The Webster Sox punched their ticket to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament tonight by defeating the Faribault Lakers 4-1 at Bell Field.

The Region 3C Elimination Bracket contest was the third game in four days for the Lakers due to a rain out Saturday.  They looked to me like a tired team.

Union Hill bested Veseli 10-0 to also qualify for the State Tournament being hosted by Faribault, Dundas and Miesville starting next weekend.

The Bulldogs will entertain the Sox 2:00 p.m. Saturday to determine the #3 and #4 seeds from the Region.

Montgomery goes to St. Patrick 1:00 p.m. Sunday in the Region 3C title game.  The winner will be the top seed and loser the #2 seed out of the Region.  Top seeds do not play the opening weekend of the tournament.

When the Lakers learned they would be hosting the State Amatuer Baseball Tournament like all teams they dreamed of playing on their home field in front of a packed grandstand.

Webster right handed pitcher Jordan Huwe started the game on the hill going the first 6 innings. Huwe will be a junior on the St. Johns University baseball team which is a NCAA Division III school.

Peter Tveite did not allow a hit the rest of the way and struck out 5 of the 9 batters he faced.

Tveite allowed only one base runner while slamming the door on the victory.

He will be a junior member of the Division II Winona State University baseball team in 2023.

Huwe and Tveite are both from Lakeville.

Faribault starter Danny Bomsta pitched the first five innings.  In my scorebook the 2 runs scored were not earned.  An error in the 4th inning which would have been the third out extended the inning.

It was a tough play but a good throw would have recorded the out.

Webster took advantage with three singles in succession to score 2 runs. Max Dresl, Adam Schmitz and Tveite stroked the hits.

The Lakers scratched out a run in the 5th inning but never really threatened to put together a big inning.

In the bottom of the 5th with two outs Jack Jandro walked.  During the Blake Langerud at bat he stole second base and came home after a single up the middle by Langerud.

Faribault would have two base runners the rest of the game

Webster Celebrates First Trip to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld
Webster Celebrates First Trip to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. Photo by Gordy Kosfeld

The Sox padded their lead with two runs in the 6th inning against Joey Grote who came in to pitch.  Following a strikeout Dresel smacked a single, Schmitz got an infield hit on a 0-2 count pitch.  Tveite gained first base on a fielder's choice.  Brooks Prochaska was walked to load the bases.

Will Wareham hit a single to right field scoring two runs.  Webster did a great job of getting faster runners on the basepaths so they could score in those situations.

Faribault ended this season with a 15-17 record.  Webster is 13-17 according to their page on the Minnesota Baseball Association website.

It remains to be seen if many of the current  Faribault Lakers hang it up following this season.  They've had a great run since going to state in 2014 for the first time since 1990.

That season they had a dramatic victory in Jordan and captured the sportsmanship trophy while finishing in 3rd place in the Class C State Tournament.

State Trips followied in 2015, 2017 and 2018 with another final weekend trip made during that stretch.

I believe this is Webster's first-ever trip to the big show.

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