Monti VFW rolls through first two rounds of state, advancing to final four

Ethan Bosacker tossed seven shutout innings Friday to help lead Monti past New Ulm 9-0 in the winners bracket semifinal at the VFW State Tournament. (Monticello Times file photo)
Ethan Bosacker tossed seven shutout innings Friday to help lead Monti past New Ulm 9-0 in the winners bracket semifinal at the VFW State Tournament. (Monticello Times file photo)

The venue, the stage, the quality of the competition may have all changed.

So far the results have not.

Playing at the 2017 VFW State Tournament in Willmar, Monticello VFW Post 8731 has picked up right where they left off at the end of the regular season and the District 6 Tournament. Monti rolled to a 9-2 opening win against Winona Thursday, before backing it up with a 9-0 trouncing of New Ulm Gold on Friday afternoon. Monti now advances to the winners bracket championship game, and by the time they play tomorrow they’ll be one of just four teams remaining in the double-elimination state tournament.

In game one yesterday, Monti jumped out to a 6-1 lead against a Willmar team that had played and won a play-in game earlier in the day. That would be more than enough for Alex Otto who tossed a complete game, allowing just the two runs on five hits while striking out eight batters.

Isaac Frandsen, Tommy Blackstone, and Otto all had perfect days at the plate. Frandsen picked up three hits to go with three runs scored and three RBI while Blackstone had three hits and three runs scored. Otto had two hits in two at bats.

Monti returned to the park 17 hours later to take on a New Ulm team that topped Fergus Falls 10-5 in the opening round. Bosacker would write a different story in this one. The incoming junior dealt a seven-inning shutout and the bats started early again, putting up two in both the first and second innings to start Monti cruising towards another victory. Post 8731 added three more in the fourth and two more in the sixth to put the game well out of reach.

Monticello will be back in action at noon tomorrow at Baker Field in Willmar. Monti will play the winner of Luverne and Woodbury Red. Those two teams are scheduled to square off this afternoon. The winner of Saturday’s contest will then have two chances to capture the state championship on Sunday afternoon. The loser on Saturday will have to play their way back to the championship game, where they would have to win twice.

Check back to www.monticellotimes.com tomorrow for an update.

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