third for the game-winning run. Caleb Fiala scored the tying run after he reached on a walk and advanced to third on Ringnell's at-bat.
CONTACT — Welcome American Legion Post 553/Sherburn Post 356 batter Levi Ringnell connects on a pitch during Sub-District ‘C’ baseball action in St. James. Ringnell reached on an error and scored the game-winning run on Tyson Schuder’s RBI single to propel Welcome/Sherburn to a 5-4 victory over Lake Crystal during Friday’s elimination-bracket game. Photo by Charlie Sorrells
Ringnell reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman and then advanced on Alex Biehn's fielder's choice to third.
Another Lake Crystal error by the shortstop allowed Alex Saxen to reach first base and moved Ringnell to third and scored Fiala to tie the game.
"We were patient at the plate and got runners on and into postion. We were able to come through in the end, which was good," said Welcome/Sherburn coach Steven Zehms.
Biehn walked four and hit one to allow three Lake Crystal runs in the top of the first inning. Biehn went on to pitch the last six innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out six.
"Alex struggled early on in the game today. He struggled early on yesterday, and I think he was just thinking about yesterday too much. Once he got out of it, he settled down and did a nice job," said Zehms.
W/S scored a run in the bottom of the third inning to close the gap to 3-1. Toby Haugen reached on a walk to start the inning, and moved to second on a wild pitch.
Austin Krumwiede walked to put runners on first and second and a bunt base hit by Mitch Sitzmann advanced the runners.
Fiala hit into a fielder's choice, with the shortstop putting out Sitzmann at second, but the play scored Haugen for the first W/S run.
Welcome/Sherburn added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth when Biehn and Saxen each walked. Biehn scored on a fielder's choice by Haugen, while Saxen scored on a passed ball to reduce their deficit to 4-3.
Kolten Backer pitched five innings for Lake Crystal, giving up one run on one hit and striking out two to take the no-decision. Chuck Menne came in for the final two innings of relief, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out one to take the loss.
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Kolten Backer, Chuck Menne (LP) and Jordan Nelson. Alex Biehn (WP) and Toby Haugen.
St. James Post 33 10, Blue Earth Post 89 3 - St. James American Legion Post 33 scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning en route to a 10-3 victory over Blue Earth Post 89 in a winners-bracket game Friday in St. James.
St. James faces United South Central at 4 p.m. in a winners-bracket game today in St. James. Blue Earth (9-7) play Truman at 1:30 p.m. today in an elimination game in St. James.
St. James's Nick Anderson hit a double to left center to score the first two runs of the game for Post 33. Sam Carlson reached on a walk and Walker Froehling hit a single to put runners on first and second. Nick Beckius hit into a fielder's choice, advancing both runners into scoring position.
A double by Ryan Menssen added two more of the seven runs in the inning.
Blue Earth responded in the top of the third inning with two runs of its own. Matt Rockers hit a deep single to center field, collecting both RBIs for Post 89.
Dallas Barslou reached on a walk and advanced to second on an error by the third basemen in Carter Hanson's at bat that allowed him to reach first base.
Brandyn Olsen reached first and advanced the runners with a walk before Rockers stepped up and delivered with the bases loaded.
St. James added to its lead in the bottom of the third inning. Beckius, who reached by getting hit by a pitch, scored on Zach Gleiter's single to shallow right field.
Another two runs by St. James in the bottom of the fourth extended its lead to 10-2.
Blue Earth's Quinn Huisman scored on a fielder's choice by Barslou to add the final post 89 run. Huisman hit a single to shallow left to reach and advanced on Alex Stewart's fielder's choice. He reached third on a base hit by David Franta to move into scoring position.
Blue Earth's David Franta went 3-for-4, including a double, to lead the offensive effort. Blaine Hougen and Christian Haugh went 2-for-4 and Carter Hanson went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss.
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Brandyn Olsen (LP), David Franta (2), Dallas Barslou (4) and Carter Hanson. Nick Anderson (WP) and Ryan Menssen.