Loyola baseball rallies late to nip Cleveland 7-6 | Local Sports

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MANKATO — Junior catcher Matthew Helget’s wind-aided RBI double capped a three-run, sixth-inning rally Saturday at Franklin Rogers Park to lift Mankato Loyola to a 7-6 win over Cleveland in the championship game of the Crusaders’ own tournament.

Loyola, which blanked Faribault Bethlehem Academy 7-0 in Saturday’s opener, found itself trailing 6-3 after the Clippers (9-5) scored three times in the top of the fifth behind four base hits and a walk. Alex McCabe’s two-run single off relief pitcher Matthew Gartner was the key hit while Bryce Novak also bounced a run-scoring single through the hole.

After the Crusaders (14-3) trimmed the deficit to 6-4 in their fifth at bat, walks to Andrew Kohr and Nick Stoffel set up a one-out threat an inning later. An errant pickoff attempt allowed Kohrs to score…

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