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Redfield Pheasants top Chamberlain Mallards 6-5

Redfield second baseman Christian Christianson touches second base and throws the ball to first, while Chamberlain's Chris Konechne slides in an opening-round game Saturday at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament at Cadwell Park in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

The Redfield Pheasants topped the Chamberlain Mallards 6-5 in 12 innings at the Class B state amateur baseball tournament Saturday at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.

Sawyer Hansen blooped in an RBI single that scored Kyle VanVoorst for the winning run.

Redfield manager Jim Millar said his team has had its fair share of come-from-behind wins this season.

Down 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Redfield tied the game up after Nate Binger smacked a leadoff triple to the fence in left field and scored on a wild pitch making the game 5-4. Jared Kuehn then reached on an error and stole second base, but was thrown out trying to advance to home after an infield hit by Ethan Miller.

Miller scored after Drew Dickhaut hit a double in the left field gap tying the game at 5.

“We had the meat of the lineup coming up,” said Milar about the game tying two-run bottom of the ninth inning. “The guys came through tonight.”

Redfield (19-10) advances to play Alexandria at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Cadwell Park. The Mallards are eliminated and finish the year at 5-9.

The Mallards jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a two-run fifth inning. Neil Hylla hit an RBI single scoring Zach Zimprich and Hunter Hallock added another run scoring off a Redfield error.

“We were in trouble after the first batter” said Chamberlain manager Roger Randall about the bottom of the ninth inning. “Our pitcher (Zimprich) was running out of gas. He brought us to that point so we rode him and it just didn’t work out tonight.”

The Pheasants put two runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 4-2.

After a scoreless sixth inning, Redfield cut into Chamberlain’s lead with Binger scoring on a sacrifice fly and making the score 4-3 going into the eighth.