Clarion-Goldfield pulled off a shocking upset here Saturday night, knocking out fourth-ranked St. Edmond by a 11-7 count in a Class 2A?district final at Rogers Park.
The Cowboys (15-15 overall) got to Gael starting pitcher Neil Flattery early and never let up, beating their North Central Conference rivals for the first time since 2010.
Clarion-Goldfield will now face Forest City on Tuesday in Mason City in a substate final for the right to advance to the state tournament.
Photo by Tom Vogt
Clarion-Goldfield’s Knute Severson receives a throw at first base as Neil Flattery of St. Edmond dives back on Saturday night at Rogers Park.
In the first two innings against Flattery, the Cowboys had five hits - including three doubles. Ryan Waters, Matt Odland and Dominic Brandt all had doubles. Brandt drove in two runs and Odland had an RBI in the first two innings.
Trenton Sann was 2-for-4. Kirby Simmons scored three runs as a courtesy runner.
Odland was 1-for-2 with three runs scored. Colby Ruiter scored twice in the eighth spot in the lineup. The Cowboys had eight hits on the night.
For the Gaels (22-9), Neil Flattery was 4-for-5 with three RBI and a double. Junior David Flattery was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Junior Aaron Chalstrom was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Matthew Bocken reached base three times, and pinch-runner Sam Kolacia scored two runs.
Clarion-Goldfield had strong defense on the evening, shuting down two big Gael rallies. The Cowboys turned double plays in the first and fifth innings.
Editor's Note:?Because the game was completed at
deadline, the?complete story will be in Monday's Messenger.