Robbinsdale clinches a spot in the Midwest Region semifinals

The Robbinsdale Little Leaguers are now 3-and-0 at the Midwest Regionals in Indianapolis after beating Nebraska Tuesday night 6-5. Tyler Ockuly, who threw a no-hitter in the tournament opener Saturday, allowed just 3 hits while striking out 11 in 5 innings on Tuesday.

Robbinsdale opened the scoring in the first when Sam Mayes singled and later scored on a Nebraska error. Nebraska took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd, before Robbinsdale responded with 4 runs in the 4th. Nick Lauer's RBI single tied the game at 2-2. Later Ockuly doubled home two more to give Robbinsdale a 5-2 lead.

Robbinsdale led 5-4 in the bottom of the 5th when Jack Halverson scored what turned out to be the game winning run on a wild pitch to make it 6-4. Brandon Harrison came on in relief in the top of the 6th and set down the first two batters before a walk, a double and a wild ptich made the score 6-5. Harrison finished the job by fanning the final hitter with the tying run at 3rd and the go ahead run at second.

Robbinsdale moves to 3-0 in pool play and has assured itself a spot in the semifinals on Friday. No other team is undefeated. One more pool game on Thursday will determine Robbinsdale's opponent in the semifinals.

Photos by Tim Keefe
David Tranvik behind the plate

David Bajari crossing home

Jantzen Procai making the play at 3rd

Michael Keefe in the on deck circle.

Sam Mayes getting the ball back in

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