A’s split first two games in regionals

COLD?SPRING-Marshall saw its rally fall short against Cold Spring in the second round of the 7B regional tournament Sunday, losing 4-3.

Marshall will now play Thursday for a chance to qualify for the state tournament and will take on either St. Could or Brainerd.

Cold Spring Springers 4

Marshall 3

Cold Spring carried a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning before Marshall loaded the bases with one out.

Jarred Carlson came up with a sacrifice fly to score Ben Korger, but then Zach Olson grounded into a double play to end the game.

The first out came on a full-extension diving grab by the Cold Spring centerfielder.

Carlson led the way offensively for Marshall, driving in two runs while Leo Zerr drove in one. Jordon Kontz was the lone Marshall player to finish with more than one hit, batting 2-for-4.

Korger and Austin Stubbs each had a double on the day.

Brandan Alfson went eight innings on the mound and took the loss.

Alfson struck out four and walked one while allowing four runs on five hits.

Mathias Butala picked up the win for Cold Spring while Justin Thompson earned the two-inning save.

Butala struck out six and walked two while allowing just two runs on eight hits.

The Springers got RBI from Garrett Fuchs and Drew VanLoy

Marshall manager Matt Suby is confident his team will be able to bounce back.

“We just got snakebit a little bit today,” Suby said. “Baseball is a game of inches sometimes. We’ve had two good pitching performances and have been hitting the ball well. We just need some small baseball things to bounce our way and we’ll be fine.

Marshall 6,

Sauk Rapids 2

COLD SPRING-The Marshall A’s opened up their regional playoff action with a 6-2 win over Sauk Rapids.

Tanner Neale led a balanced offensive attack, driving in two RBI to go with one each from Jordon Kontz, Zach Olson and Leo Zerr.

Neale finished a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate while Kontz and Zerr each finished 2-for-4.

Marshall also got hits from Jarred Carlson (2-for-4), Austin Stubbs (2-for-4) and Brandan Alfson (1-for-4).

Neale had two doubles in the contest while Zerr tallied one double.

Steven Wehr got the start and the win on the mound.

He struck out seven and walked just three in seven innings of work.

Travis McGlauflin pitched the final two innings in relief and struck out two while walking two and giving up just one hit.

Hanska 4,

Lamberton 3

(11 innings)

HANSKA- Lamberton dropped a 4-3 decision to Hanska Saturday. Despite the loss, they earned the No. 3 seed in the Tomhawk and secured a spot in the state tournament for the third year in a row.

Derek Jenniges took the loss on the mound for Lamberton. He pitched 4 2-3 innings in relief, striking out four and walking none.

Hanska got two runs on five hits off Jenniges.

Shane Shoborg started the game and pitched four innings. He didn’t record a strikeout or a walk and let up two runs on five hits.

Jake Wahl drove in all three runs for the Longsox, going 3-for-4 and two of them came on a two-run home run.

Holden Salfer finished 2-for-4 and Isaac Jenniges also recorded a hit, going 1-for-4.

Grant Kannegiesser led the way offensively for Hanska, going 3-for-5 and driving in two runs.

Ben Wolf had two hits on the night, including a triple, while batting 2-for-4.

Brady Mosenden had two RBI on the night, batting 2-for-4 and was also the winning pitcher.

He pitched the final three innings of the game and gave up one hit and two walks.

Lamberton will kick off state playoff action in Belle Plaine September 16 against Waconia or Green Isle.

First pitch is set for 5 p.m.