The Faribault Lakers rolled to a 9-1 win over the Gibbon Reds in their Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament opener Saturday afternoon in Green Isle.

The Irish yard was packed on a perfect day for baseball.

Laker ace Matt Lane retired the first 13 batters he faced before an error put the Reds first runner on base in the fifth inning.

Two batters later an infield single was the first hit off Lane.

He struck out four, walked one and threw 94 pitches in eight innings of work.  67 strikes.

The walk scored but it was not an earned run.

Jack Helgeson finished the game with an up and down in order ninth, thanks in part to the Archambault Disposal pickup of the game by third baseman Adam Kline.

Kline ran a long way down foul territory toward the bleachers down the third right field line and made a very nice catch for the last out of the game.

Faribault scored two runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and added two runs in the 8th inning.

The Lakers had 12 hits in the game and Gibbon four.

Our Faribault State Farm Insurance Agent Tony Langerud players of the game were Lane, who also hit a two run homer and collected three RBI in the game, Blake Langerud had two hits, scoring two runs and Dylan Valentyn had a pair of hits including a double and knocked in two runs.

Jack Helgeson ,Ryan Archambault and Joe Grote each had two hits also.

The Reds finished their season 15-19 while the Lakers picked up their 26th win and advance to play Saturday, August 26 in Green Isle against Region 14 Champion Midway.

All the other D-R-S League teams also advanced to the second weekend.

Faribault High School graduate Nate Rost threw a one hitter in a New Market 4-0 win over Dumont in Hamburg Sunday.

The Muskies only collected four hits themselves but it was all they would need to score the win.

They will play Region 11 Champion Kimball Sunday, August 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Norwood.

New Prague downed Wakins 5-2 on Friday night and will play Region 9 Champion Chokio Noon Sunday, August 27 in Norwood.

The Cannon Falls Bears saw their season end Saturday in a 3-2 nail biting 10 inning loss to the Hadley Buttermakers in Norwood.

Keith Meyers threw all 10 innings for Cannon Falls, striking out 8 and walking just one.

The Buttermakers were able to spread 13 hits in the game.

The Dodge County Diamondbacks will play Sunday, August 27 in Norwood at 5:00 p.m. against the Carver Black Sox.

Carver cruised to a 11-0 win in their opener against New York Mills Friday night in Hamburg.

Region 5 runner-up Rochester lost to Young America in Norwood 5-0 Saturday.

Region 4 third seed Blue Earth defeated Fort Ripley Saturday in Norwood 1-0 and will play Bemidji Sunday, August 27 2:30 p.m. in Hamburg.

Region 4 Champion Hampton faces Elrosa Friday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Norwood.

In Class B first round action Dundas bested Forest Lake 5-4.

Cannon Falls native and St. Olaf graduate Charlie Ruud came on in relief and hammered with win with 5 and 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

Ruud walked one, struck out four and only allowed two hits in the game in Hamburg.

The Dukes play Friday, August 25 at 7:30 p.m. against Chanhassen in Hamburg.

The Redbirds downed Sauk Rapids 10-7.

The Northfield Knights advanced to next weekend with a 13-9 win over Blaine Saturday in Hamburg.

Jake Mathison pitched the first six innings for the win and Dave Picha threw three innnings for a save for Northfield.

The Knights will play Chaska Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Green Isle.

Defending State Champion Miesville beat Champlin 7-1 and plays Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Green Isle against St. Cloud.

Moorhead and Brooklyn Park will be the other Class B game Friday at 5:00 p.m. in Hamburg.

Faribault Lakers During National Anthem from My View in Green Isle. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld