Rox lose to Coyotes 7-2.
Will look to next weekend to earn trip to state tournament.
On Saturday, August 8th the Ortonville Rox and Chokio Coyotes faced off in Rosen at 11 am. On the line was a bid to the Minnesota Baseball Association State Tournament. This game was a rematch of the 2015 Region 9c semifinal when Chokio beat Ortonville 2-1 to earn their first state tournament appearance. Just a few weeks ago the Coyotes defeated the Rox 4-2 during their regular season matchup.
The Rox did not waste much time getting on the scoreboard, shortstop Riley Sammon got the offense rolling with one run in the bottom of the first inning. Sammon led off the inning with a single, was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by starting pitcher Chris Fellows. Sammon then advanced to third on a base hit by Chris Doney. With runners on first and third the Rox executed a steal designed to sacrifice Doney to score Sammon.
The 1-0 Rox lead was short lived as Coyotes center fielder Zack Howe led off the top of the second with a hit and scored later in the inning. In the top of the fourth Howe would score again to put the Coyotes ahead 2-1. In the seventh the Coyotes would strike a third time as starting pitcher Chandler Erickson scored on ground ball hit by Dylan McCalip, which was misplayed by the Rox infield. After seven innings the Coyotes led 3-1, on ten hits to the Rox five.
Sammon brought the Rox within one as he led off the eighth inning with a solo home run over the left centerfield wall. Unfortunately, the Rox were unable to capitalize on the excitement as the next three batters grounded out to end the inning with the one run deficit.
In the top of the ninth inning the Coyotes put the game out of reach adding four runs on three hits and three walks. The final score was 7-2 as the Rox fall allowing the Coyotes to advance to the Region 9c Championship on Sunday, August 14th. The Rox will play at 3 pm on Saturday, August 13th against the winner of the 1pm game which will be either the Montevideo Spartans or Morris Eagles. All games next weekend will be played at the Dumont Saints field in Wheaton.