Millers need big rally to stay alive, while Irish cruise over Hopkins
Posted on Aug 12, 2017
By Adam J.S. Holt
One game featured plenty of late drama. The other had anything but.
Stockmen’s Irish blanked the Hopkins Berries Friday at Toni Stone Field to open Day 2 of the Class A state tournament, while the Minnetonka Millers needed a big ninth-inning rally to stay alive and defend their 2016 title.
Stockmen’s Irish 11, Hopkins Berries 0 (7)
The Irish scored every inning of the game and three Stockmen’s left-handers blanked Hopkins in an 11-0, seven-inning game that ended early on run rules.
The first four Irish batters in the bottom of the fourth all reached and scored as Hopkins’ pitchers struggled to find the strike zone all game. Seven Irish batters reached via walk or hit-by-pitch in the first, and all scored that way as well, aside from an RBI single from Jacob Picht in a five-run first for Stockmen’s.
It was 6-0 after two and 8-0 after three in favor of the home team Irish. A single and an error made it 10-0 after four innings, and an RBI double put the Irish up 11-0 after five.
Stockmen’s moved on to face the St. Paul Capitals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.
Minnetonka Millers 14, BARC Bullfrogs 13
Both teams put together six-run innings, but it was the defending champion Millers whose big frame mattered most as Minnetonka won a 14-13 game to escape the Bullfrogs.
The Millers scored six in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a five-run deficit. BARC led 13-8 heading to the final half-inning — the Bullfrogs put together a six-run fifth to take a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning.
The Millers led 4-1 after four innings, after the BARC starting pitcher left with an injury.
Minnetonka faces the Minneapolis Angels at 7 p.m. Saturday at Red Haddox Field.
Photos by Adam J.S. Holt