SPOONER -- Derek Jardine and Bob Tyndall combined on a two-hit shutout as the Ashland Merchants defeated the Lake Superior Sea Dogs in a second-round Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs game here on Sunday. Jardine pitched eight innings for the win. He allowed two hits and six walks. Tyndall tossed two perfect innings, with two strikeouts, for the save.
They outdueled Lake Superior's Jesse Olson, who pitched all eight innings. Both runs were unearned. Olson allowed eight hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Ashland scored both runs in the third inning on an RBI single by Dan Bennett and a sacrifice fly by Joey Seeger. Mike Groom and Erik Hakamaki scored the runs. Groom and Matt Tarasewicz had two hits apiece for the winners.
Ashland advances to the WBA state tournament in Menomonie, Wisconsin, next weekend.