NEW YORK MILLS — In three undefeated games, the New York Mills baseball team has showcased multiple ways to win.
The No. 2-ranked team in Class A came into the season knowing they could rely on the arms of Tyler Patron and Brandon Kupfer on the mound.
Both pitchers proved that in an opening sweep of Ottertail Central.
Kupfer fanned 14 batters to open the season, pitching a complete game, allowing one run in a 4-1 victory. The Eagles offense sputtered, supplying the four runs on only three hits. Patron also pitched a complete game, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out eight in a 4-2 close of the opening doubleheader sweep. His effort was backed up by seven hits and a two-RBI performance from Dan Kraft.
The continued warming of the Eagle bats exploded in a 21-4 romp of Wadena-Deer Creek to move New York Mills to 3-0.
Leadoff hitter Shane Novak led the team going 5-5 at the plate with three singles, a double and a triple leading to five RBIs, while scoring three times. Four other Eagles had multi-hit games. Kupfer was 3-5, scored twice and knocked in three. Adam Patron hit safely three of five times, a single and two doubles, scoring three runs. Kraft was 2-4 with four RBIs. Tyler Ehnert entered the game as a replacement for Max Carlson and promptly went 2-2 scoring twice. Tyler Patron walked four times and scored on three trips around the bags.
Tucker Skoblik recorded his first varsity win on the mound pitching four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, striking out and walking a pair of Wolverines giving way to Kraft who sent the Wolverines down in order in the fifth inning to secure the Mercy Rule victory.
New York Mills (3-0) will return to action Wednesday, in a Park Region doubleheader with Menahga (3-0). Both teams sit atop the Park Region standings at 2-0. Look for coverage of those games online Thursday with live posts on Twitter during the Wednesday double dip (@PerhamSports), which begins at 4:30 p.m., in New York Mills.