Amateur Baseball Roundup: Late charge puts Bears past Serpents
After a slow start Friday, Cannon Falls finally got rolling in the sixth inning, and Lake City couldn’t do anything to slow down the Bears’ momentum.
Up 1-0 through five innings, Cannon Falls scored three runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to advance in the Region 4C playoffs with a 10-0 eight-inning victory Friday at John Burch Park.
Bears’ pitcher Keith Meyers was in cruise control against the Serpents, striking out eight and holding Lake City to four hits and one walk for a complete-game victory.
Luke Winchell, Cory Hedeen, Josh Harrison and Rich Burr each had two hits for the Bears, with Hedeen and Harrison driving in two runs apiece. Nate Otto and Brandon Voth both crossed home plate twice in Cannon Falls’ victory.
Matt Miller, Hunter Baab, Derek Sogla and Scott Gwaltney each tallied hits for the Serpents. Eric Sandstrom was pegged with the loss after allowing four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Tuesday Cannon Falls 13, Randolph 0 (7 innings) Jumping out to a 5-0 lead after the first inning, the Cannon Falls Bears had no trouble in the Region 4C playoff opener on Tuesday, beating Randolph 13-0 at John Burch Park.
Josh Harrison had a big night at the plate for Cannon Falls, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Nate Otto was 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and two runs, while Cory Hedeen and Zeke Williams each scored two runs.
On the bump, Hedeen locked down the Railcats’ offense, striking out seven while holding Randolph to four hits and no walks in the Bears’ victory.
Wednesday Lake City 7, Randolph 2 Lake City opened the Region 4C playoffs on a high note, beating visiting Randolph 7-2 Wednesday at Bill Keiffer Field in Lake City.
Serpents’ starting pitcher Kyle Sursely mowed down the Railcats’ lineup, striking out 15 to get the win in eight innings of work. He allowed seven hits, six walks and two runs (one earned). Eric Sandstrom pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Lake City in the ninth, striking out two.
Matt Miller and Jack Purvis each drove in two runs for the Serpents, with Purvis going 2-for-5 at the plate. Lake City had a balanced attack, with seven players accounting for the team’s eight hits.
Randolph’s Scott Otte went 2-for-5, and Dillon Sellner and TJ Nordling each had an RBI in the loss.