Midway captures state Class C title
Midway capped off its 16th trip to the state amateur baseball tournament with its first state championship Monday at Willmar.
The Snurdbirds entered the final weekend of the double-elimination state Class C tournament undefeated with a 4-3 win over Raymond last Friday and a 5-4 win over Moorhead last Saturday. Midway capped off an undefeated tournament run with a 5-4 win in 13 innings over Moorhead in Monday's championship game.
After opening the state tournament with a 13-3 win over Kasson, the Snurdbirds won five straight close games. Midway blanked St. Joseph 2-0 and Loretto 2-1 before topping Raymond and Moorhead twice to cap a 32-6 season.
Jake Lund was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after going 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in three games on the mound and hitting .400 (8 for 20) with three runs and four RBI in the six tournament games. In 23 2/3 innings pitching, Lund gave up 17 hits and three earned runs while striking out 34 batters.
Joining Lund on the all-tournament team were Shane Hendrickson, Zach Etter and Mike Baso. Hendrickson hit .286 (8 for 28) with four runs and four RBI in the six tournament games and was the winning pitcher in the championship game. Etter hit .269 (7 for 26) with three runs in the six tournament games and started the championship game. Baso batted .360 (9 for 25) with two runs and four RBI in the six tournament games.
Midway edges Raymond
A three-run seventh inning propelled Midway past Raymond.
Midway took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Jeff Marjamaa singled, advanced to third on an error, and scored on Drew Rasmussen's grounder.
Raymond tied the game in the fourth before the Snurdbirds took the lead for good in the seventh. Lund led off with a double and Marjamaa and Brad Lusti were hit by pitches with two outs to load the bases. After a walk to Rasmussen forced in a run, Hendrickson lined a two-run single.
Raymond scored two unearned runs in the ninth, but Lund posted his 12th strikeout of the game to seal the win.
Baso and Marjamaa both went 2 for 4 as Midway was held to seven hits. Lund went the distance, allowing six hits and four walks.
Midway reaches title game
Lusti and Wolf Lake draftee Corey Pudas combined on a seven-hitter as Midway edged Moorhead to advance to the title game.
The Snurdbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead by scoring twice in the first and once in the second.
In the first, Rasmussen led off with a double and Hendrickson singled. Rasmussen scored on an error on that play. Hendrickson later scored on Lund's two-out single.
In the second, Lusti and Rasmussen singled with two outs and Lusti scored on an error.
The Brewers scored three times in the fifth to tie the game before Midway took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the inning when Etter tripled and scored on Steve Wetterling's single.
Midway took a 5-3 lead in the seventh when Wetterling singled with two outs and pinch-runner Sean Dormanen stole second and scored on Baso's single.
Pudas earned the win in relief, allowing three hits and two runs with six strikeouts in five innings of work. Lusti gave up four hits and two runs over the first four innings.
Offensively, the Snurdbirds had 11 hits with Rasmussen, Wetterling, Lund and Lusti getting two hits apiece.
Midway wins first state title
The Snurdbirds won their first state title in dramatic fashion by going extra innings.
In the 13th inning, Wetterling walked and was replaced by Brandon Mickelson, who stole second. After a walk to Lund and a single by Baso loaded the bases with one out, Frazee draftee AJ Bunkowski lined a single to plate the winning run.
After Moorhead took a 1-0 lead in the first, Midway tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a two-out double by Etter and Wetterling's RBI single.
Moorhead reclaimed a 2-1 lead in the sixth before Midway scored three times in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Hendrickson led off with a solo homer and Baso lined a two-run double following walks to Wetterling and Lund.
The Brewers tied the game at 4-4 by scoring twice in the seventh before Midway scored the game-winner in the 13th.
Midway finished with nine hits with Baso going 3 for 5 and Etter going 2 for 6. Hendrickson picked up the win in relief, allowing six hits and no runs over the final six innings. Etter started and gave up nine hits and four runs over the first seven innings.
Midway caps historic season
The team's first state title capped off a memorable season for the Snurdbirds.
The Snurdbirds, who went undefeated in Lake and Pine League play and advanced to state as the Region 16C runner-up, received solid contributions from the entire lineup all season.
As a team, Midway batted .323 and had 12 players play in at least 22 games.
Among the regulars, Etter hit .392 (49 for 125) with 43 runs and 27 RBI in 33 games. Lund (45 for 124) and Wetterling (41 for 113) both hit .363. Lund had 33 runs and 30 RBI in 36 games while Wetterling had 25 runs and 44 RBI in 31 games. Hendrickson hit .358 (44 for 123) with 33 runs and 29 RBI in 32 games. Rasmussen batted .324 (48 for 148) with 36 runs and 19 RBI in 38 games. Baso batted .322 (38 for 118) with 25 runs and 28 RBI in 37 games. Lusti hit .310 (31 for 100) with 20 runs and 20 RBI in 30 games. Pete Marjamaa hit .300 (15 for 50) with 14 runs and 10 RBI in 22 games. Sean Dormanen batted .280 (7 for 25) with 10 runs in 28 games. Tony Meech batted .275 (19 for 69) with 12 runs and 11 RBI in 22 games. Jeff Marjamaa hit .254 (29 for 114) with 21 runs and 23 RBI in 32 games. Brett Dormanen batted .216 (8 for 37) with 11 runs in 37 games.
On the mound, Lund went 8-1 with two saves and a 1.59 ERA with 110 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings. Lusti went 8-2 with two saves and a 1.49 ERA with 74 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings. Etter went 7-0 with one save and a 2.53 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings. Hendrickson went 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. Brett Dormanen went 2-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.