By Matthew Davis
Northfield's season-long trend of getting a late start continued Friday night aginst Cold Spring.
Down 4-0 to Cold Spring in an elimination game, Northfield's bats took off in the nick of time with 10 runs in three innings to pull off a 12-6 victory. The Knights also overcame seven fielding errors along the way.
Cold Spring had the sharp fielding early with no runs allowed in the first three innings. The Springers captialized offensively with four runs scored between the third an fourth innings. That included a home run by designated hitter Brian Hansen.
He went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Jeon Terres and Drew Van Loy also had strong games with 2-for-5 hitting and an RBI apiece.
VanLoy started on the mound, too, but the Knights bats eventually got to him. He finished with 4 2/3 innings, two strikeouts and six earned runs allowed.
Northfield cut the deficit to 4-2 in the fourth inning followed by four-run fifth and sixth innings. The Knights added two more in the eighth.
Knights second baseman Thomas Meland led the way with 3-4 hitting and three RBI. Right fielder Nick Bornhauser also stepped up with 2-4 hitting, two RBI and four runs scored. Pitcher Jake Mathison had 2-3 hitting with an RBI and three runs scored, and first baseman Aldon Severson went 3-5 with a couple runs scored.
Mathison shrugged off a slow start on the mound with four strikeouts in eight innings. He allowed nine hits and two earned runs.
Northfield will face the Moorhead Brewers Sunday at 5 p.m. for a shot at the title game.
Cold Spring 1, Forest Lake 0
Cold Spring pitcher Zach Femrite struck out six batters in a complete game shutout as the Springers edged the Forest Lake Brewers 1-0 in the early game.
Femrite allowed six hits and walked one batter. His prowess on the mound helped offset three fielding errors by the Springers.
Shortstop Jordan Barth drove in the only run the Springers needed in the first inning. Barth wen 2-for-4 with an RBI, which scored Brian Hansen. the designated hitter also went 2-for-4. Right fielder Joe Dempsey and Drew VanLov also had 2-for-4 performances.
No Forest Lake batter had more than one hit for the game. Adam Gemuenden, Michael Schultz, Jeff Brooks, Dylan Dressel and Jack Schmidt each went 1-for-4. Designated hitter Bryan Lippincott went 1-for-3.
Brewers pitcher Mike Swenson kept his team in the game with six strikeouts in nine innings. He allowed one run on nine hits, and he didn't walk any batters.