Spicer, MN - As the sun peaked out from behind the clouds Saturday afternoon, the saying 'Spicer is Nicer' could not have been more appropriate for the Pierz American Legion baseball team. Led by pitcher Matt Tautges they defeated Proctor by a score of 5-1 in the Minnesota American Legion State Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The win propels Pierz to the Central Plains Regional tournament that will be held in Fargo, ND.
Noah Boser crushed two-run homerun in the bottom of the third on an 1-0 count. It was his third homerun of the tournament and he blasted it to right field as the left handed hitting first baseman cemented his spot as the Tournament MVP. He was an astounding 9-13 on the tournament with 8 RBI. Boser returned from a season of college baseball at Division II Bemidji State and looked every bit the part.
Tautges took care of things on the pitching side of things working a complete game and spreading out 8 Proctor hits. He only allowed one run while striking out 6 in his 7 innings of work. His fastball had jump and he used electric stuff to keep the Proctor hitters off balance. Tautges was also 1-4 at the plate with a run scored. Tautges will be attending school and playing at The College St. Scholastica this upcoming fall.
Matt Kummet was 2-3 on the day for Pierz who had 7 hits on the game and hit .302 as a team for the tournament.
Proctor's Bryce Huffman went 3-4 at the plate to lead his team offensively while Zach Gunderson pitched 6 innings allowing 5 runs of which 4 were earned, 7 hits, and struck out 3.
Proctor finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. They lost to Caledonia (2-0) and defeated Stephen-Argyle 4-3 in pool play. They earned the #4 seed and defeated Springfield 2-1 and fell to Pierz in the championship game and took home second place.
Pierz was the #2 seed out of pool play with a win over Giant Valley (7-4) and New London Spicer (9-0). They swept the two playoff round games defeating Caledonia (8-7) and Proctor (2-1) to post a 4-0 record in the state tournament.
New London Spicer were the recipients of the Sportsmanship award.