Gibbon goes to state with win over Stark

Aug. 14, 2017 - Tomahawk East League has announced the selection of additional draftees for state tournament play after the final tie-breaker game Saturday that sends Gibbon to the state tournament.

Lamberton has drafted Kyle Pinke of St. James and Sean Mathiowetz of Stark. Springfield claimed Adam Sellner of Stark and Brandon Flock, Leavenworth. Gibbon acquired Dayton Larson, Hanska, and Alan Woitas, Sleepy Eye.

In final games Saturday, upstart Gibbon romped into the state tournament with the combination of the 20-2 win over Sleepy Eye in seven innings and with Sunday's 9-3 loss by Stark against Springfield which put the Tigers into the Class C tournament and Gibbon's tiebreaker 9-4 victory over Stark. It had appeared Stark had already qualified but final results changed that opinion in a hurry as the Reds made one of the best playoff comebacks in the Tomahawk's history.

The final official standings:
Lamberton .. 4-1
Springfield .. 4-1
Gibbon ....... 4-2
Stark ......... 3-3
Hanska ...... 1-4
Sleepy Eye . 0-5
Tie Breakers:
* Lamberton earned the #3 seed with its win over Springfield in head-to-head play in the Region.
* Springfield had the second best record for the No. 2 seed.
* Gibbon became the third seed after it's tie-breaker with Stark in the last game Sunday.

State Tournament action can be followed at the following link:

Aug. 12, 2017 - Lamberton blanked Springfield 7-0 Friday night to qualify for participation in the Minnesota Amateur baseball tournament. In the sole other game between eliminated teams, Hanska topped Sleepy eye 9-6.

Games remaining Saturday find Gibbon at Sleepy Eye and Stark at Soringfield, both teams with just one loss in the round-robin schedule. An additional second pick draft choice hinges on the outcome.

Aug. 10, 2017 - Springfield and Lamberton have qualified as two of the three teams from the Tomahawk East League to play in the state amateur tournament.
Stark has been prevented from being be the final team but has been hurt by recent loss. The Reds still have an outside chance of reaching the state tournament.

Recent results and schedules remaining
Saturday, August 5
Lamberton 8, Gibbon 2
Stark 8, Sleepy Eye 3
Sprinfield 7, Hanska 2

Snday, August 6
Stark 7, Hanska 5
Springfield 8, Gibbon 2
Lamberton 9, Sleepy Eye 2

Tuesday, August 8
Lamberton 11, Hanska 0 (7 innings(
Gibbon 6, Stark 5 (10 innings)
Springfield 5, Sleepy Eye 1

Wednesday, August 9
Stark 4, Lamberton 1
Gibbon 3, Hanska 2 (at Fairfax)
Region 2C Standings Thru 8/9 (Top Three Records Go To State)

Springfield 3-0
Stark 3-1
Lamberton 3-1
Gibbon 2-2
Sleepy Eye 0-3
Hanska 0-4

Remaining Schedule

Friday, August 11
Springfield @ Lamberton. 8 p.m.
Sleepy Eye @ Hanska, 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 12
Gibbon @ Sleepy Eye , 2 p.m.
Stark @ Springfield , 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 13
Tiebreaker(s) (if necessary) 2:00

Previous - Upstart Gibbon eliminated the New Ulm Brewers from anymore baseball this year by taking the third and deciding firs round game at Johnson Park. (Any one else remember how Gibbon would do that to New Ulm in the past? The Reds are back!)

Meanwhile, Springfield and Hanska which had lost second games, came back to win their playoff series and set up the round-robin tournament that will put three Tomahawk teams in the state tournament. Draftees were also finalized Wednesday afternoon by regional and Tomahawk officials.

Tuesday Game 3 of first round:

Hanska 9, St. James 2
Springfield 8, Essig 6
Gibbon 5, New Ulm 2

Region 2C will be a single round robin format with the three best records in regional play qualifying for the State Class C Amateur Baseball Tournament to be held in Green Isle, Hamburg and Norwood beginning August 18. Games Saturday and Sunday include:

Friday, August 11
Springfield @ Lamberton 8:00
Sleepy Eye @ Hanska 8:00
Saturday, August 12
Gibbon @ Sleepy Eye 2:00
Stark @ Springfield 7:30
Sunday, August 13
Tiebreaker(s) (if necessary) 2:00

The final contenders made draftee picks (limited to one this year) with the following results:

Lamberton Long Sox -- Wade French – New Ulm Brewers
Stark Longhorns -- Kyle Pinke – St. James Express
Springfield Tigers -- Kasey Kuck – Searles Grizzlies
Hanska Lakers -- Chris Cariveau – New Ulm Brewers
Sleepy Eye Indians -- Brandon Flock – Leavenworth Orioles
Gibbon Reds -- Jordan Guggisberg – Essig Bluejays

MONDAY, JULY 31 --- Three of the six Tomahawk East first round playoff games head to a third and deciding game Tuesday night with Gibbon and St. James adding to the upset mode in tying their sets with New Ulm Brewers and Hanska. Springfield came back to even its set with first-round winner Essig.

Scores and schedules:
Sunday, July 30 (Game 2)
Gibbon 7, New Ulm 6 (Gibbon ties series)
Sleepy Eye 8, Leavenworth 7 (Sleepy Eye advances to Region 2C playoffs)
Lamberton 20, Courtland 1 (7 innings) (Lamberton advances)
St. James 7, Hanska 5 (St. James ties series)
Springfield 9, Essig 0 (series tied)
Stark 9, Searles 0 (Stark advances)

Games Tuesday, August 1 (Game 3)
Essig @ Springfield 8:00
St. James @ Hanska 8:00
Gibbon @ New Ulm 8:00