ST. CLOUD -- The Pierz Bulldogs' marvelous run in the Class C amateur baseball state tournament was ended Sunday by Granite Falls in a losers' bracket game.
Granite Falls defeated the Bulldogs 11-7, smashing 18 hits and jumping to a 7-0 lead after two innings.
Jason Fischer homered and was 3-for-5, winning pitcher Neil Jensen was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two doubles and Trevor Schulte was 3-for-5 to lead Granite Falls.
Jensen pitched a complete game, giving up 12 hits, five earned runs, walked two and struck out eight. Simon Waltman, the first of four Pierz pitchers, took the loss.
Dan Rocheleau was 2-for-5 with an RBI, Bob Pohlkamp was 2-for-5 with two RBI and Jeff Riley was 2-for-4 as Pierz finished 19-12 after winning four of six state tournament games.
Granite Falls 341 011 010 -- 11 18 3
Pierz 000 300 220 -- 7 12 3
WP-Neil Jensen. LP-Simon Waltman.
St. Cloud Orthopedic 0
COLD SPRING -- Rick Sczublewski fired a 4-hit gem as Pierz advanced in the losers' bracket Saturday.
The 46-year-old Sczublewski gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out six in a complete game.
Paul Herman was 3-for-5, Joey Tautges 2-for-5 with an RBI and Chad Herman 2-for-4 to lead Pierz at the plate.
Dave Rocheleau and Pohlkamp delivered RBI singles in the Bulldogs' 4-run first, which was aided by two Orthopedic errors.
Pierz 400 000 010 -- 5 12 1
St. Cloud 000 000 000 -- 0 4 6
WP-Rick Sczublewski. LP-Todd Dingmann
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