State Baseball: Fossand fans 12, hands Eagles first defeat
CHASKA, Minn. -- Jack Fossand struck out 12 batters and was aided by the only run of the game scored on a controversial balk call as the St. Agnes Aggies handed New York Mills its first defeat of the season in the state quarterfinals late Thursday evening.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Eagles starter Adam Snelgrove struck out Joe McDonald.
However, the ball got away from catcher Adam Patron and trickled to his right coming to rest quietly near the Aggies on-deck circle.
McDonald scampered to second base on the play. A two-base error was not charged to Patron on the official scorebook but should have been.
Nick Turch's sacrifice bunt moved McDonald to third base.
Jake Gutzmann stepped to the plate and Snelgrove prepared to pitch from the stretch when McDonald took off attempting a steal of home plate.
Snelgrove fired to Patron and McDonald was out easily for what appeared to be the third out of the inning.
Home Plate Umpire Scott Seaton, however, saw the play differently calling a balk on Snelgrove and awarding the run to McDonald, which proved to be the game-winner.
A lengthy discussion was had between NY Mills head coach Chris Bushinger and the three members of the umpiring crew, Seaton, Paul Ringo and David Gunderson, but to no avail to the Eagles' plight.
"Disappointing...the way that they got it," Bushinger said. "Kind of a questionable balk call, I disagree with it, but three guys are going to overrule me."
The Aggies threatened with at least one runner in scoring position in four of the six innings they batted.
Snelgrove got out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning and denied the Aggies an insurance run when Charlie Turch and Mitch Knippenberg reached second and third base with nobody out in the sixth.
Five of Snelgrove's nine strikeouts came in those two innings.
The Eagles best opportunities to score came in the first and last innings.
Shane Novak was the only Eagle to touch third base. He was stranded there in the first when Fossand struck out Brandon Kupfer and Maison Roberts to end the threat.
Tyler Patron hit a one-out single to give NY Mills hope in the last inning.
A game-ending force at second base was gaffed by shortstop Charlie Turch on an errant throw to the bag to nab Patron. Daniel Kraft reached first on the play.
Fossand struck out Kyle Vorderbruggen to end the game.
Fossand struck out a dozen Eagles, including eight of the first 11 batters faced. He walked only Adam Patron in the sixth inning, pitching a three-hit shutout for the victory.
Snelgrove allowed three hits and the one run of the game should have been ruled unearned.
"The bottom line is we had two great pitchers going head-to-head today," said Bushinger. "We definitely gave ourselves at least a couple of opportunities to get on the board in the game. We didn't capitalize on it. It's tough to win a ball game with only three hits; we didn't have too many hard hit balls today and didn't get it done."
Charlie Turch was 2-2, the only hitter with a multi-hit game. Ryan Hernandez had the Aggies only other hit. He also stole two bases.
Novak led off the game with a double. Tyler Patron singled in the seventh inning. Kraft singled in the fifth for the Eagles.
The game, and the strange way the only run was scored, combined to create a wacky culmination to a weird day in Chaska.
Originally scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch, rain delayed the start of the fourth quarterfinal until 10:13 p.m. The game ended just shy of midnight.
"Very, very long day," Bushinger said. "Here at the ball park, back at the hotel, out to get something to eat, back at the hotel waiting around to find out if we're going to play. Long, long day, that's for sure."
The loss was the first of the season for NY Mills, who fall to 23-1.
The Eagles will play BOLD (22-5) at 12:30 p.m., Friday, June 15 in Jordan, Minn., at the Mini-Met. The winner will advance to the 3 p.m. consolation championship. The loser is done for the season.
St. Agnes improves to 21-6 and will face Blackduck in the second semifinal Friday in Chaska.
Blackduck defeated BOLD 4-2 to advance.
Lac Qui Parle Valley (17-9) will play Browerville (23-3) in the other semifinal game.
Lac Qui Parle Valley defeated Ely 2-1. Browerville opened play today with a 1-0 win over Kenyon-Wanamingo.
Follow live updates from Friday's game(s) on Twitter @eotsports.
State A Quarterfinals
New York Mills versus St. Agnes, Chaska Athletic Park, Chaska, Minn. Thursday, June 14.
Game time: 10:13 p.m. - 11:53 p.m.
NYM 000 000 0 - 0 3 1
StA 000 100 x - 1 3 2
New York Mills
AB R H Bi
Novak 3 0 1 0
A. Patron 2 0 0 0
Kupfer 2 0 0 0
Roberts 3 0 0 0
T. Patron 3 0 1 0
Snelgrove 3 0 0 0
Kraft 3 0 1 0
Vorderbrug. 3 0 0 0
Slieter 2 0 0 0
Totals 24 0 3 0
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): NYM - Snelgrove (LP) 7-3-1-0-4-9...StA: Fossand 7-3-0-0-1-12.
AB R H Bi
Hernandez 3 0 1 0
Morehead 1 0 0 0
C. Turch 2 0 2 0
Knippenberg 2 0 0 0
Fossand 3 0 0 0
McDonald 3 1 0 0
N. Turch 2 0 0 0
Gutzmann 2 0 0 0
Graham 2 0 0 0
Totals 20 1 3 0