Bullheads finish 4th at over 35 state baseball tournament

ST. PETER — After scoring a total of 25 runs in their first two state tournament games the previous weekend, the Searles Bullheads struggled at the plate this past weekend by scoring only two runs and lost both games to end in fourth place in Class AA of the Minnesota Senior Men’s Amateur Baseball Association.

On Saturday, Searles lost to the Rosemount Pipers by a score of 3-1 in the Class AA semifinal game. In that game, Rosemount scored one run in the second inning and two more in the third to take a 3-0 lead.

The Bullheads only run came in the top of the fourth. Jason Schmitz led off by beating out an infield hit to the second basemen. After a walk and fielders choice, Schmitz scored on Pat Portner’s RBI hit to left field.

The only other hit the Bullheads could muster was Jeremy Drexler’s single in front of the right fielder in the fifth.

Drexler pitched the entire game for Searles, giving up just eight hits, with no walks and no strikeouts. Rosemount, seeded No. 4, eventually went on to win the Class AA championship with a 1-0 win over Burnsville.

On Sunday the Bullheads took on the 11th-seeded St. Louis Park Cardinals, losing by a score of 10-1 in the Class AA third-place game.

The Bullheads took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Tommy Glaser reached base on error and was sacrificed to second by Aaron Wilfahrt. One out later Nate Gusso drilled a hit to center field to drive in Glaser from second. Myke Hubbard got the only other hit for Searles with an opposite field hit to left in the sixth inning.

St. Louis Park scored two runs in the bottom of the third and then opened the flood gates with five more runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth to make the final score 10-1. St. Louis Park got 11 of its 13 hits in the final two innings. Sharing the pitching duties for the Bullheads’ final game were Randy Baker, Wilfahrt, Troy Kamm, and Portner.

Searles ended the season with an 8-8 record.