Minneota Legion comes back for spot in sectionals
The Minneota American Legion baseball team opened the Sub-Section with a 5-3 loss to Pipestone at Luverne on Friday, then came all the way back to beat Pipestone the second time, 9-5 in the loser's bracket finals.
Brant Buysse, who came on to save the first game win over Tracy on Sunday 5-3 after Teddy Pesch pitched well, pitched the 9-5 win over Pipestone that put the Vultures in the sectionals.
Buysse pitched the final game as the Vultures broke open a 2-1 game in the fifth and held on to get back at Pipestone.
As a result, Luverne and Minneota will represent the sub-section in the sectional next weekend in St. James.
The first time they played Pipestone, Minneota gave up four runs int he first inning and couldn't catch up, losing 5-3. Preston Nuy pitched well in that game but took the loss.
On Saturday, they defeated Adrian 7-2 to advance to the semifinals of the loser's bracket.
Luverne defeated Pipestone, 4-3 to earn an automatic bid to the Sectionals at St. James.
Pipestone fell into the loser's bracket to await the winner of the Minneota-Tracy game. On Saturday, Tracy defeated Adrian 4-3 to advance.
Minneota got a seven-hit, complete game from Sam Buysse against Adrian. He struck out five and walked two.
Brant Buysse, on his birthday, went 2-4 with two runs scored and he drove in a run. Preston Nuy was 1-3 and scored twice and Alex Pohlern tripled home a run for the Vikings.
They had three sacrifices by Nuy, Landon Abraham and Austin Sorenson.
"Sam pitched well. We played small ball with sacrifices and good defense," said Coach Keven Larson.
"They played well today," he added.
On Sunday, the Vultures beat Tracy 5-3 in the first game with Pesch pitching until he had used up his pitch count. Then Brant Buysse came on to preserve the win.
The Vultures, now 9-5 going into the sectional tournament.