Baseball: Eagles survive early playoff scare
NEW YORK MILLS -- In the playoffs, one hot pitcher can spell doom, even in a mismatch. On paper, undefeated NY Mills should have rolled over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (4-11).
Hillcrest senior pitcher Zachary Nersten held the Eagles to only two runs, but Eagles sophomores Tyler Patron and Brandon Kupfer controlled the Comet lineup. The duo combined to pitch a four-hit shutout.
Patron fanned 13 Comets, allowing four hits. Kupfer picked up the save.
Nersten pitched a complete game for Hillcrest.
The Eagles managed a single run in the third and fourth to put up the two tallies.
The Comets advanced to face NY Mills earlier in the day defeating Nevis 3-2 in 10 innings.
The Eagles improve to 19-0 on the season and move on to face Sebeka Thursday, May 31 at noon. The game is in Sebeka.
The Trojans defeated Lake Park-Audubon 2-1 to advance. The win equaled Sebeka's record at .500 (10-10).
NY Mills defeated Sebeka twice in the regular season.