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Baseball: Eagles survive early playoff scare

Tyler Patron picked up the victory in the Eagles first round 6A playoff game versus Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. Bob Williams/FOCUS

NEW YORK MILLS -- In the playoffs, one hot pitcher can spell doom, even in a mismatch. On paper, undefeated NY Mills should have rolled over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (4-11).

Hillcrest senior pitcher Zachary Nersten held the Eagles to only two runs, but Eagles sophomores Tyler Patron and Brandon Kupfer controlled the Comet lineup. The duo combined to pitch a four-hit shutout.

Patron fanned 13 Comets, allowing four hits. Kupfer picked up the save.

Nersten pitched a complete game for Hillcrest.

The Eagles managed a single run in the third and fourth to put up the two tallies.

The Comets advanced to face NY Mills earlier in the day defeating Nevis 3-2 in 10 innings.

The Eagles improve to 19-0 on the season and move on to face Sebeka Thursday, May 31 at noon. The game is in Sebeka.

The Trojans defeated Lake Park-Audubon 2-1 to advance. The win equaled Sebeka's record at .500 (10-10).

NY Mills defeated Sebeka twice in the regular season.