The Madison 15&16 VFW Baseball team stayed alive in the Region 2A Tournament with a thrilling come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Humboldt-Hartford 16's on Wednesday afternoon at Madison's Flynn Field.
Madison scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning without a hit. With the bases loaded, Jordan Kisor drew a walk and Reid Guse trotted across home plate for the winning run.
Madison ended the game on a nifty 4-6-3 double play in the top of the seventh frame.
After playing two scoreless innings, Humboldt-Hartford took advantage of three hits and three Madison errors to score a trio of runs in the third frame.
Dallas Fernau opened the home half of the third inning with a single and scored on a Cole Acheson single to make the score 3-1 in favor of Humboldt-Hartford.
Humboldt-Hartford took advantage of some more miscues by Madison in the fourth frame to stretch its lead to 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth frame.
"We never gave up when we were down 6-1," Madison Coach Joel Kisor said. "We are playing together, and the kids have good attitudes."
Madison scored four times to close the gap to one, 6-5. Kisor singled with one out to get the rally started. Skyelar DeVaney followed with a double to drive in Kisor. DeVaney went to third base on a throwing error and Fernau and Carter Kasuske followed with singles. After a fly-out, Guse ripped a double, driving in both Fernau and Kasuske.
Madison tied the score at six in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Palli drew a walk to open the inning and later scored on a double by DeVaney to deadlock the score at six.
Madison held Humboldt-Hartford scoreless in the last three innings.
Madison had nine hits in the game. DeVaney had a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Fernau had two singles and scored twice. Guse had a double and two RBIs while Kisor and Kasuske each had a single.
"We are starting to figure out the rotation as we struggled to hit the ball on Tuesday night," Kisor said.
Kisor started for Madison and pitched three innings. He gave up four hits, three runs and had four strike-outs. Tanner Burg pitched one inning; he gave up three hits and three runs. Mitch Hansen finished on the hill for Madison and picked up the win in relief; he pitched three innings and gave up one hit.
With the win, Madison moves on in the double-elimination tournament. Madison will face Chancellor at 6 p.m. Thursday (tonight) in an elimination game. The winner will advance and play Dell Rapids in the 8 p.m. game Thursday at Flynn Field.