AMATEUR UPDATE: MENNO IN, FREEMAN OUT
For the second year in a row, Menno overcame a last-place seeding in the District 6 Amateur Baseball Tournament to advance to the state tournament. The Mad Frogs got the job done with a 5-3 win over Wynot in an elimination game in Crofton, Neb., Thursday night, July 27.
Meanwhile, Freeman dropped its own elimination game 6-3 to Lesterville in Thursday’s second game for a season-ending loss.
Crofton and Tabor will play for the district championship Saturday, July 29 at 7 p.m. The winner will represent District 4 at state as the champion while the loser will be Rep. 1.
Down 3-2 after the first inning, Menno scored a run in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings thanks to timely hits — and used solid defense and outstanding pitching — to come away with the victory. The Mad Frogs — winners of one during the entire regular season but two in the district tournament — will learn Sunday who they play at the state tournament, which will be held in Mitchell starting the first week of August.
The Blacksox, meanwhile, fell behind 3-0 early and trailed 6-1 after seven innings but couldn’t come all the way back. Their season ends with an 8-11 record.