Sutton Juniors to take on Arlington in first round at state baseball tournament

Team members of the2017 Area-5 District championship team for Sutton, includes, in front, from the left: coach Jeff Stone, batboy Garrett Bonnell, Cameron Kleinschmidt, Dusty Stone, James Griess, Brett Simonsen, Jackson Perrien and Tyler Ohrman. In the back, from the left: coach Brian Bonnell, Eli Skalka, Will Reeson, Garrett Nuss, Nathan Drudik, Jacob Rogers, Landon Scott and coach Dallas Doupnik, Jr. Not pictured is Will Burns.

With the miracle double win over Wilber in the championship round of the Area-5 District tournament, held July 7-11 at DLD Park in Sutton, the Sutton Junior Legion baseball team will make their second straight trip to the big dance, one year after earning runner-up status in the 2016 state tournament, held at Tri County.
Sutton, after suffering a third round, 7-3 loss to Wilber on Sunday, July 9, routed BDS 10-1 on Monday, July 10 to reach the championship finals round, needing two wins over Wilber to advance to the state tournament, held this year in St. Paul, on Grover Alexander Cleveland Field.
Sutton, despite getting outhit 6-3 in the first of two championship games, earned a 4-3 win and forced the second and deciding game with Wilber.
Game two would see Sutton erase an early 4-0 deficit and outscore Wilber 15-1 the rest of the way to gain a 15-5, six inning win to advance to the big show, beginning this weekend.
Sutton, who stands at 18-5 on the year, blasted Doniphan-Trumbull (10-0) and Wood River (13-3) in the opening two rounds of the Area-5 tournament, will begin play at 5 p.m., against Area-4 District champion Arlington (14-5-1).
Arlington survived the Area-4 tournament in much the same manner as Sutton, opening with a 6-1 win over Fullerton, followed by a 4-3 win over Palmer-Wolbach-Greeley (PWG), before suffering a 10-2 loss to St. Paul in the third round of the tournament.
In the first losers bracket game, Arlington blanked Albion 4-0, before shutting out PWG 6-0 in a rematch, then gaining revenge over St. Paul in the title game Tuesday, July 11, shredding St. Paul 15-6 in the game to win the Area-4 title.
Sutton heads into the big dance with five players hitting over .300 for the year, led by Will Reeson, who is hitting .411, gaining 30 hits in 73 at bats. Jackson Perrien takes a .358 average to state, as he has had 24 hits in 67 trips to the plate.
James Griess hits at a .333 clip, Dusty Stone owns a .328 batting average, while Garrett Nuss is hitting .313 on the season.
As a team, Sutton holds a .287 batting average, compared to .319 for Arlington going into Saturday’s battle between the two teams.
Arlington has seven players hitting beyond .300 for the season, including two players that are hitting over .441.
Justin Allen has hit .488 on the year (20-41), while Trevor Smailys is hitting .441 (30-68).
Tanner Pittman hits at a .387 clip (24-62), Ryan Arnett is 8-21 at the plate (.381), while Logan Kirk has connected for 14 hits in 37 trips to the plate (.378). Cole Marquardt is hitting .350 on the year (14-40). Kirk Rangel is batting .313 (6-16) to round out the top hitters for Arlington.
Nuss proves to be Sutton’s mainstay on the pitching mound. In 45 and a third innings on the hill, while appearing in 10 games, Nuss is 8-1 on the year, has struckout a team high 54 batters that he’s faced, while walking just 18. Nuss has allowed 38 hits and given up 24 runs, with 17 earned runs and a 2.625 earned run average (ERA).
Arlington counters with Braden Rump serving as their leading pitcher. Rump, in 28 innings and 10 games on the hill, has struckout 25, allowed 11 walks and given up 27 runs and 27 hits.
Teammate Alek Timm has been on the mound for 27 and a third innings, while throwing in nine games for Arlington. Timm has struck out 25, walked nine, allowed 27 hits and has been scored on 28 times.
Rump has a 3.750 ERA, while Timm holds a 2.049 ERA.
Jacob Rogers follows Sutton’s Nuss, with 24 and a third innings of time on the rubber. Rogers owns a 3.452 ERA and has 21 strikeouts and 11 walks during the season. Appearing in eight games on the hill, Rogers has allowed 23 hits and 17 runs, with 12 of those runs being earned.
Stone, in 20 innings and appearing in nine games on the mound, owns a 9.450 ERA, while giving up 33 runs and 35 hits. Stone has struckout 15 and walked 11, with 27 earned runs on the year.
With a first round win over Arlington Saturday night, Sutton would play the winner of St. Paul vs. Shelton-Gibbon game, played after Sutton’s bout with Arlington. That game would be at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, July 16. A loss would send Sutton to the loser’s bracket, where they would face the loser between St. Paul and Shelton-Gibbon, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Sunday.

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