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September 20, 2019

8/15/2019 2:20:00 PM
Hibbing walks off on Nighthawks 7-6, ending their town ball season in heart breaking fashion on Saturday, Aug. 10

North Branch 3, Princeton 1
Jimmy Skroch had another dominant pitching performance, throwing a complete game to lead the North Branch Nighthawks to a 3-1 win over the Princeton Panthers in the Minnesota Baseball Association Region 1C playoffs.  The win kept the Nighthawks alive in the playoffs, sending them against Hibbing immediately after this game.  The loss eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs.  The game was played at Brennan Field in Hinckley – the site of all Region 1C playoff games this year – last Saturday afternoon, August 10.

The Nighthawks had just six hits, but they did enough offensively to win.  Clint Mattson reached base twice, getting hit by a pitch and doubling and scoring two runs.  Tony Dahlberg walked and scored the other run.  Nick Pilz and Dawson Linkert each drove in a run.  In nine innings on the hill, Skroch allowed one earned run on six hits, walked four and struck out six.
Hibbing 7, North Branch 6
The Nighthawks lost 7-6 last Saturday night at Hinckley to the Hibbing Miners, eliminating the Nighthawks from this year’s Region 1C playoffs.  Matt Robinson started for the Nighthawks and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits.  He walked three, hit two and struck out four.  In 1 2/3 innings of relief, Nick Dufeck walked four but didn’t allow any hits and struck out one.  Cole Wilcoxen pitched the bottom of the eighth and took the loss.  He allowed two earned runs on three hits and struck out one batter.

The Nighthawks had just five hits in the game but took advantage of ten walks by Hibbing pitching to keep the game close.  Tony Dahlberg tripled for the Nighthawks' only extra base hit.  Nick Pilz scored two runs. Nighthawk manager Jim Skroch was not available to provide comments or more game details.

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