End of the road
BANCROFT – No matter the sport, you know you’re in for a treat when Armstrong-Ringsted and North Sentral Kossuth lace them up and Tuesday night’s first round Class 1A District Tournament match up didn’t disappoint.
One year after the Mustangs earned a thrilling 2-1 upset victory over the Eagles in the second round of districts, NSK exacted some revenge as they defeated A-R in walk-off fashion, 1-0.
Blake Pedersen was the hero for the Eagles as his RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jordan Ricke for the one and only run of the contest.
It was fitting that Ricke scored the winning run because his dominant performance on the mound kept the Mustangs off balance and unable to get on the board.
Ricke allowed just one hit, a single by Brett Thackery in the top of the first inning, and struck out 11 Mustang batters to earn the victory for NSK.
His Mustang counterpart Spencer Clausen was equally effective, however, as the junior allowed just five hits on the night, thanks in large part to a tremendous defensive effort.
NSK threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning after Skyler Mino drew a two-out walk to load the bases for the Eagles bringing up leadoff hitter Brock Beadle.
Fortunately for the Mustangs, Beadle grounded out to Tyler Feddersen who went the short way to Tyler Tonderum at second to end the threat.
The teams battled to a 0-0 tie into the seventh, however, the Mustangs weren’t able to score as they were sat down in order in the top of the inning.
Beadle led the bottom half of the inning off with a single but was forced out at second base as a sacrifice bunt attempt by Ricke failed.
Jake Larson followed with a single to move Ricke into scoring position before Pederson came up with the walk-off base hit.
A-R ends the year with a 14-13 overall record while NSK advances to face North Iowa in the second round of the District Tournament.
Seniors playing in their final game for A-R were Dylan Looft, Tyler Tonderum, Ethan Eisenbacher and Craig Tigges.