The New York Mills Eagles cruised to a 14-2 victory over Brandon-Evansville at the Section 6A semifinals in Fergus Falls Tuesday afternoon.
Winds blustering near 30 mph at times mandated most hits be on the ground and the Eagles pounded out 17 knocking around both Charger pitchers in the bottom half of four innings.
In the top half of the Chargers innings, Eagle starter Adam Snelgrove kept the Chargers at bay pitching the team's second no-hitter of the playoffs.
"I don't want to say Adam got into some trouble, but he had a couple outside pitches and past balls and a couple walks in the second inning there," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "But the Evansville coach told me, 'his kids hadn't seen a pitcher like that all year long.'"
Tyler Patron no-hit Eagle Valley in the opening round of Sub-section play. The Eagles won the game 11-0. Snelgrove threw a three-hitter in a 5-0 blanking of Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in the second round.
Brandon-Evansville managed to score two runs, both unearned, on two walks and two errors in the second inning. Snelgrove ended the threat by striking out the side.
NY Mills got to Charger starter Aaron Lund in the first inning scoring eight times in the opening frame.
Mason Roberts popped to third on the first pitch of the game and then the barrage began.
Tanner Wegscheid and Brandon Kupfer both singled. Patron walked to load the bases. Tristan Huwe followed with a RBI, one-out base hit to score Wegscheid. The next batter, Spencer Imsande, knocked in Kupfer and Patron with a single. Derik Gaudette reached base on an error at third and Shane Novak brought Huwe home with a single. The Eagles batted around and Roberts returned to the plate to bring Imsande and Gaudette home.
With the stiff wind blowing in from left field, the Eagles coaching staff encouraged the team to hit the ball on the ground and the strategy worked.
The Eagles answered the two unearned runs of the Chargers in the second with two of their own.
Patron doubled over the third base bag and scored on a Huwe double. Imsande brought Huwe home with a base hit. Imsande was nailed at the plate on an attempted squeeze play from third base when Sam Slieter was forced to attempt to bunt a ball down from around his eyeballs.
Meanwhile, Snelgrove mowed down the Chargers. He pitched five innings for a complete game via the 10-run mercy rule. He faced only 18 batters, striking out eight. He walked two.
Huwe recorded his third RBI of the game in the third inning scoring Roberts on a ground out to second. Novak started the inning with an infield base hit and scored on a single by Kupfer to put the ten-run rule in effect at 12-2.
The Eagles added two insurance runs in the fourth inning. Gaudette led off with a single. Slieter singled. Novak singled scoring Gaudette and Kupfer hit a sacrifice fly to bring Slieter home for the final, 14-2.
Novak and Wegscheid were both a perfect 3-3 from the dish and both hitters had two RBI. Imsande and Huwe both went 2-3 at the plate and knocked in three runs. Six Eagles, in all, had at least two RBI. Every Eagle batter scored and had at least one hit.
A Chargers' dugout that was boisterous to begin the game was silenced both by Snelgrove's command on the mound and the pounding of Eagle bats.
Charger starter Lund was lit up for 12 runs on 13 hits. He faced 22 Eagle batters walking two and striking out two.
His reliever, Billie Juul, faced 10 Eagles in two innings of work. He allowed two runs on four hits.
NY Mills moves on undefeated in double-elimination play to the championship game, which will be played at Legion Field, in DeLagoon Park, in Fergus Falls, Thursday, June 9, at 4 p.m.
They will face Frazee in the title game. The Hornets eliminated Brandon-Evansville in the second game today by a score of 11-5.
New York Mills defeated Frazee 3-2 in the quarterfinals. The Hornets will have to win two to advance to state play. One victory for the Eagles moves them on and will eliminate Frazee.
The Eagles and Frazee split two games against each other this season.
NY Mills improves its overall record to 17-4. They have won 13 of their past 15 games. Frazee comes into the title game with a record of 17-7, winners of five of their past six.
Last season, Frazee put an end to the Eagles season with a 5-3 opening round victory.
Brandon-Evansville versus New York Mills, Legion Field, Fergus Falls Tuesday, June 7.
BEV 000 00 - 2 0 2
NYM 820 2x - 14 17 2
AB R H Bi
Hintermeister 2 0 0 0
Juul 2 0 0 0
Lund 2 0 0 0
Schaffer 1 1 0 0
Bitzan 2 1 0 0
Bartholomew 1 0 0 0
Henneman 2 0 0 0
Anderson 2 0 0 0
Goehringer 2 0 0 0
Totals 16 2 0 0
New York Mills
AB R H Bi
Roberts 4 2 2 2
Wegscheid 3 1 3 2
Kupfer 3 1 2 2
Patron 3 2 1 0
Huwe 3 2 2 3
Imsande 3 1 2 3
Gaudette 3 2 1 0
Slieter 3 1 1 0
Novak 3 2 3 2
Totals 28 14 17 14
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): BEV - Lund (LP) 2-13-12-11-2-2; Juul 2-4-2-2-0-0...NYM: Snelgrove (WP) 5-0-2-0-2-8.