The Fergus Falls Hurricanes took second place in the Elrosa Tournament over the weekend. They started with a 4-3 extra inning walk-off win over Royalton on Friday night, advanced to the title game with a 4-1 win over the St. Peter Saints on Saturday and then lost a 4-3 extra inning contest to the host Elrosa Saints by way of the walk-off sacrifice fly.
Alex Hexum (6.1IP, 6K, 3BB, 4H, 3R, 3ER) pitched well for the Canes on Friday, however, Dan Revering (2.2IP, 7K, 2BB, 0H, 0ER) came on in the seventh and shut down the Riverdogs to earn the victory.
Fergus Falls scored three times in the bottom of the first inning. Sean McGuire led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Alex Hensch. Hensch then stole second base and Tosten Mann plated both runs with a double. Mann moved to third on a base hit by Darin Stanislawski and crossed the plate on a ground out by Hexum. Royalton scored two in the third on a pair of walks, a wild pitch and a bloop single, and then tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth on a single, a walk and a two-out base hit. The games were scheduled 7-inning contests, but the two teams were still even after seven which meant extra innings. Per extra inning rules, Owen Krueger started on second base in the ninth. After a pop out, Hensch advanced Krueger to third with an infield single. An intentional walk to Mann loaded the bases and Stanislawski ended the game with a single up the middle. The Canes were led at the plate by McGuire (2-5, 2B, R), Hensch (3-4, R, 2SB), Stanislawski (2-5, RBI) and Carter Thielke (2-4).
The Canes fell behind 1-0 in the third inning of their Saturday game with St. Peter when the Saints pushed across a run with a sacrifice fly. Fergus Falls scored all four of their runs in the fifth. Krueger reached on an error, McGuire drew a one out walk, Hensch singled to load the bases and Mann belted a grand slam home run. Offensive leaders were Mann (2-4, R, HR, 4RBI), Hensch (2-4, R) and Revering (3-4, 2B). Stanislawski (7IP, 5K, 5BB, 4H, 1R, 0ER) went the distance to earn the victory.
In Sunday’s championship game, Elrosa struck for two runs on 3 hits and 2 Canes errors in the bottom of the first inning. Fergus Falls pulled even with two in the top of the sixth. Stanislawski reached on an error to lead off the inning. After two outs were recorded, Austin Stanislawski singled in Darin. Krueger then singled Austin to second and an Adam Swanson single scored Austin, tying the game. The bottom of the inning saw Elrosa take a 3-2 lead on a pair of errors and a wild pitch. The Canes tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh when Hensch led off with a single, moved to third on a pair of ground outs and scored on a base hit by Revering. In the bottom of the eighth, the first extra inning, the Saints had a runner starting at second base. They moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt and scored him on a sacrifice fly for the win. Hensch (2-4, R) led the Canes at the dish. Seven other Canes had one hit each. Fergus Falls collected more hits than their opponent in all three tournament games, however, they were unable to overcome seven errors in the championship game.
Fergus Falls will host a double header on Sunday against the Pelican Rapids Lakers starting at 1:30pm at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park.