New York Mills earns fourth straight trip to state baseball tournament
MENAHGA, Minn. – Strong starting pitching has been a key for the New York Mills baseball team and it was again Friday as the Eagles clinched their fourth consecutive Minnesota Class A Section 6 championship with a 4-1 victory over Frazee.
New York Mills remains undefeated at 23-0.
“Our whole focus is take it a game at a time,” said coach Chris Bushinger. “The huge focus is getting to the state championship, but getting back to the state tournament is really where we wanted to get to.”
Senior Tyler Patron tossed a four-hitter and allowed one unearned run in a commanding performance on the mound.
“Game by game,” Patron said. “We have the rotation to pitch the whole state tournament. We didn’t play our best and other teams came to play. They have nothing to lose and we had everything.”
Nick Kupfer singled to lead off the game and scored for a 1-0 Eagles lead in the first inning.
The top four in the lineup for New York Mills have made a habit all year of scoring runs and Adam Patron, Brandon Kupfer and Tyler Patron did so in the third scoring successively for a 4-0 lead.
Adam Patron reached on an error, Kupfer walked and Tyler Patron helped his own cause belting a two-RBI double.
The Class A state tournament is scheduled to begin next Thursday in Chaska.
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