(Delano, MN) Brian Buening became the hero for Sauk Centre in less than an inning to lift his team past Sartell 1-0 in the 2nd round of the Class C State Amateur baseball Tournament.
Buening darted home from third base in the top of the ninth inning for the game’s lone run on a passed ball. He went 2-for-4 in the game, accounting for a third of his team’s hits. No other player in the game reached third base.
Buening also earned the save when he took over on the mound pitching in place of starter Blake Stockert, a draftee from Alexandria. Buening struck out his first batter, and earned the next two outs on groundouts as the Titans survived a pitching duel.
Sartell pitcher David Deminsky shined in eight innings with 10 strikeouts, no walks, six hits allowed and no earned runs. Stockert also excelled with four strikeouts and two hits allowed in eight innings.
Sartell’s only hits came from Ethan Carlson, Brian Schellinger and Tim Burns. Jake Haskamp, Andrew Rousslange, Buening and Derek Holm had hits for Sauk Centre.
The Titans will play Hutchinson 5 p.m. Aug. 30 in Delano.
Sauk Centre defeated Green Isle 5-3 in the first round of the state tournament.