New York Mills wins fourth consecutive 6A title
MENAHGA — Strong starting pitching has been a key for the New York Mills baseball team and was again Friday as the Eagles clinched their fourth consecutive Minnesota Class A Section 6 baseball championship with a 4-1 victory over Frazee.
New York Mills remains undefeated at 23-0.
“Our whole focus is take it a game at a time,” Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. “The huge focus is getting to the state championship, but getting back to the state tournament is really where we wanted to get to.”
Senior Tyler Patron tossed a four-hitter and allowed one unearned run in a commanding performance on the mound.
“Game by game,” Patron said. “We have the rotation to pitch the whole state tournament. We didn’t play our best and other teams came to play. They have nothing to lose and we had everything.”
“It’s awesome, a great feeling to have,” said Kupfer. “Keep it going through state. We’re playing some decent ball, it could be better.”
Nick Kupfer singled to lead off the game and scored for a 1-0 Eagles lead in the first inning.
The top four in the lineup for New York Mills have made a habit all year of scoring runs and Adam Patron, Brandon Kupfer and Tyler Patron did so in the third scoring successively for a 4-0 lead.
Adam Patron reached on an error, Kupfer walked and Tyler Patron helped his own cause belting a two-RBI double.
Frazee scored their lone run in the fifth inning unearned and finish their season with a record of 16-11.
Nick Kupfer was 2-4 with two singles and run scored. Tyler Patron was 2-3 with single, double and a run scored to lead New York Mills.
The Eagles will draw on the recent past where Target Field has remained elusive but New York Mills has found ways to win tight ballgames at the state tournament.
“The last three years we have had some amazing seventh-inning heroics,” said Bushinger. “We’ve had three come-from-behind wins in the seventh inning down there and that comes from taking it inning by inning, pitch by pitch, out by out. You can’t get too far ahead of yourself.”
The Class A state tournament is scheduled to begin in Thursday, June 12 in Chaska.
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