By Tyler ohmann
Lastrup survived an extra-inning affair to advance to the Class C State Tournament for the fifth straight season,
beating Avon 3-2 in 11 innings, Saturday, Aug. 6.
In the contest, Chad Weiss pitched Lastrup into a 1-1 tie by going nine innings, pitching out of a ton of trouble.
Avon took the lead in the top of the 10th, but Lastrup tied the game back up on a Paul Herman groundout.
In the bottom of the 11th, Brandon Lochner collected his third hit of the game to drive in the winning run scored by Jason Sadlovsky.
“I was just looking for something I could hit,” Lochner said. “I wasn’t 100 percent we’d score the run, but I was sure happy I didn’t make an out.”
Scott Janson had a pair of hits to help out Lastrup as well.
Lochner and the Lakers are happy to be off to state once again.
“It means that we have two more Wednesday night practices,” Lochner said. “It also gives us a chance to represent our region.”
Sobieski was the fourth and final team from Region 8C to make to state, as they eliminated Buckman, and the Skis made their seventh straight state trip with a 4-0 win, Saturday, Aug. 6.
Tyler Jendro was stunning, with his best game of the year, a two-hit shutout. He had 10 strikeouts in the victory.
Josh Wenzel had a pair of hits and two RBIs, and Scott Litchy had two doubles for the Skis in the win.
Mark Kahl pitched all nine for the Buckman Billygoats.
In the winner’s bracket and final game of Saturday, Aug. 6, in Freeport, Nisswa won 5-3 over Ft. Ripley.
Brett Kramer did give Ft. Ripley a lead with a three-run home run. Nisswa made a seventh-inning rally to earn a two-run victory and trip to the region title game.
With the four teams bound for state established, they squared off Sunday, Aug. 7, to determine seeding.
In the first game, Sobieski and Lastrup went into the Lakers’ third extra-innings contest of the region tournament.
However, the Lakers became the latest victim of the Skis in a 4-2 loss in 11 innings.
Draftee Kyle Boser from the Randall Cubs pitched nine strong innings for the Skis in the victory. Joey Hanowski went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and a pair of RBIs to lead the Sobieski offense.
The winning run was scored on a wild pitch by Josh Wenzel, and a Riley Hirsch RBI double added another run for comfort in the 11th inning.
Scott Janson had a hit, a sacrifice and a run scored to lead the Lakers in the loss.
Lastrup became the No. 4 seed out of the region with the loss.
Sobieski then had to turn around and play Ft. Ripley for a shot at the title and avoid being the No. 3 seed.
The Skis won 4-2 once again with the help of a strong pitching performance.
Andrew Lange, who threw the 10th and 11th innings in the first game, earning the win, earned another with a complete game victory. He struck out nine, while allowing only two runs on four hits.
Bill Sather did the only damage for Ft. Ripley with a two-run hit in the second inning.
Hanowski had the game-winning RBI single in the sixth inning for the Skis.
Ft. Ripley will be the No. 3 seed out of the region after the loss.
The Skis advanced to play in the Region 8C Title Game against Nisswa, Saturday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. in Freeport.
It is the second straight year that the teams will meet to determine the region title.
Sobieski would need to beat the Lightning twice to earn the title.
The Class C State Tournament begins Saturday, Aug. 20, and will be hosted by Dassel and Hutchinson.