St. Francis defeats Elko 3-1 in third round play

The Elko Express, Region 6C baseball champions, were eliminated in the State Class C Tournament as they lost to St. Francis, 3-1, in third round play Friday at Norwood.

The Express, managed by Terry Fredrickson, finished the season with a very good 37-6 overall record and led the D-R-S league in wins with a 20-2 record in 22 games.

St. Francis 3, Elko 1

The St. Francis Saints, Region 1C champions, rallied in the ninth inning against Elko's relief pitching to defeat the Express, 3-1.

Tony Heifort's home run to left with two runners on base decided the game and erased a 1-0 advantage held by Elko up to that point. It was the only extra-base hit of the contest.

The Express outhit the Saints but also left 11 runners on base. Tony Gabriel had two of the seven hits.

Elko's score came in the fourth inning as Nick Davis drew a walk, advanced on a grounder to first and scored when Jeff Joosten hit a two-out single up the middle.

Josh Roiger, Elko lefthander, worked the first eight innings, allowing but three hits and striking out 11.

The Saints put two runners on in the top of the ninth on a hit batter and a single to left by Jake Maros before Heifort's homer.

Elko had two runners on in the last of the ninth on a walk and a single after one out, but two infield plays ended the ball game.

Ryan Bruns, draftee from Champlin, was the winning pitcher in relief as he worked the last three innings. He allowed two hits and was helped by a line drive double play in the eighth inning.

The line score: R H E

St. Francis Saints........000 000 003 - 3 5 3

Elko Express ..............000 100 000 - 1 7 0 Tommy Furnelius, Ryan Bruns (71/3) and Seth Harvey. Josh Roiger, Bill Dunker (9), Brian Muell (91/3) and Josh Thom.

Other State Class C scores last weekend:

Friday, Aug. 31: Plato 3, Holdingford 0; Winsted 8, St. Stephen 3; Sauk Rapids 7, Princeton 4

Saturday, Sept. 1: Plato 8, St, Francis 3; Sauk Rapids 11, Winsted 0; St. Francis 3, Winsted 2

Sunday, Sept. 2: Sauk Rapids 4, Plato 0; Plato 3, St. Francis 1

Monday, Sept. 3: Plato 10, Sauk Rapids 0; Plato 6, Sauk Rapids 3 (championship)

Plato defeats Sauk Rapids twice for Class C trophy

Plato played a doubleheader with Sauk Rapids on Monday and won both games, advancing from the losers bracket, to take the State Class C title at Hamburg, 10-0 and 6-3.

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