Plato downs D-G-F at Minnesota Division II American Legion state tournament
LUVERNE, Minn. – It was a tough morning of baseball for the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton American Legion team. After a close game through five innings in the first round of the Minnesota Division II state tournament, five errors caught up with D-G-F in a 5-3 loss to Plato on Friday.
D-G-F got the scoring started in the top of the first. After a one-out single by Brett Myers, he advanced to second on a wild pitch from Plato starter Cole Petersen. Petersen then retired D-G-F’s Isaiah Greene, but Brock Stalboerger lined an RBI single to bring in Myers and put D-G-F up 1-0 in the top of the first.
Plato answered quickly in the bottom half of the inning. After leadoff hitter Teddy Petersen struck out, Bennet Bielke smacked a ground-rule double into left-center field. Nolan Lepel followed with a hard shot to third, and after beating out a wild throw to first, got to second base. Lepel scored afterwards, with a Mason Goettl single.
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D-G-F scored again in the top of the third to tie the game, each team remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. After Greene recorded two strikeouts, Teddy Petersen reached first on an infield single. A pickoff attempt failed and skipped by first base, which brought Teddy Petersen to second. Bielke then hit an RBI single to put Plato up 3-2.
In the top of the fifth, D-G-F’s Tanner McManus sent pitch whistling into left-center field for a single, and Myers followed with an RBI double to tie the game at 3-all.
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the sixth, in which a two-out rally by Plato put it up once and for all. After retiring both Mitchell Pinske and Teddy Petersen, Greene hit Bielke with a pitch. Lepel followed with an RBI double, and then advanced to third on another wild pitch by Greene. Lepel came in to score himself on a passed ball.
Lepel picked up the save in the seventh inning to advance Plato in the bracket, and the loss put D-G-F in the elimination bracket.
“I didn’t know much about Plato, I knew that they had a good tradition and that they were a good team,” said D-G-F head coach Mark Kragnes. “What I think it came down to was that they made all of the plays on defense and we did not. I just told the kids that we can’t put up a “5” in the error column and expect to win a state tournament game this late in the year.”
D-G-F 101 010 0–3 7 5
Pato 200 102 x–5 8 0