BOLD moves to 2A title game
MANKATO — While the pitching has been a strength for BOLD all season long, the bats came alive for the Warriors on Saturday as BOLD knocked Springfield into the elimination bracket with an 8-4 win at Franklin Rogers Park.
The win means BOLD (16-5) will advance to Thursday’s Section 2A title game where the Warriors will have to lose twice in order to be denied a trip to the Class A state tournament.
Springfield (19-4) will now play at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night and if the Tigers win, they will play BOLD again on Thursday and they will have to win twice.
Lefthander Matt Moorse earned the win for the Warriors. He went six innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits.
“BOLD is a really good team,” Springfield coach Brandon Wilhelmi said. “We saw Moorse, we lost a one-run ballgame there. Today we had chances, we had guys on the bases. Give credit to them, they didn’t strike out a lot and had plenty of timely hitting. They’re a good ballclub.”
Henry Scheitel took the loss for the Tigers. He 5 1/3 innings, allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits.
The Warriors took the early lead in the bottom of the first after Luke Ryan scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayden Tersteeg.
BOLD added to the lead in the third inning, scoring another run on a sac fly to make it 2-0. The Warriors added another single run in the fourth inning before the Tigers got on the board in the sixth inning.
There, Aaron Salonek singled to score Isaac Fink to cut the BOLD lead to 3-1. But the Warriors had a big five-run inning in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away.
Springfield got three runs back in the seventh inning, but the damage had already been done at that point.
Decker Scheffler was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI for the Tigers and Scheitel was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Fink was 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI and Aaron Salonek was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Springfield has to win three times in order to get to the state tournament, but Wilhelmi believes his team can do it.
“The biggest thing was we gotta make sure we stay loose throughout the whole thing,” Wilhelmi said. “When we were down by one run, we were okay, two runs we were fine but you could tell the energy level changed a little bit and we can’t have that.”