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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hurricanes Beat Lakers 3-1 to Win Region 16C Title

By Craig Olson - Ashby, MN

Region 16C Champs!  PHOTO by TRIA MANN

The Fergus Falls Hurricanes won the Region 16C Amateur Baseball championship on Saturday when they beat Pelican Rapids 3-1.

Pelican Rapids struck first when Jordan Hams drew a two-out first inning walk, taking third base when Jan Lindberg reached on an infield error.  A single by Alex Johnson brought Hams home.

In the bottom of the first Tosten Mann led off with a single but was picked off first base.  Alex Hensch walked, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Darin Stanislawski.  With one out in the seventh Jake Anderson singled and then scored on an Alex Hexum double. The Hurricanes added an additional run in the eighth.  Darin Stanislawski singled with one out and after a fly out Jake Heck drew a walks.  Austin Stanislwaski pinch ran for Darin and scored on a single by Jack Hiedeman.

Mann (3-4), Darin Stanislawski (2-4, 2B, RBI), Jack Hiedeman (2-4, RBI) and Hexum (1-3, 2B, RBI) led the Hurricanes at the plate.

Darin Stanislawski (9IP, 12K, 1BB, 2H, 1R, 0ER) recorded a complete game victory and Alex Johnson (8IP, 2K, 2BB, 11H, 3ER) took the loss.

Fergus Falls improves to 19-6 overall, 4-0 in Region 16C.  They have advanced to the Class C State Tournament for the fifth time in six years and the nineteenth time since the 'Canes were founded in 1989.  The Hurricanes will have a first weekend bye and will play Saturday, August 26 at 1:30pm in Green Isle against a yet to be determined opponent. 

The Lakers advance as Region 16C runners-up and will play Sunday, August 20 at 2:30pm in Hamburg against the fourth place finisher from Region 15C.

In other Region 16C action in Ashby:

Pelican Rapids 3, Long Prairie 2

Pelican Rapids 4, Alexandria Black Sox 3 (10 innings)

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