The Crookston Reds Amateur Baseball team fell to the Sartell Muskies 4-0 Sunday afternoon in the Championship game of the Elrosa Elite 8 tournament. 

The Muskies took the lead in the third inning when Adam Schellinger was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to third on a single by Andrew Deters.  Two batters Tim Burns lifted a popup down the left field line for a sacrifice fly that was caught by the shortstop scoring Schellinger to make it 1-0.  

In the fourth inning, Jace Otto hit a one-out triple to right center and scored on an RBI groundout by Cody Partch to make it 2-0 Sartell.  The Reds threatened to score in the bottom of the eighth inning with Noah Zimmerman on second and two outs.  Bailey Schmitz singled to left and a perfect throw to the plate cut down Zimmerman attempting to score keeping it 2-0 heading into the fifth.  “We were playing a very tight ball game against a very good team,” said Silvers.  “They are ranked #2 for what that’s worth but are widely considered one of the best in the state.  We needed to take a chance with two down and the left fielder made a perfect throw to end the inning.” 

Schellinger led off the fifth with a solo home run giving the Muskies a 3-0 led.  Deters would follow with an infield single that bounced off second base before Ethan Carlson doubled to center scoring Deters from first to make it 4-0.  “Overall Matt and Lars did a great job shutting down a very talented lineup,” said Silvers.  “They hit the ball all over the park in every game this weekend and to hold a team like that to a four-spot gave us a chance.”

The Reds best opportunity to score the rest of the game came in the fifth when Matt Morin led off with a single.  Following a popout, Silvers grounded into a double play to end the inning and the Muskies went on to win 4-0. 

The Reds fall to 8-7 on the year and will travel to Ada on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game.  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Sartell 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 8 1
Crookston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin – Crox (LP) 5.0 7 4 4 0 1
Lars Brevik – Crox 2.0 1 0 0 2 1
Adam Wenker – Sartell 7.0 2 0 0 0 7

For Crookston
Matt Morin 1-3
Bailey Schmitz 1-3

For Long Prairie
Adam Schellinger 1-2, HR, RBI
Jace Otto 2-2, 3B, R