With a trip to state on the line, the Red Wing Aces lost its lead in the ninth, but came back to walk off Lake City 8-7 on Sunday.
The Aces scored a run in the bottom of the first, but fell behind 2-1 in top of the fourth. In the bottom half, the Aces plated five runs. Corey Tauer drove in Brady Schroeder on an RBI-single. After a single and a fielder's choice Josh Thygesen drove in a run. Mitch Matter later drove in a pair of runs on a single to right.
The Serpents chipped away at the Aces 6-2 lead with a run in the seventh and eighth. Lake City scored three runs in the top of the ninth, needing three outs to win leading Red Wing 7-6.
In the bottom of the ninth Thygesen was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Brodie Smith walked and Matter bunted the two runners over on sacrifice to the pitcher. Adam Thygesen was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dixon Irwin promptly singled and drove in the winning run from second.
Matter, Irwin and Tauer each drove in two RBI. Irwin finished 2-for-5 and scored a run.
Schroeder started on the mound for the Aces. Schroeder allowed seven runs on 10 hits and four walks while striking out eight in 8 ⅔ innings.
With the win, the Aces secured a spot in the State Tournament. The remaining games in the Region 5C playoffs determine seeding for state.
The Aces next play Stewartville on Friday at 8 p.m. Stewartville, the No. 2 seed, is coming off an 8-7 win over third-seeded Cannon Falls.
Facing the eight-seeded Winona Chiefs, the Aces cruised to a 11-1 win on Saturday in the Region 5C playoffs.
The Aces got an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. The inning started with back-to-back singles from Corey Tauer and Grant Rolen. Tauer later scored on Zach Harding’s sacrifice fly to left field.
In the fourth, Rolen hit a solo home run to left to give the Aces a 2-0 advantage.
After scoring two more runs to double the lead in the fifth, 11 Aces came to bat in the sixth. Mitch Matter drove in two runs on a triple, then Adam Thygesen singled in Matter. Two more singles - including a run-scoring single by Tauer - a walk and an error resulted in two more runs. By innings end, the Aces led 10-0.
The Chiefs plated a run in the seventh on a wild pitch before Aces pitcher Teddy Tauer closed out the game.
Aces pitchers Aaron Johnson and Tauer combined to hold the Chiefs to one run on four hits. Johnson worked five innings as the starter, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four batters.
Matter led the offense going 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Dixon Irwin went 3-for-4 and scored a run.