Erickson leads MCC past MLA in Section 3A playoffs

Murray County Central scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and Rebels starting pitcher Sam Erickson handled the rest of the work in a 2-0 victory over Mountain Lake Area Wednesday in a pigtail game of the Section 3A-South baseball tournament in Slayton.

Erickson tossed a six-hit shutout, striking out 12 batters and walking two.

Erickson’s counterpart, Andrew Hirsch, also had a strong outing. He gave up two runs on six hits with 11 strikeouts.

MCC’s Nick Petersen had a two-RBI single with the bases loaded in the first inning to give the Rebels a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Rebels, who are seeded eighth in the sub-section, advance to play No. 1 seed Windom Area at 11 a.m. Saturday in Windom.

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