Aberdeen, S.D. — Scott Heitshusen tossed a complete-game four-hitter, and his teammates scratched out just enough offense as the Lawrence Raiders eked out a 2-1 victory against Minot (N.D.) on Thursday in the opening round of the American Legion Central Plains Regional.
Heitshusen surrendered his lone run in the top of the first inning before silencing Minot (53-12) over the final eight frames. He allowed just two hits over the final six innings, striking out eight while running his record to 10-1 this summer.
Lawrence (37-6) scored both of its unearned runs in the seventh. Lorenzo Ricketts opened the frame by reaching on a throwing error, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Cross and scored on an Andy Petz double to left field to knot the score at 1-1.
Petz moved to third when Nick Madl singled to left-center and scored the game-winning run on Brian Heere's sacrifice fly to right field.
The Raiders advance to play the winner of Thursday's late game between Omaha (Neb.) Creighton Prep and Aberdeen (S.D.) at 7 tonight.