Cold Spring, MN.
Woodbury Blue continued their march through the elimination bracket by picking up their fourth win in a row and knocking out two-time defending champion Tri-City Red by scoring four runs in the top half of the fifth inning while marching to a 4-2 win.
The win puts Woodbury Blue within two games of a berth to the Central Plains Regional Tournament. Three years ago, Woodbury Blue won the state tournament in Delano. They continued their relevance on the State Tournament stage with an impressive pitching performance by starting pitcher Rodney Erickson worked into the seventh inning allowing 4 hits and two runs while striking out three over six official innings of play.
Broke Reinhart came on in the bottom of the seventh inning for Woodbury Blue with a runner on first and nobody out to induce a 4-6-3 double play ground ball. A pop up completed the game as Reinhart picked up the save.
The game was tied at one with Woodbury Blue batting in the top of the fifth when Luke Paulson's sacrifice fly scored the go-ahead run for Woodbury Blue.
Tri-City Red got things started on the scoreboard in the first inning. Blue’s Erickson threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate for Tri-City Red.
Trevor Rankin took the loss in relief of Isaac Mezzenga, who started the game, for Tri-City Red. Rankin worked three innings, allowing four hits and two runs while walking one.
Bret Bateman, Brett Allen, Carter Traczyk, Robert Hogan, and Channing Cole each collected one hit to lead Tri-City Red.
Woodbury Blue collected five hits on the day. Sam Malec and Quinn Kruger each managed multiple hits for Woodbury Blue who will face the winner of New Ulm Gold and Buffalo at 3:30pm Saturday afternoon from Cold Spring Park.