Getting outstanding pitching in all three games, the Montevideo American Legion baseball team won the Southwest bracket of the District 7, Division II playoffs.
Colton Vien pitched his first career no-hitter as Post 59 blanked Sacred Heart/MACCRAY 10-0 in five innings here last Thursday. Vien gave up just one walk, while striking out four.
Brett Bergeson led Montevideo’s 123-hit attack with three singles and four RBI. Vien also had three hits.
Jordan Thompson scattered eight hits and notched six strikeouts in Saturday’s 9-2 win over Madison.
Bergeson, Vien, Austin Hoehne, Tanner Lindemann and Jake Bednar all had four hits, with Bergeson and Bednar each knocking in two runs.
Lindemann pitched a three-hitter with six strikeouts as Montevideo won the championship game with a 4-2 win over Madison on Sunday.
Montevideo took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning when Joe Bednar doubled and scored on a triple by Bergeson, who later scored on a wild pitch.
Bergeson, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI, doubled in a run in the third inning.
After Madison pulled within 3-2, Montevideo added an insurance run in the fifth on Vien’s RBI triple.
Win Final Four opener
Colton Vien raced home from second base on a wild pitch to score the winning run in Montevideo’s 4-3 win over Eden Valley-Watkins in the District 7, Division II Final Four here Tuesday.
Montevideo trailed 3-0 and had just four hits going into the sixth inning.
Post 59 got one run back in the sixth on Austin Hoehne’s RBI single.
Four Eden Valley-Watkins errors aided Montevideo’s comeback in the seventh. Kyle TeBeest reached on an error and Joe Bednar singled to right for his third hit of the game. With one out, Colton Vien grounded to the shortstop, who threw the ball into right field trying to hurriedly turn a double play. TeBeest and Bednar both scored on the play, tying the game.
With Vien on second base, EVW intentionally walked Tanner Lindemann. EVW pitcher Hayden Wilner struck out the next hitter but, with Jake Bednar at the plate, Vien broke for third base. The pitch to Bednar was in the dirt and sailed to the backstop. Vien never hesitated and scored the game-winner when the pitcher couldn’t handle the throw to home.
Vien pitched a complete game to get the win, giving up nine hits, while striking out six.
Montevideo will play Morris, a 2-1 winner over BOLD, in the winners’ bracket game today (Thursday) at 7:45 p.m. The tourney continues here Friday and Saturday.