Midway qualifies for state with two wins, Wolf Lake eliminated
Midway earned a return trip to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament by winning its first two games at the Region 16C tournament at Perham.
The Lake & Pine League North Division champs opened the double-elimination region tournament with a 4-2 win over Fergus Falls Saturday and a 10-5 win over Brandon-Evansville Sunday.
The Snurdbirds, who improved to 26-5 with their 15th consecutive victory, will play for the region title Sunday at 1:30 at Perham.
Lund pitches Midway past FF
Jake Lund threw a seven-hitter and struck out 12 in a complete-game victory in leading Midway past Fergus Falls.
Midway took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a double by Derek Dormanen and an RBI single by Steve Wetterling.
In the fifth, Mike Baso singled and scored on Zach Etter's two-out double for a 2-0 lead.
The Snurdbirds made it 4-0 in the seventh. Baso was hit by a pitch and was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Mickelson. Mickelson stole second, advanced to third on Brad Lusti's bunt and scored on Drew Rasmussen's sacrifice fly. Etter walked and scored on an error and wild pitch.
The Hurricanes scored twice in the eighth on Dan Revering's two-run double, but Lund retired four of the next five hitters to preserve the win.
Baso went 2 for 3 to lead Midway's seven-hit attack.
Midway rallies by Bluedogs
A six-run eighth inning rallied Midway past Brandon-Evansville for a trip to the state tournament.
The Snurdbirds trailed 5-4 entering the eighth inning before taking advantage of three errors.
Wetterling led off with a double and pinch-runner Sean Dormanen scored the tying run on Robert Weaver's RBI single. Mickelson replaced Weaver and scored what proved to be the winning run on a single by Baso and a throwing error on Lusti's sacrifice bunt. After Drew Rasmussen's sacrifice fly scored Baso, singles by Brett Dormanen and Etter plated another run. Derek Dormanen's RBI single and another error gave Midway a 10-5 lead.
The Bluedogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on Lee Nelson's three-run homer before Midway countered with a run in the bottom of the inning when Etter singled, stole second, and scored on grounders by Shane Hendrickson and Derek Dormanen.
Brandon-Evansville led 4-1 before RBI doubles by Pete Marjamaa, Rasmussen and Etter tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth.
Midway then strung together six hits and capitalized on three errors to rally in the eighth.
Etter went 4 for 5 with two runs and two RBI and Rasmussen went 2 for 3 with two RBI to spark Midway's 14-hit attack. Derek Dormanen drove in two runs while Wetterling and Weaver chipped in two hits apiece.
Hendrickson started and allowed four runs on five hits over four innings. Lusti picked up the win, allowing one run on three hits over the final five innings.
Wolf Lake gets eliminated
Wolf Lake was eliminated from the tournament with a 12-0 loss to Pelican Rapids Saturday and a 31-0 loss to Fergus Falls Sunday.
Pelican Rapids scored four runs in the third and seventh innings to defeat Wolf Lake in the opener.
Adam Johnson and Alex Johnson hit two-run homers in the third while Adam Johnson blasted a three-run homer in the seventh.
Craig Pudas, Kent Leukuma and Cory Odland had singles for Wolf Lake. Corey Pudas took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits over three innings. Leukuma gave up seven runs on nine hits over the next 3 1/3 innings before Danny Pike finished up.
Wolf Lake was eliminated as Fergus Falls scored 12 runs in the first and 14 runs in the fourth.
Mic Johnson blasted a grand-slam homer in the first and followed with a three-run shot in the fourth. Bryan Jacklitch also hit a grand-slam homer for the Hurricanes to cap off the scoring in the sixth. The Hurricanes finished with 24 hits.
Wolf Lake was held to four hits with Craig Pudas, Dylan Walsh, Odland and Cody Schirmers picking up singles.
Huntersville draftee Jeremy Hoemberg took the loss after giving up 10 runs and retiring only two batters in the first. Odland allowed eight runs in 2 2/3 innings, Kasey Tyge gave up five runs, Pike allowed four runs and Leukuma gave up four unearned runs over the final 2 2/3 innings.