Clutch team? Sure, Legacy Christian Academy of Andover felt confident. But the walk, double, error, bunt single and wild pitch — all with two outs — that scored two key runs left victorious players in disbelief.
The second-seeded Lions rallied in the top of the seventh inning of a 7-5 victory over Wabasha-Kellogg on Friday at the Mini Met in Jordan. The Lions wil play in the Class 1A baseball state tournament championship game at 10 a.m. Monday at Target Field.
With the score tied 5-5, the Lions' Nic Leibold walked. Josh Peterson's single to left field got behind the Falcons outfield and pinch runner Luke Chaika scored from first. After the bunt, a wild pitch brought Peterson home.
"We are pretty clutch, but that was pretty big for us," Peterson said.
Parkers Prairie 8, Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 3: After starting slow on the mound, Parkers Prairie senior pitcher Andrew Johnson recovered and led the top-seeded Panthers back to the 1A championship game.
Johnson allowed two Falcons runs in the first and another in the third. From there, he retired 12 consecutive batters.
At the plate, Johnson added a single, double and home run, drove in four runs and scored twice against the No. 4 seed Falcons (23-4).
"I just wanted to help my team out the best I could today," Johnson said.
The Panthers (25-2) lost in the title game in extra innings last season.
Note: Fosston junior Brett Sundquist pitched a five-inning perfect game in the Greyhounds' 10-0 victory over Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman in the consolation championship game at Chaska Athletic Park.