After defeating Isle 13-8 May 25 to own the Great River Conference title outright, Braham Baseball got the Huskies again on May 27 to open the Section 5A playoffs. The Bombers scored three early runs and held on to defeat Isle 3-2.
Kyle Grell singled home Christian Towery and Cory Ambrose for a 2-0 Braham lead in the first inning. In the third, Grell singled to start the inning, stole second and scored on Mike Strelow’s base hit.
That was all the runs starter Cory Ambrose needed to defeat the Huskies in the wet conditions on the Braham field. Ambrose threw six solid innings, then Strelow came on for a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.
“Isle was just a good-hitting lineup. On Wednesday, no matter where the ball was thrown they just hit it,” said Ambrose. “I was trying to throw strikes out there. My curve ball wasn’t working as well as it was in past games, but they had a hard time touching my fastball. I don’t throw hard, so I don’t know what was happening! It’s great to get this win and keep moving. We’ve got a good team; we’ve just got to make a good run and see how far we can go.”
The Bombers (13-4) next face Legacy Christian (12-3) in the May 31 subsection semifinals at Pierz ( 7 p.m.). Legacy defeated Braham 8-2 in a May 6 non-conference game.
5A East top-seed East Central (15-2) and No. 5 Hinckley-Finlayson are also alive in the other half of the brackets. The EC Eagles beat Onamia 11-0 and the H-F Jaguars rattled Ogilvie 12-2 in their May 27 games.
The East subsection finals will be June 2 (7 p.m.) back at Pierz. The top two teams in each subsection then will play in the Section 5A final four June 6-9 at Faber Field in St. Cloud. Defending State champ Eden Valley Watkins (16-2), No. 2 Browerville (13-4), No. 3 St. John’s Prep (13-4) and No. 5 Upsala (13-5) are still alive in the 5A West.