USC falls to Sleepy Eye

Published 9:20 am Tuesday, June 8, 2010

United South Central baseball lost in the elimination bracket of the Section 2A Tournament Monday, ending their postseason run two games from the section final.

After losing 3-2 to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the quarterfinals, the Rebels (14-10) began play in the elimination bracket on Saturday, falling behind 2-1 in the first inning before rain suspended the game until Monday.

When play resumed, neither team was able to add to the scoreboard and USC went without a base runner, losing their second consecutive playoff game by one run.

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“Our bats just ended up silent,” head coach Pat Frank said. “That’s playoff baseball.”

Starting pitcher A.J. Dreyer hit an RBI double in the first inning, USC’s only hit of the ballgame. He also went 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits.

“Our pitching has been there for the playoff run,” Franks said. “Overall, Sleepy Eye had some chances to score runs, too. Our pitchers came up big.”

USC played 24 games this season including four in a deep postseason run. They will to keep improving and reload next year.

“It was big for our program to have this exposure in the postseason,” Frank said. “I’m excited for the future of USC baseball.”