TRUMAN - Derek Shoen and Josh Wolter packed a lethal 1-2 punch from atop the mound and inside the batter's box during Friday's Division II American Legion sub-district baseball clash in Truman.
Wolter and Shoen combined to pitch a six-hitter, while generating a total of five RBIs behind two hits apiece to engineer Truman Post 115's 8-2 consolation-bracket triumph over Minnesota Lake Post 287.
Truman, who lost a 4-2 opening decision to United South Central on Thursday, advances in the double-elimination tournament to face Welcome/Sherburn - a 5-0 loser to St. James - in another consolation game at noon today in St. James.
ACCURATE TOSS — Truman Post 115 second baseman Sam Geistfeld prepares to grab catcher Tristan Maday’s throw to second base before tagging out Minnesota Lake Post 287 runner Ben Larson on a steal attempt during Division II, Sub-District American Legion baseball action Friday night in Truman. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
Minnesota Lake, who dropped a 12-0 first-round decision to Winnebago/Blue Earth on Thursday, was eliminated from the postseason with its second straight loss.
"Hopefully, I can put the right guys in the right spots in the lineup to pull off a win today," Truman mentor Dave Hurn said with a smile.
Hurn's choice as Post 115's starting pitcher paid instant dividends as Wolter worked a quick 1-2-3 bottom of the first inning.
Ironically, Truman's right-hander had staked himself to a 1-0 lead by depositing an RBI single into left during the top of the first. Sam Geistfeld, who had reached on one of Minnesota Lake's seven errors, scored the first of his three runs on Wolter's hit.
After Wolter and Post 287 starter Braden Rahn hung zeroes on the scoreboard during their respective halves of the second inning, Shoen legged out an infield hit to shortstop to plate a solo run during Truman's third at-bat.
Garrett Balcom drew a leadoff walk, wheeled to third on Ethan Hurn's single to right and crossed the plate on Shoen's single to extend Truman's lead to 2-0.
Minnesota Lake pared its deficit in half during the last of the fourth frame when Zach Krengel lined a leadoff single, moved to second on an errant pickoff attempt and scored on Ben Larson's RBI single to right.
Truman, however, broke open the close contest by plating three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
Shoen's two-run double proved the pivotal blast during Post 115's fifth at-bat, while Wolter produced an RBI single during the sixth.
Minnesota Lake manufactured a solo run during the home half of the fifth when Payton See drew a two-out walk, advanced 90 feet on a balk and scored on Rahn's RBI single to left.
Geistfeld, Shoen and Wolter each collected two of Truman's nine hits, with Geistfeld scoring three runs. Shoen produced a game-best three RBIs, while Wolter delivered two RBIs.
Wolter allowed one earned run on four hits, struck out three, hit one batter and did not issue a walk in four frames to earn the pitching victory.
Shoen gave up one earned run on two hits, struck out two and walked one in three innings of relief.
Rahn allowed eight runs - only one earned - on nine hits, fanned four and issued three walks in six innings of work to take the loss.
Derek Moore struck out one and walked one in pitching a scoreless and hitless seventh inning.
Truman 101 033 0 - 8 9 2
MN Lake 000 110 0 - 2 6 7
Josh Wolter (WP), Derek Shoen (5) and Tristan Maday. Braden Rahn (LP), Derek Moore (7) and Payton See.
LOB-Truman 7; Minnesota Lake 5. 2B-Shoen (TRU), Cody Warneke (ML). SAC-Ethan Hurn (TRU).