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Malachek, Maple Lake eliminate Midway from Class C playoffs

Hunter Malachek threw eight solid innings and Maple Lake used a six-run fifth inning to spark an 8-2 win over Midway in the second round of the state Class C amateur baseball tournament Saturday night at Shakopee.

Hunter Malachek threw eight solid innings and Maple Lake used a six-run fifth inning to spark an 8-2 win over Midway in the second round of the state Class C amateur baseball tournament Saturday night at Shakopee.

Malachek pitched out of trouble in the first three innings to keep the game scoreless. After Preston Riewer was stranded on base after leading off the bottom of the first with a single, Midway put runners on second and third with no outs in the second when Steve Wetterling reached on an error and Jake Lund followed with a double. The Snurdbirds failed to score in that inning as Malachek recorded two strikeouts. In the third, Riewer lined a one-out triple, but was left stranded on third as Malachek struck out the next two batters.

The Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on an infield single by Donnie Mavencamp, an RBI triple by Malachek and a sacrifice fly by Nate Maas.

Midway made it 2-1 in the bottom of that inning when a single by Lund and a wild pitch allowed pinch-runner Sean Dormanen to score on Mike Baso's RBI double.

Maple Lake took control by sending 11 batters to the plate in the fifth. Luke Fobbe led off with a single before Brian Redemske and Mavencamp turned bunts into hits to load the bases. After Matt Bengstrom walked and Malachek hit a sacrifice fly, Derek Rachel's RBI double, Matt Wurm's two-run single and Fobbe's RBI double made it 8-1.

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The Snurdbirds concluded the scoring in the bottom of the fifth on Zach Etter's two-out single, an error and Chris Baso's RBI double.

Midway managed only three other baserunners the rest of the game. Lund singled in the sixth. Riewer walked with one out in the seventh and advanced to third on a wild pitch and stolen base before being stranded. Mike Baso singled in the ninth.

Midway finished with nine hits with Lund going 3 for 4, Riewer going 2 for 4 and Mike Baso going 2 for 4. Lund took the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks over 4 ⅓ innings. New York Mills draftee Alec Meyer gave up two hits and a run to finish off the fifth. Pete Marjamaa allowed a walk and struck out two in three innings of relief before Brett Dormanen pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Those four pitchers combined to give up eight hits and five walks while striking out six. Midway's defense made five errors.

Malachek allowed eight hits and one walk while striking out eight for the win. Colton Petron pitched the ninth for the Lakers, who opened the single-elimination state tournament with a 5-0 win over Windom on Aug. 19.

The Snurdbirds, who won the Region 14C title, end the season with a 23-5 overall record.

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