Ben Skorczewski, left, of Minneota is safe at home after initially sliding plate the plate to elude the tag of the Adrian catcher, then crawling back in a cloud of dust to slap home plate before a tag could be made in the third inning Saturday in Ruthton.

Vikings ousted by Adrian in 3A

Left-hander Dawson Krahling, in his first complete game of the season, limited Minneota to six hits while striking out eight in as Adrian upset Minneota 6-1 in the Section 3A playoffs on Saturday in Ruthton.

The Dragons (9-11) entered the tournament as the No. 6 seed, while the Vikings came in seeded No. 3.

"I usually pitch in relief, so I've never gone this far in a game this season," said Krahling, who kept himself out of trouble with strikeouts and only two walks.

Minneota left eight runners on base and also made five errors that led to five unearned runs for the Dragons.

"(Krahling) kept our bats under control and we just didn't string any hits together," said Minneota coach Keven Larson. "It was a game in which we had a couple chances to score, but just didn't capitalize."

Adrian scored twice in the opening inning off Minneota starter Braeden Panka. With one out, Quinten Wolf singled and Marshall Wagner and Krahling drew walks to load the bases. An error and a sacrifice fly led to the two runs.

Adrian added a run in the top of the third inning on a leadoff single by Evan Lenz, an error, a walk and a sacrifice fly by Takoby Mack.

The Vikings plated their lone run in the last of the third when leadoff hitter Ben Skorczewski singled and stole both second and third. With one out, Jonah Gruenes flew out to right field. Skorczewski tagged up and slid under and around the tag of the Adrian catcher who reached high for the throw. But Skorczewski initially missed the plate with his hand as he slid past it. In a cloud of dust, he quickly crawled back and slapped the dish before being tagged out.

Minneota was only able to muster three more hits the rest of the game against Krahling, including a two-out double by Jacob Hennen in the fourth inning.

Panka allowed three hits, four walks and four runs (one earned) in four innings of work. Hennen relieved with a runner on and no outs in the fifth inning and Adrian scored three unearned runs on two hits and two errors. Hennen then pitched two more hitless innings.

"Braeden spotted his pitches very well," said Larson. "He got through their lineup a couple of times and induced quite a few ground balls and fly balls. Adrian took advantage of a couple of timely errors to score early."

AJ Myhre led the Minneota hitting attack with two hits, including a double. He was robbed of a third hit on a sliding catch by the Adrian center fielder. Skorczewski, Panka, Hennen and Cooper VanOverbeke had the other Minneota hits.

"It was a quick end to a rather unusual season," Larson said. "We fought through a lot of differences in the season and the year that we will definitely take with us. This was a great team to work with and we will be looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the future."

Minneota loses players to graduation: Josh Schuelke, Carter Schuelke, AJ Myhre, Jacob Hennen, Thor Fischer, Kaden Culver, Braeden Panka, Ben Skorczewski and Cooper VanOverbeke.

Adrian 6, Minneota 1
Adrian..................................201 030 0 - 6 5 1
Minneota..............................001 000 0 - 1 6 5

Minneota hitting: Ben Skorczewski 1-for-4, run; Josh Schuelke 1-for-3; Jonah Gruenes 0-for-3, sf, rbi; AJ Myhre 2-for-3, 2b; Carter Schuelke 0-for-3; Braeden Panka 0-for-3; Kaden Culver 0-for-3; Peyton Gillund 0-for-1; Jacob Hennen 1-for-3, 2b; Cooper VanOverbeke 1-for-3

Minneota pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Braeden Panka (L) 4-3-4-1-4-2, Jacob Hennen 3-2-2-2-1-1

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