Eagles pitching leads NY Mills to third straight appearance at state
FERGUS FALLS — The New York Mills Eagles baseball team had little trouble traversing the Section 6A bracket and advanced to the state baseball tournament for the third straight season after defeating Ortonville 9-1 in the 6A final.
New York Mills put their aces on the mound to get back to the state tournament and got extraordinary results from Tyler Patron and Brandon Kupfer.
Tyler Patron pitched a complete game in the final victory going all seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks to punch the Eagles’ ticket back to the Min-Met in Jordan, Minn., with ease in the 9-1 win.
Brandon Kupfer took the ball in the semis and pitched a no-hitter in the semifinal victory over Ortonville, an 8-0 shutout.
Kupfer fanned 13 Trojans, walked three batters, and the Trojans managed to strand just three baserunners on the bags. Kupfer faced four batters over the minimum as the Trojans made only 25 plate appearances in seven innings.
Kupfer helped himself out at the plate with a game-high two RBIs on a double in the first inning and a walk in the third. The Eagles batted around in the third inning scoring six times to give Kupfer all the insurance needed on an already 2-0 lead.
Catcher Adam Patron had three hits: two singles and a double. Nick Kupfer had two singles, scored and knocked in a run.
Ortonville took a 1-0 in the top of the first in the section final but saw that erased by a four-run bottom half by New York Mills and the combination of Tyler Patron on the mound and battery mate catcher Adam patron held the Trojans to only 28 plate appearances.
The brother combinations of Kupfers and Patrons, two through the five spot in the Eagles’ batting order, did the scoring early for a 4-1 lead. Brandon Kupfer’s crossing of the plate was the eventual game-winner.
Both Patrons added runs in the third inning followed by Dan Kraft to put Mills up 7-1. Brandon Kupfer scored his second of the game in the fourth and the 8-1 final.
The Eagles received the No. 2 seed in the Class A tournament and will play at the Mini-Met in Jordan, Thursday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. against unseeded Floodwood (17.2). Wabasha-Kellogg (17-1) is the top seed.
New York Mills is 19-2 heading to state and have a record of 62-8 in the past three seasons.