A's Get Revenge on Rails


Jordon KontzAlex Thompson


Jordon Kontz (5-3) went the distance on Sunday night in the Corn Belt League regular season finale, striking out nine batters to get the win over the Willmar Rails 4-3.

The Rails jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, a theme that has plagued the A's all season long. But Kontz settled into a nice rhythm after that and it was just a matter of if the A's bats could answer the call.

The A's cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth inning when Barry Meyer brought Kontz home with a sac fly.

Willmar got that run back in the top of the fifth, but gave it right back in the bottom half of the inning. A dropped fly ball, balk and RBI groundout put the Rails lead at 3-2.

The A's took their first lead of the night when Kontz hit a two run single in the seventh, scoring Alex Thompson and Joey Blanchard.

The Rails rally efforts came up short in the 8th when Thompson threw out a steal attempt with two outs. Kontz then sent the Rails down in order in the ninth to cap the victory.

The A's finished the regular season with a 7-13 record and a 4-8 mark in the Corn Belt League. They earned the 5th seed for the Region 4C tournament, which will start on Saturday in Atwater and Spicer. The A's are tentatively scheduled to play at 6:30 pm on Saturday in Atwater vs the County Line's 3 seed.

WILLMAR RAILS (3) AT MARSHALL A'S (4)

WILLMAR RAILS        AB  R  H BI  MARSHALL A'S         AB  R  H BI
Sam Vreeman           4  0  0  0  Ryan VanMoer          3  0  0  0  
Cameron Melin         4  1  1  0  Jordon Kontz          4  1  2  2  
Garrett Koiistra      4  1  1  0  Mason Penske          4  0  3  0  
Noah Vreeman          3  1  1  1  Jon Ellis             3  0  0  0  
Josh Tinklenberg      4  0  2  1  Jake Hess             3  0  0  0  
Baumgart Jack         4  0  2  0  Barry Meyer           3  0  0  1  
Caleb Ditmarson       4  0  0  0  Brandon Labat         3  0  0  0  
Evan Van Den Einde    3  0  0  0   Justin Greenwood     1  0  0  0  
Nick Bergeson         4  0  1  0  Nick Klaith           0  0  0  0  
                                   Alex Thompson        3  2  1  0  
                                  Joey Blanchard        3  1  1  1  
TOTALS               34  3  8  2  TOTALS               30  4  7  4

WILLMAR RAILS                 200 010 000 -- 3  
MARSHALL A'S                  000 110 20x -- 4  

LOB--WILLMAR RAILS 6, MARSHALL A'S 6. ERR--Sam Vreeman, Nick
Klaith. 2B--Cameron Melin, Noah Vreeman, Alex Thompson.
SACF--Barry Meyer. SACB--Ryan VanMoer. SB--Brayden Sunder.

 WILLMAR RAILS                   IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Baumgart Jack (L)              7.00    7    4    3    2    3    0
Nick Bergeson                  1.00    0    0    0    0    1    0
 MARSHALL A'S               
Jordon Kontz (W)               9.00    8    3    2    2    9    0

SO--Caleb Ditmarson (2), Garrett Koiistra (2), Noah Vreeman
(2), Evan Van Den Einde, Sam Vreeman (2), Brandon Labat,
Jordon Kontz, Justin Greenwood, Jon Ellis. BB--Noah Vreeman,
Evan Van Den Einde, Jake Hess, Jon Ellis.


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