Dan Labosky opened the game with a triple, Grant Besse followed with an infield single and the duo combined to go 8-for-8 and reached base in all 10 of their plate appearances, scoring seven runs to lead Benilde-St. Margaret's to an 11-3 win over Minneapolis Southwest in a Section 6AAA second-round game.
The game, which was pushed backed one day because the first round was washed out by rain and then delayed another three days as Saturday's scheduled game was rained out, forced the Red Knights to change their pitching plans as scheduled started Jimmy Heck was replaced by left Willie Falk.
Falk allowed two runs, one unearned in five-plus innings while giving up three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He kept the Lakers at bay as the BSM offense supported him with 10 runs.
Labosky and Besse both scored to give BSM a 2-0 first-inning lead and the duo each drove in a run in the Red Knights' five-run third, Labosky with a single to left and Besse with a ground-rule double to left-center field.
Gabe MacDonald began the rally with the first of his three walks. Robby Sutherland would eventually single in a run and Joe Melles and Jimmy Heck had back-to-back singles to finished the five-run inning but a larger rally failed to develop as the hosts left the bases loaded after getting six hits and a walk in the inning.
Labosky and Besse began a three-run fifth-inning rally with a bunt single and a walk. Melles also walked to load the bases and Heck followed with an RBI groundout. MacDonald then drew his third walk of the game and pinch hitter Spencer Shaver single in a run ahead of John Backes' sacrifice fly.
The Lakers scored an uneared run in both the sixth and seventh innings but Heck's third RBI of the game, a single which brought home Labosky with his fourth run of the game, added insurance to the Red Knights' lead in the sixth inning.
BSM got solid relief appearances from Both Labosky and Mikey McGill. Labosky walked the first batter he faced in the sixth but retired the next three batters while McGill gave up an unearned run in the seventh but got the last two outs of the game via strikeouts.
With the win, BSM advances to the Section 6AAA Final Four, which is the double-elimination portion to the playoff. The top-seeded Red Knights will face fourth-seeded Wayzata at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.
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Tag(s): Benilde-St. Margaret's