Behind three pitchers that allowed one hit, third-seeded Lake City knocked off second-seeded Cannon Falls, 6-2, in the first round of the Classic Cannon Valley League playoffs on Wednesday.
John Brown allowed a hit and five walks over his six-inning start for the Serpents, but he was good enough to keep the Bears from doing much of anything else. Brown struck out two and allowed one earned run before Austin Baab, for two innings, and Kyle Sursely, for three outs, went the rest of the way. Baab allowed a run, with three walks doing the damage.
Ben Edelbach, Baab and Brown each had two hits for Lake City, which moved into Friday's championship semifinals against top-seeded Hampton. The Cardinals beat Randolph, 7-3, on Tuesday. No statistics were available from that game.
Brock Peterson had Cannon Falls' lone hit, with starter Keith Meyers taking the loss after working five innings. Meyers gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and walk to go with four strikeouts.
On Thursday, the Bears staved off elimination with a dominating performance from Quinton Lindow, who pitched eight no-hit innings before the Bears’ offense ended the game early with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to win 10-0 over the Railcats.
Lindow walked three and struck out five, while Peterson and Garrett Beach each accounted for three hits in the victory. Peterson and Lindow both drove in two runs, and Peterson also scored twice.
Cannon Falls awaits the loser of the championship semifinal for an elimination game on Saturday. The championship game is at 2 p.m. Sunday with an if-necessary game to follow.