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Deer River eliminates NY Mills from 1A state tournament

Adam Snelgrove dives back to first base under the tag of Lance Latvala. Snelgrove scored the only NY Mills run of the game on a Brandon Kupfer sacrifice fly in the Eagles 4-1 season-ending state tournament loss. Photo by Bob Williams1 / 3
Catcher Tristan Huwe is tagged out while trying to steal second base in NY Mills' season-ending 4-1 state tournament loss to Deer River. Photo by Bob Williams2 / 3
Warriors' pitcher Travis Kane pumps his fist after recording the final out in Deer River's 4-1 state tournament victory that eliminated New York Mills.3 / 3

JORDAN -- The Deer River Warriors scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning eliminating the New York Mills Eagles from the Minnesota Class 1A state baseball tournament 4-1.

The loss was the second in as many games for the Eagles, at the tournament, who end their season with an overall record of 18-6.

"We had a great season," Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "Making it to the state tournament, I don't know if, at the beginning of the year, anyone would have picked us to come down."

Freshman starting pitcher Brandon Kupfer was in command and in the lead through five innings.

The Eagles scored their only run of the game in the third inning when Adam Snelgrove was hit by a pitch. He advanced on a Shane Novak bunt that was booted by Warrior pitcher Travis Kane. Maison Roberts singled to load the bases.

A sacrifice fly from Kupfer brought Snelgrove home before Kane was able to force two pop-ups to second base to end the threat.

Kupfer made the run stick on the board until finding trouble in the sixth.

Luke Benson doubled to lead off the inning. An unassisted play at first by Tyler Patron provided the first out, but Lance Latvala knocked Benson in with a base hit and scored on a long triple by Eythan Stangland for the game winner.

Kupfer was pulled for Patron and Bryce Lyytinen was safe at first on a suicide squeeze to score Stangland, the third run charged to Kupfer.

For the second straight game, the Eagles were victimized by the suicide squeeze play.

Lyytinen scored on a single by Jack Carter. The Warriors scored four times on five hits in the sixth. The remainder of the game they managed only four other base hits.

"We played good ball until we got here," Senior Catcher Tristan Huwe said. "The whole year we played solid defense. We were just not able to put it together in the end like we wanted."

The Eagles lose four seniors to graduation: centerfielder Spencer Imsande; left fielder Derik Gaudette; catcher Huwe and second baseman Tanner Wegscheid.

NY Mills' two star freshmen Kupfer and Patron will join senior Adam Snelgrove on the mound next season, along with a group of experienced underclassmen that will battle Frazee, most likely, for another trip to the state tournament.

The Eagles defeated Frazee 4-2 in the Section 6A final to advance to state.

Snelgrove was tagged for his first loss of the season in the tournament opener. Kupfer finished the year with a record of 8-3.Patron was 5-1.

Kane pitched a complete game for the victory. He allowed only one earned run on six hits. He struck out one and walked zero in seven innings of work.

Eagles results

Deer River versus New York Mills, Joe Schleper Stadium, Shakopee, Friday, June 17.

D-R 000 004 0 - 4 10 1

NYM 001 000 0 - 1 6 0

Deer River


Carter 3 0 2 1

Cane 3 0 2 0

Benham 4 0 1 0

Benson 3 1 1 0

Willis 4 0 1 0

Latvala 3 1 1 1

Stangland 2 1 1 1

Lyytinen 3 1 1 1

Schimek 1 0 0 0

Totals 26 4 10 4

New York Mills


Roberts 4 0 1 0

Wegscheid 3 0 0 0

Kupfer 2 0 1 1

Patron 3 0 0 0

Huwe 3 0 2 0

Imsande 3 0 0 0

Gaudette 3 0 1 0

Snelgrove 2 1 0 0

Novak 3 0 1 0

Totals 26 1 6 1

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): DR - Cane (WP) 7-6-1-1-0-1...NYM: Kupfer (LP) 5.1-6-3-3-4-1; Patron 1.2-2-1-0-0.

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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