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Tyler Patron picked up the victory in the Eagles first round 6A playoff game versus Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Bob Williams/FOCUS

Baseball: Eagles survive early playoff scare

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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.

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