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Midway advances to state as Region 14C champions

Midway is heading back to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament after repeating as the Region 14C champs. The Snurdbirds overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth for a 5-3 win over Bluffton in the Region...

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Zach Etter and the Midway Snurdbirds will open the state Class C amateur baseball tournament on Aug. 25 at Shakopee. Etter has a 6-0 record on the mound while leading Midway with 35 runs scored and 12 stolen bases while batting .316. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Midway is heading back to the state Class C amateur baseball tournament after repeating as the Region 14C champs.

The Snurdbirds overcame a 2-1 deficit by scoring twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth for a 5-3 win over Bluffton in the Region 14C championship game Aug. 11 at Perham.

Midway entered the double-elimination tournament as the No. 1 seed from the Lake and Pine League while Bluffton was the No. 2 seed from the Hi-10 League. Bluffton advanced to the championship game by defeating Nimrod 7-4 on Aug. 10 and New York Mills 3-1 on Aug. 11 at Perham in elimination games. Midway went undefeated in the tournament, reaching the title game with wins over Perham (4-2), Bluffton (6-2) and New York Mills (9-8).

Midway finished with eight hits with Drew Rasmussen going 3 for 4 with two runs and an RBI and Chris Baso blasting a two-run homer. Stetson Burkman went 2 for 4 while Zach Etter (1 for 2 with a run), Jake Lund (1 for 2) and Steve Wetterling (1 for 4 with a run) provided the other hits. Rasmussen and Etter had doubles for Midway, which capitalized on five walks, two hit batters and an error.

Lund started and allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over the first four innings. Pete Marjamaa picked up the win in relief, allowing one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two over the final five innings.

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Midway will carry a 23-4 record to state. The Snurdbirds, who are making their 20th appearance in the state Class C tournament, will get a first-round bye and play either Maple Lake or Windom on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Shakopee.

Bluffton opens the single-elimination state tournament by playing Luxemburg Sunday (Aug. 19) at 2:30 p.m at New Prague. The winner of that game plays Plato on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Shakopee.

Entering the state tournament, Wetterling leads Midway's offense with a .452 batting average (14 hits in 31 at bats, including six home runs) with 12 runs and 15 RBI. Chris Baso is batting .405 (30 for 74, including nine doubles and five homers) with 25 runs and 25 RBI. Preston Riewer has a .365 average (27 for 74, including six doubles and a triple) with 23 runs and 14 RBI. Lund is hitting .362 (21 for 58, including two doubles and four homers) with 10 runs and 21 RBI. Rasmussen is hitting .341 (29 for 85, including four doubles) with 11 runs and 12 RBI. Etter is also hitting above .300 at .316 (24 for 76, including four doubles and four homers) with 35 runs, 13 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

Also contributing offensively this season have been Brett Dormanen (.293 average, 13 runs, nine RBI), Cory Odland (.292 average, 16 runs, seven RBI), Mike Baso (.275 average, 10 RBI) and Burkman (.266 average, 10 runs, seven RBI).

On the mound, Burkman is 6-0 with one save and a 2.14 ERA while Etter is 6-0 with a 2.40 ERA. Dormanen is 2-0 with one save and a 1.15 ERA, Lund is 3-0 with one save and a 1.91 ERA, Marjamaa (who hit a walk-off homer in the win over New York Mills) is 1-1 with one save and a 1.29 ERA and Riewer is 2-1 with one save and a 3.26 ERA.

Faribault defeated Midway 6-4 in the second round of last year's 48-team state tournament.

The state Class C tournament concludes with the championship game on Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at New Prague.

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