What started as a hitless pitching duel became a slug fest when Jordan powered past Bird Island.
They played to a hitless tie through the first three innings. Neither team committed an error during that stretch, too. It all changed in the fourth.
Bird Island broke through first in the fourth inning when designated hitter Jack Peppel drove in a run, scoring first baseman Tyler Hebrink. Jordan’s Adam Kalal tied the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when he hurried home on a passed ball.
Jordan scored on a steal at home and an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead. Catcher Kyle Hvidsten stole home while Bird Island committed an error. Kalal followed up with an RBI single to score third baseman Alex Beckman.
Bird Island crept back with bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, putting a run across. Peppel hit a sacrifice fly to bring left fielder Logan Swann home.
The mid-game hitting explosion continued in the bottom of the inning as Jordan loaded the bases. Bird Island avoided a score when catcher James Woelfel made a tag at home plate.
The Bullfrogs couldn’t hold back the floodgates forever as Hvidsten hit an RBI single, and the Bullfrogs committed an error, leading to another run. Hvidsten scored left fielder Scott Hollingsworth, and pitcher Nate Beckman scored on the error. First baseman Jake Lucas later scored on an error to make it 6-2 Brewers.
Bird Island got a couple of runners on base in the top of the seventh inning, but couldn’t get any runs out of it. Jordan kept putting runners on in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bullfrogs curtailed the Brewers’ efforts with a tag at third base and catching pop fly to end the inning.
Jordan put more base runners in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth, getting into double figures for hitting. Alex Beckman and Kalal hit RBI singles to stretch the lead to 8-3. Hollingsworth added to the lead, 10-3, with an two-RBI double.
Bird Island center fielder Trent Athmann scored on an error in the top of the ninth, but the Bullfrogs couldn’t come any closer. Jordan will play Fergus Falls 11 a.m. Aug. 31 in Delano.