July 26, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
Updated July 26, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
The Sauk Centre 15U Babe Ruth team saw their season come to a close this past weekend at the district playoffs in Royalton.
The team, seeded fifth, led off the double-elimination tournament with a 12-2 win over No. 12 seeded Holdingford. Will Hoffman pitched a stellar game on the mound, holding Holdingford hitters at bay. Leyton Fuchs, Aiden Wolbeck, Johnny Zollman, Alex Trierweiler, Evan Zales, and Eli Warring all had hits or scored runs in the win.
Sauk Centre followed the win with an afternoon tilt against No. 4 seeded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. After trailing 11-6 going into the last inning, the team rallied for four runs, making it an 11-10 game when the final out was called. Noah Christen scored the 10th run on a passed ball and Will Messer scored what looked like was the winning run, but the final out was made at first base on a solid line drive by Trierweiler with the game on the line.
The team followed with an elimination-game loss to Little Falls, ending their season. Corbin Middendorf collected two hits in that contest.
Three players from the team – Hoffman, Zales and Fuchs – were drafted by Melrose to play in the 15U Babe Ruth State Tournament in Bemidji and Blackduck this week.