After losing for the third time to the Harding Dinosaurs Saturday, the Brainerd Braves bounced back to beat the Fort Ripley Rebels 14-1 Sunday in Victory League North Division baseball playoffs.
Thor Wicklund had the hot bat for Brainerd as he went 2-for-3 with a home run and six RBI. Derek Owen also found a hot stick as he went 2-3 with a triple and drove in three runs.
Tony Veith went 2-3 to lead the Rebels, who were eliminated from the playoffs.
The win clinched Brainerd a spot in the Region 8 tournament and sets up a showdown against Harding next weekend for the top seed in the north.
Fort Ripley 1 7 3
Brainerd 14 12 1
WP -- Chase Nelson. LP -- Brandon Owen. HR -- B-Thor Wicklund.
Pierz Brewers 3
BUCKMAN -- Scott Geiger and Scott Boser were both 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the Buckman Billygoats to a 9-3 win over the Pierz Brewers Sunday in an East Division playoff matchup.
Todd Robinson, Wade Bauer, Dave Woitalla and Brandon Lochner each had two hits apiece as the Billygoats finished with 18 total hits.
Greg Pohlkamp had two hits and Dan Kimman had two RBI for the Brewers.
Brewers 3 7 5
Buckman 9 18 0
WP -- Todd Robinson. LP -- Brian Stangl.
Pierz Bulldogs 4,
PIERZ -- With Pierz trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Bob Pohlkamp's sacrifice fly scored the tying run and the Bulldogs won the game when the throw from the outfield sailed into a dugout as Pierz eliminated the Lakers 4-3 Sunday in an East Division playoff game.
Lastrup 3 7 2
Pierz Bulldogs 4 8 2
WP -- Pete Herman. LP -- Dan Saehr.
St. Mathias 4
SOBIESKI -- Craig Kern's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the winning run as the Sobieski Skis held on to beat St. Mathias 5-4 Sunday in a West Division playoff game.
Simon Waltman had three hits and Joe Thoma had a three-run double for the Skis.
Jake Francis was 2-for-4 and Chris Klabo added a home run to lead the Devils.
St. Mathias 4 7 4
Sobieski 5 9 1
WP -- Brad Czech. LP -- Matt Means. HR -- SM-Chris Klabo.
Upsala 8, Randall 1
UPSALA -- Anthony Turk went 2-for-4 and scored Randall's lone run as the Cubs fell 8-1 to the Upsala Blue Jays in West Division playoffs Sunday and were eliminated.
Randall 1 6 3
Upsala 8 14 0
WP -- Dave Gerads. LP -- Matt Martin.
Harding 1, Brainerd 0
The Harding Dinosaurs have the Brainerd Braves' number.
For the third time this season, Harding defeated Brainerd, this time by the score of 1-0 Saturday in the second round of Victory League North Division playoffs.
Dinosaur starting pitcher Dan Rocheleau shut out the Braves for the second time, throwing a nine-inning complete game and giving up only four hits with five strikeouts.
Harding's Gary Woitalla was all the offense they needed. He went 2-for-3 and drove in the lone run in the fifth inning.
Braves starter Tony Whitlock also pitched a strong game, giving up four hits with 10 strikeouts while walking four in eight innings of work.
Derek Owen doubled for Brainerd while Nick Engebretson, Matt Aberle and Mike Innes each added a hit in the loss.
Brainerd 0 4 0
Harding 1 4 1
WP -- Dan Rocheleau. LP -- Tony Whitlock.
Sobieski 6, Randall 0
SOBIESKI -- Simon Waltman lost his bid on a no-hitter as he gave up a hit with one out in the ninth inning to lead the Sobieski Skis to a 6-0 win over the Randall Cubs Saturday in West Division playoffs.
Isaac Smieja had two hits, including a home run and Joe Thoma added two hits as well for the Skis.
Randall 0 1 0
Sobieski 6 0 0
WP -- Simon Waltman. LP -- Jason King. HR -- S-Isaac Smieja.
St. Mathias 4, Upsala 2
UPSALA -- Kevin Mertens pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and two walks as the Mathias Devils beat the Upsala Blue Jays 4-2 Saturday in West Division playoffs.
Ty Adams and Chris Klabo each had a double and drove in a run to lead the Devils offensively.
St. Mathias 4 5 0
Upsala 2 5 2
WP -- Kevin Mertens. LP -- Randy Leners.
Fort Ripley 10,
Cuyuna Range 3
FORT RIPLEY -- Kurt Veith went 2-for-4 with a triple as the Fort Ripley Rebels staved off elimination by beating the Cuyuna Range Miners 10-3 and Saturday in North Division playoffs, ending the Miners' season.
Ft. Ripley 10
Cuyuna Range 3
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