Final day of State Legion and second day of Region 8C

The season and tournament’s of the Little Falls and Pierz Legion baseball teams ended Sunday morning.

For Little Falls, who was among the final six teams, they were eliminated by Wayzata, falling 8-6.

The Flyers Legion team trailed 7-1 at one point, but made a comeback effort. That effort, which included five runs in the final two innings, ultimately fell short. Thomas Miller led the offense with a pair of RBIs and Chris Reller took the loss on the mound.

For Pierz, its game was for third place against host Le Sueur-Henderson. The hosts won easily, topping Pierz 12-2 in six innings.

Lane Girtz led Pierz Legion with two hits, a run scored and an RBI on the day.

In Victory League, Region 8C Tournament action, two teams punched their tickets to the Class C State Tournament with victories, yesterday.

First, Ft. Ripley absolutely clobbered Lastrup, 21-0, by hitting three home runs and mowing through six Lakers pitchers.

The second team to earn a state berth was Nisswa, as the Lightning topped Buckman, 10-0 in seven.

Two teams were also eliminated from region play. Sobieski dramatically knocked St. Stephen out of the tournament

(Staff Photo by Tyler Ohmann) The ball falls free and Ft. Ripley's Brett Kramer is called safe at third after a Jason Sadlovsky tag in a winner's bracket game, Sunday, at Pierz Legion Park.
(Staff Photo by Tyler Ohmann) The ball falls free and Ft. Ripley’s Brett Kramer is called safe at third after a Jason Sadlovsky tag in a winner’s bracket game, Sunday, at Pierz Legion Park.

thanks to a two-run blast from Jake Kapphahn in the eighth inning. Tyler Jendro struck out 10 in the complete game victory.

Upsala was also eliminated when the Jays fell prey to the Avon Lakers, 6-1, in Sunday’s final game. Four errors hampered the Jays’ efforts.

The Region 8C Tournament will continue Saturday, Aug. 6, in Freeport. It opens at 1 p.m. with Avon at Lastrup in a state play-in game. Sobieski and Buckman will play for the same distinction at 4 p.m. and finally Nisswa and Ft. Ripley will square off in the winner’s bracket game.

For full coverage check back here on Friday, and grab a print copy of the Record next weekend.