The Faribault Falcons have been defeated 2-1 today by Byron in Section 1 of the Class 3A tournament. Byron is the first seed, Faribault the 8th seed.
On the other side of the bracket, league No. 3 Albert Lea left Winona’s No. 6 blank by 5-0, while Jordan’s No. 2 seed beat Kasson-Mantorville’s No. 7 by 1-. 0.
The Falcons will play Red Wing at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Winger country The Austin Packers defeated the Red Wing 6-5.
The double elimination tournament resumes action on Tuesday in the top spot before the final four survivors compete in the Red Wing Saturday.
The Falcons loaded the bases in the first inning with no exits, but could only score one run. The game started with a ride, a hit hitter and another ride. The next two batters were hit before Tim Nierby got an RBI when he was hit by a throw. The final outing was also recorded by attack.
Faribault had that advantage until the end of the fourth inning. They also had other possibilities.
In the second inning, Ayden Qualey hit a ground ball to start the inning that caused an error. Jack Knutson executed a sacrifice to put Qualey in the goal position. The next two batters were destroyed.
Senior John Palmer started the game on Falcons Hill. At the bottom of the fourth inning, Jake Coshenet picked up the win for Byron. He would go second in a wild throw. There was an error. Isaac Rogne hit a single result and Coshenet scored the game at 1.
The top of the fifth inning started with a walk from junior Hunter Nelson. Senior Zach Slinger passed him to second base. Slinger advanced to third base. Senior Jordan Nawrocki hit a line toward third base and ended the Falcons threat.
The bottom of the fifth Nelson was making the Falcons rubber. After recording two outputs, Faribault errors occurred. Rogne released an RBI single marking the race that would be on the sidelines of victory.
The totals of the line were:
Faribault 1 run 2 hits 4 errors
Byron 2 runs 5 hits 1 error
Young John Lutzi earned the win for the Bears while throwing a 2-pointer. He had 11 strikeouts, 4 walks, threw 120 pitches, 68 hits.
Palmer scored the first three times with two strokes, a run won while walking 1. He had no strokes. He threw 53 pitches, 34 hits.
Nelson won the defeat by hitting 3 strokes in his 3 career innings which he scored as an unbeaten run. Nelson recorded an attack hit, a walk while throwing 48 pitches, 27 hits.
Slinger and Qualey had Faribault’s only hits in the pitcher’s duel.
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