American Legion drops thriller
Minneota American Legion Vulture pitchers had the game well in control for just over six innings.
Then, all of a sudden the pitches they’d been making began to miss the strike zone. Tied 2-2 in the seventh, Madison got a single, then pitcher Brant Buysse issued a pair of walks and Korbin Kells delivered a single — all with two outs — and Madison took the game 3-2.
Braiden Kittelson crossed the plate with the winning run.
“It was a good game until we had eight balls on nine pitches called. Not a pitch was poorly thrown. We didn’t understand it,” said Vulture Coach Keven Larson.
Three Vulture hurlers Sam Buysse, Ted Pesch and Brant Buysse all got a chance to pitch to set Minneota up for the playoffs, which start Friday.
“We wanted all of them to see some action,” said Coach Larson.
The three allowed just five hits and struck out three. But that brief, crazy spell in the seventh was the difference.
“We typically play a close game with them. It was a solid game by both teams,” he said.
Minneota had six hits, with Teddy Pesch leading the way, going 2-3 with a pair of runs scored. Brant Buysse, Preston Nuy and Alex Pohlen all had singles. Landon Rolbiecki laced a double in the fourth inning to knock Pesch home with one of the runs. A groundout by Rolbiecki also got Pesch across the plate in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2.
Madison hurler Wyatt Halverson went the distance and was the recipient of a win when Madison scored the third run in the seventh.
In addition to giving up six hits, he hit one batter and struck out two.
•This was to have been a doubleheader, but the teams chose to play just one game because of the upcoming playoffs.
•Minneota ends the regular season with a 6-4 record.
MINNEOTA (AB-R-H-RBI) Brant Buysse, 2b-p 4-0-1-0; Preston Nuy, cf 4-0-1-0; Teddy Pesch, cf-p 3-2-2-0; Alex Pohlen, c 3-0-1-0; Landon Abraham, rf 3-0-0-0; Landon Rolbiecki, dh 2-0-1-2; Sam Buysse, p-cf 2-0-1-0; Jaymes Moon, rf 3-0-0-0; Austin Sorensen, 1b 3-0-0-0; Josh Laleman, 3b 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-2-6-2.
MADISON (AB-R-H-RBI) Peyton Mortenson, 2b 4-0-2-2; Braiden Kittelson, 3b 4-1-1-0; Evan Benson, c 3-0-0-0; Dain Hass, 1b 3-0-0-0; Korbin Kells, lf 4-0-1-1; Caden Bjornjeld, ss 3-0-0-0; Wyatt Halverson, p 2-1-0-0; Brett Baldwin, rf 2-0-1-0; Isaac Gerdes, cf 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-3-5-3.
Score by Innings
Minneota 000 101 0 — 2 6 2
Madison 020 000 1 — 3 5 4
E-Minneota: Buysse, Pesch; Madison: Haas 2, Gerdes, Baldwin. LOB-Minneota 7; Madison 8. 2B-Minneota: Rolbiecki; Madison: Mortenson.
Pitching IP R ER H BB K
S. Buysse 2 2 0 2 1 1
Pesch 2 0 0 1 0 0
B. Buysse (L) 2.1 1 1 2 2 3
alvorson (W) 7 2 2 6 1 3
HP-Pohlen (by Halverson); Baldwin (by S. Buysse). WP-Halvorson.