Falcons run-rule Dragons in sectional semi

MINFORD — The Minford Falcons were back in the Division III sectional final — defeating visiting West Union 11-0 in Tuesday’s D-III baseball sectional semifinal.

Junior Noah Martin and senior Branson Alley combined to throw a shutout three-hitter on the mound for the Falcons.

Martin got the start and the win, allowing two hits and striking out seven Dragon batters on 40 pitches.

Junior Aodhan Queen led the Falcons with a team-high three hits and team-high three runs scored.

Martin drove in a pair of Minford runs in the victory, as he and Carson Cronin had two hits apiece.

The Falcons finished with 10 hits, took advantage of eight Dragon errors while making none themselves, and scored at least two tallies in every inning.

Minford muscled for three first-inning runs and four fourth-inning markers, sandwiched around a pair of runs apiece in the second and third frames.

Minford, the No. 4-seed in the Southeast District, hosted No. 20-seed Southeastern in a D-III sectional final on Thursday.

The Falcons are the defending Division III Region 11 runner-up.



West Union 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 8

Minford 3 2 2 4 X — 11 10 0

Minford batting

JD Matiz 1-1, R, RBI

Cam Thacker 0-1, R

Carson Cronin 2-3, 2R, RBI

Adam Crank 0-2, RBI

Aodhan Queen 3-3, 3R, RBI

Mason Book 0-3, RBI

Noah Martin 2-3, R, 2RBI

Branson Alley 0-2, BB

Kyle Laxton 1-2, R

Cole Borland 1-1, 2R, RBI

Minford pitching

Noah Martin (M) 3IP, 2H, 0ER, 7K, 0BB (W)

Branson Alley (M) 2IP, 1H, 0ER, 3K, 1BB

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