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Top seeds win at District 9 baseball tournament

Brandon Kupfer pitched a complete game for New York Mills to earn the victory and move the Eagles to the second round of District 9 play. Robert Williams/FOCUS1 / 4
Marty Charest scored twice for Ottertail Central in a 5-3 loss to New York Mills. Robert Williams/FOCUS2 / 4
Third baseman Kyle Vorderbruggen makes a put-out in New York Mills' opening round victory over Ottertail Central. Robert Williams/FOCUS3 / 4
Derik Gaudette hit a line drive over first baseman Zach Wilkie's head to score Brandon Kupfer to break the tie 3-2. Robert Williams/FOCUS4 / 4

NEW YORK MILLS -- Five errors and two unearned runs foiled the upset bid of No. 7-ranked Ottertail Central, as the Bulldogs went down to No. 2-ranked New York Mills by a score of 5-3 in District 9 Legion Baseball playoff action Thursday evening.

The Eagles' victory capped a day of four games in opening round action, all played in New York Mills.

Top ranked Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton shutout No. 8 Barnesville 13-0. No. 3 Parkers Prairie defeated No. 6 Frazee 6-4. No. 4 Breckenridge started the day off with a 9-1 victory over No. 5 Pelican Rapids.

The tournament is double-elimination. The elimination bracket games begin Friday's play with Pelican Rapids facing Barnesville at 11:30 a.m. Frazee plays Ottertail Central at 2 p.m.

Second round championship bracket play kicks off at 4:30 p.m. when Breckenridge and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton vie for a round in the semifinals.

New York Mills and Parkers Prairie will play the nightcap at 7 p.m.

NYM 5, OTC 3

Both teams put runners in scoring position in the first two frames but came away empty handed.

Ottertail Central got on the board first in the top of the third when Nick Trosdahl hit a two-out single to score Marty Charest for a 1-0 lead.

New York Mills had an answer for each Ottertail Central threat and retook the lead in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Maison Roberts that scored speedy Shane Novak from first base. Tyler Patron singled one batter later to score Roberts.

The score remained 2-1 until Charest scored his second run of the game in the top of the fifth.

Charest scored on a two-base error charged to Nick Kupfer at shortstop on a two-out, hard grounder off the bat of Trosdahl to tie the game at two.

New York Mills took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth scoring two runs on three singles to cap a two-out, nobody-on rally.

Ottertail Central starter Aaron Butler struck out Novak and retired Nick Kupfer on a pop-up for two easy outs to start the fifth.

Brandon Kupfer singled and moved to second on a walk to Tyler Patron. Patron was passed with four pitches nowhere near the strike zone.

Derik Gaudette hit a line drive over first baseman Zach Wilkie's head to score Kupfer to break the tie 3-2.

Gaudette chased Butler from the mound and Trosdahl came on in relief to face Spencer Imsande.

Imsande singled to score Patron to up the lead to two runs, 4-2.

Adam Snelgrove was beaned by Trosdahl to start the bottom of the sixth. Two successive errors, one charged to Butler, who moved to third base on the pitching change, and the second error to shortstop Dan Marso, scored Snelgrove after he had swiped third base in between the gaffs.

New York Mills starting pitcher Brandon Kupfer took a complete-game bid into the seventh up 5-2.

Kupfer walked Collin Teich to start the inning and Teich moved to third base by way of two steals.

Teich scored the final run of the game on a two-out error to Nick Kupfer at shortstop before Brandon Kupfer ended the game with his seventh strikeout one batter later.

Brandon Kupfer pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, two earned. He walked three and struck out seven to earn the victory.

Butler took the loss pitching 4.2 innings. He allowed four runs, three earned on six hits. He walked one and fanned three.

Both Butler and Trosdahl were 2-4 with one RBI to lead Ottertail Central.

Adam Marso and Marty Charest each had a hit, Charest scoring twice.

Five separate Eagles scored: Novak, Roberts, Brandon Kupfer, Tyler Patron and Snelgrove.

Imsande led the way at the plate. He was 2-2 with one RBI and a successful sacrifice bunt in his first plate appearance.

Game notes: Nick Kupfer replaced Maison Roberts at shortstop after the third inning. Roberts left the game after a collision at the third base bag. Roberts remained in the game initially, long enough to score, but was removed during the inning change. Reports are that he suffered a finger injury.

Sam Slieter replaced Shane Novak after the fifth inning. Novak suffered a stomach ailment.

2012 District 9 American Legion Baseball tournament New York Mills versus Ottertail Central, Russ Jacobson Field, New York Mills, Minn. Thursday, July 19.

OTC 001 010 1 - 3 6 5

NYM 002 021 0 - 5 7 2

Ottertail Central


Teich 3 1 0 0

Charest 3 2 1 0

Butler 4 0 2 1

N. Trosdahl 4 0 2 1

Malmstrom 4 0 0 0

A. Marso 3 0 1 0

Wilkie 3 0 0 0

D. Marso 2 0 0 0

J. Trosdahl 3 0 0 0

Totals 29 3 6 2

New York Mills


Novak 2 1 1 0

x-Slieter 1 0 0 0

Roberts 2 1 1 1

x- N. Kupfer 2 0 0 0

B. Kupfer 4 1 1 0

T. Patron 3 1 1 1

Gaudette 3 0 1 1

Imsande 2 0 2 1

A. Patron 3 0 0 0

Snelgrove 2 1 0 0

Vorderbrug. 2 0 0 0

x- Kraft 1 0 0 0

Totals 27 5 7 4

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-k): OTC - Butler (LP) 4.2-6-4-3-1-3; N. Trosdahl 1.1-1-1-0-0-1...NYM: B. Kupfer 7-6-3-2-3-7.

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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