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Buffalo watches three-run lead erased by Brainerd, but responds to walk off with 4A, Section 8 title

By Trevor Squire, SportsEngine, 05/31/18, 10:00PM CDT

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The Bison defeated the Warriors in dramatic fashion to secure their fourth consecutive trip to state.

Katie Carlson heads to third and is signaled home for the walk-off run. Buffalo survived a seventh inning rally to defeat Brainerd 4-3 in the Class 4A, Section 8 final at Buffalo High School. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Katie Carlson heads to third and is signaled home for the walk-off run. Buffalo survived a seventh inning rally to defeat Brainerd 4-3 in the Class 4A, Section 8 final at Buffalo High School. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Sarah Hudson's game-winning single for the Bison

As a pitcher, Buffalo senior Morgan DeMarais rarely finds time to spectate during the game as she constantly must focus on her next throw or at-bat and is always trying to keep a “clear mind.”

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Sarah Hudson drove a game-winning single down the third baseline to bring Katie Carlson home and clinch a 4-3 walk-off victory for Buffalo over Brainerd Friday afternoon in the Class 4A, Section 8 championship at Buffalo High School.

The Bison (19-2) will make their fourth consecutive state tournament appearance next Thursday at Oswald Park in Mankato.

Buffalo seniors Morgan DeMarais and Carlson helped the Bison establish a 3-0 lead in the first two innings.

The Warriors (19-7) responded with an Elaina Christiansen home run in the fifth inning. She added a two-run homer in the top of the seventh to tie the game.

Brainerd eighth-grader Olivia Tautges threw four scoreless innings and struck out one in relief for Jordan Sullivan who took the loss, allowing four runs on four hits.

DeMarais gave up 10 hits, three runs and struck out nine for the Bison.

Elaina Christiansen (23) leaps onto home plate to score the tying run in the top of the seventh inning. Christiansen had three RBI on two home runs in Brainerd's 4-3 loss on Friday afternoon. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Elaina Christiansen (23) leaps onto home plate to score the tying run in the top of the seventh inning. Christiansen had three RBI on two home runs in Brainerd's 4-3 loss on Friday afternoon. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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