The Faribault Lakers scored 4 runs on 5 hits in the top of the ninth inning to break a tie in New Prague last night.

The Orioles tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the 7th inning when 8 batters came to the plate against Lakers starting pitcher, lefty Hunter Nelson.

An outstanding throw from left field by Jack Jandro to home plate cut down the 4th run for New Prague.

All runs scored in the game came with two outs.

The Lakers scored 3 runs in the top of the third inning after two outs were recorded Blake Langerud hit a 2-2 count pitch to right field for a single.  Danny Pierce then walked before Joe Grote crushed a 2-1 count pitch for a 2 run double.  Nate Rost then smacked a RBI single.

Right handed pitcher Jayce Luna started the game for New Prague.  He went the first 6 innings with 7 strikeouts, 4 walks, 4 hits allowed while throwing 107 pitches, 70 for strikes.

The Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the 7th inning.  After an out #8 hitter Ben Buthe hit a ball weakly in the grass that Nelson fielded cleanly but he threw the ball over the head of first baseman Ryan Archambault.

Anthony Mader hit a 1-2 count pitch for an infield single.  It would have scored a run had Nate Rost not done an outstanding job of knocking the ball down in the grass just beyond the infield.

Nelson recorded his 6th strikeout then issued a walk to load the bases.

Gavin Bergman battled against the recent Faribault High School graduate fighting off a couple of excellent pitches before delivering a bases clearing double on a 2-2 count to tie the game.

Following a meeting on the mound the Lakers intentionally walked cleanup hitter James Fuerniss.  Designated hitter Dan Ring then hit a single past shortstop Grote who dove but it was out of his reach.   Jandro charged the ball and threw to Dylan Valentyn at home who tagged Bergman out at the plate.

During the Bergman at bat with the bases juiced Valentyn probably saved two runs from scoring on balls he blocked in the dirt.

Nelson went 7 innings with 3 runs allowed, none earned, 8 hits allowed, 6 strikeouts, 4 walks, 1 intentional and 111 total pitches, 75 strikes.

Tyler Francis earned the victory (2-1) for the Lakers after throwing two innings with no baserunners allowed.  He had 2 strikeouts and threw 30 pitches, 19 strikes.

Tyler Francis Delivers Pitch in New Prague. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Tyler Francis Delivers Pitch in New Prague. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

Following a up and down in order 8th inning against Nate Sprouls who had retired 6 of the 7 batters he faced the Lakers made a big splash in the top of the 9th inning.

Nelson hit the ball very hard but right to the left fielder.  Valentyn cracked a 1-2 count pitch for a single, designated hitter Nick Rost followed with a 0-1 count single.

Langerud had a very good at bat that ended in a pop out but he fisted off pitch after pitch in the 7 pitch at bat.  Pierce connected with a 0-2 count pitch for a RBI single.

Joe Grote jumped on the first pitch and hammered his second 2 rbi double. He alertly went to third base on a throw to home plate.

During the Nate Rost at bat Grote scored on a wild pitch.  Rost connected on a 1-2 count pitch for a double in the gap but a strikeout ended the inning.

Sprouls suffered the loss for New Prague while pitching 3 innings.  He struck out 2, walked 1, allowed 5 hits, 4 runs, all earned throwing 62 pitches, 43 strikes.

With the victory Faribault avoids the League playoffs and will be the #5 seed in the Region 3C Modified Double Elimination Tournament.

The Lakers will travel to #4 seed St. Benedict on Saturday, August 6, 2022 for a  2:00 p.m. start.

The Orioles host Shakopee Coyotes 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2022 In the DRS League Playoffs to determine the final three seeds of Region 3C. The #6 seed New Prague then goes to Shakopee Sunday 2:00 p.m. and if necessary would host the Coyotes Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

These are best of 3 game series with the high seed given the option to give up a home game in the opening contest in order to host the next 2 games if necessary.

The Prior Lake Mudcats did just that.  The #7 seed goes to #10 Veseli tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. The Warriors would go to Prior Lake Sunday, July 31, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. and if necessary a third game would be played Tuesday, August 2 at 7:30 p.m.

#8 seed Webster will host #9 seed Lonsdale Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. The Aces are home at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022.  If a third game is necessary the time has not been determined for a Tuesday contest.

The first highest playoff winner would play #3 seed Union Hill in the opening round of Region 3C.  The next highest heads to #2 seed Montgomery 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022.

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