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Fort Ripley Rebels  5 8 3
Nisswa Lightning  6 9 1
Innings: 9
WP: Eric Bolt 3IP 1r 4h 0k 0bb
Save: Kyle Schaible 3IP 0r 1h 1k 1bb
SP: Scott Sand 3+IP 4r 3h 1k 2bb
LP: Brett Kramer 3IP 2r 3h 3k 2bb 1hp
SP: Ethan Branum 6IP 4r 6h 4k 1bb

Drew Boland 2-5 2B, run
Jeremiah Piepkorn 1-3 2B, bb(2), rbi, 2 runs
Jason Roepke 1-4 hp, run
-Scott Sand
-Ty Swenson 0-0
Aaron Jenkins 2-5 2 rbi, run
Adam Hardy 0-3 sac fly, bb, rbi
Sam Peterson 1-5 run
Morgan Shepherd 1-4
Tory Miller 1-4 rbi
Chris Pederson 0-4

Nick Jelacie 1-4 bb
Rhett Williamson 0-5
Zach Heidmann 0-5
Logan Kalis 0-4
Brett Kramer 1-3 bb, 2 runs
Jason Sather 2-4, 2 runs
-Mac Brink 0-0
Bill Sather 1-3 bb, rbi, run
Ethan Branum 1-4
Brad Waytashek 2-3 2B, sac fly, 4 rbi

The two highest scoring teams in the Region 8C Tournament met in the 4:00 pm Winners Bracket game Sunday in Avon when the Nisswa Lightning took on the Fort Ripley Rebels.  Both teams had already guaranteed themselves a spot in the upcoming Class C State Tournament and had combined to outscore their Tournament opponents 55-7 in their first 2 games in Pierz.  

The Lightning picked up on Sunday right where they left off on Saturday when they defeated St. Stephen 20-0.  Nisswa scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st on an rbi single by Aaron Jenkins, a sacrifice fly from Adam Hardy, an error and an rbi single from Tory Miller to take a 4-0 lead against Rebels starter Ethan Branum, who had authored a 7-0 Complete Game shutout over Upsala in the first round.  

Fort Ripley got their attack going against Lightning starter Scott Sand in the bottom of the 2nd when Brett Kramer led off with a single, advanced on a 1-out error putting Bill Sather on base.  After a ground out to shortstop, Brad Waytashek lashed a 2-run single to score both Kramer and Sather and cut Nisswa's lead in half, 4-2.  

After that rocky 1st inning, the lefty Branum really settled down, allowing just 2 base-runners over the next 3 innings.  

In the bottom of the 4th, Brett Kramer walked to lead off, followed by a single from Jason Sather to not only put runners at the corners with no outs, but it also prompted a Nisswa pitching change, with right-hander Eric Bolt taking over from Sand.  Bill Sather greeted the new pitcher with an rbi single to make it 4-3, followed by another it from Ethan Branum to load the bases with no outs.  A Brad Waytashek sacrifice fly brought in Jason Sather and the game was tied 4-4.  Bolt got out of any further damage by getting a pair of fly outs to left field.

In the top of the 5th, Nisswa's Adam Hardy would reach 2nd on a 2-out error, but Branum kept him there with a pop up to 2nd baseman Brad Waytashek.  Eric Bolt then worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 5th.

In the top of the 6th, Branum produced a 1-2-3 inning of his own.  Jason Sather led off the Rebels bottom of the 6th with a base hit, and would score on Waytashek's 2-out double to left-center to give Fort Ripley a 5-4 lead after 6 innings.

In the top of the 7th, Brett Kramer took over from Branum on the mound.  Drew Boland and Jeremiah Piepkorn slugged back-to back doubles to tie things up at 5-5, then Nisswa took the lead on a 1-out single from Aaron Jenkins to make it 6-5 Lightning.

In the bottom of the 7th, the Lightning also made a pitching change, bringing in Kyle Schaible to take over from Bolt.  Schaible retired the Rebels in order in the bottom of the 7th.

In the top of the 8th, Brett Kramer got two ground outs and a strikeout to bring the Rebels offense up again.  But Schaible had another good inning, issuing only  2-out walk to Bill Sather before getting Ethan Branum to pop up to 3rd to send the game to the 9th with Nisswa still ahead 6-5.

The Lightning would load the bases against Kramer without the benefit of a base hit on a pair of walks and a hit batter, but a force out at 2nd ended that threat and kept Fort Ripley within 1 run headed to the bottom of the 9th.
Schaible got Brad Waytashek to fly out to center fielder Mac Brink, but Nick Jelacie then singled to bring the winning run to the plate.  Rhett Williamson flew out to center to produce the 2nd out and Schaible finished the game with a pop out to shortstop Tory Miller to end the game and send Nisswa to the Region 8C Championship next Sunday in Avon.  

Fort Ripley Rebels Nisswa Lightning
Billy Sather
Brad Waytashek
Brett Kramer
Brian Skluzacek
Chris Veith
Christopher Smolke
Chuck Plante
Dustin Littlefield
Ethan Branum
Jack Schafer
Jacob Caughey
Jason Sather
Jim Kramer
Joseph Anthony Anderson
Logan Kalis
Malachy Brink
Nick Jelacie
Ray Austin
Rhett Williamson
Robert Veith
Tim Veith
Zach Heidmann
Aaron Jenkins
Adam Hardy
Bodie Piepkorn
Brett Jenkins
Christopher Pederson
Drew Boland
Eric Bolt
Evan Bungum
Jason Roepke
Jeremiah Piepkorn
Kevin Smith
Kolton Michalski
Kyle Schaible
Logan McElfresh
Morgan Shephard
Nate DeChaine
Nick Cundy
Paul Jenkins
Sam Jenson
Sam Miller
Sam Peterson
Scott Sand
Tory Miller
Ty Swenson
Tyler Wittwer