Hawks, Cardinals advance
The summer season continues for two area amateur baseball teams.
The Hastings Hawks won their state tournament game Saturday in Willmar, setting up a big 7:30 p.m. game this Saturday against Shakopee in Bird Island.
If the Hawks win, they'll play against at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Willmar against the winner of the Sauk Rapids and Burnsville game. The tournament continues Sept. 4-6.
The second area team still alive are the Hampton Cardinals. They beat Young America to advance on Saturday.
The Cardinals play again Friday night at 8:30 in Bird Island against Moorhead.
Hastings scored a 1-0 win over the Blaine Fusion on Saturday to advance.
The game's lone run came in the fifth inning when Aaron Gretz hit a solo home run to give the Hawks the only run they'd need.
Mark Moriarty got the win on the mound for the Hawks.
He threw eight innings of shutout baseball. He gave up just five hits, walked three and struck out 11.
Aaron Johnson came in and pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.
Hastings batters collected just five hits against Blaine starter Shane Bushland. David Vogelgesang had two hits. Andy Salmela, Gretz and Jordy Horsch each had one.
Hampton beat Young America on Saturday, 7-0, to advance.
When the Cardinals won their region, they earned the No. 1 draft pick and picked up Keith Meyers, a pitcher from Cannon Falls.
Meyers was instrumental in Hampton's win, throwing eight shutout innings. He gave up just four hits, struck out 12 and walked one.
Duane Slinde pitched the ninth inning for the Cardinals.
At the plate, Hampton fared well against Young America starter Billy Soule. The Cardinals scored five runs against him, but only one was earned.
Mike Mueller came on in relief for Young America and pitched a third of an inning, allowing two unearned runs.
Kyle Rains had one hit, one run and two RBI.
Dan Kieffer had a hit and a run.
Ryan Giefer had one hit, an RBI and two runs.
Joe Robinson had two hits and two RBI.
Alex Harrington had a hit and a run, as did Brandon Boyd.
Hampton held a slim 1-0 lead until scoring six runs in the seventh.