14C baseball: Cougars, Tigers still alive in tourneyRegion 14C playoffs will continue this weekend
The Carlos Cougars played their way into the Region 14C championship game and secured their seventh straight trip to the amateur state tournament in the process with three wins last weekend.
The Cougars upended the Nisswa Lightning 6-3 before beating the Hi-10 champion Bertha Blazers in a 1-0 game on Saturday. That advanced them in the winners’ bracket and put them up against the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers on Sunday. Once again, it was a close game with the same result as Carlos advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 win.
Also still going from the Resorters East is Miltona as the Tigers won two of their three games to stay alive in the losers’ bracket. Miltona beat Nimrod 6-3 in the opening round before Wadena-Deer Creek dropped them to the losers’ bracket. The Tigers took care of Nisswa in a 9-6 game to advance them to a match-up with Bertha this Saturday.
Miltona left 20 men on base and still scored nine runs in its win over Nisswa on Sunday. The Tigers trailed 4-1 before five unanswered runs gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Mitch Kluver and Jake Leuschke were a big part of that as both came up with run scoring two-out hits after Miltona found itself behind early.
Urbank draftee Jared Freudenberg went 7 2/3 innings to pick up the win for the Tigers. He changed speeds and induced a lot of ground balls for the Tiger defense. Cody Curry got the last four outs to pick up the save. Tim Vanderwerf helped his pitchers out with a diving catch in right field that helped the Tigers get out of the eighth inning with a lead intact.
The Tigers couldn’t get much offense going against a strong Wadena-Deer Creek team on Saturday. Miltona starter John Mohror threw six strong innings but couldn’t get the win as a 3-2 loss dropped Miltona to the losers’ bracket.
Mohror allowed just three hits and struck out five before he gave way to draftee Ted Gray. Gray threw well over the final three innings, but a couple of Shocker singles led to the winning run.
It was a different story in Miltona’s 9-3 win in the tournament opener.
Nimrod scored first with a lone run in the fourth before the Tigers answered with five runs in the bottom of that inning. The Gnats closed the gap with two runs in the sixth, but once again, Miltona answered. This time it was a three-run bottom of the sixth that helped the Tigers put the finishing touches on the win.
Ryan Emter drove in four runs on a 4-for-4 day at the plate. Jason Arvidson added four RBIs, as well, while Tyler Walsh contributed two hits to the Tigers’ cause.
The Tigers and the Bertha Blazers will meet in Nimrod for a 1 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. The winner of that game plays at 4 on the same field against Wadena-Deer Creek with a state tournament berth on the line and a spot in the Region 14C title game. The region championship game is scheduled for noon this Sunday in Nimrod.