Elrosa Saints win walk-off thriller to advance at state tournament


August 24, 2023


The Saints celebrate near the pitcher's mound at Dassel's baseball stadium following their thrilling 4-3 walk-off win over Hadley in the state opener on August 20.

A wild, rollercoaster game played out in Dassel on Saturday, August 20 with temperatures topping 90 degrees as the Elrosa Saints battled the Hadley Buttermakers while earning a 4-3, walk-off, come-from-behind win in the opening round of the Class C state amateur baseball tournament.

Trailing 1-0 after the third inning, the Saints plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Hadley's hopes were lifted with a two-RBI home run in the fifth. The 3-2 lead stood until the eighth, when Derek Wiener's RBI-single tied the game.

In the ninth on two outs, Jackson Peter's RBI-single sailed over the third baseman's reach to score Andrew Weller and hand the Saints the dramatic win.

For the second year in a row, the Saints will play in the Round of 32 at state.

Elrosa now faces the Region 9C champion Minneota Mudhens on Saturday (August 26) at 4:30 p.m. in Litchfield.


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