Baseball: Rebels fall to Falcons, but stay alive with win over Vikings
Published 4:54 pm Saturday, June 1, 2013
The Southland baseball team will be two wins away from the Class ‘A’ state tournament when it plays Wabasha-Kellogg in the Section 1A title game Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Dick Seltz Field, but the Rebels can’t help but feel they should be one win from state.
Southland led WK 6-0 after three innings, but it lost 10-6 and it had to rally back to beat Hayfield 6-3 in an elimination game at the Section 1A baseball tournament in Dick Seltz Field Saturday.
“It was pretty tough losing to Wabasha. We were up by six in that game,” said Southland right fielder Mike Goergen. “Our energy was a little low, but we fought through it to beat Hayfield. We had (Wabasha), but we let it slip away. Hopefully we can get some redemption.”
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WK took the lead for good when Ben Glomski hit a solo homer over the left field fence to make it 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth.
The Rebels had the bases loaded in the top of the sixth with no outs, but couldn’t plate a run.
The Falcons (16-1 overall) scored six runs in the fourth inning to tie the game at 6-6 even though they had just one hit in the frame. Southland committed two costly errors in the inning that allowed five of the runs to score.
The Rebels (16-3 overall) did their damage in the third when they knocked WK ace Will Greenhack out of the game by scoring six. Goergen had Southland’s lone hit in that inning with a three-run double as Southland drew six walks in the inning.
Against Hayfield, the Vikings surged to a 2-0 lead when Drew Streightiff doubled in two runs in the first, but Southland junior pitcher Isaac Kloeckner recovered as he allowed just one run the rest of the way.
The Vikings had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth as Southland led 4-2, but Kloeckner got Cam Rutledge to pop out and JB Stackhouse to fly out.
“I threw strikes and didn’t walk anybody after the first and the defense made plays behind me,” Kloeckner said.
Kloeckner had to sit out of Tuesday’s games as he was sick and he was glad to be on the field with his team again on Saturday.
“That was hard. It was really emotional,” Kloeckner said. “I was looking forward to getting back on the mound today.”
Southland took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Goergen doubled in a run and Nick Schmitz grounded in a run.
Southland finished its win with Hayfield with zero errors after committing four errors in the loss to WK.
“We played errorless ball in the field and that’s what I really like to see the most,” Southland head coach Scott Retterath said. “It would’ve been real easy just to fold when we got down two to nothing.”
Southland’s ace pitcher Lukas Anderson pitched four innings against WK and Sam Klaehn pitched the last two innings so Retterah needed Kloeckner to pitch solid against Hayfield.
“We needed to get Ike some innings. Who in the world knows what’s going to happen on Tuesday,” Retterath said. “I hope we get to play two games and our pitchers are to be determined.”
Southland 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 — 6 8 4
WK 0 0 0 6 0 4 X — 10 6 2
Southland pitching: Lukas Anderson, 4 IP, 1 H, 5 BB, 6 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 3 HBP; Sam Klaehn (L), 2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 R, 2 ER
Southland hitting: Taylar Schwartz, 0-for-2, R, 3 BBs; Trent Reinartz, 0-for-5; Anderson, 3-for-4, R, BB; Mike Goergen, 2-for-5, double, 3 RBI, R; Nick Schmitz, 2-for-4; Decker Bendtsen, 1-for-3, R, BB; Klaehn, 0-for-3, R, BB; Kloeckner, 0-for-3, RBI, BB; Nick Finbraaten, 0-for-3, RBI, BB, R
Hayfield 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 — 3 8 4
Southland 0 0 3 1 0 2 X — 6 7 0
Southland pitching: Isaac Kloeckner (W), 7 IP, 8 H, 2 BBs, 3 ER, 6 K, 1 HBP
Southland hitting: Schwartz, 2-for-5, 2 doubles, 2 R; Reinartz, 1-for-4, double; Anderson, 1-for-2, double, 2 RBIs, R, 2 BBs; Goergen, 2-for-3, double, RBI, R; Schmitz, 0-for-4, RBI; Bendtsen, 1-for-2, HBP; Klaehn, 0-for-3; Travis Bruggeman, 0-for-3; Finbraaten, 0-for-2, 2 R, BB
Hayfield pitching: Cole Kruger (L), 6 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 K, 1 HBP
Hayfield hitting: Kruger, 1-for-4; Cam Rutledge, 1-for-3, R, BB; Jason Born, 1-for-4; Drew Streightiff, 1-for-3, double, 3 RBIs; Connor Nelson, 0-for-4; Carter Pesch, 1-for-2, HBP; Mat Walters, 0-for-2; Jacob Steiner, 0-for-1, SB, BB; Karl Stasko, R; Ben Czaplewski, 1-for-1