The Fort Ripley Rebels managed just 5 hits as they fell 8-1 to the #2 seed out of Region 12, the Buffalo Bulldogs.
The Rebels got things started on a Saturday afternoon 1st round game in Milroy when Brian Skluzacek walked and was sacrificed to 2nd on a bunt by Nick Jelacie. Skluzacek moved to 3rd on Brett Kramer's ground out, but was stranded there when Zach Heidmann bounced back to the pitcher.
Brett Kamer made the start on the mound for Fort Ripley. He walked the lead-off man Ramon Vega Jr, and Vega then advnaced on a grounder to 2nd baseman Brad Waytashek. Jake Duske then reached on an infield hit with Vega moving to 3rd. With Duske attempting to steal 2nd, the Rebels cut off the throw to 2nd and tried to get Vega at 3rd, but the throw went out of play for a 2-base throwing error, allowing both Vega and Duske to score before Kramer got a ground out and a strikeout to end the inning with Buffalo leading 2-0.
In the top of the 2nd, Jason Sather belted a 1-out double for the Rebels first hit of the day, but that's all they'd get as a Bill Sather pop out to 1st and Brad Waytashek's ground out to 2nd left Sather stranded.
In the bottom of the 2nd, Brett Kramer worked a 1-2-3 frame with a ground out to short, a line out to 2nd and a strikeout.
In the top of the 3rd, Mac Brink led off with a single to center and was sacrificed to 2nd by Brian Skluzacek. A fly out to left by Nick Jelacie and a Brett Krmaer stiekout kept the Rebels off the board.
The Bulldogs added another run in the bottom of the 3rd when Noah Christensen led off with a walk and was wild pitched to 2nd. Christensen later scored on an error to give Buffalo a 3-0 lead.
The Rebels went in order in the 4th on a Zach Heidmann strikeout, a Rhett Williamson fly out to right and Jason Sather's ground out to 3rd.
Buffalo put together another scoring chance in the bottom of the 4th when Brett Renshaw led off with a single, J.D. O'Donnell singled and after a strikeout of Ethan Hansen, Brett Kramer wlaked Eathan Soeffker to fill the bases. Kramer got Noah Christensen to line out to shortstop Rhett Williamson, who fired back to 1st to double off Soeffker and end the inning.
In the top of the 5th, Bill Sather ripped a ball on a line out to short and Brad Waytashel and Mac Brink went down on strikes.
Buffalo scored 3 more runs in the bottom of the 5th when they loaded the bases with 2 outs against Brett Kramer. J.D. O'Donnell's 2-run single made it 5-0 and Brett Kramer was relieved by draftee Nick Krippner of St. Stephen. Krippner was greeted by an rbi single by Eathan Hansen to make it 6-0. After a walk, Krippner fanned Noah Christensen to end the 5th with Buffalo now holding a 6-0 lead.
The Rebels got on the scoreboard in the top of the 6th against new pitcher John Weber. Brain Skluzacek led off with a walk and Nick Jelacie followed aiwth a single. Brett Kramer was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Weber then struck out both Zach Heidmann and Rhett Williamson looking and Jason Sather due up. Sather cracked a single to right, plating Skluzacek but Nick Jelacie was thrown out at home on the play trying to score as well, putting an end to the inning with Buffalo now leading 6-1.
Nick Krippner allowed a lead-off infield single to Ramon Vega Jr but got a fly out toe center and a ground out to 3rd. Kai Brisk walked, with Vega at 3rd so Buffalo had runners at the corners with 2 outs. Fort Ripley decided to bring in another draftee, Nathan Ehnstrom of Aitkin to pitch. He got Brett Renshaw to ground out to Mac Brink at 3rd to keep it 6-1.
In the top of the 7th, Bill Sather got things going with a lead-off double, but the Rebels weren't able to cash in as Brad Waytashek popped out to 2nd, Mac Brink flew out to center and Brian Skluzacek grounded out to 2nd to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 7th, Buffalo's J.D. O'Donnell wnet down on strikes against Ehnstrom, but then Ethan Hanson singled, stole 2nd and scored on Eathan Soeffker's rbi single to make it 7-1 after 7 complete.
In the top of the 8th, Nick Jelacie led off with a walk, but then Brett Kramer hit into a double play and Zach Heidmann grounded out to short to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 8th, Buffalo opened the frame with 3 straight singles, including an rbi hit from Kai Brisk to score Colton Haight to make it 8-1.
In the top of the 9th, Rhett Williamson led off with a doublebut Jason Sather grounded to 3rd, Bill Sather fouled out to 1st and the game ended with a Brad Waytashek grounder back to the pitcher as Buffalo had eliminated Fort Ripley by a final score of 8-1.