The Milroy Yankees saw their weekend at the Class C state amateur baseball tournament cut short Saturday as three errors led to five unearned runs in a 5-4 loss to the Fergus Falls Hurricanes in a sloppy game in St. Cloud.
Fergus Falls was able to overcome six errors and beat the Yankees despite being outhit 12-7.
The win put the Hurricanes into the quarterfinals. They eventually advanced to Sunday's semifinals, where they lost to eventual state champion Maple Lake 4-3. Maple Lake defeated Fairmont 6-4 in Monday's championship game to claim the Class C crown.
In Saturday's game between the Yankees and Hurricanes, the two teams entered the fifth inning tied at 1. A Milroy error extended the top of the fifth for the Hurricanes, and they capitalized by scoring four runs. Milroy answered back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth but was shut down over the final three innings.
Milroy manager Ryan Rohlik said it was a difficult way to end the season.
"We didn't make them pay for their errors and that was the difference," said Rohlik, whose team finished the year with a 17-8 record. "Combine that with us leaving 16 guys on base and you're not going to win many games that way.
"Our pitchers threw well enough to win, but sometimes plays just go against you."
Josh Hadley started on the mound for the Yankees and pitched into the fifth inning before being relieved by Nathan Deutz. Mahlon Zimmerman entered for Deutz in the seventh and finished the game.
Bryan Jacklitch had a big game against the Milroy pitching staff with a 4-for-5 performance at the plate.
The Yankees had five players who posted a multi-hit game. Eric Dolan led the way, going 3-for-5. Christopher Eichten had a double and a single, Dave Schmidt and Justin Schlemmer each had two hits and one RBI, and Andy Schmidt went 2-for-5.
The Yankees had at least one baserunner in every inning, and Rohlik said they had a couple of different scoring chances with runners on second and third with one out and couldn't manage to push a run across the plate.
Rohlik said his team enjoyed being back at the state tournament after a two-year hiatus, but added that the Yankees felt they let a golden opportunity slip away.
"The crowd was electric and it was a good feeling being back there," Rohlik said. "We gave it our all and have no regrets, but we were hanging our heads a bit because of the way we lost. It was still a good season, though."
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MY-Josh Hadley, Nathan Deutz (5), Mahlon Zimmerman (7). LP-Hadley. 2B: MY-Christopher Eichten.