The Crookston baseball team played a Minnesota Section 8AA play-in game Tuesday afternoon at Stauss Park for a chance to play No. 1 seed East Grand Forks Senior High afterward

The Pirates won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the seventh inning over Bagley.

There would be no momentum, however, carrying over into the matchup with the Green Wave.

East Grand Forks scored seven times in the second inning to run away with a 10-0 victory -- shortened to five innings for the 10-run mercy rule.

The Wave advance to play the winner of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Thief River Falls in Park Rapids on Thursday. The tournament is double-elimination from here on out.

In the seven-run second, East Grand Forks managed just two hits but took advantage of five walks, a hit by pitch and an error.
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"Actually, the best thing we did was stay patient at the plate," East Grand Forks coach Anthony Walsh said. "We could've taken better advantage of the strikes we saw. They made mistakes that made it a big inning. It gave us too many chances, and it's tough to recover from something like that."

East Grand Forks starter Evan Pederson worked an efficient five innings, allowing three singles. He let his defense do plenty of the work, striking out just two and throwing only 50 pitches.

"We didn't have many extremely tough plays, but we made a couple double plays to shorten innings," Walsh said. "You can't ask for much more out of a guy. If we can fill up the strike zone like that, we're going to have success."

With a double-elimination tournament the rest of the way, Pederson limiting his pitches could come back to be a boost for the Wave.

"If he does have to throw later on, he's not tired," Walsh said. "This game is always a big game because you lose here you go home. Crookston had it tough, playing a game before this one. It takes a lot out of the sails before this game even starts."

The Wave were powered by the bottom half of the order, especially No. 8 hitter Kade Spencer -- the only Wave player with two hits against Crookston.

Jake Osowski, Kade Spencer and Logan Spencer -- hitters No. 7-9 in the EGF order -- combined to go 4-for-6 with three runs scored and three RBIs.

"I have confidence in every guy in the lineup," Walsh said. "If a guy gets walked, we have guys right behind them to put the ball in play and make something happen."