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MINNESOTA STATE BASEBALL: Red Lake County season ends with shutout

JORDAN, Minn. – After being shut out just once all season entering the state baseball tournament, Red Lake County was held scoreless in back-to-back games here.

The Rebels’ season ended Friday with a 5-0 loss to Springfield in the consolation semifinals of the Minnesota Class A high school tournament. BOLD handed Red Lake County an 8-0 setback in the quarterfinals Thursday.

“We didn’t play like we’re capable of today, that’s for sure,’’ RLC coach Chris Nelson said. “We felt it was pitching we could hit today. We just didn’t do it. We tried to get it going. We seemed to be ready to go.’’

And, despite entering state with a .272 team batting average and a 6.4 runs-per-game average, “hitting hasn’t been a strength for us this year,’’ Nelson said.

Springfield jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first when Cooper Scheffler led off with a walk, stole second and third and scored on a sacrifice fly. Springfield took advantage of RLC errors to score two unearned runs in the third for a 3-0 lead.

It was still 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth when, with two outs, Red Lake County loaded the bases. But a ground out ended the threat. “One single and we’re right back in the game and momentum is changed,’’ Nelson said. “We just didn’t get it.’’

Springfield added two runs in the seventh.

Red Lake County, which finished 20-7, was held to three hits, singles by Zack Landman, Wyatt Casavan and Taylor Kenfield.