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.
|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|
Matt Morin 1-3
Bailey Schmitz 1-3
For Long Prairie
Adam Schellinger 1-2, HR, RBI
Jace Otto 2-2, 3B, R