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September 20, 2020

8/3/2020 3:33:00 PM
Hadley knocks Pirates out of Region 13C playoffs

Hadley 600 000 005 = 11-12-1
Windom 401 011 000 = 7-10-3

Windom rallied from a rough start Sunday at Island Park to take a lead on Hadley into the final inning, but the Buttermakers rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth, claiming an 11-7 victory over the Pirates in third game of the Region 13C best-of three playoff series.

The win advances Hadley to the semifinals of the tournament, while the loss ended the Pirates' season.

Hadley strung together five hits and four walks in the top of the first inning to score six runs, chasing Pirate starting pitcher Kobe Lovell from the game after just two-thirds of an inning. Game one starter Ross Ackerman came on and held the Buttermakers at bay for the next 7-1/3 innings, aided by his defense turning three double plays behind him.

Windom immediately mounted a comeback, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. Noah Kloss started the rally with an RBI double, Devin Nielsen followed with an RBI single and Lovell hit a two-run single.

The Pirates trimmed the Hadley lead to 6-5 in the third when Alex Fink led off the inning with a solo home run just inside the right field foul pole.

Windom tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double from Nielsen, then took the lead in the sixth on a Sam Huska RBI double.

The Pirates led 7-6 going into the top of the ninth inning when disaster struck. An error allowed the leadoff runner to reach, and a broken-bat single put two on with no outs. Hadley then put down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw to first base was late, loading the bases with no outs.

Collin Lovell came on to pitch after hurling a one-hit shutout the day before. He promptly struck out the first batter. But Trent Carlson hit a grounder wide of first. The throw home skipped past the Pirate catcher, allowing two runs to score.

After another strikeout, Hadley leadoff hitter Joe Larson hit a two-run single and Nick Bruning followed with an RBI double, giving the Buttermakers a five-run inning and an 11-7 lead.

The Pirates were able to get a two-out baserunner on a Nielsen single. But an infield pop-up ended the game, sending Hadley to the regional semifinals.

Nielsen led the Pirates with four hits in the loss. Kloss added a pair of hits.

Ackerman was tagged with the tough loss, allowing three unearned runs on six hits in 7-1/3 innings of relief. He walked one and struck out five.

After being eliminated, Pirate pitchers became eligible to be drafted by the remaining four teams in the tournament.

Top-seeded Fairmont selected Collin Lovell with the first pick of the draft, while Milroy selected Kobe Lovell with the third pick of the draft. Other pitchers selected were Pipestone's Brandan Alfson by Luverne and Adrian's Tucker Sorensen by Hadley.

Windom 101 (10)11 0 = 14-13-1
Hadley 000 000 0 = 0-1-2

The Windom Pirates stayed alive in the Region 13C playoffs Saturday afternoon, recording a dominant 14-0 seven-inning victory at Hadley to tie the best-of-three series at a game apiece.

Pirate pitcher Collin Lovell tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out eight. The lone Hadley hit was a second-inning single.

The Pirates capitalized on an error to take the lead in the top of the first inning, then added an RBI single from Alex Fink in the third inning for a 2-0 lead.

Windom blew the game open in the top of the fourth, sending 14 hitters to the plate and scoring 10 runs, doing all of the damage with two outs. Sam Huska started the scoring with an RBI double. Jack Mellstrom added an RBI single and Fink blasted a three-run home run to right-center field. Danny Kneeland hit an RBI double, Conner Redman hit a two-run double, Kobe Lovell hit an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch.

The Pirates added single runs in the fifth on a Noah Kloss sacrifice fly and in the sixth on a Fink RBI single.

Fink finished with three hits and five RBI in the win. Huska had three hits and Mellstrom added two hits.

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