ST. CLOUD – Duluth Marshall rallied for seven runs in the last two innings to upset No. 2 seed Belle Plaine 8-4 in the Class 2A baseball quarterfinals Thursday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.
The Hilltoppers, trailing 4-1 in the top of the sixth inning, had runners on first and second with two out when Belle Plaine pitcher Nathan Herman induced a fly ball to center field that seemed to get him out of a jam. But the ball was dropped and two runs scored.
An inning later, Marshall's Derrick Winn doubled to left field with two runners on base. They scored, and Winn did, too, because of another fielding error. That started a five-run inning for Marshall.
Pierz 6, New London-Spicer 2: The third-seeded Pioneers, trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, scored six unanswered runs over the next three innings.
Pierz junior Preston Rocheleau, who entered the game having allowed one run all season, gave up a run in the third and and a home run to New London-Spicer's Wyatt White in the fourth.
Pierz tied the score in the fourth, then took the lead with a two-run rally started by a single from first baseman Brandon Dickmann, who had only eight hits all season. An inning later, Dickmann singled again, this time scoring two runs.
Maple Lake 11, Rochester Lourdes 1 (6): Most days Hunter Malachek's performance on the mound would be the most impressive part of his game. Malachek pitched a six-inning complete game in Maple Lake's victory over Rochester Lourdes. He allowed only one run and three hits and struck out six.
But the Irish senior made perhaps an even greater impact at the plate. He had three hits and scored three runs. One of his hits was a three-run homer that bounced off the billboard in right field in the second inning, giving Maple Lake (23-2) a 7-1 lead over the Eagles (20-7).
Minnehaha Academy 10, Warroad 5: The Redhawks (24-2) built a 4-1 in the bottom of the first inning, with Justin Evenson's single scoring two runs. In the next inning Evenson's twin brother, Alex, benefited from poor fielding when a dropped fly ball allowed another run to score.
The Redhawks added to their lead in the fourth inning when John Goth doubled in two runs, and Alex Evenson did the same an inning later. Justin Evenson hit a solo home run in the sixth.
Warroad (19-7) scored two runs in the third inning and had another two-run rally in the sixth.