COLD SPRING -- Ryan Holthaus had two doubles and two RBI to lead the Cold Spring Springers to the Region 7B amateur baseball championship Sunday with a 6-2 victory over the Brainerd Bees.
Holthaus had three hits as the Springers captured the region's No. 1 state tournament seed. The Bees advance to state as the No. 2 seed.
The Bees face the Rochester Royals 5 p.m. Friday in the Class B state tournament at Belle Plaine. Cold Spring (32-7) plays the Austin Greyhounds at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Belle Plaine.
Darren Goltz and Kyle Holbrook were 2-for-4 to lead the Bees.
At Cold Spring
Game 8 -- Losers bracket, Blaine 7, Ultimate 4, Ultimate eliminated
Game 9 -- Losers bracket, Cold Spring 4, Blaine 2, Blaine eliminated
Game 10 -- Cold Spring 5, Brainerd Bees 3
Game 11 -- Championship, Cold Spring 6, Bees 2
Losing pitcher Mike Shogren went 5 2/3 innings. He had no strikeouts, walked four, gave up two earned runs and seven hits. Adian Kummet pitched the last 3 1/3 innings.
The Bees drafted Mike Holman, Jason Wald and Casey Haugen, all of Ultimate Sports of Waite Park.
Steve Huls was 2-for-3 with one RBI while Darren Heying and Ben Griffin each went 2-for-5 in the Springers' win.
Andy Bulson pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits. He struck out two.
Cold Spring 6 12 1
Bees 2 8 2
WP-Andy Bulson. LP-Mike Shogren. Record-Bees 21-11. Next game-Bees vs. Rochester Royals 5 p.m. Friday at Belle Plaine in Class B state tournament.
Cold Spring 5, Bees 3
COLD SPRING -- The Springers scored three runs in the seventh to break up a 1-1 tie Saturday.
Josh Smith hit a solo home run in the Bees' fourth. Brady Prince added an RBI double in the Brainerd eighth.
Aaron Jenkins went seven innings for the Bees. He allowed three earned runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out two. Kummet pitched the last two innings.
Bulson had a two-run single. The Springers' Ryan Lieser was 3-for-5 and Ron Terres and Darren Heying each added two hits.
Cold Spring 5 10 1
Bees 3 7 2
WP-Dave Schlangen. LP-Aaron Jenkins.
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