Third and fourth grade
The third and fourth grade team traveled to Dawson last Thursday night to battle in the first ever Little Sioux Little League Championship.
The young men were poised to do well. All of the hard nights of practice and regular season games lead up to this moment.
Minneota 7, Granite Falls 6
Granite started off with a bang in the first inning, all four batters in the top of the order reached base. Ty Schulte's double drove in two runs to give Granite the lead.
The boys then went out into the field with solid defense. It was a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Minneota gained some momentum of their own in the top of the second by holding Granite with out a run. Then in the bottom of their home half of the second they plated four runs. And Granite found themselves down 4-2.
Granite rallied in the top of the third. They managed to get the base loaded for Nikson Knapper, who came through with a huge hit to drive in Daniel Blue. Cody Dahlager hit one deep in the gap, only to have the Minneota fielder come up with a great catch to end the inning.
Now Granite was just down a run. Holding Minneota scoreless in the home half, they started another rally in the top of the 4th.
Taylor Mortiz sent a double in the gap scoring Dexter Pardick. Later in the inning, Tyler Syring singled home Mortiz.
The back and forth game continued into the bottom of the fourth: Minneota plates two more runs.
Going into the fifth and final inning, Granite needed a run to stay alive. Down one run Tyler Nordaune came up big, hitting a double in the gap, Daniel Blue's great hustle scored the tying run.
After the play at the plate, the Minneota catcher threw out Nordaune at 3rd to end the Granite threat.
Tied going to the bottom of the fifth and final inning, Minneota was just too much. Minneota eventually scored the winning run. It was a hard fought emotional game for the young team.
Third place game
Granite Falls 13, LqPV 2
Granite picked themselves up after an emotional game and brought the bats to earn third place in the tournament.
Tyler Syring lead off the game with a solid single, followed by a Nikson Knapper double. Then Cody Dahlager hit a double, followed by a Caleb Jans deep double to right field. Jaden Gorres then capped off the inning with a double to invoke the five-run max per inning rule.
Page 2 of 2 - The Granite team found themselves up five after the first inning.
The hitting continued in the second inning as Austin Canatsy lead off with a double. He later scored when the hot bat of Ty Schulte brought him in on a single.
Granite was up 6-2 after three innings of play. Then the Granite team put on insurance runs, as Dahlager hit a home run, while Pardick tripled and scored on another Jans double.
Another stop in the field and Granite piled on four more runs in the fourth. Lead by Schulte, Blue, Syring, and Dahlager, Granite held Lac qui Parle Valley scoreless in the fifth inning to earn the third place medals.
Third and fourth grade stats
Tyler Nordaune 4-for-5, Nikson Knapper 4-for-5 (3B), Cody Dahlager 4-for-5 (HR, 2B), Caleb Jans 3-for-5 (2-2B), Ty Schulte 4-for-4 (2-2B), Daniel Blue 3-for-4 (3 runs)