The first-round games for the Region 5C preliminary tournament were played Wednesday night despite the storms that took place across Minnesota and Wisconsin during the night. There were four games as the preliminary tournament aims to whittle down eight teams to four which will then compete in the Region 5C Finals Tournament. Below are the results:
The Hastings Hawks blew out the Pine Island Pioneers 13-3 in eight innings at Veteran’s Field in Hastings. The Hawks scored 10 runs in the final three innings to break the game wide open. Max Bundschu went seven innings to earn the win for Hastings while Pine Island’s Keegan Majerus took the loss.
The Stewartville-Racine Sharks defeated the Owatonna Aces 7-3. It was a back-and-forth game early on but the Sharks went ahead 4-2 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and then another in the sixth to build a lead they would hold onto.
The Dodge County Diamondbacks beat the Winona Chiefs 7-4 in Winona. The Diamondbacks get a bit of revenge having lost this summer’s previous two meetings with Winona 11-1 and 11-8.
The Austin Greyhounds edged out the Lake City Serpents 5-3 in Austin.
The preliminary tournament is double elimination with the champion and runner-up getting the fifth and sixth seeds in the finals tournament respectively, while the two teams to come out of the consolation get the seventh and eighth slots.
In the top half of the bracket, Stewartville-Racine will play Dodge County at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls at 1 p.m. on Saturday. After that game, Hastings will play Austin at 4 p.m. to conclude the championship semifinals. In the consolation bracket, Owatonna and Winona will play in Red Wing at 1 p.m. while Lake City and Pine Island will face off at 4 p.m.
The winners of the championship semifinal games in Cannon Falls advance to the championship game on Sunday at 7 p.m. The losers drop to the consolation bracket where they will play the winners of the consolation quarterfinals in Cannon Falls. The victors in those games then get the last two seeds for the finals tournament, which takes place August 7-8 and August 13-14.