JORDAN, Minn. -- Will Rohrich was unsuccessful when he was called upon to put down a sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning here Thursday, fouling off the attempt.
Instead of the sacrifice, the senior wound up the at-bat by hitting a two-run home run. That broke a 2-2 tie and sparked Sacred Heart to a 10-6 win against Hayfield in the quarterfinal round of the Minnesota Class A high school baseball tournament.
The Eagles exploded for four runs in each of the final two innings to pull away to the win. Sacred Heart (14-8) plays New York Mills in a state tournament semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Brenden Bethke led off the top of the sixth for the Eagles with an infield single. After Rohrich fouled off his bunt attempt, the senior lined a home run over the left-field fence for the go-ahead runs.
“We decided to take the bunt off,’’ Eagles coach Paul Bethke said. “We had a feeling; let Will swing away. And it turned out better than we had hoped. Will hits the ball hard.’’
The home run was the first of the season for Rohrich. After not hitting a home run in its first 19 games, Sacred Heart has hit four home runs in its last three games.
“I think a lot of it is building confidence at the plate,’’ Paul Bethke said. “We’re getting better swings at the plate.’’
Oscar Ortiz drove in the third run of the sixth with a fielder’s choice and Ian Evavold made it 6-2 with a sacrifice fly. After Hayfield scored one in the bottom of the sixth, Cullen Rohrich and Gage Wavra hit back-to-back two-run singles to left field in the top of the seventh for the Eagles for a 10-3 lead.
“The sixth really got us going after they had just tied the score (in the fifth),’’ Paul Bethke said.
Sacred Heart jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Brenden Bethke drew a one-out walk and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Bethke moved to third on a fly out and scored on a Cullen Rohrich single.
Rohrich’s aggressive running produced the second run. The freshman stole second. As Wavra drew a walk on a 3-2 count, Rohrich stole third and continued home on a throwing error on the play.
Hayfield pulled even with single runs in the first and fifth innings.
Cullen Rohrich had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs to lead the Sacred Heart offense, which saw eight players contribute hits to the Eagles’ 10-hit total.
Brenden Bethke picked up the pitching win, going 6.2 innings, striking out six and allowing six hits. Only one of the six runs he allowed was earned. Ortiz relieved to get the final out.
“Brenden battled,’’ Paul Bethke said. “Hayfield is a very good hitting team and he didn’t have his best stuff. But he competed.’’