Top-seeded BOLD used a stunning and uncanny comeback to record a 7-6 victory over KMS in eight innings in the Class A semifinals on Friday, June 14 at the Mini-Met in Jordan.
The Warriors (19-5) were staring at a deficit after surrendering two runs in the top of the eighth inning. But BOLD scratched out three runs on just one hit in the decisive sequences to earn a berth in the Prep Championship Series on Thursday, June 20 at Target Field. The Warriors were the Class A champion in the three-class format in 2013.
BOLD's rally included three batters that were hit by a pitch, one walk, an RBI single and the game-clinching run on a wild pitch. Sophomore pinch hitter Tim Peppel capped the rally by scoring on a wild pitch from KMS senior Weston Gjerde.
KMS (21-3), who staged a rally of its own to create extra innings, scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Senior infielder Cade Melin had an RBI single and junior infielder Levi Sweere added a sacrifice fly. The Saints got three runs on three hits in the top of the sixth inning to create the 4-all deadlock. Sweere had an RBI in that rally as well. BOLD was unable to solve K-M-S freshman lefty Alex Call through the first two innings of play. But in the bottom of the third, the Warriors struck for three runs on two hits and left two runners on base. Junior catcher Jordan Sagedahl capped the three-run spree with a three-run blast to left field to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead. The outburst helped erase some of BOLD's sour memories created at the top of the third inning. KMS opened the scoring with a single run in the top of the third inning, thanks to a hit and two errors on BOLD's defense. Senior third baseman Noah Thorson created the inning's only run on a sacrifice fly to deep center field. BOLD got out of the inning with a nifty double play.
KMS will play for Third Place at 5 pm on Friday, June 14th in Jordan.
BOLD will play New York Mills at 10 am at Target Field on Thursday, June 20. You can hear the game on our exclusive sports stream at www.bigcountry100.com