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Post 1216 takes control as Nelson pitches a gem

Jed Nelson found his control on the mound at the right time for the Austin Post 1216 VFW baseball team in a 5-1 win over Rochester Lourdes in Marcusen Park Wednesday.

Nelson allowed zero earned runs and just one walk in seven innings as Austin (11-3 overall) clinched home-field advantage for the Sub-District Tournament this weekend. Nelson also struck out five and he scattered four hits.

Sam Nelsen of Austin Post 91 takes a swing against Rochester Lourdes in Marucsen Park Wednesday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“I went up there and attacked,” Nelson said. “I tried to get a first pitch strike against every batter. I thought I did that pretty well.”

Post 1216 grabbed a 1-0 lead when Zach Bollingberg hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and Austin put the game away when Cole Walter slapped a two-run, two-out double to make it a 5-0 game in the fourth.

Cody Thompson boosted Austin’s attack from the No. 9 spot in the order as he went two-for-three with an RBI and two runs.

“I’ve been struggling at the plate, but I just brought confidence to the plate,” Thompson said. “I had some success today.”

Post 1216 is ready to put together a postseason run as it has momentum on its side.

Jed Nelson of Austin Post 1216 eyes up a pop fly against Rochester Lourdes in Marcusen Park Wednesday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“We’re motivated. We’ve just got to stay humble and keep working,” Nelson said. “It wasn’t perfect today and we’re not perfect. We’ve just got to keep on going out there every day and work hard.”

Lourdes 0 0 0  0 1 0  0  —  1  4  2  

Austin 0 0 1  4 0 0  X  —  5  4  1

Austin pitching: Jed Nelson (W) 7 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 K

Austin hitting: Ian Bundy, 0-for-3; Cole Walter, 1-for-2, double, 2 RBIs, HBP; Nelson, 0-for-3; Jordan Ransom, 0-for-2, R, HBP; Sam Nelsen, 0-for-2, R, BB; Brady Kominek, 0-for-3; Bray Karsjens, 1-for-2, RBI, R; Cody Thompson, 2-for-3, RBI, 2 R, SB; Logan Murphy, BB

Logan Murphy hauls in a fly ball in right field in Marcusen Park Wednesday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com