Regional playoffs ahead for Gopher, Corn Belt

The Milroy Irish and the Hadley Buttermakers will head to the regional playoffs after receiving their seeds Monday night.

The Milroy Irish received the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed Luverne at Pipestone.

Luverne will use Pipestone’s field as a host site due to wet field conditions this past summer.

The Irish are coming off a 10-0 win over Heron Lake that sent them to the regionals.

Irish manager Bob Dolan has seen a lot of positive things out of his team over the past few games.

We’ve been playing very good defense and we’ve been putting up multiple runs in an inning, Dolan said. This is the playoffs and we’re going to need to put up big innings and we’ve been doing that.

The Irish and Luverne split during the season with each team winning at its home field.

Dolan and the Irish have a lot of respect for the Luverne program and know they can pose a threat.

“They are a very good team,” Dolan said. They have a strong tradition of going to the state tournament. We’ve developed a little rivalry with them.

Hadley earned the No. 5 seed and will square off with No. 4 seed Fairmont.

These two squared off once this past season at Fairmont and the host beat Hadley on a walk off home run in the bottom of the 10th.

Haldey Manager Myron Bennett knows that his team will be in for a tough task, but knows they are up for the challenge.

“It will be a case of good hitting against good pitching,” Bennett said. “We’ve been swinging the bat well lately and Fairmont has a lot of power pitchers that can strike people out.”

Bennett also feels that defense will play a key part in getting the win. His team relies a lot on the defense behind the pitcher, as it doesn’t have strikeout arms.

“It should be a good series,” Bennett said. “Hopefully we will be able to force them into some mistakes and take advantage of them.

Hadley will travel to Fairmont for the first game of the series Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Game two will be in Hadley at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Milroy Yankees- out of the Cornbelt Conference, will play for their seeding Friday night in Milroy.

They will be taking on the winner of Bird Island and Sacred Heart, that play Wednesday night.

A win would earn them the No. 1 seed for the regional with a loss meaning having to play a second game on Sunday.

The Yankees will start their regional Aug. 1 and will be facing a team from the Central Valley League.