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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 3:38 pm

The Madison Broncos won a wild game to begin the 2019 amateur baseball season on Thursday night at Flynn Field in Madison. The Broncos held on for a 6-5 win over the Sioux Falls Saints in a non-league contest.

The Saints had a chance to knot the score at 6-6 in the top of the ninth inning, when a throw got past Madison catcher Jon Waba. Waba played the carom off the backstop and threw the ball to pitcher Koby Christiansen, who was covering home plate, to tag out the runner who was attempting to score for the final out of the game.

Madison scored twice in the fourth inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Matt Burpee had a sacrifice fly to plate the first run for the Broncos, and Nick Bird recorded an RBI on a ground-out, even though the Broncos didn't get a hit in the fourth frame.

Sioux Falls scored once in the fifth, only to see the Broncos answer in the bottom of the inning. With one on and two outs, Josh Giles smacked a double to drive in Lakin Neugebauer for the third run for Madison.

Madison stretched its lead to 5-1 in the sixth frame with one swing of the bat. With one on and no outs, Greg Biagi blasted a home run over the left-center fence.

Sioux Falls scored four times in the seventh frame to deadlock the score at 5-5.

Madison regained the lead in the seventh inning. With two outs and no one on, Waba drew a walk. Jacob Giles entered as the courtesy runner for Waba and later scored on an error to put the Broncos on top 6-5.

Christiansen put down the Saints in order in the eighth inning.

Madison had nine hits off four Saints hurlers. Biagi had a home run and two RBIs. Josh Giles had a double, a single and two RBIs. Trevor Johnson had two singles. Nick Bird, Marcus Vanden Bosch and Brock Selgestad each had a single. Bird and Burpee each had an RBI.

The Saints had seven hits with Cole Helgerson hitting a double.

Selgestad started on the mound for the Broncos and worked three innings. He gave up one hit, had four strikeouts and walked three. Hunter Jamison worked three innings in relief and gave up one run on three hits; he struck out two and walked two. Drew Pierson worked 1/3 of an inning in relief, gave up four runs on one hit and walked two. Christiansen finished on the hill for the Broncos and picked up the win. He worked 2 2/3 innings and did not allow a run. He gave up two hits, struck out two and didn't allow a walk.

Madison will go to Brookings on Wednesday to face the Brookings Cubby's in a 7:30 p.m. non-league game.

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