Yankees go 2-1 in Region 11C playoffs; clinch 28th state appearance

A pair of wins on Saturday in the Region 11C playoffs secured a spot in the Minnesota amateur baseball state tournament for the 28th time in the history of the Milroy Yankees.

Milroy opened the day with a 6-0 win over Eden Valley, riding nine shutout innings by pitcher Nathan Deutz to victory. The Yankees later belted 14 hits against Cold Spring while holding on for a 7-5 win.

Deutz struck out four in his complete-game victory, while five Yankees collected doubles in the game.

Brian Dolan was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Dave Schmidt and Riley Carpenter each went 2-for-4 with a double. Matt Bauer and Justin Schlemmer added the other extra-base hits for the Yankees.

Milroy rallied from a 5-0 deficit against Cold Spring, scoring five runs in the eighth inning to move ahead of the Rockies.

Bauer’s two-RBI single proved to be the game-winning hit. Carpenter, Schlemmer and Micah Gronli each went 3-for-4, while Schlemmer chipped in with a double.

Mahlon Zimmerman threw 3 1/3 innings of relief for Milroy, picking up the win behind six strikeouts and no hits.

With a spot at state guaranteed, the Yankees played for seeding on Sunday, but fell to the Raymond Rockets 4-3 in 10 innings with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly providing the difference.

Bauer took the loss on the mound, relieving Anthony Rohlik in the 10th. He was also 2-for-5 at the plate, while Colton Peterson was 2-for-4 with an RBI double.

As a result of the loss, the Yankees (21-6 overall) will open the Class C state tournament against Lake Crystal at 2:30 p.m. in Maple Lake on Sunday.