With a recent 7-5 loss to Jackson, the Redwood Falls Legion baseball team was eliminated from District postseason play.
Redwood had the tying run on second base with one out in the bottom of the seventh against Jackson but stranded the runners in scoring position.
“I’m proud of our guys, they made a run in the playoffs that I don’t think many people expected,” Coach Dave Darr said, “We have a nice group returning next summer with a few younger kids coming up that should really help us.”
Trevor Sandgren pitched well in relief of starter Dre Arredondo allowing just two earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Arredondo would get tagged with the loss allowing four earned runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.
Offensively the team was led by Elliott Serbus who finished 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI’s.
Brandon Lechner was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Beau Stough went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Logan Swann was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Earlier, the team stayed alive with a 13-2, six-inning rout of Lake Crystal.
Erich?Panitzke went the distance to pick up the victory allowing just one earned run on three hits, walking four and striking out one.
Serbus had another big game going 4-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBI’s.
Stough was 2-for-3 with a pair of homeruns and three RBI’s.
Sandgren had a pair of hits while Panitzke, Matt Verdoes, Swann, Lechner and Brennan Hagert all collected hits in the win.
The toughest loss of the postseason came after the Lake Crystal victory as Redwood dropped a tough   4-3 decision to eventual District champion Pipestone.
Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Panitzke led off with a base hit and Verdoes followed with a walk to put the tying runs on base with nobody out.
Following a flyout, Serbus execute a perfect bunt that led to the pitcher throwing wide of first allowing Panitzke to score and moving Verdoes to third base.
Unfortunately, the Pipestone defense made a key play on a sharply hit ball in the next at-bat and a strike out would end the game.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a little bit but the kids put themselves in a position to win the game against a good Pipestone team,” Darr said, “We had a chance and that’s all you can ask for, it just wasn’t in the cards.”
Sam Knudsen pitched well in a losing cause allowing just one earned run on five hits, striking out two and walking one.
“Sam threw a great game,” Darr said, “He definitely gave us a great chance to win.”
Serbus collected a pair of hits while Stough, Panitzke and Swann each had one.