Midway advances to region title game
Two solid pitching performances and a dramatic walk-off win led Midway to the championship game of the Region 14C amateur baseball tournament.
Stetson Burkman and Pete Marjamaa combined on a nine-hitter as Midway opened the region tournament with a 4-2 win over Perham Aug. 4 at Perham. Jake Lund followed with a four-hit complete game as the Snurdbirds defeated Bluffton 6-2 Aug. 4 at Perham. Midway advanced to the region championship game with a 9-8 win over New York Mills Aug. 5 at Perham.
In the win over Perham, the Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Midway tied it at 1-1 in the third and took a 4-1 lead by scoring twice in the fifth and once in the sixth.
Midway, the No. 1 seed from the Lake and Pine League, took advantage of four Perham errors and seven walks to win the opener. Steve Wetterling went 2 for 3 with an RBI while Lund went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer to lead Midway's seven-hit attack. Zach Etter went 1 for 4 with a run and an RBI while Brett Dormanen went 1 for 3 with a run scored. Chris Baso scored the other run while Drew Rasmussen and Mike Baso both went 1 for 4 with Rasmussen belting a double.
Burkman picked up the win, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over the first seven innings. Marjamaa earned the save with one hit and two strikeouts over two scoreless innings.
Perham (the No. 4 seed in the Hi-10 League) eliminated Sebeka (the No. 5 seed from the Lake and Pine League) 4-1 on Aug. 3 in a play-in game.
Lund walked two and struck out eight while allowing one earned run in a complete-game win over Bluffton.
Midway built a 4-0 lead by scoring once in the first and three times in the third before sealing the win by scoring twice in the eighth. The Snurdbirds finished with eight hits while capitalizing on four Bluffton errors and seven walks.
Wetterling led the offense by going 3 for 5 with an RBI. Cory Odland went 2 for 3 while Preston Riewer (1 for 4) and Etter (1 for 2) scored two runs each. Chris Baso and Dormanen scored the other runs while Lund drove in the other run. Rasmussen (1 for 4) had the other hit.
Bluffton entered as the No. 2 seed in the Hi-10 League.
New York Mills, the No. 1 seed in the Hi-10 League, took a 3-0 lead by scoring single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings before Midway rallied to claim an 8-3 lead by scoring six times in the sixth and twice in the seventh. The Millers responded by scoring twice in the eighth and three times in the ninth to tie the game at 8-8 before Midway scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Midway finished with 13 hits with Chris Baso and Marjamaa belting home runs. Chris Baso went 2 for 3 with a double and four RBI while Marjamaa went 2 for 3 with two runs. Dormanen went 3 for 4 with a run and two RBI, Burkman went 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI, and Riewer went 2 for 5 with a run. Etter scored a run and drove in a run while Lund (1 for 4) and Rasmussen (1 for 5 with two runs) rounded out Midway's offense.
Etter picked up the win, allowing one hit in the ninth. Dormanen started and gave up three runs on five hits over the first five innings while Riewer allowed five runs on six hits over the next three innings.
Midway will carry a 22-4 record into the championship game Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. at Perham with both teams advancing to the 95th state Class C tournament, which begins Aug. 17 and concludes Sept. 3 at New Prague, Shakopee and Jordan.
The Park Rapids Esox ended a successful season by being eliminated with two losses in the region tournament.
Park Rapids, the No. 2 seed in the Lake and Pine, opened with a 4-2 loss to the Wadena-Deer Creek Shockers (the No. 3 seed in the Hi-10 League) Aug. 4 at Deer Creek. The Esox were eliminated with a 5-4 loss to Wolf Lake Aug. 5 at Deer Creek. Wolf Lake, which entered as the No. 3 seed in the Hi-10 League, was eliminated with a 4-1 loss to Bluffton on Aug. 5 at Deer Creek.
Park Rapids ended the season with a 12-10 record.
In the other opening-round games on Aug. 4, Bluffton defeated Nimrod (the No. 3 seed from the Lake and Pine) 5-1 and New York Mills defeated Wolf Lake 3-1. New York Mills advanced with a 4-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek. In the losers' bracket on Aug. 5, Nimrod eliminated Perham 8-7 and Wadena-Deer Creek 8-4. Nimrod played Bluffton with the winner facing New York Mills for the right to play Midway in the championship game.