Faribault Lakers a victory for amateur state baseball
Brothers Nate and Nick Rost each hit 2 home runs in the first inning to lead the Faribault Lakers to the Lonsdale Aces 5-1 tonight in Lonsdale.
Nate was also the winning pitcher for the Lakers who are one win away from the state’s amateur baseball tournament. The Aces season has ended.
Phil Tisdel started the game on the mound for the Aces with Blake Langerud starting the game with a 0-1 single.
Following a steal and a ground, Nate Rost took a 0-1 shot over the left center field fence. Matt Lane jumped on the first pitch for a solid single before Nick Rost sent a 2-1 scoring throw over the right-field fence.
A 4-0 lead was all Faribault needed. Nate Rost gave up a triple with a late first inning putout for Ross Beumer, but he did not score.
The Lakers added a run again in the 5th inning with two strikeouts on the scoreboard. Danny Pierce hammered a 1-0 shot down center left for a brace that was followed by a Joe Grote hit on a 0-1 count.
Pierce scored on the hit and Grote took second as the pitch came home. Grote was the last hitter Tisdel would face. The 6’8,265-pound Montgomery native threw 60 pitches in 4 2/3 innings with 6 hits allowed, 5 all earned runs, 3 strikeouts, 1 walks.
The Aces scored late in the 6th inning when Marty Kalina clubbed the 8th left at bat for a single. Beumer was behind 0-2 when he was grazed by the ball on Nate Rost’s next pitch.
Following an out, Jack Skluzacek hit a ball on the ground with a 3-1 count at second base and Faribault took the out by conceding the point. Rost netted his seventh strikeout to end the sixth inning.
Nate Rost had allowed a single and a double at the end of the 5th inning to start the round and came out without damage. Devin Vosejpka hit a 0-2 left field throw for the singles and Isaac Pint called with a 0-1 double. Rost struck out the next two batters before Jordan Yetzer finished the inning with a hard-hit liner that was caught in left field on the 8th pitch at bat.
Nate Rost ceded a 0-1 count to Pint to start the bottom of the 7th inning, but had a return ball against him and two fly outs to end the inning and his duties on the mound. He finished the game throwing 88 pitches in 7 innings with 63 catches, 7 strikeouts, 0 walks, 1 batter, scattering 6 hits.
Adam Fjerstad came to replace Tisdel for Lonsdale and did not allow any races the rest of the way. He played 4 1/3 innings with 60 pitches, 39 catches, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 1 batter.
Joe Grote pitched the last two innings for the Lakers. He threw 27 pitches, 17 catches, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit awarded.
Faribault finished the game with 7 hits, 0 errors, 5 runners left on base, 2 in scoring position.
Lonsdale had 7 hits, 0 errors, 6 runners left on base, 5 in scoring position.
Faribault heads to New Prague to play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. even though the Lakers are the No.3 seed and New Prague No.5 seed as region 3C policy says Loser’s Bracket will try. to get each team a home game.
The winner goes to the state. The loser ends his season.
In the other Loser’s Bracket game on Tuesday, St. Benedict survived with an 8-6 win over Montgomery in Veseli, ending the Mallards’ season.
St. Benedict will play at Prior Lake Thursday at 7:30 pm. The winner goes to the state. The loser ends his season.
The winners of these Loser’s Bracket matches go head-to-head on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with the highest seed to determine the # 3 and # 4 seeds in Region 3C, so if Faribault wins they will have a match at residence.
There were no close matches in the Region 3C Winner’s Bracket action on Tuesday. St. Patrick punched his ticket to declare with a 12-0 victory over St. Benedict in Jordan.
Union Hill crushed Prior Lake 10-0 to qualify for the State as well. The Bulldogs head to St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday with the Region 3C seeded winner and the # 2 seeded loser. The match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
In Section 1B of the amateur baseball tournament, New Market beat Elko 8-3 to advance to the state tournament. Miesville passed Dundas 8-5 to hit his ticket to the big ball.
The redemption round to determine the 4th and final seed in Section 1B of the State Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday when Dundas heads to New Market.
The winner travels to Hampton Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and the winner of that game will declare.
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