State Baseball: St. Agnes Class A Champions
MINNEAPOLIS -- The only team to blemish the New York Mills Eagles record this season, the St. Agnes Aggies (23-6), went on to win the Class A Baseball Championship with their third shutout in as many games at the tournament.
The Aggies, behind ace Jack Fossand, defeated the Lac Qui Parle Valley Eagles 6-0 Monday at Target Field.
Lac qui Parle Valley ended their season with a record of 18-10. The Eagles reached the title game in their first trip to the state tournament.
Fossand pitched his second shutout of the tournament, allowing only four hits in seven innings of work. He walked one and fanned four. The win was his 10th victory of the season.
Fossand quieted the New York Mills' bats in a 1-0 victory in the quarterfinals. He struck out 12 batters.
Shortsop Charlie Turch had two singles and a double. He stole a base and scored three times to lead St. Agnes offensively in the title game.
Three fielding errors in the first inning and five in the game doomed Lac Qui Parle Valley.
Fossand got to work quickly striking out two of the first three batters he faced in the first.
Catcher Mitch Knippenberg had a single and two RBI. Designated hitter Joe McDonald hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to score Turch.
St. Agnes defeated Blackduck 7-0 in the semifinals behind the pitching of senior Turch.
Turch gave up identical numbers to Fossand's state championship gem. Turch walked one, struck out four, while outdueling three Blackduck hurlers,
The Aggies scored six of their seven runs in the middle frames, the second through fifth innings, to deflate the Drakes.
Evan Morehead and Knippenberg had two hits each.
St. Agnes had an incredible 91 stolen bases in the regular season and continued to rip up the base paths stealing seven bases in the championship game and six in the semifinals.
New York Mills' Adam Snelgrove was the only state tournament pitcher to hold the Aggies running game in check.
St. Agnes' leadoff hitter Ryan Hernandez snagged two bags against Snelgrove, The only two thefts of the quarterfinal matchup for St. Agnes.
Snelgrove picked Hernandez off after reaching on a base on balls in his third at-bat.
The championship is the second for St. Agnes. They won their first in 2001.