Elijah Baker

Elijah Baker had three hits and three RBI, including a two-run single to snap an 8-8 tie during a five run sixth inning, in the River Falls Post 121 baseball team’s 10-8 victory over Holmen in the second round of the American Legion Class AA State Tournament in Fort Atkinson Saturday night. File photo

The River Falls Post 121 baseball team is one of just two unbeaten teams remaining at the American Legion Class AA State Tournament in Fort Atkinson after knocking off the top two ranked teams in the state in the first two rounds.

After blanking second-ranked Rhinelander 2-0 in Friday’s opening round, River Falls rallied for a 10-8 victory over No. 1 Holmen Saturday night to move into the semifinals of the double elimination tournament in Fort Atkinson.

River Falls and Beloit are the only 2-0 teams remaining and will face each other Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Fort Atkinson and Seymour, and Ashwaubenon and Holmen, will play elimination games at 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m., respectively.

Saturday night River Falls scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to score a come-from-behind 10-8 victory over top-ranked Holmen, who entered the game with a record of 30-4. River Falls improved to 13-11 with the win.

A leadoff walk to Zach Cleveland followed by four straight singles by Eli Condon, Ben Johnson, Chase McQuade and Elijah Baker with a passed ball also in the mix resulted in five Post 121 runs. Baker drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run single, his third hit of the game.

River Falls jumped out to a 5-0 lead with two runs in the first and three in the third before Holmen scored five runs in the bottom of the third to tie the score. Holmen took an 8-5 lead in the fifth before River Falls’ sixth-inning rally gave them the win. Just two of Holmen’s eight runs were earned as River Falls committed three errors in the field.

Baker finished with three hits and three RBI and McQuade had three hits and two RBI while Johnson had three singles and Cayden Mueller drove in a pair of runs on a fielder’s choice and a single.

Mueller was credited with the win on the mound after allowing eight runs, two earned, on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Jaren Schwantz struck out four and walked four without allowing a hit in two innings of scoreless relief to pick up the save.

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