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August 18, 2019

7/30/2019 8:06:00 AM
Hadley knocks out Pirates

Hadley 200 010 101 = 5-12-1
Windom 102 000 000 = 3-9-5

A year after advancing to the Class C state amateur baseball tournament, the Windom Pirates fell victim to a first-round exit in this year's Region 13C playoffs.

Five Pirate errors led to four unearned runs, and Windom couldn't generate enough scoring chances at the plate Saturday. That allowed Hadley to claim a 5-3 victory at the Windom Recreation Area, sweeping the best-of-three series 2-0.

Hadley got on the board first, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning.

The Pirates battled back, scoring in the bottom of the first. Jack Mellstrom led off with a walk, advanced on singles by Danny Kneeland and Noah Kloss and scored when Devin Nielsen grounded into a double play.

The Pirates briefly took the lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, Kneeland, Kloss and Nielsen each singled, loading the bases. Kobe Lovell hit a fly ball that was dropped in the outfield, allowing a run to score. Collin Lovell followed that up with an RBI single, giving Windom a 3-2 lead.

But the Pirates left the bases loaded in the inning and wouldn't mount a scoring threat the rest of the way.

Hadley tied the game with an unearned run in the top of the fifth, then took the lead in the seventh. The Buttermakers added a final unearned run in the top of the ninth.

Windom had just two hits after the third inning, with one runner thrown out trying for extra bases.

Kloss, Kneeland and Kade Sammons each had two hits in the loss.

Collin Lovell took the pitching loss, working the first eight-plus innings. He allowed five runs on 11 hits, walked one and struck out seven.

The loss ends Windom's season with a 15-11 record.

The second round of the Region 13C playoffs begins Wednesday, with top-seeded Milroy hosting fourth-seeded Fairmont and second-seeded Luverne hosting sixth-seeded Hadley.

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