The Jordan Brewers are headed back to the state tournament.
The Brewers qualified for the 2019 Class C state tournament with a convincing win against Eagle Lake on Sunday night at the Mini-Met.
This will be Jordan’s eighth straight Class C state tournament appearance.
The 2019 Minnesota Baseball Association state tournament will be hosted by Delano, Maple Lake and Dassel this year. The tournament starts on Friday, Aug. 16 and runs each weekend until a champion is crowned on Labor Day.
“It is always great to qualify for state but we have bigger goals than just qualifying,” player/manager Scott Hollingsworth said. “We have some unfinished business from years past of being close to the State Championship so we want to get there and win it again and then the emotions will be seen more. But like I said it great to still qualify for the ‘Big Dance.’”
The 11-1 win against Eagle Lake qualified Jordan for the state tournament and sent them to Region 6C title game to determine whether Jordan or Waterville will be the top seed from the region. The winner of that Region 6C title game will have a bye in the first round of the state tournament.
“I think it is always great to go into the tournament with a win under your belt,” Hollinsworth said. “We have now started looking at our potential draftees and things like that. It is always nice to get a week off if you are No. 1 seed, especially for us as we have some nagging injuries and some older guys that could use the rest.”
Region 6C will send three teams to the state tournament.
The Mini-Met will host the final four games of the region tournament on Saturday. The first game starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m. with the title game between Jordan and Waterville.
The teams alive for the third and final state spot are Eagle Lake, Belle Plaine, Morristown, Henderson, Blue Earth, and St. Claire.
Jordan punched its ticket to the state tournament with that 11-1 win against Eagle Lake.
In that win, Eagle Lake committed four errors and the Brewers pounded out 14 hits to end the game after seven innings.
The game was tied 1-1 after the top of the third inning when Jordan scored in five straight innings to pull away.
They went up 3-1 in the third inning on RBI singles by Nate Beckman and Kyle Hvidsten.
Jordan added two more runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh to win 11-1.
Beckman went the distance on the mound giving up just five hits in seven innings. He was also 3 for 4 with two RBIs at the plate.
Hvidsten finished 4 for 5 with two RBIs. Alex Beckman had three RBIs in the win.
To get to the game against Eagle Lake, the Brewers defeated Henderson 6-1 on Saturday.
Jordan went up 2-0 in the first inning on sac fly by Joe Lucas that plated Adam Kalal and a sac fly by Scott Hollingsworth that scored Steven Beckman.
They tacked on four more runs in the third inning to go up 6-0. Lucas drove in two runs with a one-out double and RBIs by Nate Beckman and Jake Lucas.
Hollingsworth earned the win on the mound by pitching eight strong innings and giving up just one run on five hits while striking out six.
“This team is hitting the ball all over the park and even out of the park,” Hollingsworth said. “We have hit some big home runs from some unexpected guys and we are doing the little things that good teams do to win games. Sacrifice bunts, flys and hitting behind runners to get runs around and in. Pitching has being strong again this year even with the loss of Bockenstedt. Nate Beckman has been our horse and we are riding his arm right now.”