Norman County wins at section baseball tourney
BEMIDJI, Minn. – For the first time since 2011, there will be a new champion in Minnesota Class 1A, Section 8 baseball.
A leadoff walk from JD Kappes, an RBI triple from Austin Merkens and a run-scoring single from Blake Fetting was all that Lindell and the Wildcats would need.
“Lucas was really good today,” Norman County coach Mike Gullingsrud said. “He’s real crafty. He threw lots of off-speed, as you see. He won’t throw it by you, but he was good. He made the pitches he had to make.”
The Norman County sophomore didn’t have a lot of speed on his pitches, but fooled the Drakes with a nasty breaking ball; he struck out 10 batters on eight hits.
Although Blackduck outhit Norman County 8 to 3, the Drakes’ lone run came via a solo home run by designated hitter Jake Peterson in the top of the second.
“We just didn’t get the one big break,” Blackduck head coach Dwight Kalvig said. “That’s kinda been the story of our whole tournament. For whatever reason getting that clutch key hit has been an issue we’ve been fighting that year. Against quality teams we just haven’t been able to get that one extra hit to bust that game open.”
The Drakes had numerous chances to plate more runs but each time Lindell pitched himself out of the jam.
B 010 000 0–1 8 2
NC 200 000 x–2 3 1
Krabbenhoft and Bales. Lindell, Fetting (7) and Kappes. W–Lindell. L–Krabbenhoft.