ROCORI Has Season End In Section Championship
ST. CLOUD — The ROCORI Spartans saw their season come to a close on June 7 at the Municipal Athletic Complex in the Section 8-3A Championship Round against the Little Falls Flyers.
ROCORI fell to Little Falls in a pair of games due to the Spartans needing to lose twice as the representative out of the winners bracket in order to be eliminated from the playoffs. With winning both contests, the Flyers will represent Section 8-3A in the Class 3A State Tournament.
In the first game, Little Falls took down ROCORI 6-1 to hand the Spartans their first loss of the postseason. ROCORI jumped out to a lead first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first, but Little Falls answered with three runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to grab the win.
Brady Schaefer went 1-for-3 with one RBI to lead ROCORI at the plate, while Jack Spanier, Jack Boos, Brady Weber and Thad Lieser each added one hit.
On the mound, Beck Loesch threw a complete game while giving up three earned runs and one walk while striking out two over seven innings.
In the winner-take-all second game at the MAC, the Flyers answered with a 13-9 victory over the Spartans in an offensive showcase. ROCORI opened the game with two runs in the first, six in the second and one in the third, but Little Falls answered back and ultimately took the lead in the sixth inning while not looking back.
Loesch went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored, Boos went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, Spanier went 1-for-1 with two runs scored and one RBI and John Kinzer drove in one run for the Spartans. Evan Acheson and Weber each added one hit at the plate.
On the mound, Acheson threw the first 3 2/3 innings while striking out one, and Hunter Fuchs pitched 3 1/3 innings in relief while striking out three.
With the loss, ROCORI's season concludes with a record of 15-10 after reaching the Section 8-3A Championship as the top seed in the section.