SPENCER – Spencer rallied from a run down in the eighth inning to edge Auburndale 3-2 in a WIAA Division 3 baseball regional quarterfinal on Thursday at Spencer High School.
Auburndale scored once in the top of the first and Spencer answered with a tally in the third to tie the game.
The score remained 1-1 until Auburndale plated a run in the top of the eighth.
Spencer rallied in the bottom of the frame, scoring both runs with two outs.
Carson Hildebrandt walked, Kyler Bainer had a single, and Tanner Kleinschmidt followed with another single to plate Hildebrandt to tie the game. Bainer moved to third on the hit and scored on a passed ball to give the Rockets the victory.
Kleinschmidt earned the win after getting the final two outs in the eighth for the Rockets. Chase Higgins went a strong 7 1/3 innings, striking out six.
Fletcher Raab started for Auburndale, striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Colton Wright suffered the loss, giving up the two runs in the eighth.
Hunter Wright had three hits and an RBI, and Cody Trowbridge had two hits and an RBI for Auburndale (7-10).
Bainer had three of Spencer’s seven hits.
Spencer (9-6) will play a Division 3 regional semifinal at No. 1 seed Marathon (16-2) on Tuesday at 4:45 p.m.
Rockets 3, Apaches 2 (8 inn.)
Auburndale 100 000 01 – 2 8 0
Spencer 001 000 02 – 3 7 2
WP: Tanner Kleinschmidt. LP: Colton Wright.
SO: Fletcher Raab (6 2/3 inn.) 10, C. Wright (1 inn.) 1; Chase Higgins (7 1/3 inn.) 6, Kleinschmidt (2/3 inn.) 1. BB: Raab 1, C. Wright 1; Higgins 3, Kleinschmidt 0.
Top hitters: A, Hunter Wright 3×4, RBI; Cody Trowbridge 2×3, RBI. S, Brett Kasch RBI; Kyler Bainer 3×3.
Records: Auburndale 7-10; Spencer 9-6.