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Buckman Billygoats  7 11 1
Lastrup Lakers  8 10 3
Innings: 9
Summary:
WP: Chad Weiss 7IP 7r 9h 1k 0bb
Save: Reggie Litke 2IP 0r 2h 1k 0bb
LP: Shawn Lanners 2 1/3IP 1r 2h 1k 0bb 1hp
SP: Matt Tautges 5 2/3IP 7r 8h 2k 4bb

Lakers:
Chad Weiss 1-3 bb(2), run
Paul Herman 0-3 bb(2)
Brad Meyer 2-4 Hr, hp, 3 rbi, run
Peter Herman 1-4 sb, run
Reggie Litke 2-3 2B, bb, sb, run
-Nate Janson 0-0 run
Dan Saehr 2-2 bb, sac, run
-Isaac Otte 0-0 sb, run
Scott Janson 0-4
Preston Rocheleau 1-4 rbi
Reese Kapsner 1-4 2B, rbi, run

Billygoats:
Matt Tautges 1-5
Aaron Weber 3-5 3B, run
-Alex Funk 0-0
Noah Boser 1-5 2B, rbi
Joe Kahl 3-5 2B, 2 runs
Shawn Lanners 0-4 sac, run
-Lukas Otte 0-0
Lane Girtz 2-4 2B, 2 rbi, 2 runs
Peter Suska 0-3 sac, run
Travis Kahl 1-3 sac, 2 rbi
Jack Suska 0-3 sac

In the East Division Championship at Hellie Field in Pierz on Sunday, the Lastrup Lakers hosted the Buckman Billygoats.  Now consider this...Lastrup and Buckman have played 3 times this season prior to Sunday.  The teams split a pair of 6-5 10-inning games and I believe this 8-7 win for Lastrup was the best of the 3!  It was a game that featured a little of everything....small ball, long ball, defense both brilliant and porous, controversy, scary injuries, and above all else, loads of excitement for the sizable crowd.  The pitching match-up for this game was an excellent one with Lastrup going with veteran ace Chad Weiss while the Billygoats countered with hard-throwing right-hander Matt Tautges, last year's Class AA High School Player of the Year.  Ironically, Weiss played his collegiate baseball up at St. Scholastica in Duluth, and Tautges just finished his Freshman year at that school.  

The first inning rolled by quickly with each hurler retiring the opposition in order, with the key play being turned in by Lakers 2nd baseman Paul Herman, who made a diving catch of a Noah Boser line-drive smash to end the top of the 1st.  Then in the top of the 2nd innings things really started to happen.  Joe Kahl led off for the Billygoats with a double to the warning track in right-center.  Shawn Lanners then bounced a ball towards 2nd, fielded by Paul Herman, who flipped the ball to Weiss who was sprinting over to cover 1st.  However, Weiss dropped the ball for an error and Buckman had runners at the corners with no outs.  Lane Girtz then placed a perfect bunt single, as Kahl beat the throw to plate and the Goats had a 1-0 lead.  Then it was Peter Suska, who also bunted towards 3rd for a sacrifice and the off-target throw to 1st resulted in Lanners scoring, Girtz going to 3rd and Suska checking in at 2nd and it was 2-0.  Travis Kahl then put down another sacrifice bunt, squeezing in Girtz to make it 3-0, and Lastrup committed their 3rd error of the inning when the throw to 1st sailed into right field, allowing Suska to score on the play as well and it was 4-0.  Jack Suska followed suit, dropping down the 4th consecutive bunt, a sacrifice that finally resulted in an out, before Weiss got two ground outs to finish the inning but Buckman had done a lot of damage with a 4-0 lead going to the bottom of the 2nd.  Peter Herman, who had put Lastrup into the Division drivers seat with his 10th inning walk-off Homer last weekend, began the Lakers half of the 2nd with a line-drive single to left. Reggie Litke followed up with a walk to give Lastrup 2 on with no outs.  Dan Saehr then delivered a sacrifice bunt of his own to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out.  Lastrup got on the scoreboard when Peter Herman timed his lead coming down the line fro 3rd and made a clean steal of home to make it 4-1.  With 2 outs and Reggie Litke at 3rd, a Tautges pitch bounced away from catcher Travis Kahl and Litke sprinted for home.  But Kahl was able to retrieve the ball up the 1st base line and get it to Tautges covering the plate just in time to tag out a sliding Litke and end the inning with Buckman leading 4-1 after 2 complete.  In the top of the 3rd, Noah Boser led off with a double, tagged up and advanced to 3rd on a fly out by Joe Kahl.  With a man at 3rd and 1 out, Buckman put the squeeze bunt play on again, but this time Shawn Lanners was unable to make contact, leaving Boser in a rundown, tagged out near 3rd for the second out and then Lanners flew out to left to end the inning.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Lastrup struck again.  Tautges got 2 quick outs on fly balls but then Chad Weiss dropped a single into the outfield, was wild pitched to 2nd and then another wild pitch put Weiss at 3rd with 2 outs.  Brad Meyer then singled to drive in Weiss and make it 4-2 before Tautges got a ground out to 1st to end the 3rd with Buckman's lead trimmed to 4-2.  The top of the 4th was uneventful, as Buckman went down in order against Weiss.  In the bottom of the inning, Dan Saehr singled with 1 out, advanced to 2nd on a ground out, and then was wild pitched to 3rd.  Preston Rocheleau then singled through the right side to score Saehr, making it 4-3 as Reese Kapsner hit into a fielder's choice to end the 4th.  In the top of the 5th, Aaron Weber legged out a 2-out infield single but was stranded there by Weiss after a fly out to Reese Kapsner in center, who made all 3 putouts in the inning.  Chad Weiss led off the bottom of the 5th by taking a walk from Tautges, but then a nicely-turned 4-6-3 double play cleared the bases behind Tautges.  But then Brad Meyer hit a towering fly ball down the left field line that sailed just inside the foul pole for a game-tying, 2-out Homer and it was 4-4 after 5.  Buckman then swung the momentum back in their favor in the top of the 6th as Joe Kahl led off with a single, was sacrificed to 2nd by Shawn Lanners, and then Lane Girtz drove an rbi double to left-center to put the Billygoats back in front 5-4.  Later in the inning, Travis Kahl came through with an rbi single to score Girtz and Buckman held a 6-4 lead.  Things got really interesting in the bottom of the 6th.  Reggie Litke got things started with a single.  He moved up a wild pitch.  Dan Saehr then walked and there were 2 on with no outs.  And this is now where some of the controversy occurred.  To set the scene... Scott Janson was the batter for Lastrup.  During his at-bat and between pitches, Buckman Manager Paul Oldakowski stepped out of the 3rd base dugout and got the attention of the home plate umpire, who turned towards Oldakowski.  All Paul was doing was returning a ball that had previously been put out of play on a foul ball.  We've all seen that happen countless times in a game.  At the same time, 3rd baseman Aaron Weber took several steps towards the mound, intent on talking with his pitcher Tautges.  But with 3rd base now left unattended, all of the sudden Litke was sprinting for 3rd!  Moments of confusion then settled in as Buckman claimed that the play was not "live" and that Litke should be returned to 2nd.  Meanwhile, Lastrup claimed that time-out had never been signaled and that the play, indeed, was "live" and Litke had made a heads-up base running play.  After a brief conference between the two umpires, Litke was allowed to remain at 3rd, with Isaac Otte pinch-running for Saehr at 1st.  Otte quickly stole 2nd and there were two runners in scoring position with no outs.  After a strikeout, Matt Tautges was called for a balk, and Litke was awarded home and Otte was placed at 3rd, making the score 6-5 and the tying run just 90 feet away with 1 out.  With Preston Rocheleau at the plate, in an attempted squeeze bunt, Rocheleau ended bunting a line drive back to the mound where Tautges made a great diving catch for the 2nd out of the inning.  And with the squeeze play on, Otte had come racing down the line from 3rd, but quickly realized that Tautges had caught the ball and Otte reversed his direction in an attempt to retreat back to 3rd.  But he was well over half way towards home when Tautges made the play. Tautges bounced back up and sprinted at Otte, and applied the tag on him which should have produced a double play and ended the inning. But instead, the force of the contact between the glove of Tautges and the runner Otte caused the ball to come flying out of the glove and Otte was able to safely make his way back to 3rd  base.  Reese Kapsner then came up and laced the first pitch he saw into the right field corner to bring home Otte with tying run to make it 6-6.  After Chad Weiss followed that with a walk, Buckman replaced Tautges on the mound with Shawn Lanners.  Paul Herman then walked to load the bases.  Lastrup then took their first lead of the game when Brad Meyer got hit by a pitch to force in Reese Kapsner, giving Lastrup a 7-6 lead.  Lanners then got a ground out off the bat of Peter Herman to leave the bases loaded but with the Lakers in front 7-6 after 6 innings.  In the top of the 7th, Aaron Weber drove a ball to the left-center field warning track.  Both the Lastrup left fielder Peter Herman and center fielder Reese Kapsner raced after the ball, but rather than either making a spectacular running catch, Herman and Kapsner collided and the ball fell to the ground with Weber checking in with a lead-off triple.  Both Kapsner and Herman were down for a time, attended by teammates, but both were fortunately able to stay in the game and continue.  That brought up Noah Boser, who pulled the ball to 1st, resulting in an out, but also bringing in Weber and the game was once again tied, this time at 7-7.  Joe Kahl then singled, but was forced on a grounder back to Weiss.  A fly out to left then sent the game to the 7th inning stretch knotted up at 7-7.  In the bottom of the 7th, Reggie Litke drilled a lead-off double into the right field corner. Nate Janson then entered the game as a pinch-runner for Litke, who headed to the bullpen ad began to warm up.  With the go-ahead run at 2nd and no outs and an gifted bunter in Dan Saehr at the plate, a certain broadcaster was 100% sure that the sacrifice bunt was in order.  But no.  Saehr ripped a single on the 1st pitch into left field to advance Janson to 3rd.  And now an example of how the very simplest, almost unnoticeable type of plays can have a huge impact on a game.  With Scott Janson at the plate and Nate Janson at 3rd, the Lakers called for the squeeze bunt.  With Nate Janson dashing for home, Shawn Lanners delivered the pitch well out of the strike zone, high and outside to the left-handed batter.  If catcher Travis Kahl catches the pitch, Nate Janson is a sitting duck on the play and the Lakers may have run themselves out of a potential scoring chance.  But Scott Janson somehow was able to extend his arm s far as he could, keeping just 1 hand gripping the handle of the bat. And he was able to just make the slightest of contact to result in a foul ball, ensuring that Nate Janson would not be put out at home, and rather would return to 3rd base.
The Lakers then broke the tie when Nate Janson scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-7 after 7 innings.  As expected, Reggie Litke took over the pitching duties from Chad Weiss to begin the top of the 8th.  Litke retired the Billygoats in order on a pop out to 3rd, a fly out to right and a ground out to 2nd.  In the bottom of the 8th, Lanners also had a 1-2-3 inning with 2 ground outs and a pop out to 1st.  The game went to the top of the 9th with Lastrup leading 8-7.  Matt Tautges slashed a single, followed by an Aaron Weber single and Buckman had the tying run at 2nd and the go-ahead run at 1st with no outs.  Alex Funk came in to pinch-run for Weber at 1st.  Buckman was situated with the #3-4-5 hitters in their lineup due up against Litke.  The first of those hitters was Noah Boser.  He bounced a ball back to the mound, where Litke was able to field the ball and fire to 3rd in time to force out Tautges.  Alex Funk was now at 2nd, Boser at 1st with 1 out.  Litke then got a strikeout of Joe Kahl for the 2nd out, leaving things up to Shawn Lanners.  Lanners swung at the first pitch and lofted the ball into shallow left field.  It appeared that the ball would fall in for a hit and should have allowed Funk to score the tying run.  But instead, Peter Herman made a back-to-the-infield, somersaulting catch to end the game in stunning fashion and Lastrup had captured the East Title 8-7!    Lastrup now goes into next weekend's Region 8C Tournament as the East #1 seed while Buckman will be the East #2 seed.

After the game, Lastrup drafted Peter Schommer while Buckman selected Austin Dickmann, both members of the Pierz Bulldogs.
Buckman Billygoats Lastrup Lakers
Aaron Weber
Alex Funk
Andrew Ruecker
Ben Boser
Jackson Suska
Jeremy Monson
Joe Kahl
Lane Girtz
Lukas Otte
Mark Kahl
Matt Kummet
Matt Tautges
Noah Boser
Noah Cekalla
Pat Oldakowski
Peter Oldakowski
Peter Suska
Shawn Lanners
Thomas Funk
Travis Kahl
Alec Lochner
Bob Pohlkamp
Brad Meyer
Brandon Lochner
Chad Weiss
Curt Caughey
Dan Saehr
Dan Rocheleau
Dustin Schmaltz
Eric Hanneken
Issac Otte
Jamie Litke
Jason Sadlovsky
Logan Lease
Luke Girtz
Mitch Woitalla
Nathan Janson
Paul Herman
Peter Herman
Preston Rocheleau
Reese Kapsner
Reggie Litke
Rick Schlieman
Scott Janson
Shawn Fischer