Region 13C amateur baseball teams set for state tourney

The Luverne Redbirds scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday and then held on to edge Milroy 8-7 to win their best-of-three Region 13C amateur baseball series, two games to one.

Luverne earned the region’s top seed in the upcoming state Class C amateur baseball tournament. The Redbirds will receive a first-round bye and will play their first state tourney game at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in Faribault against the winner of an Aug. 20 game between Cannon Falls and Buckman.

The Redbirds’ big ninth inning Sunday was boosted, in part, by a double, bloop single, three hit batsmen and a sacrifice fly that wound up scoring two runs. The Irish fought back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth before a strikeout with the bases loaded ended the game.

Also in Region 13C, Fairmont picked up the region’s third and final state tournament berth by topping Hadley 4-1 on Saturday afternoon. Fairmont scored three runs in the top of the ninth to capture the best-of-three series in a two-game sweep.

Fairmont will open its play in the state tourney against Avon at 11 a.m. Aug. 20 in Dundas. Milroy will meet Webster at 7 p.m. Aug. 20, also in Dundas.

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