July 15th-17th was the final weekend of the 2016 Land O’ Ducks regular season. The Rox faced Chokio and Clinton, two of the top teams in the league. On Saturday, the Rox headed to Chokio to take on the Coyotes in a game with playoff implications for both teams. The Rox (10-1) were trying to stay ahead of the Morris Eagles (11-1) as the top seed. Meanwhile, the Coyotes (9-3) were doing their best to end the season in front of Clinton (9-2). A win for Chokio would mean a bye week and an automatic bid to the region tournament.
As the Rox and Coyotes got underway Saturday afternoon, thunderstorms rolling through western Minnesota put the game into suspension with the Rox leading 1-0 in the bottom half of the second inning. Chance Haugen had scored the lone run in the top of the second inning. The game was resumed Sunday at 1 p.m. on the Dumon Saints home field since Chokio’s field was presumably flooded. Both starting pitchers from Saturday, Nick Hervin for Chokio and Curt Schake for Ortonville, returned to the mound to resume the contest on Sunday.
In the bottom of the third inning Chokio tied the game 1-1 the help of a Rox fielding error. The Coyotes would continue their scoring in the 4th inning as they suddenly began making solid contact with C. Schake’s pitches. After three runs on four hits and a walk Tony Schake was brought in for relief. He pitched four and a third innings allowing no runs and only one hit.
The Coyotes remained ahead 4-1, with no threat from the Rox until the top of the eighth inning when Chris Doney hit a solo home run over the left field fence, to bring the Rox within two. In the top of the ninth inning the Rox threatened to tie the game by putting runners on second and third base, with only one out. Unfortunately, the Rox were unable to produce any further offense against Hervin. The final two outs were recorded without another run scoring. Hervin gained the 4-2 complete game win allowing, only six hits and two free passes.