MITCHELL – Larchwood and Irene won second-round games in Monday night’s Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament at Cadwell Park to set up a Thursday night showdown.
The Diamonds downed the Freeman Black Sox, 7-4, while the Cardinals squeaked past Mt. Vernon, 6-5.
Larchwood and Irene play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
• Larchwood 7, Freeman 4
The Diamonds scored two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings for the early edge, and then added a single tally in the seventh and two insurance runs in the eighth to hold off Freeman.
Micah Linn reached base after a third strike; stole second; and scored on Koury Kramer’s RBI double. Kramer then scored on Kyle Van Voorst’s two-out single for in the fifth.
In the sixth, Travis Feekes took one for the team in the leadoff spot and moved to second on a Black Sox error. Linn drove in Feekes with a single and advanced to third on Kramer’s base hit. Keaton Grevengoed hit a sac fly to plate Linn to make it 4-0.
Larchwood played small ball to plate a run in the seventh as Brent Ripperda led off with a single; moved to second on Nick Meisinger’s sacrifice bunt; and then scored on a Feekes RBI double.
Freeman scored three runs in the bottom of the frame to pull within 5-4, but Grevengoed came up with a two-run shot after Kramer led off with a walk for the final margin.
Patrick Sinnema earned the win for the Diamonds as he gave up four runs – one earned – on nine hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Jon Van Beek picked up the save as he allowed one hit and struck out three in 2 1/3 innings of relief.
Nate Broehm suffered the loss by giving up two runs on two hits and five walks with eight strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Brett Scherschligt tossed the final 4 1/3, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout.
LARCHWOOD 7, FREEMAN 4
Larchwood 000 022 120 – 7 8 1
Freeman 000 001 300 – 4 10 1
Patrick Sinnema, Jon Van Beek (7) and Brent Ripperda; Nate Broehm, Brett Scherschligt (5) and Kevin Kunz. W – Sinnema. L – Broehm. Sv – Van Beek. 2B: L, Travis Feekes, Koury Kramer; Brett Scherschligt. HR: L, Keaton Grevengoed.
• Irene 6, Mt. Vernon 5
The Mustangs batted around in the bottom of the first to score four runs, but Irene starter Ryne Lees settled down and went the distance to pick up the complete-game win.
Four of the five runs charged to Lees were unearned as the Northern State grad scattered nine hits and walked one with 11 strikeouts.
The Cardinals got one run back in the second and then tied the game with three in the third as George Sees had the big hit – a one-out double that drove in Lees and Alex Loes.
Zac Custer singled and scored on a three-base error in the fifth to put Mt. Vernon back on top, but Irene loaded the bases in the seventh and scored two unearned runs to rally for the win.
Jed Schmidt was the tough-luck loser after giving up the two unearned runs. He allowed four hits and walked four with four strikeouts in six innings of middle relief.
Nick Honke started and went 2 1/3, giving up four runs on six hits with one strikeout. Matt Larson needed just five pitches to get the final two outs.
IRENE 6, MT. VERNON 5
Irene 013 000 200 – 6 10 4
Mt. Vernon 400 010 000 – 5 9 6
Ryne Lees and Sam Parkinson; Nick Honke, Jed Schmidt (3), Matt Larson (9) and Zac Custer. W – Lees. L – Schmidt. 2B: I, Ryne Lees, George Sees; MV, Deric Denning.