Class A baseball: New York Mills continues postseason surge with win in state quarterfinals
The Eagles had to claw their way to the Section 6A championship game but since then they've outscored three opponents by a combined score of 36-6 and reached the state semifinals on Tuesday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — New York Mills continued it’s do-or-die postseason run, upending Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale 10-1 in the Class A state baseball quarterfinals on Tuesday at Joe Faber Field.
The 23-3 Eagles got hot at the perfect time of the season. They had to work their way back through the losers bracket to win the Section 6A tournament. They defeated top-seed Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg twice to win the championship, outscoring the Saints by a combined 26-5 in a pair of five-run games.
Against B-H/V, the Eagles jumped out front 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning and starter Jacob Guck pitched like that would be plenty. Guck worked the first five innings, allowing a run on five hits. He didn’t issue a walk and he struck out five.
The Eagles gave him more support anyway, plating three runners in the third and three more in the fourth. For good measure, they scored two more runs in the fifth.
Reliever Bren Salo worked a scoreless sixth inning and DaShaun Robinson pitched the seventh. Neither allowed a hit. Salo walked one and both had a strikeout.
The Eagles’ Jonah Johnson had himself a tournament in a day, going 3 for 5 and driving in five runs.
Bode Roberts was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Brayden Ehnert was 3 for 4 with an RBI. Guck was 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Guck, Roberts and Ehnert all tripled and Johnson also stole two bases.
The Eagles’ Breck Hensch singled and drove in a run, and Cody Barthel and Montgomery Briard had NYM’s other hits.
No. 3-seed NYM plays Randolph in the Class A semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Faber Field. The winner will play for the championship at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18, at Target Field. No. 2-seed Randolph advanced Tuesday with a 10-0 win over MACCRAY.