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Pitching staff carries Post 131 to 4-1 tourney finish
By Staff reports

July 18. 2013 2:55PM
Valley Springs returned to Minnesota last weekend for the Gopher Classic, which was played in Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Over three days, Post 131 registered three wins and a loss, improving their season mark to 23-18.

Post 131 head coach Grant Hieb was happy with the team’s effort as the team heads into post-season play next week.

“We’ve been playing better and beat some teams that when I first started (coaching), were killing us,” Hieb said, noting the 5-2 win over Papillon, Neb. “That was a nice win for the boys – they were excited about that one,” Hieb said.

Hieb said the team’s pitching has been key in recent wins.

“Basically, our pitching has been carrying us, and I think we have more depth than anyone in the state,” he said. “Now, it’s just a matter of putting up some runs.”

VS 5, East Ridge 4
Valley Springs Post 131 and East Ridge, Min., both threatened with rallies, but it was Post 131 that eventually took advantage in a 5-4 win at Eagan (Minn.) Senior High School Friday morning.

East Ridge pounded out 10 hits compared with just eight for Valley Springs. The difference was that East Ridge stranded nine on base.

Valley Springs staved off the Minnesota team, which was unable to match Post 131 down the stretch.

East Ridge scored on an RBI single by Cobbs in the sixth inning and an RBI double by Stoehr and a wild pitch in the seventh. Still, they couldn’t catch Valley Springs.

Jacob Adams was hot from the plate for Post 131. He went 2-for-3, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third.

Jared Mulder got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings, striking out nine, walking three and surrendering 10 hits.

Valley Springs stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring two runs on an RBI single and a steal of home, both by Adams.

Pos 131 increased its lead with three runs in the fourth. A sacrifice fly scored Lucas Lunstra for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Cole VanderBeek’s triple, scoring Luke Bauske and Jacob Bruget.

VS – 200 300 x – 5 8 1
ER – 001 001 2 – 4 10 3

VS – Jared Mulder, Luke Bauske (7) and Jacob Mulder

VS 5, Papillon, Neb. 2
Valley Springs and Papillon North, Neb., passed the lead back and forth five times on Friday at, but in the end Post 131 pulled out a 5-2 win in seven innings.

Valley Springs finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning. The edge came on an RBI single by Jared Mulder off Benak, scoring Jacob Adams.

Adams had two extra-base hits for Post 131. He doubled in the fourth and sixth innings.

Tommy Gardner got the win for Valley Springs thanks to seven strikeouts. Gardner allowed one earned run on six hits and five walks over seven innings.

In the bottom of the first, Papillon North grabbed the early lead, 1-0.

Valley Springs scored one run in the fifth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the fifth, Post 131 scored on an RBI single by Nic Peterson, plating Jacob Bruget.

But it didn’t take long for Papillon North to respond, as it scored one run of its own in the fifth. Papillon North scored on a solo home run by Safraner.

VS – 000 112 1 – 5 7 2
Papillon – 100 010 0 – 2 6 2

VS – Tommy Gardner and Jacob Mulder

VS 10, Andover, Minn. 6
Post 131 beat Andover, Minn., 10-6 in seven innings on Saturday at Eagan Senior High School behind Tommy Gardner, who drove in three runs.

He singled in the third inning and homered in the fourth.

Derek Johnson got the win for Valley Springs despite allowing six runs over five innings. He struck out two, walked two and surrendered eight hits.

The top of the first saw Andover take an early lead, 2-0. The Andover attack began with a single from Ruhl. A passed ball then moved Ruhl from first to second.

Valley Springs survived Andover surge and put up two runs of its own in the first, scoring on an error and a groundout by Jared Mulder.

The game was never in doubt after the second, as Valley Springsscored one run on an RBI double by Cole VanderBeek.

One run in the top of the fourth helped Andover close its deficit to 4-3. An RBI single by Olson set off the rally. Johnson ended the inning by getting Ruhl to ground out.

It didn’t take long for Post 131 to answer as it scored six runs of its own in the fourth.
Valley Springs scored on a two-run home run by Jacob Bruget, a single by Nic Peterson, and a three-run home run by Gardner.

Three runs in the top of the fifth helped Andover close its deficit to 10-6. An RBI single by Klings and an RBI double by Taylor gave them life before Nelson struck out to end the threat.

VS – 211 600 x 10 10 4
Andover – 200 130 0 – 6 8 5

VS – Derek Johnson, Jacob Mulder (6) and Mulder, Alec Finch (6)

VS 1, Eagan, Minn. 5
Jacob Adams did all he could to give Valley Springs a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Eagan, Minn., as Post 131 suffered its first loss of the Gopher Classic, a 5-1 setback in seven innings at Eagan Senior High School on Saturday.

Adams had a hot bat for Valley Springs. He went 2-for-3, doubling in the first inning and singling in the third.

Hoffman got the win for Eagan. He allowed one run over seven innings, striking out three, walking three and giving up four hits.

Eagan was sparked by Olstad and Peterson, who teamed up for five hits and two RBIs.

Eagan never trailed after scoring one run in the first on an RBI triple by Olson.

In the third inning, Valley Springs pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Nic Peterson.

It didn't take long for Eagan to answer as it scored one run of its own in the third, which came on a solo home run by Olstad.

VS – 001 000 0 – 1 4 0
Eagan – 121 010 x – 5 11 0

VS – Nic Peterson and Jacob Mulder

VS 6, Deroit Lakes, Minn. 4
Valley Springs Post 131 outlasted Detroit Lakes, Minn., on Sunday after five lead changes, squeaking out a 6-4 win at Eagan Senior High School.

Post 131 took the lead in the sixth inning and held on for the victory, which was sparked by a three-run home run by Jacob Adams off Cihawk, plating Cole VanderBeek and Nic Peterson.

Adams racked up three RBIs on two hits.

Luke Bauske got the win. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball. He struck out three, walked none and surrendered two hits.

The top of the third saw Detroit Lakes take an early lead, 2-0. Lynguas kicked things off with a single. A groundout by Cihawk then moved Lynguas from first to second. McLevel tripled, bringing home Lynguas. Detroit Lakes added more runs when McLevel scored on an RBI double by Magnuson.

VS – 000 123 x – 6 4 2
Detroit Lakes 002 002 0 – 4 9 3
Post 131 closes out their regular season schedule this week. Tonight at 6 and 8, they host Marshall, Minn., at Legion Community Park in Valley Springs, and Thursday night Sioux Falls Post 15 East pays a visit to Valley Springs for a 6:30 p.m. meeting. And Saturday, Valley Springs travels to Harmodon Park in Sioux Falls for a 1 p.m. game against Huron and a 3 p.m. meeting with Sioux Falls Post 15 West at 3 p.m.

Regional play is scheduled for Tuesday through Thursday, July 23-25.

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