Looking more like a game of slide and follow the leader, Chris Berg of Cottonwood slid into second too late. Brant Buysse (right) of Minneota had applied the tag and went sprawling. Catcher Austin DeVlaeminck threw out two Cottonwood runners and Minneota pulled off a double play in the fifth. Mark Laleman also made a run-saving, diving catch in right field.

Cottonwood legion beats Minneota

In the first inning, it appeared the Cottonwood and Minneota Legion teams were off to the races.

Cottonwood got five runs on four hits off Minneota starter Henry Pesch and Minneota came back with two runs off Cottonwood starter Jacob Neu.

It was 5-2 — and after many stranded runners later, it ended — 5-2 for Cottonwood.

Singles by Pesch, Landon Abraham and Thomas Hennen led to the two Minneota runs.

But Neu, who walked eight and fanned nine, gave up just one more hit the rest of the way, a second inning double to Austin DeVlaeminck.

Minneota stranded 11 runners.

Preston Nuy relieved Pesch in the fourth inning and gave up one hit with five strikeouts and a walk the rest of the way.

But without his team scoring, there wasn't much else he could do.

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