Amateur Baseball Roundup: Zumbrota advances to Region 5C playoffs
Needing a win to move onto the Region 5C playoffs, Zumbrota opened Sunday’s game with the Rochester Roadrunners with a seven-run first inning, clinching the best-of-three series in an 11-7 Game 3 victory in Zumbrota.
Andy Johnson was a force at the plate and the mound on Sunday. He went 2-for-5 batting with two runs scored, and he went eight innings to secure the win for the Tigers. Zach VanOstrand hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, finishing the afternoon 3-for-5 with a double, three RBI and two runs. Sean Wingfield accounted for four of Zumbrota’s 15 hits to go with two RBI and two runs scored.
All nine of the Tigers’ hitters finished with hits in the series-clinching victory.
Zumbrota is the No. 7 seed in the 5C playoffs and will begin the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday against No. 2 seed Winona.
CCVL Class C Playoffs
Hampton 12, Cannon Falls 0
Hunter Blakeslee and Trevor Sullivan were the only Cannon Falls players to get on base as the Bears were limited to two knocks in a 12-0 seven-inning loss to Hampton in the Classic Cannon Valley League Class C seeding game Sunday at John Burch Park.
The top-seeded Cardinals finished with 14 hits, with Patrick Strey leading the way with three hits, three runs and an RBI. Ryan Heisler, Rhett Hebig and Austin Hebig each finished with two hits, with Austin Hebig driving in four runs in the Hampton victory. Heisler was dominant on the mound with 10 strikeouts and two hits given up in the victory.
Cannon Falls starting pitcher Levi Prestegard took the loss after allowing seven hits and six runs in the first inning.
The Bears (16-19) will face off with Waterville at 7 p.m. Saturday at Waterville.
Miesville 6, Dundas 2
Miesville clinched the Classic Cannon Valley League title and the No. 1 seed in the Section 1B tournament after picking up a 6-2 victory against Dundas Sunday at Jack Ruhr Field.
Deryk Marks, Brian Sprout, Alex LaShomb and Jordy Horsch all finished with two hits for the Mudhens, with Marks going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Sprout added two RBI and a run.
After Andrew Werner went 6 1/3 innings to start the game, Chris Olean came on during the seventh inning and locked down the Dukes for the rest of the game. Olean got the victory with zero hits and runs allowed while striking out three in 2 2/3 innings.
Earning the No. 1 seed in the Section 1B tournament, Miesville (25-6) has a first-round bye in the section tournament and will begin postseason play on Sunday Aug. 16 for a best-of-three series.
CCVL Class C Playoffs
Cannon Falls 10, Lake City 2
With a berth in the Region 4C tournament on the line, Cannon Falls was able to avenge its first loss in the playoffs, knocking out Lake City with a 10-2 victory in a Classic Cannon Valley League Class C tournament elimination game.
Alex Tauer directed the Bears’ offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, five RBI and a run scored while Brock Peterson, Hunter Blakeslee and Peter Haggerty all had two hits. Peterson also had two RBI and a run scored while Blakeslee drove in a run and plated two runs in the win. Needing a win on Saturday, Keith Meyers took control on the mound of the Bears, striking out 10 in a complete-game victory.
For the Serpents, Austin Baab had a double and two runs scored, and Matt Miller finished the evening 3-for-5 at the plate. Brett Gwaltney finished 2-for-5, and Kelby Halling drove in a run for Lake City. Brett Gwaltney was charged with the loss after giving up five runs and four hits in three innings.
Twin Rivers League Playoffs
Zumbrota 11, Rochester 1
Leaning on youngster Chase Steffen, Zumbrota avoided a sweep in the Twin Rivers League playoffs with an 11-1 seven-inning win against the Rochester Roadrunners Saturday in Rochester.
Steffen finished the afternoon 4-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Sean Wingfield crossed home plate three times as he went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Drew Paukert kept the offense rolling with three hits, three RBI and a run scored. Five players had two or more hits in the Tigers’ victory.
On the mound, Kevin Neibuhr was the winning pitcher after holding Rochester to four hits, one walk and one run to go with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.
Twin Rivers League Playoffs
Rochester 6, Zumbrota 4
Zumbrota had the bases loaded three times in their Twin Rivers League playoffs opener against Rochester but the Tigers could not capitalize as the Roadrunners took Game 1 of the best-of-three series 6-4 on Friday.
Sean Wingfield went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning. Chase Steffen finished 3-for-5 with an RBI while AJ Yusten was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Andy Johnson was 2-for-4 with two run.
Yusten was charged with the loss for the Tigers after giving up nine runs, six hits and four walks to go with three strikeouts in six innings.
Eagan 5, Miesville 4
Miesville’s win streak ended at 16 games as they were unable to overcome a 5-2 deficit in a 5-4 loss to Eagan Friday at Jack Ruhr Field.
Deryk Marks was the Mudhens’ top hitter, going 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Matt Van Der Bosch finished 2-for-5, and Charles Bruchu scored twice for Miesville.
Steve Maher took the loss after allowing five hits, two walks and five runs (two earned) to go with seven strikeouts in six innings of work.