Teddy Pesch leaped for the ball for a play on Isaac Gerdes of Lac qui Parle Valley at second base. Thomas Hennen backed up the play.

Eagles fly past Vikings in sections

Minneota's miraculous attempt to get to the Section 3A finals was met by a dose of reality Saturday when the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles took an 11-1, six-inning win from the Vikings.

Minneota finished the Section 3A Tournament with a 3-2 record and the Eagles will fly on to face Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg for the right to face Wabasso in the championship.

Wabasso beat KMS, 5-0 to remain the only unbeaten in the tournament.

KMS and LqPV will play at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will play Wabasso for the Section 3A title on Thursday, June 7. The first game is at 5 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m. if needed.

Minneota got just two hits off Wyatt Halvorson, who went the distance and struck out six Vikings.

Alex Pohlen singled in the second inning and scored on a single by Jaymes Moon for the Vikings only hits and run.

Meanwhile, LqPV had the bats flying. In the seven-run fifth inning, Peyton Mortenson hit a grand slam home run to put a cap on the game. Mortenson was 2-4.

Braiden Kittelson went 3-5; Dain Haas 3-4 with a triple and run batted in: Caden Bjornjeld went 2-4 with an RBI; Isaac Gerdes went 2-4 and scored three runs and Halvors was 1-1 was hit by a pitched and walked twice.

Three pitchers hurled for Minneota. Brant Buysse started, followed by Teddy Pesch and Jacob Hennen.

Minneota                010 000 — 1   2  6

LqPV                      001 072 — 11 13 2

HITTING: Minneota-Pohlen 1-3 (run); Moon 1-2 (RBI).

LqPV: Mortenson grand slam; Haas triple; Bjornjeld 2-4 (RBI); Gjerdes 2-4 (3 run).


Minneota                  IP   R    ER   H   BB  K

B. Buysse (L)           3.2 3     3      7    4    0   (2 HP, 2 WP)

Pesch                      2.1   7    0     5     1    0 (1 HP)

J. Hennen               1.0    2    0    2      0   0  (2 WP)


Halvorson (W)         6      1    1    2      1     5 

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