A rain delay proved to be no problem for Menno.
The Mad Frogs led Clear Lake, 3-0, through four innings when play was suspended due to weather on Friday at Cadwell Park. The game resumed Saturday at Drake Field and they did not miss a beat.
Menno rolled to a 10-0 eight-inning win over the Slough Sharks in the first round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, despite changes to the lineup from Friday to Saturday. Menno now advances to face Garretson at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We had three starters from (Friday) night that couldn’t be here, so it really changed things around,” Menno manager Ryan Liebl said. “Our bench wasn’t very deep anymore, but we just dealt with what we had. We knew we had to play our game.”
Macon Oplinger did not have to change his approach on the mound too much. After allowing two hits in the first four innings on Friday, Oplinger surrendered one on Saturday.
Oplinger struck out seven batters in the eight-inning shutout win, with 71 of his 106 pitches landing in the strike zone.
“I had some pretty good defense around me (Friday), so I didn’t throw many pitches,” Oplinger said. “I just needed to come throw strikes today and the defense helped me today, as well. I ended up not throwing many again today, so it worked out pretty good.”
Menno jumped on Cleark Lake with four runs with two outs in the sixth inning. Tyler Miller and Dylan Lehr recorded back-to-back singles, followed a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice. Tyler Edler drove in Oplinger with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to end the game.
Lehr was 2-for-4 in the game.
Trevor Peterson allowed one earned run on one hit in four innings Friday and Justin Larson gave up four earned runs on five hits in three innings Saturday for the Slough Sharks.
Flandreau 10, Freeman 0 (8 innings)
Freeman recorded two hits in the top of the first inning, but had one during the remainder of the game as Flandreau picked up the first-round win in the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Saturday.
Deion Entringer did not allow a run or a walk in seven innings, while striking out eight batters to set up a rematch of last year’s state championship game against Canova at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Cardinals scored multiple runs in three different innings. Tanner Harris was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Carter Howell was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the win.
Nate Broehm gave up three earned runs on five hits in three innings for Freeman.
The Black Sox finish the season 5-15.
Garretson 15, Groton 0 (6 innings)
Jesse Brockhouse launched a grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning as Garretson blew past Groton Locke Electric on Saturday in a first round state amateur tournament game originally slated for Friday.
The Bluejays scored multiple runs in each of the first four innings on Saturday at Drake Field, including a seven-run fourth.
Brockhouse was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, while Nick Bruning was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Dustin Steckler tossed four scoreless innings, giving up two hits and a walk for Garretson.
Edwin Rodriguez was hit for nine earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in three innings for Groton.
Clark 3, Redfield 2
Clark rallied from a 2-0 deficit on the back of a three-run sixth inning to move past Redfield in the first round of the Class B state amateur baseball tournament on Saturday.
After the Traders scored their first run on an error, Andrew Magedanz hit a two-run, two-out double for the go-ahead run to send them to the second round against Northville at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Jared Kuehn had an RBI single and Sutton Masat drove him in on a sacrifice fly in the third for the Pheasants.
Zach Toben picked up the complete-game win on the mound for Clark, surrendering two earned runs on four hits and struck out eight. Justin Link took the loss for Redfield without allowing an earned run on five hits. He also fanned nine in nine innings.