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Bombers rally to beat Osceola in 10 innings

BAY CITY -- Joe Nance's game winning RBI in the bottom of the 10th inning made for a happy Bay City Fest for the Bay City Bombers as they defeated Osceola 4-3 Saturday.

Nance's hit came with two outs and it scored Tim Eaton from second.

It also moved BC to the .500 mark in the St. Croix Valley League at 4-4 which puts them in contention for a playoff bid with continued good play.

It didn't look that way for Bay City in the bottom of the seventh. The Bombers trailed 1-0 and manager Gregg Ulvenes was ejected from the ballgame after disputing an umpire's call.

But BC tied the game in that inning when Jim French scored on an Osceola error. Dustin Frandrup got the RBI. French got on base with a double.

The very next at bats, the Bombers took the lead off a broken bat double from Bump Ulvenes that scored Steve Lambert and a Shane Strain double which plated Ulvenes.

The Braves tied the score 3-3 in the ninth. But the Bombers switched pitchers to Tony Schultz, who got the Bombers out of bases loaded jam that inning and claimed the win.

Losing at Bay City only added to Osceola's miserable weekend. The night before the Braves were throttled by Prescott 9-3 at Okey Park.

The Pirates' Mike LaBarbera pitched six and a third innings, striking out nine giving up just two. In fact he pitched so hard that a blister on his pitching hand forced from the game. Nick Johnson went the rest of the way for the Pirates to pick up his fourth save of the year. He also had three hits, including a double. Nick Thoen had two hits and Alex Ross walked four times.

The win puts the Pirates in a commanding spot to claim another South Division title with a 5-1 record.

Meanwhile, at the New Richmond Tournament, the anticipated semifinal match-up between Ellsworth and Hager City never took place as the Skeeters won their first round game of the Northwoods Red Hawks 2-1 Friday while Ellsworth lost to Stillwater 11-1 in five innings.

Ben Helmer's walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh scored the winning run for Hager City. Chase Melstrom hit a triple that helped to tie the game at 1-1. Marc Franson was the winning pitcher.

Stillwater beat Hager City 10-0 in six inning in Saturday's semifinal game. On Sunday the Skeeters lost to Exeland 1-0 to finish fourth. Despite taking the loss, pitcher Elliot Foley allowed just four hits and struck out four while walking only one. The Skeeters, 8-7 overall, had the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth with no outs and failed to score.