New London-Spicer 15, Leavenworth 6
ST. CLOUD - The Leavenworth Orioles' run at the Class C Amateur Baseball State Tournament ended Sunday with a second-round loss to the New London-Spicer Twins.
The Orioles took an early 3-1 lead, but the Twins struck for four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to grab a big advantage that lasted the rest of the game.
Staff photo by Steve Muscatello
Leavenworth’s Derek Skovbroten slides safely into second during the Orioles game against New London-Spicer during the second round of the Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament in St. Cloud Sunday. Leavenworth lost 15-6.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning. Chris Reinarts drove in Andy Cook with a single to account for Leavenworth's run in the top of the inning, with New London-Spicer's run in the bottom of the inning coming via back-to-back doubles by Scott Rambow and Tyler Horning.
The Orioles took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the top of the second. Twins starter Brad Mergen (6 2/3 innings pitched, six runs, five hits, five walks, 10 strikeouts) set down the first two batters in the inning, but he then hit Derek Skovbroten with a pitch.
A single by Jordan Anderson was followed by an errant throw that allowed Skovbroten to score from second. Cook then drove in Anderson with an RBI double.
New London-Spicer launched a two-out rally of its own in the bottom of the second, but scored only one run in the frame on an RBI single by Kevin Soine.
Orioles starter Cook (four innings pitched, six runs, 10 hits, one walk, four strikeouts) ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth, with the Twins scoring four runs to take a 6-3 lead.
Jay Magnusen led off the inning for New London-Spicer with a single and was advanced to second on a Jake Damhof sacrifice bunt. Jack Schwaegerl drove in Magnusen with a single, with Ben Kulset following with another single.
Cook managed to get the second out of the inning by striking out Soine, but Jake Rambow gave New London-Spicer the lead in the next at bat with a two-run single. Rambow came around to score the inning's final run when Horning reached on an error.
Mergen cruised through the top of the fifth with his new-found lead, striking out two Orioles, which set up another big inning for the Twins.
Briar Braulick relieved Cook on the mound in the bottom of the fifth, but never settled into a groove. After two walks and an error loaded the bases with one out, Soine walked in a run to make the score 7-3.
Jake Rambow followed with a two-run single, after which Soine then stole home as part of a double steal with Rambow. Rambow eventually came home on a passed ball to leave New London-Spicer with an 11-3 lead at the completion of the inning.
The Twins added two runs off Braulick in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI groundout by Kulset and an RBI infield single by Soine to take a 13-3 lead.
Needing at least one run in the top of the seventh to avoid losing via the 10-run rule, Leavenworth received a two-out, bases-loaded triple from Jake Schwartz, making the score 13-6 to extend the game.
New London-Spicer scored the final runs of the game in the bottom of the eighth, with Kulset driving home Damhof with a sacrifice fly and Schwaegerl scoring when Jake Rambow reached on an error to make the score 15-6.
Nathan Swoyer pitched the final 2 1/3 innings for the Twins. Braulick ended up lasting four innings for the Orioles, allowing nine runs on five hits while walking four and striking out two.
New London-Spicer will take on Green Isle in the third round of the tournament at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at Faber Field in St. Cloud. Green Isle defeated Nisswa 7-3 on Sunday.
Avon 11, Lamberton 2
ST. CLOUD - The Avon Lakers eliminated the Lamberton Long Sox in the second round of the Class C Amateur Baseball State Tournament on Sunday, using a pair of four-run innings to earn a win in a midday contest at Faber Field.
Lamberton scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, with Johnny Pistulka driving home Donald Strand after Stand reached with a lead-off double.
The Long Sox maintained their 1-0 lead until the top of the fifth, when the Lakers struck for four runs to take control of the game. Avon had a trio of RBI singles and an RBI walk in the inning.
The Lakers tacked on another four runs in the top of the sixth inning. The first run scored on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Luke Manthe. Rick Hendrickson, Taylor Holthaus and Manthe then all came around to score on wild pitches over the next two at bats.
Lamberton wasn't able to mount much of a come-back the rest of the way, succumbing in its first game at the tournament after earning a first-round bye.
Avon will take on Cannon Falls in the third round at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Faber Field.