Patron no-hits Eagle Valley
The New York Mills Eagles backed up their number one seed by hammering the ninth-seeded Eagle Valley Rebels 11-1, behind a no-hitter tossed by Tyler Patron.
Patron faced two hitters over the minimum of 15 for the five innings of game time. He allowed no hits, no runs, struck out five batters, four looking and walked one. The base on balls and one fielding error kept his game from being perfect. He mowed down the Rebels in order three of five innings.
Patron led the Eagles at the plate, as well. He went 3-3 with three singles and three runs batted in.
He led off a seven-run second inning with a bit of controversy.
He grounded to second base and was called out on the play by the field umpire. After an appeal by the Eagle dugout, he was ruled safe on a home umpire overrule, as the Eagle Valley first baseman did not have his foot on the bag while catching the assist from second.
Beside Patron's hit, Adam Snelgrove, Mason Roberts, Tanner Wegscheid all singled in the inning. Brandon Kupfer hit a two-RBI double.
Up 7-0 and cruising the Eagles added four more runs in the third inning.
Spencer Imsande reached on an error at first base, moved to second on a wild pickoff throw from pitcher Jerod Nelson, took third on a past ball and was knocked in by Snelgrove's second single of the game.
Snelgrove was deuces wild going 2-2 with two runs batted in and two stolen bases.
Derek Gaudette, Shane Novak and Wegscheid all scored in the third to produce the final score of 11-nil.
Kupfer was 1-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Roberts was 1-3 with a RBI and a run scored. Wegscheid was 1-2 with a RBI and two runs scored.
All nine Eagle starters crossed home plate.
Eagle Valley pulled off a mild upset to face NY Mills. In the early game, they defeated the eight seed, Lake Park-Audubon 8-5.
Lake Park-Audubon brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Dylan Larson with two out and runners on second and third.
Logan Riedel, who went the distance for the victory, struck out Larson to end the threat and the game.
NY Mills advances to the second round of the Section 6A North Sub-section to face the winner of fourth-seeded Hawley and fifth-seeded Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 2, in New York Mills.
A 4 p.m. game is scheduled between the winners of seventh-seeded Menahga and the two-seed, Frazee. The winner of that matchup will play the winner of the sixth-seeded Pine River/Backus and the three-seed Sebeka.
The 4 p.m. victor will face the winner of NY Mills and Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale at 6 p.m.
The Eagles swept both games with Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale 4-1 and 16-14. NY Mills comes into the game with a record of 14-4 and winners of nine of their past 11 games.