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Tracy-Milroy-Balaton shuts out New York Mills in opening round of state 1A baseball playoffs

Brandon Kirsch executes the suicide squeeze to score Zach Campbell from third base in Tracy-Milroy-Balaton's 8-0 shutout defeat of New York Mills in the opening round of Minnesota Class 1A playoffs. Photo by Bob Williams1 / 2
Sam Slieter takes a cut at a Zach Campbell offering. The Eagles managed only four hits in the 8-0 playoff loss. Photo by Bob Wiliams.2 / 2

The New York Mills Eagles put up 18 victories this season primarily because of consistent defense and solid pitching. In the first round of Minnesota 1A playoffs, the Eagles found themselves on the opposing side to such success in an 8-0 shutout loss to the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers at the Mini-Met in Jordan, Minn.

The loss drops the Eagles overall record to 18-5, sends them to the consolation bracket and dashes any hopes at the championship game at Target Field.

"I told the kids, 'nobody needs to say anything about what's going wrong,'" NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said.

Miscommunication and a number of miscues showed themselves early in the ballgame.

T-M-B scored four in the first inning; two runs were unearned after a crucial error at second by Tanner Wegscheid erased a double play ball and gave life to the Panthers.

Leadoff hitter Dominic Dolan singled to start the game. Taylor Hoffbeck reached on the error. Jeremy Hoflack singled and Dolan scored on a fielder's choice. Shane Erickson tripled scoring Hoffbeck and Hoflack. A grounder to Wegscheid brought Erickson home on the second out of the inning.

Eagles' ace pitcher Adam Snelgrove suffered a 29-pitch first inning, threw a total of 70 pitches and was pulled after 3 2/3 innings of work. He gave up seven runs; five were earned on eight hits. Snelgrove struck out one and walked one.

Freshman Tyler Patron kept the Panthers at bay the remainder of the game allowing only one run and striking out two in 3 1/3 innings.

The Eagles committed four costly errors and other fielding miscues, including a Zach Campbell Texas leaguer that dropped between right fielder Shane Novak, centerfielder Spencer Imsande and Wegscheid behind second base. None of the three players made an attempt at the ball. It plopped between the trio allowing Hoflack to score and up the lead to 5-0.

"I have to give Tracy credit," Bushinger said. "They came out and put the bat on the ball."

Campbell dominated New York Mills on the mound allowing only four hits while facing five over the minimum number of batters. He walked one and fanned six. At the plate, he was 3-4 hitting two singles and a double. He knocked in two runs and scored one.

"He (Campbell) did a nice good job of getting ahead, he was always around the plate and mixed up his pitches," Bushinger said.

Hoflack was 3-4, scoring twice with one RBI.

The Panthers of Tracy-Milroy-Balaton made their third state appearance but first since 1999. New York Mills is also making its third appearance but first since 2004.

New York Mills will play at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee, Minn., at 10 a.m., Friday, June 17 against Deer River. A loss will eliminate one team from play. Deer River was defeated 7-4 by Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial.

The Warriors of Deer River are making their second consecutive and overall appearance.

Eagles results

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton versus New York Mills, Mini-Met, Jordan, Minn., Thursday, June 16.

TMB 401 210 0 - 8 10 2

NYM 000 000 0 - 0 4 4



Dolan 4 1 1 0

Hoffbeck 4 1 0 0

Hoflack 4 2 3 1

Carter 4 0 0 1

Erickson 4 1 1 2

Campbell 4 1 3 2

Fultz 4 0 0 0

Kirsch 2 1 1 1

Hook 4 1 1 0

Totals 34 8 10 7

New York Mills


Roberts 3 0 1 0

Wegscheid 3 0 0 0

Kupfer 3 0 0 0

Patron 3 0 1 0

Huwe 3 0 0 0

Imsande 2 0 0 0

x-Kraft 1 0 0 0

Gaudette 2 0 1 0

Slieter 2 0 0 0

x-Patron 1 0 0 0

Novak 2 0 1 0

Totals 25 0 4 0

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): BEV - Campbell (WP) 7-4-0-0-1-6...NYM: Snelgrove (LP) 3.67-8-7-5-1-1; Patron 3.33-2-1-1-0-2.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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