A's Season Ends One Game Short of State


Jake LeightonDerek Branson


Derek Branson homered and the A's held a 4-0 lead over the Sauk Rapids Cyclones on Friday night, but the Cyclones answered with the final 10 runs of the game in a 10-4 A's loss. The defeat brought the A's 2017 season to an end.

Jake Leighton (5-3) was the A's starter and was tagged for six runs over 3 1/3 innings of work. Leighton struck out one Cyclone batter.

Jordon Kontz went 3 for 4 and finished the season with a .400 batting average, marking the third time in past five seasons he has hit that milestone.

Leighton and Nate Hoeft each had a pair of hits on the night.

The loss for the A's was their 11th consecutive defeat in section playoff games with a State Tourney bid on the line. Their last win came in 2010 at New Ulm.

MARSHALL A'S (4) AT SAUK RAPIDS CYCLONES (10)

MARSHALL A'S         AB  R  H BI  SAUK RAPIDS CYCLONES AB  R  H BI
Nate Hoeft            5  0  2  0  Mitch Loegering       5  1  2  1  
Mason Penske          5  1  0  0  Paul Schlangen        5  1  1  0  
Jordon Kontz          4  1  3  0  Bo  Schmitz           4  1  0  0  
Derek Branson         4  1  1  3  Mat Meyer             5  2  2  1  
Barry Meyer           3  1  1  0  Scott Lochner         3  1  1  0  
Travis McGlauflin     4  0  1  0   Andy Thayer          1  1  0  0  
Jake Leighton         2  0  2  1  Tom Wippler           4  2  2  1  
 Logan Tomasek        2  0  0  0  Tyler Bjork           4  1  2  5  
Derek Schlangen       4  0  0  0  Greg Bemboom          4  0  0  0  
Dylan Boettcher       4  0  1  0  David  Kroger         3  0  1  0  
TOTALS               37  4 11  4  TOTALS               38 10 11  8

MARSHALL A'S                  004 000 000 -- 4  
SAUK RAPIDS CYCLONES          006 010 30x -- 10 

LOB--MARSHALL A'S 7, SAUK RAPIDS CYCLONES 7. ERR--Jordon
Kontz, Dylan Boettcher, Barry Meyer, Derek Schlangen.
HR--Derek Branson, Mitch Loegering, Tyler Bjork. SB--Barry
Meyer.

 MARSHALL A'S                    IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Jake Leighton (L)              3.33    5    6    6    2    1    1
Travis McGlauflin              4.00    5    4    3    1    3    1
Derek Branson                  0.67    1    0    0    0    2    0
 SAUK RAPIDS CYCLONES       
David  Kroger (W)              8.00   11    4    4    1   15    1
Jeff Hille                     1.00    0    0    0    0    3    0

PB--Dylan Boettcher (3), Bo  Schmitz. WP--David  Kroger.
BALK--David  Kroger. SO--Nate Hoeft (2), Jordon Kontz, Dylan
Boettcher (2), Logan Tomasek, Mason Penske (4), Travis
McGlauflin (2), Derek Branson, Barry Meyer, Derek Schlangen
(4), Paul Schlangen, Andy Thayer, Greg Bemboom, Mitch
Loegering, Tyler Bjork, Bo  Schmitz. BB--Barry Meyer, David 
Kroger, Bo  Schmitz, Scott Lochner.


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