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Baseball: NY Mills takes subsection title 3-1 over Frazee

Brandon Kupfer pitched the Eagles into the Section 6A semifinals allowing only one run in Thursday night's 3-1 victory over Frazee. Bob Williams/FOCUS

SEBEKA -- The New York Mills Eagles' second batter of the game, Adam Patron, scored the eventual game-winning run in the first inning in another tight battle with section foe Frazee.

The Eagles won the Section 6A subsection championship game by a score of 3-1 to improve to 21-0 on the season.

Brandon Kupfer got the pitching victory for the Eagles.

"With Kupfer coming to the mound tonight I think we had a good chance of winning that ball game." NY Mills Head Coach Chris Bushinger said. "We're going to be sitting nice going into the section tournament without a loss."

Eagle starters have been perfect on the mound all season. The closest the Eagles have come to a loss was a 1-0 victory over Sebeka. Kupfer was on the mound for that win, as well. He fanned 14 Trojans in the May 11 win.

Against Frazee, Kupfer only registered two strikeouts, but the pitching strategy when facing the Hornets is to let Frazee put the ball in play and rely on defense.

The Eagles defense aided in three-run saving plays in the early Thursday game to help Adam Snelgrove pitch a shutout.

Like the early game, the Eagles wanted to get on base and around to home early in the game to set the tone.

Leadoff hitter Shane Novak started Thursday night's game with a single and stole second base, Patron walked.

Hornet starter Tyler Wacker struck out two of NY Mills' most dangerous hitters, sophomores Kupfer and Tyler Patron, with a walk to Maison Roberts in between the pair of K's.

Kupfer had a rough game at the plate fanning three times after a 2-2 game with three RBI in the day's earlier victory over Sebeka.

Senior Adam Snelgrove hit a two-out single to score Novak and Adam Patron for the early 2-0 lead.

The Eagles scored again in the second. Sam Slieter walked and reached second on a past ball. He scored on a single by Adam Patron to put NY Mills up 3-0 after two innings of play.

That is where the score stayed as Wacker battled Kupfer on the mound into the late innings.

The Hornets got their only run of the game in the top half of the sixth.

Hayden Hoskins doubled and came around on consecutive errors up the middle committed by Eagles at shortstop and second base.

The 3-1 victory is the second for the No. 3-ranked and top-seeded Eagles over No. 10 Frazee this season.

Despite the loss, the Hornets will continue section 6A play and aim for a rematch with NY Mills.

The Hornets (17-5) will play Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (10-8) at 4 p.m., June 5, at Legion Field in Fergus Falls in an elimination game.

The Eagles (21-0) will play Eagle Valley the same day at 2 p.m. in Fergus Falls.

The Rebels head into the match-up with NY Mills with a less than impressive 7-13 season record.

The Rebels have won four in a row, improving from a 3-13 record after a 5-0 loss to Osakis May 18.

On paper, the game should be one the Eagles can coast through.

Eagle Valley defeated Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 7-6 in eight innings to advance.

The loser of NY Mills and Eagle Valley will face the winner of Frazee and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley to advance to the finals and a chance at a trip to the state tournament June 14-18.

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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