Posted: Sunday, 18 August 2013 6:44PM

Canova ends Corn Belt's season with loss at State Tournament



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Canova Gang had their season, and the Corn Belt League’s, come to an end on Friday night at the State Amateur Baseball Tournament in Sioux Falls.  Canova fell to the Parkston Mudcats 7-5 in 11 innings in the quarterfinal round of the Tournament.

Parkston took the early lead scoring two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third inning, to hold a 4-0 advantage.  Canova responded with two runs in the bottom of the third, scoring on a bases loaded walk and an RBI single from Lincoln Gassman, to cut the deficit to 4-2.  The Gang pulled within a run in the third when Garret Gassman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, bringing Canova within one at 4-3.  The Mudcats extended the lead to 5-3, but Canova pulled within a run heading into the ninth. 

In the bottom of the ninth, after double by Devin Alfson, Jared Hegdahl knocked in pinch-runner Jared Donahue with a single to left, to tie the game at five and send it to extra innings.  In the 11th inning, Parkston broke the tie with a two-RBI single by Jeff Fish, giving the Mudcats a 7-5 lead.  The Gang got two runners on base in the bottom of the 11th, but could not score, as Canova was eliminated from the State Tournament.

Lincoln Gassman went 3-for-5 in the ballgame with an RBI, but took the loss on the mound.  Brady Nolz pitched seven and two-thirds innings of relief for Parkston, throwing 123 pitches, while striking out 12 Canova batters to earn the win.

Canova ended its season with a record of 22-9.  The Corn Belt League finished 6-6 at the State Amateur Baseball Tournament, with four of the losses coming in extra innings.