Eagles Park Region Conference champs
Adam Snelgrove pitched a complete game surrendering only two hits in a split with Ottertail Central that clinched the Park Region Conference title for the New York Mills Eagles baseball team.
The title is the first for NY Mills baseball in over 20 years.
NY Mills blanked the Bulldogs 11-0 in the opener and Ottertail Central returned the favor with a 5-0 shutout victory of their own in the nightcap.
Snelgrove pitched six innings, facing 23 batters, walking three and striking out nine.
"Solid pitching and strong defense is what did it for us," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.
Eight Eagle base runners scored in the game. Shane Novak, Mason Roberts and Tristan Huwe all scored twice in the game one blowout.
Roberts doubled and homered in four at-bats and led the Eagles with five RBI.
Tyler Patron, Huwe and Spencer Imsande all had runs batted in.
In game two, the Eagles were held off the scoreboard. Huwe and Derek Gaudette had the only hits for NY Mills.
The Bulldogs scored in the second, third and sixth innings in the 5-0 victory, albeit, rather meaningless, given the conference clinching NY Mills' victory in game one.
"We had a number of very close games with conference opponents, and fortunately we came out on top in most of those games because of solid pitching and solid defense."
NY Mills leads the conference in scoring average putting up 8.5 runs per game. They also have held opponents to only 4.5 runs per game, the lowest in the Park Region Conference standings. They have outscored opponents 136-72.
The Eagles had conference games against Pillager and Parkers Prairie that were one-run affairs.
NY Mills is 12-4 overall and sealed the conference 11 games in with a 9-2 record. They have one remaining conference game with Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale to wrap up the regular season.
Regardless of the outcome of that game, they currently hold a game and a half lead over second place Sebeka at 8-4. Ottertail Central, after the split with the Eagles, is 7-4,
"It's great to win the conference; it's something to be proud of. In the 14 years that I've been coaching, we have finished second quite a few times (with some impressive records), so to finally win it is something special. Our goal each game this year was to take each one by one and improve each game. Hopefully, as the play-offs roll around we're playing our best ball."
A non-conference game scheduled with Lake Park-Audubon in Audubon last Friday was rained out in the third inning. NY Mills has won eight of their past 10 games.