ST. PETER - The River Valley Bullhead 50s Baseball Club finished the regular season winning its final three games this weekend in St. Peter.
After losing a close 7-4 game in Saturday's doubleheader opener to Cross-town Traffic of Burnsville, the Bullheads proceeded to take the nightcap in eight innings by a score of 6-5. On Sunday the Bullheads swept the Bloomington Goats by scores of 6-4 and 3-2.
Keith Bense was the losing pitcher in Saturday's first game, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits, and the Bullheads scored their four runs on just four hits, including a double by Arnie Degenhardt.
In Game 2, starting pitcher Myron Seidl threw the first six innings and silenced the Burnsville bats. With the score tied 4-4 entering the eighth inning, Cross-town scored a run on a pair of singles and a stolen base to take the lead.
But the Bullheads answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to get the walk-off win. Steve Wilson got credit for the win, pitching the final two innings for the Bullheads.
Sunday's doubleheader sweep of Bloomington was highlighted by the three quality at bats by soon-to-be 80-year-old Don Wickelgren. He is the father of Bullheads' players Ken and Steve Wickelgren. Tom Lacina allowed only two earned runs to earn the complete game win in Game 1, and his offense provided a comfortable first-inning 5-2 lead.
Wilson, Degenhardt, Brian Donahue, Bense and Greek Wagner singled in the inning (Wagner's first of two in the game). Seidl drove in Dan Wilson in the second to account for the final run.
In Game 2, Donahue held the goats to just four hits while striking out four. Neither Bloomington run was earned. The Bullheads collected six hits in the game, including two by Bruce Jacobs, and an RBI double by Jeff Knutson.
The Bullheads finish the regular season with a 9-8 record and will play in the 12-team M50BL post-season tournament this weekend in St. Louis Park.