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Third-seeded North Linn used a five-run fifth inning to rally past sixth-seeded Remsen St. Mary’s by a score of 6-3 in a Class 1A quarterfinal-round game Saturday at Principal Park.

The game opened up with a base hit from Derrick Schrog, but North Linn starting pitcher Ryan Miller was able to get out of a jam and keep the first inning scoreless.

Remsen St. Mary’s starting pitcher Blaine Harpenau, like opposing starting pitcher Miller, had a solid outing and was able work through the North Linn lineup with ease.

As the game continued, North Linn was able to pick up a run in the bottom of the third inning. Miller reached on an infield single and later scored from second on an error to bring the game to 1-0 in favor of North Linn.

A series of base hits from Schrog and Harpenau knocked Miller out of the game and gave Remsen St. Mary’s a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. 

North Linn followed St. Marys’ two-run fifth with five of their own thanks to a huge bases-clearing triple from Sean Boardman. Brad Pflughaupt and Trevor Boge also tallied RBIs in the inning which made the game 6-2. 

Carter Kuchel started the top of the sixth inning with a bomb to right field that nearly cleared the wall and was later brought in by a Skyler Waldschmitt sac fly to center field to make the game 6-3 in the sixth inning.

Jake Hilmer, who replaced Miller, was able to shut the door in his 2.1 innings of relief and closed out the game for a final score a 6-3.

North Linn (41-3) will move onto the next round to square off against Tri-Rivers Conference foe Lisbon on Thursday. Remsen St. Mary’s finished with a record of 27-4.


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