On Friday night, Watkins' Matt Geislinger struck out 17 Farming batters as the Clippers prevailed 2-0. The Flames managed just five hits, and only once had a runner reach third base. On the positive side, Tylor Schroeder pitched a fine ballgame, going six innings and allowing just the two runs. Adam Winkels pitched the final two innings in relief, and got out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam in the seventh.
On Sunday, Farming lost another tough one to Elrosa, this time by a 4-2 score. Farming left the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth innings without scoring, and had runners on 1st and 3rd in the seventh before a double play ended the inning. In the ninth, Cody Fourre narrowly missed a game tying home run. After catching the ball up against the fence, the outfielder doubled off the Farming runner with a good throw, ending the ballgame.
Next weekend, the Region 15C will continue. Watkins and Kimball will meet in a seeding game on Friday night. On Saturday, the remaining four SCL teams will compete for the final two state tournament births. At 11:00am, St. Martin takes on Elrosa, with Spring Hill and Lake Henry battling at 1:30pm. In both games, the winner advances to the state tournament, while the loser is done for the season.