7/31/2017 8:23:00 AM Pirates stun A's, advance to Region 13C final four
Windom 011 000 000 = 2-7-1 Pipestone 000 000 001 = 1-5-0 The Windom Pirates jumped to an early lead, then held off a last-inning rally Sunday to defeat the Pipestone A's 2-1 in Pipestone.
The win gave the Pirates a 2-1 victory in the Region 13C best-of-three series and sent the seventh-seeded Pirates to the final four of the region tournament.
Windom used a two-out rally to take the lead in the top of the second inning. Dane Nielsen was hit by a pitch, Joel Riordan singled and Danny Kneeland hit an RBI single, giving Windom an early 1-0 lead.
The Pirates pushed the lead to 2-0 in the third. Sam Huska led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Collin Lovell single.
Meanwhile, Pirate starter Jack Mellstrom was sharp early, holding the A's to two hits and two walks through the first five innings.
Lovell took the mound in the sixth and held the A's off the scoreboard until the bottom of the ninth.
Pipestone led off the inning with a single and a double, putting the potential tying run into scoring position. A pop-up and a groundout to second allowed the A's to score a run and put the tying run at third base, but a comebacker to Lovell on the mound ended the threat and the game.
Huska and Riordan each had two hits in the win for the Pirates.
Mellstrom's five innings of work gave him the pitching victory. Lovell allowed one run on three hits, striking out three to earn a four-inning save.
Pipestone 000 401 400 = 9-9-1 Windom 001 000 000 = 1-5-7 Pipestone rallied in the middle innings Friday night, claiming a 9-1 victory over the Windom Pirates in game two of the best-of-three Region 13C playoffs at Island Park.
The Pirates got on the board first, scoring on back-to-back doubles from Luke Gilbertson and Sam Huska in the bottom of the third.
But Pipestone took the lead for good in the fourth inning, stringing together two hits with two Pirate errors to score four runs.
The A's added a single run in the sixth, then scored four more runs in the seventh to close out the win.
Seven Pirate errors in the game allowed the A's to score eight unearned runs.
Windom only had two runners reach second base after scoring its only run in the third inning, as Pipestone pitcher Brandon Alfson held Windom to five hits and struck out 15.
Andrew Hirsch took the loss for the Pirates, allowing four runs on five hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three.