BY DAVE PEDERSEN
The field of eight teams is set for the Region 12C amateur baseball tournament played in Howard Lake. Two of the three local teams will contend for spots at the state tournament set for Delano.
The Rockford River Bandits had a chance to advance by playing in a five-team playoff last weekend to determine the final entrant. After defeating Buffalo 6-2, Rockford lost to Mound 11-0 in the playoff final. Mound had topped Montrose 12-0 and Cokato 9-2 before holding Rockford to three hits.
Delano, the No. 6 seed, opens region play at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 against No. 3 Maple Plain, followed by No. 4 Loretto going against No. 5 Hutchinson at 8:30 p.m. If Loretto wins it would likely take on top seed and defending state champ Maple Lake, 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Maple Lake opened against No. 8 Mound.
A Delano victory would put the A’s against either No. 7 DC or No. 2 Howard Lake, 7 p.m. Saturday in the double elimination tourney. Games will be played Aug. 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11. The first title game would be at 2 p.m. Sunday with the “if” game at 5 p.m.
Rockford’s Jason Lesser finished the season by pitching four straight complete game wins. Against Buffalo, Lesser pitched all nine innings, yielding two runs while striking out eight.
The offense pounded out 11 hits, two each by Adam Brion, Nick Main and Andy Jorges. Cole Hansen drove in two runs and player/manager Ryan Rassatt had one RBI.
Jorges collected two of the three Rockford hits against Mound, while John Redepenning had the other. Rockford finished the season at 12-20. Next season, the team hopes to move to a new home field in Corcoran.