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Late-inning offense rallies Minnehaha Academy past Duluth Marshall

By John Wagner, SportsEngine, 04/20/19, 8:30AM CDT

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Jake McCabe scored the game-winner off a Brock Brumley single to right after the Redhawks gave up three runs to the Hilltoppers in the seventh inning.

Minnehaha Academy’s Jake McCabe slides into home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring the winning run against Duluth Marshall on Saturday afternoon defeating the Hilltoppers 5-4 at the University of Northwestern. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner,

Minnehaha Academy’s Jake McCabe slides into home plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring the winning run in a 5-4 victory at the University of Northwestern. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Minnehaha Academy's Brock Brumley had four strikeouts, no walks and batted in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning beating Duluth Marshall 5-4 Saturday. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Minnehaha Academy's Brock Brumley had four strikeouts, no walks and batted in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, sealing a Redhawks' 5-4 victory over Duluth Marshall. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Brock Brumley and his Minnehaha Academy teammates knew they were in for a battle Saturday.

The Redhawks hosted Duluth Marshall at the University of Northwestern's Reynolds Field, and the Hilltoppers featured University of Missouri recruit Ben Pedersen on the mound.

Dululth Marshall’s Ben Pedersen had 10 strikeouts in the first five innings then left the game after a high pitch. The Hilltoppers lost to the Redhawks 5-4 at the University of Northwestern Saturday afternoon. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Dululth Marshall’s Ben Pedersen had 10 strikeouts in the first five innings but left the game having thrown more than 100 pitches, and the Hilltoppers couldn't hold the lead. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

First Report

Brock Brumley's two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jake McCabe with the winning run to give Minnehaha Academy a 5-4 victory over Duluth Marshall at University of Northwestern Saturday.

Brumley's game-winning hit capped a wild finish that started with the Redhawks breaking a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, only to see the Hilltoppers retie the game with a three-run seventh.

Minnehaha Academy (2-1) broke a 1-1 tie when Noah Dehne smacked a three-run homer just inside the foul pole down the left-field line.

But Marshall (1-1) tied the game again with three runs in the top of the seventh thanks to a run-scoring single by Kevin Snyder and two bases-loaded walks.

That set the stage for the game-winning hit by Brumley, who also started the contest on the mound for the Redhawks. He finished with four strikeouts and no walks in 6 1/3 innings.

But the Hilltoppers' starter, Ben Pedersen, matched Brumley with 10 strikeouts and three walks before exiting after 5 2/3 because of a high pitch count.

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