J&B Foods tops Rotary in title game
Zach Eystad had three extra-base hits and three RBI and combined with Joe Craker and Cory Gartner on a three-hitter in leading J&B Foods to a 5-1 victory over Rotary in the Park Rapids Youth Base-ball championship game Monday night.
J&B Foods, the No. 2 seed, trailed 1-0 entering the fourth inning before a walk to Jon Burlingame, an RBI triple by Eystad and an RBI double by Cra-ker produced a 2-1 lead.
J&B Foods scored three insurance runs in the sixth when walks to Burl-ingame and Mike Potts set up a two-run double by Eystad. A throwing error on Craker's grounder capped off the scoring.
Rotary, the No. 1 seed, claimed a 1-0 lead in the first inning Friday night. Riley Massie led off with a single, but was forced at second on Mason Long's grounder. With two outs, John Massie lined an RBI single to right.
Gartner led off the second inning with a double, but was tagged out after overrunning second base. With two outs, the game was postponed because of rain.
Both Craker and John Massie dominated when the game resumed Monday night. Craker struck out five of the first seven batters he faced while Massie struck out the side in order in the third as Rotary held a 1-0 lead.
Massie also struck out the side in the fourth, but extra-base hits by Eystad and Craker gave J&B Foods the lead. Massie allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out nine.
Rotary put runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth when David Dirks and Ben Baumgartner were safe on grounders. But Craker struck out the next two batters to preserve the lead. Craker allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven.
Eystad went 3 for 3 with two triples and a double to lead a five-hit attack for J&B Foods.
J&B Foods reached the title game with a 4-1 win over No. 7 Dakota Clinic and a 4-1 victory over No. 3 State Bank. Rotary ad-vanced with a 15-5 win over No. 8 Northwoods Bank and a 4-3 victory over No. 4 Coborn's.
State Bank defeated Coborn's 5-2 in the third-place game and No. 6 Citizens National Bank topped No. 5 Schauer's Body Shop 5-3 in the fifth-place game Friday night.