PREP BASEBALL: Fifth-inning rally sends Wabasso past MACCRAY

SACRED HEART – Wabasso remained alive in the Class A Baseball Section 3 Tournament after posting a 4-3 victory over MACCRAY in a bottom bracket elimination game.

The game was stopped after five innings because of rain.

The Rabbits (12-12 overall) trailed 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, when Wabasso rallied to score a pair of runs.

The comeback allows Wabasso to play Windom Area in another bottom bracket elimination game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at American Legion Field in Marshall. The Eagles (13-10) defeated the Rabbits 8-1 to hand WHS its first loss of this postseason. The winner plays Springfield (20-2) for the Class A Section 3 Tournament title at 7:30 p.m. WHS lost a pair of Tomahawk Conference games this season.

Wabasso, which has won its last three elimination games in thrilling fashion, needed some heroics again. The Rabbits defeated Lakeview 2-1 in 12 innings Thursday after scoring eight runs to overcome a 7-0 deficit in an 8-7 win over Mountain Lake Area on Tuesday.

Ty Kemp drew a walk before Neil Eichten used a sacrifice bunt to move the runner to second and Josh Altermatt then hit a double to drive in Kemp. Nick Altermatt’s fly ball to center field was the second out and Josh Altermatt swiped third with a steal. With a runner at third, Caleb Salfer singled to put the Rabbits ahead 4-3 and then stole second before rain halted the action.

Wabasso held a 2-1 lead until the top of the fifth, when Carter Asche belted a two-run home run to hand the Wolverines (14-6) a 3-2 lead.

Eichten, Josh Altermatt and Salfer helped the Rabbits score twice in the top of the first. Eichten singled, stole second and came home on the first of two hits Josh Altermatt had Saturday. Josh Altermatt proceeded to steal second and third and scored with two outs on Salfer’s sacrifice fly.

Tyler Moffenbier scored MACCRAY’s first run in the top of the fourth. He led off the frame with a single, reached second when Derick Sommers also singled and went to third as Conner Cronen hit into a fielder’s choice. An error on that play allowed Moffenbier to score.

Eichten was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Dirk Pistulka. Eichten allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts while working the final three innings. Pistulka tossed two scoreless innings, yielding one hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Asche was the losing pitcher after throwing 4? innings, He gave up four earned runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

WABASSO 4, MACCRAY 3

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HITTING: MACCRAY (Jacob Aviles 0-for-1, walk, hit by pitch; Caleb Melin 0-for-1, walk; Dylan Abraham 0-for-1, two walks, run; Carter Asche 1-for-3, home run, two RBI, run; Tyler Moffenbier 1-for-3, single, run; Derick Sommers 2-for-2, two singles; Connor Cronen 0-for-2; Cheyton Homan 0-for-1, walk; Ransom Dykemy 0-for-1, walk); Wabasso (Eichten 1-for-2, single, stolen base, run; J. Altermatt 2-for-3, single, triple, two RBI, four stolen bases, two runs; Nick Altermatt 0-for-3; Caleb Salfer 1-for-1, single, walk, stolen base, two RBI; Klann 0-for-2; Pistulka 0-for-2; Beau Taylor 1-for-2, single, two stolen bases; T.J. Fulton 0-for-1, walk; Ty Kemp 0-for-1, walk, run).

PITCHING (IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO): MACCRAY (Asche 4?-5-4-4-3-3); Wabasso (Pistulka 2.0-1-0-0-3-2; Eichten 3.0-3-3-2-3-2).