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6A Baseball: Eagles advance to Section semis with pair of shutouts

Senior Shane Novak and the NY Mills Eagles continued their quest for a third straight state appearance with a pair of shutout wins Thursday. Robert Williams/FOCUS

VERNDALE — Top-seeded New York Mills pitched a pair of shutouts Thursday over Menahga and Frazee to advance to the Section 6A semifinals in playoff baseball action Thursday.

Tucker Skoblik pitched a complete game two-hit shutout of Menahga, completing the season sweep over the Braves.

Nick Kupfer, Adam Patron, Tyler Patron and Dan Kraft all scored for the Eagles. Kupfer scored the game-winner in the first inning. He singled, stole second, advanced to third on a past ball and scored on a fielders’ choice at shortstop off the bat of brother Brandon Kupfer.

Skoblik struck out six batters and issued no walks.

In three victories over Menahga this year, the No. 2 seed in the bracket and runners-up in the Park Region Conference, the Eagles outscored the Braves by a whopping run total of 45-3.

Earlier in the day, the Eagles sent Frazee to the losers’ bracket with a 3-0 victory behind Tyler Patron’s one-hit complete game. Patron fanned four and walked three.

The first three batters: Shane Novak, Nick Kupfer and Brandon Kupfer scored all three runs in the first inning. Brandon Kupfer hit a two-RBI double and scored later in the inning on an Adam Patron fielder’s choice.

Brandon Kupfer went 3-4 at the plate with a pair of singles to go with his first-inning double.

NY Mills will face Ortonville the southern bracket’s No. 4 seed in Fergus Falls Tuesday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. for a chance to advance to the Section 6A final.

Robert Williams

Robert is the Sports Editor of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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