SYRACUSE – The Pender Seniors American Legion Baseball Team lost 4-1 to Dannebrog-Cairo-Boelus in the Class C State Championship in Syracuse Wednesday night in action heard on 107.9 the Bull.
Pender starting pitcher Chris Rutar struggled early, and hit three DCB batters in the first inning, while walking another and allowing a base hit. Despite the struggles, DCB was only able to push two runs across in the first, leading 2-0.
DCB added one run in the fourth innings and one run in the fifth, taking a 4-0 lead into the 7th.
Brady Oliver drew a walk in the 7th, then Lucas Vogt and Will Gatzmeyer hit back-to-back singles for Pender, with Oliver scoring on the Gatzmeyer hit, making the score 4-1.
The next two Pender batters were retired, however, making the final score 4-1 in favor of DCB.
Pender outhit DCB 8-5 on the night, with Hunter Ferguson notching a single and a double, and Vogt recording a pair of base hits.
Pender’s season ends at 22-9 and as the Class C State Runner-Up.