New Ulm, Minn. — Five runs weren't enough and five errors were too many for the Lawrence Raiders.
Minot, N.D., Vista took advantage of the five Lawrence miscues to post a 10-5 victory over the Raiders in the American Legion baseball Central Plains regional Friday.
"We gave them every run they got early in the game," Raiders coach Carl Brooks said. "We allowed them to be in the game because we did not make the routine plays."
Lawrence jumped a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Aaron Madill walked and scored on David Arndt's double. Arndt later scored on a Derek Bailey ground out.
Half an inning later, Minot tied the score, thanks mainly to three Raider errors. Lawrence regained the lead in the bottom of the third on a Matt Berner double, a ground out and a wild pitch.
Minot tallied a single run in the fourth when Ryan Bodell doubled and later scored on an infield single. The Raiders regained the lead at 4-3 in the fifth on a fielder's choice, but Minot knotted the game in the sixth thanks to two more Lawrence miscues.
The game remained knotted at 4-4 until the eighth when Minot's Casey Deutsch doubled in Andrew Gudmunson. Deutsch later scored on another double to give Minot a 6-4 lead.
The Vistas then added four more runs in the ninth on a Gudmunson double, a wild pitch, an RBI single by Deutsch and a sacrifice fly that moved Minot into a 10-4 lead.
Charlie Shirek earned the win for Minot (45-16) going eight innings and being charged with all five Lawrence runs. Deutsch took over on the mound in the ninth and recorded the final two outs.
Blake Dickson took the loss for Lawrence (40-12). He was charged with six runs in 72/3 innings. Dominick Harrell relieved Dickson. Berner, Tommy Mangino, Taylor Martin and Andew Pyle all had two hits for Lawrence.
Brooks felt history repeated itself for his team.
"When we don't have a pitcher who gets ahead in the count, we do not play the greatest defense behind him," he said. "When we are on top of things on the mound, we are on top of things defensively."
The Raiders, who will meet Rochester, Minn., in their final pool play game at 5 p.m. today, outhit Minot, 11-10.
Friday's loss, coming on top of Thursday's 2-1, 12-inning loss to DePere, Wis., virtually eliminated the Raiders from advancing to Sunday's semifinals. Only the top two teams from each four-team pool will advance.
Sunday's semifinal winners will meet Monday for the right to advance to the American Legion World Series next week in Bartlesville, Okla.