By Mike Randleman
Foley hadn’t allowed a run in its last 15 innings. Buffalo was quick to end the streak.
The Buffalo Bulldogs have led after all 27 innings they’ve played at the state tournament. Another hot start led to a commanding 14-3 win in eight innings over the Foley Lumberjacks.
Jon Eurle got the start on the mound for the third straight time for Buffalo. The veteran right hander went 6 ⅔ innings, allowing two hits, no runs, no walks, a hit batsman and striking out five. Euerle had a no-hitter through 4 ⅔ innings before a Tony Stay pinch single.
Stay was a bright spot off the bench. He hit a three-run home run to right field to get the Lumberjacks on the board in the seventh.
The long-locked Brett Renshaw hit his second home run of the tournament. This one was a towering no-doubter in the second. He also had run-scoring singles in the first and seventh inning to finish with a game high three RBI.
Foley trailed 5-0 after three innings but was not out of it yet. The Lumberjacks erased an early 6-0 deficit to beat Hanska in round one.
The rally never happened, and the Bulldogs tacked on four more in the seventh and five in the eighth.
JT Harren, a draftee from the Luxemburg Brewers, took the loss. He allowed one run in 17 innings at state before Friday. The left hander went 2 ⅔ innings allowing eight hits, four earned runs out of five, a walk and striking out four.
Buffalo outhit Foley 18-4. Noah Christenson and Kai Brisk had three hits for Buffalo. Ramon Vega Jr. had two, including a RBI triple. Jake Duske and Tommy Erickson added two.
In three games at state, the Bulldogs have led in all 27 innings and have outscored opponents 30-6.
The Bulldogs are playing in their second state tournament in the last decade (2017). They advance to the quarterfinals noon Sunday in Springfield. They’ll face the winner of the noon game Saturday in Springfield between the defending champions, the Jordan Brewers, and the Fairmont Martins.