Waconia Lions Field. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Waconia Lions Field. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

The Wanamingo Jacks ended their season following a 4-1 loss to the Sartell Muskies in Minnesota Baseball Association Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament Sunday action.

The Jacks committed 4 errors in the game, 3 in one inning in Waconia against a Muskies team that picked up their 36th win of the season to advance to the final weekend of the State Tournament.

Sartell starting pitcher, lefty Dave Deminsky struck out 16 hitters while picking up his 13th win of the season.

Wanamingo starter Alex Roosen did a terrific job against a Muskies team that came into the game with a .328 team batting average.  They managed 4 hits off him while the Jacks had 6 hits in the game.

Sartell scored 2 runs in the third inning without a hit due to 3 Wanamingo errors.

The first batter was #9 hitter in the order Adam Schellinger who gained first on a error.  Roosen got the next batter to pop out to third before Ethan Carlson gained the bases due to another error.

During the Tim Burns at bat Sartell successfully executed a double steal placing runners at second and third base with one out.

Burns was walked to load the bases.  Jace Otto clubbed a ball to second that looked like it was going to be a double play and end the inning but another error was committed allowing two runs to score.

It was all the runs the Muskies would need.  Meanwhile Deminsky struck out 5 of the firsts 10 batters he faced while allowing one hit over the first 4 innings.  Through 4 he had 7 strikeouts of 13 batters.

In the top of the 4th inning Designated hitter Jake Sweeter was walked on four pitches to start the inning.  Sartell shortstop Brian Schellinger executed a bunt perfectly for a single placing runners at first and second with no outs. The next batter Jack Greenlun also placed down a bunt that Alex Roosen fielded and threw the runner out at second base.

That put runners at the corners with one out.  Greenlun took off from first base hoping to get in a rundown and allow the runner to score from third base.

That's exactly what happened. Roosen threw the ball to Brady Anfinson who tagged the runner out but in the meantime the runner did score the third run for Sartell.

Wanamingo had their chances to get runs on the board in the sixth and seventh innings.  They had two hits in each inning.

Brady Anfinson led off the sixth inning with a 1-0 count single.  Following a strikeout Peder Sviggum jumped on the first pitch he saw on the outside corner and slapped it to left field placing runners at first and second base with one out.

Deminsky got a strikeout and pop out to end the threat.

In the 7th inning Alex Roosen led the inning with his second hit, a single to right field.  Gavin Roosen hit a 0-2 count pitch to second base and the second baseman tried to glove the ball and tag Alex Roosen heading for second base.  He missed and was charged with an error.

The Jacks had runners at first and second with no outs.  Veteran Aaron Bauer executed a drag bunt down the first base line to advance those runners during the first out of the inning.

Deminsky struck out the next batter.  Brady Anfinson ended up getting his second hit on what amounted to a swinging bunt that Deminsky fell down trying to pick up.  He couldn't field it cleanly either soe Alex Roosen scored.  With the then go ahead run at the plate Deminsky got another strikeout to end the inning.

Sartell scored their last run on a solo home run by pinch hitter Riley Ahrndt in the top of the 9th inning.  The count was 1-1 when he lifted the ball over the left field fence about 325 feet from home plate.

After back to back innings with two hits it appeared Wanamingo had figured out what to do against Deminsky but he would not allow a base runner in the final two innings, striking out 6 of the last 9 batters he faced.

Deminsky finished the game with 96 pitches, 78 strikes, no walks, 6 hits allowed, the run was not earned.

Alex Roosen threw 118 pitches, 77 strikes, 4 hits allowed, 2 earned runs, 4 total allowed with 7 strikeouts, 2 walks and a hit batter.

The Region 5 Champion Wanamingo Jacks finished their season 18-10.

Sartell will play in Waconia Friday, September 3, 2021 against the Bluffton Braves, 3-1 victors over Carver.  First pitch scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Sweet Sixteen of Class C are set for the final weekend of the tournament next weekend.

Perennial power Sobieski edged Isanti 6-5 in Chaska so the Skis play Dumont Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

The Waconia Lakers defeated Foley 3-0 while Luxemburg downed Ada 13-7 to set up a Friday, September 3, 2021 game between the winners at 7:30 p.m. in Chaska.

If the Lakers win that game the remaining games needed to win the state title would be in their home park.

Maple Lake blanked Jordan 2-0 with two pitchers holding the Brewers to 3 hits.  The Lakers will play Alexandria because the Black Sox clipped Kimball 2-1 in 11 innings.  The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Chaska at 1:30 p.m.

Watertown Red Devils rolled by Avon Lakers 8-1 while the team that bested Cannon Falls last weekend, Eagle Lake shut out Luverne 3-0.  The collide in Waconia 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

New Ulm Brewers edged the Spring Hill Chargers 2-1.  The Milroy Yankees came from behind to edge the Bemidji Blue Ox 6-5 setting up a Saturday, September 4, 2021 7:00 p.m. game in Chaska.

St. Patrick Irish throttled the Austin Greyhounds 10-0 in 8 innings while Young America dispatched Ortonville 11-3.  The Cardinals play the Irish Saturday, September 4, 2021 in Chaska at 4:30 p.m.

The St. Martin Martins defeated the Fergus Falls Hurricanes 1-0 without the benefit of a single hit in the 24th state tournament no-hitter thrown and only the second combined performance.

The Martins used two bunts to take advantage of 4 walks and eke out their only run.

The Watkins Clippers shut out the Princeton Panthers 5-0 to advance against St. Martin on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Chaska.

Class C is single elimination all the way through with the title game scheduled for Noon Monday, September 6, 2021 in Waconia.

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