Harrisburg, Crofton, Neb., advance to quarterfinals at Class B state tourney


MITCHELL – Harrisburg beat Tabor 6-0 and Crofton, Neb., defeated the Dell Rapids Mudcats 6-1 in the second round of the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament on Tuesday night at Cadwell Park.

The Woodies and Bluejays face off in the quarterfinals Friday at 5:30 p.m.

The second round concludes today as Canton faces Alexandria at 5:30 p.m. and Madison takes on Four Corners at 7:30 p.m.

 

• Harrisburg 6, Tabor 0

Drew Sweeter spun a six-hit shutout as the Woodies advanced with the victory over the Bluebirds.

Sweeter struck out six batters and walked a pair.

Sweeter, who finished 2-for-5 at the plate, and Brody Kunzmann reached on back-to-back errors to open the fourth. Brian Stoebner walked to load the bases.

Drew Andela was hit by a pitch with one out, forcing in Sweeter. Kunzmann scampered home on a wild pitch and J.T. Miller, who went 2-for-4, added a two-out RBI single to make it 3-0.

Aaron LaBrie led off the sixth with a walk and Miller singled with two outs.

Ryan Menssen’s RBI single made it 4-0. Miller took home on a double steal to push the margin to 5-0.

In the seventh, Stoebner drew a one-out base on balls, moved to second on LaBrie’s single and scored on a Matt Hames hit with two away.

Dalton Allen added two hits for Harrisburg.

Tabor’s Chris Sutera was 2-for-4 and Jason Humpal doubled.

Hunter Hallock gave up three runs – none earned – on three hits and two walks with one strikeout over 3 2/3 innings in the loss.

 

HARRISBURG 6, TABOR 0

Harrisburg        000 302 100 – 6 11 2

Tabor              000 000 000 – 0   6 4

Drew Sweeter and Ryan Menssen; Hunter Hallock, Macon Oplinger (4), Ross Kortan (7), Trevor Jutting (9) and Blase Vanecek. W – Sweeter. L – Hallock. 2B: T, Jason Humpal.

 

• Crofton, Neb., 6, Dell Rapids Mudcats 1

Cameron Kerkhove pitched eight solid innings, giving up one run – unearned – on five hits and a walk, and Rand Thygeson homered to pace the Bluejays.

Thygeson, who finished 3-for-5, led off the bottom of the sixth with a single.

Brandon Hegge was hit by a pitch with one out and James Kaiser, who went 2-for-4, singled to load the bases.

Thygeson scored on a wild pitch. Jarod Wiebelhaus, who was 2-for-4, added an RBI single. Kaiser scampered home on an error to make it 3-0.

Dell Rapids’ Travis Peters reached on an error to open the eighth. After Deon Entringer doubled with one out, Chad Hunt plated Peters with a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Thygeson went deep on the sixth pitch of the bottom of the eighth.

Hegge singled with one out. Wiebelhaus came through with an RBI single and Carl Schieffer tacked on a run-scoring double to provide for the final margin.

Thygeson pitched a scoreless ninth.

Five different Mudcats collected a hit.

Collin Karst took the loss after giving up three runs – two earned – on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of action.

 

CROFTON, NEB., 6, DELL RAPIDS MUDCATS 1

DR Mudcats               000 000 010 – 1   5 2

Crofton                     000 003 03x – 6 10 2

Colin Karst, Nate Alfson (8), Marck Houch (8) and Aaron Johnson; Cameron Kerkhove, Rand Thyfeson (9) and Carl Schieffer. W – Kerkhove. L – Karst. 2B: DR, Deon Entringer; C, Schieffer. HR: C, Thygeson.

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