by Dave Pedersen
Loretto was one and done at the state amateur baseball tournament hosted by Delano after losing 6-0 to the Elrosa Saints Saturday.
The Saints scored one run in the first, third, fourth and seventh, before tacking on two in the eighth in a 12-hit attack.
Loretto spread out hits from five different players, Kent Koch, Tyler Maher, Ryan Schaust, Luke Steinbach and Josh Hanson.
Adam McGrane started on the mound, yielding five hits and two earned runs in three innings. Drafted pitcher Jordan Flick got all four of his outs on strikeouts and Troy Beckman worked the last 4.2 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs.
“It was a flat game for us,” said manager Herb Koch. “We don’t get shut out too often. The loss was very disappointing because there was a big local crowd and we wanted to win a couple games at state. We have to be thankful we qualified for state.”
Koch said the opposing pitcher moved the ball around, making hitters swing at his pitch. He adds, “We hit a lot of little dribblers.”
Loretto threatened to score in the seventh and again in the eighth when it loaded the bases.
The coach says he does not know of anyone retiring and hopes to make another run next year. Reed Pawelk should be back after suffering a broken nose and eye injury when hit by the pitch May 31.
Loretto finished the season tied for fourth in the North Star League and took second in the Region after knocking off defending state champ Maple Lake.
The state tournament continues at Delano’s Municipal Ball Park and in Maple Lake the next two weekends, concluding on Labor Day. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students and 12 and under are free. Tickets cover all games for that day at both fields.
For a complete tourney schedule, go to http://mnbaseball.org/League/Class C.
Delano High School’s athletic trainer Beth Swanson’s husband Matt leads Upsala into the tourney.
Loretto features some Delano grads with Brandon Scanlon, Ryan Schaust and the entire Koch family.
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