Tim Jaynes, Staff
Members of the Charleston and Nebraska teams roll out the tarp before a weather delay in Friday's nightcap in the Midwest Plains Regional. The game was postponed until Saturday morning due to weather.
After almost three hours of rain and light delays on Friday night, the hosts of the Midwest Plains Regional, Charleston Squirrels, finally got their game underway but failed to play a full seven innings. More rain delays halted the game at the beginning of the sixth inning which stopped the game for good at 1 a.m.
The Squirrels managed to take a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on two bases-loaded walks which put them in prime position for the remainder of the game.
"We feel like the momentum has switched our way," Minner said. "We're going to come back tomorrow (Saturday) and see what we're going to do with our pitching staff. We're going to keep battling."
Tim Jaynes, Staff
Charleston first baseman Mark Freed applies a tag as Nebraska's Curtis Hadiburgh attempts to slide back into first base during Friday evening's game. Hadiburgh was called safe on the play.
Charleston scored one run in the third and added two more in the fourth on a two-run blast off the bat of Matt Medlock.
Jamie Barber received the start for the Squirrels but gave way to James Miller in the fourth inning.
The remainder of this game was played on Saturday morning and you can find the end results in the Monday edition of the Standard Democrat.
KANSAS (Galena) 16, COLORADO (Centennial) 1
In the opening contest of the Midwest Plains Regional, Kansas downed Colorado in just five innings 16-1 due to the mercy-rule. Wes Hefley picked up the victory for Galena.
At the dish, several Kansas players picked up multiple hits on the day. Jon Wagner and Hefley led the way as they both went 3-for-4. Wagner had three RBIs and scored two runs and Hefley had two RBIs and a run scored.
Carlos Garcia was handed the loss as Kansas plated 13 runs in the top of the first inning.
At the plate for Colorado Michael Seifert and Eric Mundy picked up the only two hits for their squad as they both finished 1-for-2 on the day.
IOWA (Albia) 5, MISSOURI (Mineral Area) 1
In game two of the tournament, Iowa handed Missouri's Mineral Area team a pass to the loser's bracket as they plated two runs in the second inning and never lost control of the game, winning 5-1.
Sam Harris picked up the win for Iowa while Ethan Sitton was given the loss in the contest.
Providing offense for Iowa was Adam Stephens and Nate Graham who each went 2-for-4 in the victory. Stephens scored two runs and recorded a double while Graham finished with a triple and a run scored.
Sitton's Missouri squad came up with seven scattered hits, but couldn't provide enough run support to give their pitcher a win.
MINNESOTA (Burnsville) 8, NORTH DAKOTA (Bismark) 4
The third contest of the regional tournament saw Minnesota advancing to the winner's bracket as they defeated North Dakota 8-4.
Tony Meier of Minnesota was awarded the victory as his club pounded out 10 hits to North Dakota's five.
Leading the way offensively for Minnesota was Meier, Willie Sawyer and Shawn Schlechtor who each went 2-for-4 in the game. Meier also had a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored to support his own cause.
Taking the loss for North Dakota was Matt Stoehr. North Dakota saw hits off the bats of four different players with Jon Fiest leading the way going 2-for-2 with a double. Fiest also scored a run and recorded an RBI.