Thanks to a four-run fifth inning, Post 115 advanced past the Renville County Musksrats with a 8-5 victory on Thursday, July 21.
By COLE BENZ
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Thanks to a four-run fifth inning, Post 115 advanced past the Renville County Musksrats with a 8-5 victory on Thursday, July 21. Head coach Nolan Dix sent Damon Mellmer to the mound and he pitched a complete game, giving the relievers a day’s rest.
Mellmer struck out five and gave up four runs on six hits. Dix said he left his starter in because of his low pitch count, through five innings he only had 45 pitches.
“I think he had one [inning] that he had like seven pitches and one [inning] was like eight,” Dix said. “With him pitching seven innings and the low pitch count, it really helped out because we didn’t have to use another pitcher.”
The Bears were patient all game, and they worked the count against Renville’s starter. Through five innings Dix said his coaching staff had their pitcher at 95 pitches.
“We had a lot of guys that took it to 3-and-2,” he said. “We took him deep into the count.”
Dix said his defense played well again for a second straight day. With the Bears leading, Mason Dafoe made a crucial play on a line drive that may have saved the Bears a run or two.
At the dish Cole Osendorf went 1-for-2 with three runs and a walk. Hudson Pierce went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Alex Bartholomay went 2-for-3 with a walk.
The Bears were scheduled to play Surrey in the quarterfinals today at 11:30 a.m. CST. Surrey lost to Burlington the night before 3-2.
Dix said Jarad Mattis would start.