Snelgrove shuts down Hornets; Eagles remain undefeated
FRAZEE -- Two top 10 teams in class 1A squared off in Frazee this afternoon.
No. 4-ranked New York Mills (16-0) defeated No. 10 Frazee (14-4), by a score of 4-1, behind a complete game three-hit performance by Eagle senior Adam Snelgrove.
"They've got a good club," Snelgrove said. "They do everything right. We just came out on top today."
"Adam has just been awesome," NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "We knew coming in here today that they were going to throw their number one guy and just the way things folded out with the rotation it was Adam's turn to throw today, but you know what, regardless, he was the guy we wanted on the mound today with the ball...We knew he'd keep us in the ball game."
Leadoff hitter Shane Novak was the difference at the plate knocking in the game-winning run and two insurance scores with a bases clearing double in the second inning to put NY Mills up 4-0.
Frazee scored their only run in the third inning. Jordan Ketter walked and stole second base. Ketter scored on a double by Hayden Hoskins.
The rest of the game was fought on the mound.
Snelgrove fanned seven and walked two, giving up one earned run on three hits.
Frazee senior Jacob Galbrecht pitched all seven innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits. He walked five and struck out five.
"I give Galbrecht a lot of credit," Bushinger said. "He kept our hitters off balance today; he mixed up his pitches very well. We didn't have a lot of hits today."
While hard to complain about the offensive work of an undefeated club that has finished six of 16 games by way of the 10-run mercy rule, hitting is something the NY Mills coaching staff will be working on before the playoffs arrive.
"We seem to have timely hitting this year," Bushinger said. "Before playoffs roll around, we as a group need to get things going, as far as hitting."
The Frazee ball club got a look at something they were not used to, as well. The Hornets have 10-runned five of their past six opponents.
Snelgrove sent the Hornets down in order four of seven innings.
Galbrecht allowed runners to reach scoring position in only three innings.
A seventh-inning rally was thwarted by the Eagle defense when Daniel Janu reached first base on a throwing error to the bag.
Janu was gunned down trying to reach second for the first out of the inning.
Snelgrove induced a lineout from Frazee centerfielder Cody Piper to shortstop Maison Roberts. Snelgrove struck out Tyler Wacker to end the game.
"It helps when I can just pitch to contact," Snelgrove said. "I didn't have too many strikeouts today - threw fastballs a lot."
Snelgrove was the only batter with two hits on either club. He had two singles.
NY Mills second baseman Tyler Patron knocked in Roberts to open the scoring with a double to the fence.
The victory will cement the Eagles No. 4 ranking and keep the section-seeding importance of a No. 3 QRF ranking in place.
"Definitely the toughest game of the year," Bushinger said. "Looking ahead at playoffs and the way things shake out for us -- big game for us."
No. 4-1A New York Mills at No. 10-1A Frazee, Monday, May 21.
NYM 040 000 0 - 4 5 1
FRA 000 000 0 - 1 3 0
New York Mills
AB R H Bi
Novak 3 0 1 3
A. Patron 4 0 0 0
Kupfer 3 0 0 0
Roberts 4 1 1 0
T. Patron 3 1 1 1
Snelgrove 3 1 2 0
Kraft 3 0 0 0
Vorderbrug. 2 1 0 0
Slieter 3 0 0 0
Totals 28 4 5 4
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): NYM - Snelgrove (WP) 7-3-1-1-2-7...FRA: Galbrecht (LP) 7-5-4-4-5-5.
AB R H Bi
Ketter 2 1 1 0
Hoskins 3 0 1 1
Galbrecht 3 0 0 0
Wokash 3 0 1 0
Wendt 3 0 0 0
Janu 3 0 0 0
Piper 3 0 0 0
Wacker 3 0 0 0
Moltzan 2 0 0 0
Totals 25 1 3 1