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Section 1AA halted by rain

Triton, Cotter win in semifinals before tourney is stopped

By Donny Henn

dhenn@postbulletin.com

Rain forced the postponement of the second round of the Section One, Class AA baseball tournament Saturday at Hudson Field in north Rochester.

The rain came early in the third game of the day, the losers bracket elimination game between Rochester Lourdes and La Crescent. Lourdes has a 4-0 lead after 11⁄2 innings.

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The Lourdes-La Crescent game will resume at 5 p.m. today at Hudson Field, followed by the winners bracket game between Cotter and Triton.

The tournament continues Tuesday with the losers bracket final at 5 p.m., followed by the championship game at 7:30. A second championship game if needed would be Wednesday at 7:30.

The first two games were completed without interference from the weather.

COTTER 2, LOURDES 1

O’Brien outduels Timmons

Lourdes pitcher David Timmons tossed a complete game four-hitter against defending section champion Winona Cotter, but the tall senior right-hander made one unfortunate mistake.

Timmons left a changeup high in the strike zone in the third inning to Cotter’s Jeff Gilbertson and he smashed it over the left field fence for a two-run home run and the key hit in a tight game.

Timmons lost a pitchers’ duel with Cotter junior right-hander Thomas O’Brien, who also pitched a complete game and scattered five hits. O’Brien had four strikeouts and five walks; Timmons had five strikeouts.

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O’Brien also hit one batter which led to Lourdes’ only run. Dan Lose was hit by a pitch in the first inning, advanced on a single by Jake Duda, and scored on Tom Gores’ single to center.

Lourdes lost the potential tying run on a pick-off in the fifth inning. Lourdes’ Dan Charlesworth drew a walk and was picked off from first base; Lose followed with a double that might’ve scored a runner from first.

WINONA COTTER 2, LOURDES 1

Cotter 002 000 0 — 2 4 0

Lourdes 100 000 0 — 1 5 1

Thomas O’Brien and Matt Wolfe; David Timmons and Rob Poterucha.

2B — WC, Scott Ryan. HR — WC, Jeff Gilbertson.

TRITON 9, LA CRESCENT 0

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Kispert to the rescue

Triton got a heroic pitching effort from Riley Kispert, who was penciled in to pitch at the last minute when teammate Zach Erdmann was unable to go.

Erdmann, Triton’s senior ace pitcher, was experiencing some discomfort in his throwing arm during warmups and so coach Brett Kispert made the switch.

Kispert, who usually plays third base, responded with a complete-game two-hitter against a good-hitting Lancers lineup. He had a no-hitter until the fourth inning and finished with seven strikeouts, one walk, and hit one batter.

"Riley said he wasn’t quite sure he felt up to the task, either, but he stepped in and did a great job," said coach Kispert, who is Riley’s dad.

Riley Kispert was also involved in the controversial play of the game when he appeared to hurdle La Crescent catcher Andrew Helland and scored a run in Triton’s pivotal five-run rally in the third.

La Crescent coaches argued Kispert should have been called out automatically, but the umpire’s decision stood.

The Cobras combined five hits with a wild pitch in the rally inning.

Triton out-hit La Crescent 12-2, and four Cobras had multiple-hit games; Derek Sorenson was 2-for-5; Derek Thaden 2-for-4 with two runs; Phil Berg 2-for-4 with a double; and Damon Andrews 2-for-4 with two runs.

TRITON 9, LA CRESCENT 0

Triton 005 112 0 — 9 12 0

La Crescent 000 000 0 — 0 2 4

Ryan McCallson, Patrick Falk (5), Colin Dingfelder (6) and Andrew Helland; Riley Kispert and Derek Thaden.

2B — TRI, Phil Berg; LAC, McKay Youngblout.

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