VESELI - After two disappointing MSMABA state tournament losses last weekend by a total of three runs, the Searles Bullheads ended their 2012 season on a high note by winning a pair of games and a consolation championship in the tourney's final weekend.
In Friday evening's game against Loretto, Bullheads winning pitcher Brant Drill held the opposition scoreless through the fourth inning, and the offense came out slugging from the beginning en-route to a 11-1 five-inning victory over the Sox.
In each of the first three innings, Troy Kamm and Craig Schmitz reached base, and John Giefer and Corey Schaefer drove them in. Add in a Scott Rummel walk, a Drill base hit and a Brian Sieve double and Searles built a 10-0 lead after three. Loretto scored in the top of the fifth, but consecutive hits from Schaefer, Bruce Jacobs, Al Felber and Drill ended the game early.
Saturday afternoon's consolation championship game against the LeSueur-Henderson Legends came down to the Bullheads' last at-bat.
After Searles built a first-inning 2-0 lead, starting pitcher Rummel gave up two runs on three Legends' hits in the fourth inning to knot the game at 2-2.
Rummel gave way to reliever Schmitz to start the fifth for Searles, and the Legends scored twice on two walks and two hits to go up by a score of 4-2. However, Schmitz became the winning pitcher as Jacobs led off the sixth with a base hit to left. After Felber's line drive out, Doug Ekstrom singled to set the table for Kamm's game-winning three-run homer.
The Bullheads scored another run on a Sieve bases-loaded walk before the rain came and forced the game to an end with a 6-4 Searles win.
The Bullheads end the season with a 12-7 record in MSMABA play.