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AUSTIN, Minn. - Lake City was a foot away from sending Monday's Section 1AA playoff game to extra innings against Kasson-Mantorville. The Tigers trailed 6-4 at the start of the seventh inning and proceeded to load the bases with no outs. After a double play brought in a run, Logan Thomas stepped to the plate with the tying run on third and laced a sinking line drive to left field. Charging hard in left field, Nick Bauer made a diving catch to preserve the KoMets' 6-5 victory at Riverland Community College. "We were inches away from tying it," Lake City head coach Perry Iberg said.
The 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is fast approaching but the reality of getting selected is still sinking in for Red Wing senior Ryan Boldt and his family. "I guess we're kind of taking it as it comes and letting the cards fall where they may," Boldt said. "I don't know if I really have expectations that I've set for myself and for the draft," Boldt said. "Like I've been told many times, I'm in a win-win situation.
AUSTIN, Minn. - Zumbrota-Mazeppa only lost to one opponent this season. The problem is that the opponent, Kasson-Mantorville, is in the Cougars' section and took down top-ranked Z-M twice in the regular season. On Thursday, the Cougars' had a chance for redemption, but an offensive onslaught by the KoMets ended Z-M's season with a 16-6 five-inning loss in the Section 1AA finals at Todd Park. In two regular-season meetings prior to Thursday, Z-M and K-M combined to score a total of four runs.
AUSTIN, Minn. - Morgan Olson's composure belies her age. The Zumbrota-Mazeppa ninth-grader is the top pitcher on the No.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - Isaac Toivonen tore through the Missota Conference at No.
MIESVILLE, Minn. - History repeated itself on Monday between Red Wing and Miesville. Last year, the Aces led by six runs heading into the eighth against the Mudhens on Memorial Day in Red Wing before losing 8-6. On Monday, Red Wing held a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the seventh inning when Miesville took advantage of a disputed call to put up five runs in the inning and win 6-4 at Jack Ruhr Field. "Just got to let this one go," Aces' co-manager Andy Gibart said. "It just wasn't in the cards today.
LAKE CITY - Lake City is content with the little things. The Tigers have good pitching, solid defense and an athletic roster full of three-sport athletes tailor-made for small ball. Facing fifth-seeded Dover-Eyota Saturday in the Section 1AA-East sub-section semifinal, top-seeded Lake City played its style of baseball to perfection and came away with a 4-0 victory at Bill Kieffer Field. "The small ball kind of jump-started us a little bit," Tigers' head coach Perry Iberg said.
ROCHESTER - A year removed from its first state appearance since 1977, the Red Wing baseball was well on the way to a Section 1AAA first-round upset against Rochester Mayo. The 11th-seeded Wingers were taking it to the fifth-seeded Spartans at Mayo Field with two home runs and a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning. Then, the game unraveled for Red Wing, twice. Mayo was down to its final out in the bottom of the seventh when David Brust, who was 0-for-3 with a strikeout prior to the at-bat, ripped a triple over Preston Blaney's head in center field to score two and put the tying run on third ba
ROCHESTER - Zumbrota-Mazeppa had a tough time eliminating blow-up innings all season. The theme continued Thursday night as the Cougars played six solid innings against ninth-ranked (Class 2A) Rochester Lourdes and one terrible inning. Seventh-seeded Z-M made three errors and gave up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as the second-seeded Eagles won 9-0 in the quarterfinals of the Section 1AA-West sub-section tournament. "We got a guy on and we were able to start putting a little bit of pressure on them like we like to do," Lourdes head coach Dan Herold said.
MINNEAPOLIS - Nebraska Cornhusker Pat Kelly compiled one of the most productive freshman seasons in the program's history last year as a freshman. And it didn't stop there. Kelly, a Red Wing native, followed up his Freshman All-American season with a First Team All-Big Ten honor this year as the Cornhuskers went 15-9 in conference play (25-28 overall) and garnered the No. 3 seed for the Big Ten tournament May 22-25 at Target Field. "It means a lot," Kelly said of earning First Team All-Big Ten on Wednesday.