Area Baseball: Randolph wins with walk-off hit
It was a battle of the pitchers on Saturday as Randolph and Legacy Christian Academy combined for just three hits. Randolph was able to get the upper hand, however, claiming the victory, 2-1, in the second round of the Section 4A playoffs.
Andrew Wenstrom drew a leadoff walk in the first inning for the Rockets and reached second base when Joey Erickson laid down a bunt. In the next at bat, Wenstrom scored after a throwing error to give Randolph an early 1-0 lead.
The Rockets held that lead until the seventh inning when the Lions tied the game up on an RBI single.
In the eighth inning, Isaac Stoesz hit a one-out single and proceeded to steal second and advance to third on a throwing error. Brandon Gerster brought Stoesz home on a walk-off hit to complete the victory for the Rockets.
Wenstrom got the nod on the mound for Randolph. He received the win after pitching all eight innings. Wenstrom struck out 11, walked one and gave up one hit.
Randolph next plays on Tuesday in the Section 4A quarterfinals when it hosts the winner of PACT Charter School and West Lutheran — which play on Monday.
Lake City eliminated after two losses
Lake City, given the No. 2 seed in the Section 1AA bracket, was upended by No. 3 seed La Crescent and No. 4 seed Plainview-Elgin-Millville on Saturday, ending the Tigers’ season.
Against La Crescent, the Tigers held a 2-1 lead through four innings, but after a five-run fifth inning, the Lancers claimed the lead and never looked back, winning, 5-2.
Lake City got on the board quickly, scoring its first run in the first inning off of a Josh Matanich RBI double. After La Crescent answered with a run of its own in the second inning to tie the game, the Tigers gained the edge with a run in the third. After talking a one-out walk, Marc Kjos advanced to second and then third base on separate wild pitches and scored on a groundout during the same at bat.
Lake City was outhit, 10-5. Nate Baer and Matanich both recorded a double.
Zach Scharpen was the starting pitcher but was handed the loss after pitching five innings. He walked four and gave up five earned runs on nine hits. Jake Wohlers pitched the final two innings in relief, striking out one and giving up one hit.
Lake City was dropped into the elimination bracket with the loss to La Crescent and followed up that loss with another against Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 18-8.
Big innings were the downfall for the Tigers once again as Lake City was outscored 12-2 in the final two innings.
Drew Bailey was the top hitter for Lake City as he went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run. Scharpen hit a double, while Luke Meincke and Baer both scored twice.
Wohlers was the starting pitcher but was pulled after 2 ⅓ innings. He struck out one, walked three and gave up four earned runs on four hits. Baer came in next and walked one and gave up two earned runs on one hit over two innings to be tagged with the loss. Charlie White and Bailey pitched the remaining 1 ⅔ innings.
With the consecutive losses, Lake City’s season comes to an end.
Back-to-back losses end Pine Island’s season
Pine Island couldn’t find a way past Triton on Saturday as it lost, 4-3, in the second round of the Subsection 1AA West playoffs.
Joe Bauer gave the Panthers an early 1-0 lead by reaching home on a Wesley Sorum groundout in the first inning. Triton score a run in the second to tie the game back up, but it was short-lived as the Panthers reclaimed the lead a half-inning later after Bauer hit a one-out double and was brought home on a Keegan Majerus RBI single. The Cobras answered with three runs in the bottom of the third and kept the lead for good. Pine Island scored one run in the seventh inning, but was unable to complete the rally.
Majerus led Pine Island with two hits, while Bauer scored two runs.
Bauer was the losing pitcher. He struck out four, walked one and gave up two earned runs on six hits through six innings.
Pine Island fell into the elimination bracket of the Section 1AA playoffs with the loss and was tasked with getting back on track against Byron. The Panthers were unable to pull off the win, however, and fell to the Bears, 6-2.
Individual statistics were unavailable.
Pine Island’s season ended with the two consecutive losses.
Mayer Lutheran 8, Goodhue 1
Goodhue struck first, but Mayer Lutheran got the last laugh with an 8-1 win over the Wildcats on Saturday in the second round of the Section 4A playoffs.
Ethan Schafer hit a one-out single in the first inning before Jack Gadient ripped an RBI double to left field for the Wildcats' lone run of the game.
The Lions answered with a run of its own in the first inning and added five more in the second, due in large part to a three-run home run by Matt Binstock.
Gadient had two of Goodhue's four hits and also two of the team's three total walks.
Casey Ryan took the loss after getting the start. He struck out three, walked two and gave up five hits — none earned — over two innings. Carter Danielson came on in relief for the final four innings. He struck out two, walked one and gave up two earned runs on five hits.
With the loss, Goodhue falls to the elimination bracket. The Wildcats will host Lester Prairie on Tuesday.