Fergus Falls defeated Ottertail Central 7-6 in the 15U District Semifinals on Saturday, winning on a walk-off single by Alex Ellison in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Fergus Falls finished the game with 11 hits and OTC had 9 hits in the high scoring affair. Soren Floden led OTC with two hits in 3 at bats.
OTC opened up scoring with three runs on four hits in the first inning. The Otters responded with 3 runs in the fifth inning as Carston Fronning, Brock Schuerman and Jack Ratz all drove in runs. Andrew Klinnert swiped a couple of bags as Fergus Falls had 10 steals as a team.
Eric Fick (5IP, 7H, 4R, 2K) started on the mound for OTC and Levi King (2IP, 4H, 3R, 0BB) got the start for Fergus Falls.
“I’m extremely proud of the way we battled in today’s game and in all games the entire weekend,” stated OTC Head Coach Evan Meece. “We never went into any inning thinking this will be the last one and fought all the way to the bitter end. After our opening round loss, we could have easily rolled over and gone 0-2, but not for one second did any player stop fighting. We’ll continue to battle into the state tournament next weekend on our home turf.”
OTC finished third in the district and will host the 15U State Babe Ruth Tournament July 22-25 in Henning and Battle Lake. Sixteen teams from across the state will battle in pool play on Thursday and Friday, followed by an 8-team single elimination tournament to close out the weekend.