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Lightning fall in state quarterfinals

An impressive playoff run for the Nisswa Lightning came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 31, in a 6-2 loss to the Jordan Brewers in the Class C state quarterfinals.

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An impressive playoff run for the Nisswa Lightning came to an end on Sunday, Aug. 31, in a 6-2 loss to the Jordan Brewers in the Class C state quarterfinals.

The Lightning, who end the season 26-7 overall, advanced to face Jordan after defeating St. Patrick 14-4 in eight innings behind three homers and seven RBI by Jeremiah Piepkorn in the third round of state play on Saturday, Aug. 30. Piepkorn tied a tournament record as he became the 15th player to ever belt three homers in a game at state.

Jordan 6, Lightning 2

The Brewers snapped a 2-2 tie with four runs in the ninth inning to advance to the semifinals.

Jordan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Nisswa assumed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning when Aaron Jenkins walked with one out and Piepkorn singled. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch before Jason Roepke tied it on a ground out and Drew Boland's double scored Piepkorn.

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The Brewers tied the game in the third inning on an RBI double by Paul Buss. It remained 2-2 until the top of the ninth when Jordan loaded the bases with one out. Starting pitcher Kyle Schaible notched a strikeout for the second out and was ahead on the count 0-2 to Joe Lucas. But he then drove into the right-field corner to empty the bases. An RBI single by Steve Beckmann made it 6-2.

Winning pitcher Scott Hollingsworth allowed three hits while striking out eight in nine innings while Schaible allowed 11 hits while fanning five.

Lightning 14, St. Patrick 4

Nisswa rallied from a 5-0 deficit early to defeat the Irish in eight innings as Piepkorn, Luke Schumer and Brett Jenkins each had three hits.

The Lightning fell behind 3-0 in the first inning after a two-out error when Matthew Pexa blasted a three-run homer. St. Patrick added a run in the top of the fifth, but Nisswa started its comeback in the bottom of the inning as Piepkorn's grand slam tied it. The Lightning assumed a 5-4 lead on Boland's RBI triple. Adam Hardy's sacrifice fly drove in the sixth run of the inning.

Piepkorn's two-run homer in the sixth made it 8-4, and then the Lightning put the game away with six runs in the bottom of the eighth. Aaron Jenkins blasted a two-run homer, his third of the state tournament, and then Piepkorn drilled his third homer of the game to make it 11-4. Morgan Shepherd drove in two more runs with a single before Brett Jenkins ended the game by the 10-run rule with an RBI single.

Winning pitcher Jason Roepke allowed no earned runs and nine hits while losing pitcher Josh Simon allowed six runs in two innings of relief pitching.

The Lightning enjoyed a 13-9 edge in hits as both team made three errors.

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