Alexandria eliminates Flandreau
Flandreau's Bret Severtson kept high-scoring Alexandria off the scoreboard through three innings. Then, the Angels took over in the fourth. Alexandria knocked off the Cardinals 6-3 in the opening round of the State B amateur tournament on Saturda...
Flandreau's Bret Severtson kept high-scoring Alexandria off the scoreboard through three innings.
Then, the Angels took over in the fourth.
Alexandria knocked off the Cardinals 6-3 in the opening round of the State B amateur tournament on Saturday at Cadwell Park.
Severtson held Alexandria without a hit through the first three innings, but the Angels recorded four hits in the fourth inning. They turned those four hits into four runs.
"The first three innings, we all got to see him at the plate and so where we started taking advantage was the second time through the lineup when he seen him pitches," said Alexandria manager/catcher Chris Marek, who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
Tyson Gau led off the inning with a double to center field. Jordan Gau, Marek and John Greicar also recorded hits, with Greicar cracking a two-RBI single to right field.
"It is awesome when they put up runs like that," Alexandria pitcher Trever Vermeulen said. "It just takes the ease off of all of us."
While Alexandria's offense eventually got going, its ace pitcher was steady throughout. Vermeulen pitched the complete game and struck out nine batters. He scattered seven hits and allowed three runs (two earned).
"Everything was on," Vermeulen said. "Location-wise for the most part was good and everything felt good."
Flandreau scored a run in the top of the fifth inning, but Alexandria came right back and tacked one two more to go ahead 6-1 after Marek hit a two-RBI single to left field.
"Offensively, we got timely hits," Marek said. "We didn't hit the ball all over the park a ton, but timely hits, which led to runs and we made the plays that we needed to make."
Severtson did not pitch after the fifth inning. He gave up the six runs (five earned) on six hits. He struck out two batters and walked three.
"We can't play bad baseball against them and expect to win," Severtson said. "We can't pitch bad baseball. You have got to play well against a team like that to win and (we) didn't pitch well enough to win."
The Cardinals did score two runs in the top of the ninth to get within 6-3, but Vermeulen ended the game by striking out Luke Gassman.
Flandreau finished its season 14-7.
Alexandria, now a perfect 24-0 on the season, will play Freeman at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Cadwell Park in the next round.
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WP: Trever Vermeulen. LP: Bret Severtson. Pitchers: Bret Severtson, Zach Weinandt (6) and Tanner Harris; Trever Vermeulen and Chris Marek. 2B: Flandreau, Jake Patterson; Alexandria, Tyson Gau, Cole Wenande.