Minneota 3, Jackson 2
The Minneota Mudhens scored three runs in the top of the seventh, then got out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the bottom of the ninth to pull out a 3-2 upset win over the Jackson Bulls Wednesday in a First Nite/Gopher League playoff game in Jackson.
The win gives Minneota, the seventh seed in the tournament, a 1-0 lead over No. 2 Jackson in the best-of-three series. Game 2 is 7:30 p.m. Friday in Minneota.
Wednesday's game was scoreless through six innings before Minneota struck for three runs in the seventh. Jesus Macias hit a double to start a two-out rally and Justin Greenwood was intentionally walked. Tony Shaikoski followed with a single to score Macias, and after a walk to Beau Buysse, Tyson Sonnenburg came through with a clutch two-run single to center.
Jackson responded with two runs in the eighth inning and posed a strong threat to tie or take the lead by loading the bases with no outs. Reliever Matt Musser and the Mudhens managed to escape unscathed, however. Musser got a strikeout, then Minneota got a force out at home plate before Austin Buysse tagged a runner out at third base to end the game and seal the win.
Danny Hennen got the start for the Mudhens and pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Musser went the last two innings, allowing one hit with two walks and a strikeout.
Along with what turned out to be the game-winning hit, Sonnenburg also had two diving catches in the outfield.
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M-Danny Hennen, Matt Musser (8). J-Ryan Rache, Pat Boggess (7). WP-Henne. LP-Rasche. S-Musser. 2B: M-Jesus Macias. 3B: J-Zach Copley.
Milroy Irish 7, Martin County 2
Isaac Dolan allowed just two runs on eight hits while picking up a win over eight innings of duty on Wednesday, as the Milroy Irish bested the Martin County Foxes 7-2 in Truman. Milroy holds a 1-0 lead in the opening-round series in the First Nite/Gopher League playoffs.
Dolan fanned six batters in his time on the hill, while Clay Ellis struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth.
Offensively, the Irish were led by Dominic Dolan who gathered three of Milroy's 11 hits for the game. Dominic finished 3-for-4 with a double. Daniel Frank legged out a triple and picked up an RBI in a 1-for-3 night for the Irish as well, while Anthony Dolan was 2-for-3 with a run driven in.
Nate Stark started and gave up four runs for Martin County, taking the loss.
Game 2 of the best-of-three series is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Legion Field in Marshall.
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MI-Isaac Dolan, Clay Ellis (9);. FL-Nate Stark, Connor Grupe (8), John Traetow (9). WP-Dolan. LP-Stark. 3B: M-Daniel Frank. 2B: M-Dominic Dolan.
Hadley 5, Windom 3
The Hadley Buttermakers hit the road for the start of the First Nite/Gopher League playoffs and came home with a 5-3 win over the Windom Pirates. Hadley scored all five of its runs in the first three innings, while pitchers Zach Bruns and Nick Bruning held Windom to three runs on 13 hits.
Bruns started and tossed 7 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out another and worked his way out of three consecutive bases-loaded jams in the middle innings. Bruning shutout the Pirates while earning a four-out save.
Bruning also belted a two-run home run to get the Buttermakers on the board in the first inning. He finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs from the plate. Max Zwart and Trent Carlson were both 2-for-5 and contributed Hadley's other multi-hit games.
Each of Windom's 13 hits in the game were singles. Brandon Thongvivong took the loss for the Pirates, while Brad Schlomann threw six straight scoreless innings in relief.
Windom and Hadley will meet at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Hadley for Game 2 of their best-of-three series.
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H-Zach Bruns, Nick Bruning (8); W-Brandon Thongvivong, Brad Schlomann (4). WP-Bruns. LP-Thongvivong. S-Bruning. HR: H-Bruning.
Granite Falls 7, Willmar 4
Nick Richter's RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning and lifted the Granite Falls Kilowatts to a 7-4 win over the Willmar Rails in the Corn Belt League playoffs Wednesday night in Granite Falls. The teams were knotted at 4-4 before Richter's base hit gave the Kilowatts the lead.
Tyler Dammann was 3-for-5 with four RBIs for the Kilowatts, while Cody Fruin scored twice, roped a double and finished the game 3-for-5 as well.
Adam Brewers picked up the win for Granite Falls, scattering 12 hits over eight innings pitched. Andrew Walters entered in the ninth and recorded the save.
Willmar starter Jordan Olson allowed all seven Granite Falls runs and took the loss after 7 2/3 innings. He was also 5-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI at the plate.
The Kilowatts move on to face the Raymond Rockets in Raymond on Friday for another elimination game.
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W-Jordan Olson, Jordan Ruter (8); GF-Adam Brewers, Andrew Walters (9). WP-Brewers. LP-Olson. S-Walters. 2B: W-Olson 2, Tyler Brower; GF-Cody Fruin.
Fairmont 15, Tracy 1
A rough start to the postseason for the Tracy Express as they were hammered 15-1 by the Fairmont Martins in Game 1 of a best-of-three series in Fairmont.
Shaun McGuire started for Fairmont and grabbed the win in the opening game of the First Nite/Gopher League playoffs. McGuire held Tracy to one run on six hits over seven innings.
Jeremy Hoflock drove in the lone Express run, knocking home Phil Madsen in the third inning. Madsen had doubled earlier in the third.
Along with the extra-base hit and run scored, Madsen also took the loss for the Express on the mound after being knocked out of the game in the fourth. Parker Lanoue came on in relief and pitched the next two-plus innings.
Tracy and Fairmont will resume their series for Game 2 at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Tracy.
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T-Phil Madsen, Parker Lanoue (4); F-Sean McGuire. WP-McGuire. LP-Madsen. 2B: T-Madsen.