If you were to only watch one game of the 2018 Minnesota Legion State Tournament so far, today's thriller between Buffalo and Edina should be the one you choose. A walkoff
bomb from Nick Azar in the 7th was the difference as Edina topped Buffalo 11-8.
Buffalo came into to today’s affair with a scorching .336 team batting average, the best of any team remaining. They jumped on the board first in the second inning of the ball game. Noah Christenson got a hold of fastball and drove it to right field for the RBI single. Edina responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to even the game at 1-1.
Buffalo got their offense going again in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded, Kai Brisk came home to score after an error was charged to pitcher Joe Enzler. Buffalo added to their lead with a couple of key hits in the 4th. Cal James brought home Jacob Strong on an RBI single and then Kai Brisk followed that up with a big two run home run, making it a 5-1 lead for the energetic Buffalo squad.
Edina had no problem responding in the bottom half of the inning. Andrew Enck’s 2 RBI double was the first crucial hit of the inning. Then Nick Azar brought Enck home on a double of his own. Edina trailed just 5-4 after the 4th.
After a scoreless 5th inning, Buffalo put together another big inning in the 6th. Eathan Lasswell-Soeffker became the first player in the tournament to hit 2 two home runs so far after his big 2 run blast. Luke Brings also added a RBI for Buffalo, putting the Buffalo lead back up to 4.
With only two innings of at bats remaining, the Edina offense was in need of a spark. That spark came thanks to a botched play by the Buffalo outfield allowing two Hornets to score and make it an 8-6 game.
With their tournament life on the line in the 7th, Edina strung together a great rally. Jay Chokrek led off the inning with an important double. Edina then caught another break from the Buffalo outfield that committed its second error of the game on a pop fly. That error brought home an Edina run to make it 8-7. With Cal James in to pitch. Chester Dixon was able to get aboard with a nice single down the 3rd base line.
Then with two outs, Nick Azar delivered in the clutch. He crushed a three run home run to left field, walking it off by a 11-8 final and sending the home crowd happy. Azar has lifted his club in to the next round to face Rosetown tonight. Meanwhile, Buffalo has been eliminated.