Baseball: Pine Island clips GMLOK early
Top-seeded Pine Island put up nine runs in the first inning, easily disposing of fifth-seeded Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland in a 16-6 six-inning victory in the Section 1AA-West semifinals Saturday morning at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls.
Providing the biggest punch in the Panthers' lineup was Joe Bauer, who was 4-for-5 with a double, five RBI and three runs scored. Brady Braaten wasn't far behind, going 3-for-4 with a double, four RBI and a pair of runs, and Michael Horkey went 2-for-2 with a run driven in.
Getting the win was Keegan Majerus, who went 2 1/3 innings in relief.
Pine Island will face off with second-seeded Rochester Lourdes in the sub-section finals at 3 p.m. Monday back in Cannon Falls. The winner will take on the winner of Caledonia/La Crescent on at 10 a.m. on June 3 in Rochester while the loser will face GMLOK in an elimination game Monday at 5:30 p.m.