A's, Shamrocks win close games to advance after Day 1 of Class A state tourney
Posted on Aug 11, 2017
By Adam J.S. Holt
The first day of the Class A state tournament saw a pair of close games featuring some great pitching performances Thursday at Toni Stone Field at the Dunning Sports Complex. The Rosetown A’s held off Baseball 365 3-2 in the opener, while the St. Paul Shamrocks never trailed in a 4-1 win over the Lyon’s Pub Warriors in the nightcap.
Rosetown 3, Baseball 365 2
The A’s didn’t have the first lead of the game, but once they went ahead, the pitching staff backed the offense up. Josh Fleury’s three-run homer in the third inning was all the A’s got and all they needed in a 3-2 win over Baseball 365. Starting pitcher Tyler Flakne pitched six great innings for Rosetown as the away team advanced.
Rosetown hit two one-out singles in the third to bring Fleury up to the plate, and the first baseman mashed a deep fly to right to put the A’s up 3-1 heading to the middle of the third.
Baseball 365 had plenty of chances and drew 12 walks in the game, but scored just two runs and notched three hits. The home team had its best chance in the eighth, putting its two first batters of the frame on via walk, then getting a single that was misplayed in center to allow a run to score and make it 3-2 against A’s reliever Teddy Broxterman. Graig Weber came in with two on and no outs, as the A's picked off a runner and coaxed a groundout for the first two outs of the inning. Baseball 365 drew a pair of walks to load the bases with two outs, but Weber struck out Thomas Kinsella looking to end the frame.
Baseball 365 had a 1-0 lead after the first on a Nate Behlen sacrifice fly.
Baseball 365 pitcher Nate Cousins went all nine innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks, hitting two batters and striking out three. Flakne went six innings, allowing one run on two hits and six walks, striking out six. Weber got the save in 1 2/3 innings of work, walking two and striking out two.
Baseball 365 left 13 men on base for the game.
Rosetown advances to face St. Louis Park at 10 a.m. Saturday in the double-elimination portion of the tournament, at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.
St. Paul Shamrocks 4, Lyon’s Pub Warriors 1
Both starting pitchers were on in the second matchup of the day, but a couple of mistakes cost the Warriors as the Shamrocks won a 4-1 game to end Lyon’s Pub’s season.
The Shamrocks started the third inning with three straight hard singles off Warriors starter John Spanier before a bases-loaded strikeout settled things down. A wild pitch plated one run before an RBI groundout from Charlie Callahan made it 2-0 for the Shamrocks. Another wild pitch scored a third run and it was 3-0 Shamrocks after three.
The Warriors chipped back in the fourth when Mitch DeGrasse reached on an infield single, eventually scoring on an error by the left fielder on a Nate Jackson single.
Two errors helped the Shamrocks get the run back in the bottom of the fourth, with Jack Wingerd reaching on a miscue and later scoring on another.
Spanier was mostly brilliant, with three of the five hits he gave up coming in the third. He also struck out 13 and issued just two walks.
On the other side, Jake Nelson was just as steady, scattering six hits an a walk, while striking out eight. He sent down the final 16 batters he faced, and struck the final two batters of the game out looking.
The Shamrocks move on and face the St. Paul Mudhens at 1 p.m. Saturday at Red Haddox Field.
Photos by Adam J.S. Holt