(Avoca) An impressive postseason run continues for the AHST Viking baseball team. They’ve won three district games by a combined four runs including Thursday night’s 3-1 decision over Logan-Magnolia. In the two most recent games it has been a pair of runs in the 7th innning, often with two outs, that has sent the team to the next round.
AHST struck first in their triumph over Logan-Magnolia in Avoca on Thursday. The first seven hitters in the order were retired in order to start the game, but then Lee Whyte in the third inning reached on a one out walk. A walk to Cain Francois and a hit by Kyle Bauerkemper loaded the bases. Zach Hagadon beat out a potential double play on a ground ball to third base to drive in Whyte which gave AHST the early cushion. The 1-0 advantage lasted until the 6th when Logan-Magnolia made it a brand new ball game. The Panthers led off the inning with Brady Charbaneau being hit by a pitch and advancing all the way to third base on a bunt. He then scored on a balk call to even the game at 1-1. AHST responded right away with Tyler Robinson leading off the seventh inning with a walk and stealing second base. Back to back ground outs had Logan-Magnolia on the verge of taking a lot of momentum into the bottom of the 7th, but Steven Jacobsen and Lee Whyte produced back to back RBI hits to give the Vikings a 3-1 edge. Jacobsen, who tossed a complete game, slammed the door shut by retiring Logan-Magnolia in order in the bottom of the 7th to end the game.
Jacobsen allowed only three hits and three walks as he picked up his 7th win of the year on the mound. Jacobsen got out of trouble on multiple occasions as Logan-Magnolia stranded 9 base runners on the night including runners at 2nd and 3rd in each the 2nd and 4th innings.
For AHST the season continues into Saturday's district final, but for Logan-Magnolia the season is over at 13-16. 11-15 AHST meets 26-10 Coon Rapids-Bayard on Saturday in Harlan.
Click here for the postgame comments from AHST coach Jason Holst