Hill-Murray baseball staves off elimination

Hill-Murray was the highest seed and put together the longest stay in the post-season of the three Review-area high school baseball teams. At press time for this edition of the Review, the Pioneers were 2-1 in the Section 4AAAA tournament.

Hill-Murray, the fourth seed, survived its first elimination game of the section tournament by beating seventh-seeded White Bear Lake 4-3 in 10 innings on June 2 at CHS Field.

Sophomore Michael Fleischhacker scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning. It wasn’t glamorous, but it got the job done.

Fleischhacker had a lot more to do with Hill-Murray’s win over White Bear. He doubled and later scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to put the Pioneers ahead 2-1. In the top of the sixth, he made a diving catch to prevent a White Bear Lake run.

White Bear tied it and then went ahead in the top of the seventh but Hill-Murray scored once in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Tony Bobrowski’s squeeze bunt scored Jake Ogren with the tying run.

The win over White Bear Lake sent Hill-Murray to the third round of the losers bracket and a game against third-seeded Stillwater. That game took place past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

The playoffs continued this week with the losers-bracket final on June 6 and the championship round on June 7 and, if necessary, June 8.

The Pioneers opened the post-season with a 2-1 victory over North on May 26 and fell into the losers bracket following a 12-2, five-inning loss to top-seeded Woodbury in the second round on May 31.

North

The Polars, the No. 5 seed in Section 4AAAA, posted a record of 1-2 in the playoffs. Following a narrow, 2-1 loss to fourth-seeded Hill-Murray in the first round, North rebounded to take out eighth-seeded Roseville 9-0 in the second round. 

North saw its season come to an end on June 2 at CHS Field in St. Paul. Facing its second elimination game, North couldn’t contain Stillwater’s bats and the Ponies galloped to a 13-1 victory.

North wrapped up the 2016 season with a 12-11 record.

 

Tartan

The sixth-seeded Titans went 0-2 in the Section 4AAAA playoffs and finished the season with a record of 10-12.

Tartan dropped a 13-2, six-inning decision to third-seeded Stillwater in the first round and was eliminated following a 7-5 loss to seventh-seeded White Bear Lake in the second round.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

Section 4AAAA baseball playoffs

Double elimination

First round

Game 1 — Woodbury 4, Roseville 2

Game 2 — Hill-Murray 2, North 1

Game 3 — Stillwater 13, Tartan 2 (6 innings)

Game 4 — Cretin-Derham Hall 9, White Bear Lake 0

 

Second round

Game 5 — North 9, Roseville 0

Game 6 — White Bear Lake 7, Tartan 5

 

Third round

Game 7 — Wooodbury 12, Hill-Murray 2 (5 innings)

Game 8 — Cretin-Derham Hall 4, Stillwater 2

 

Fourth round

Game 9 — Stillwater 13, North 1

Game 10 — Hill-Murray 4, White Bear Lake 3, 10 innings

 

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