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6A Baseball: Eagles advance to Section semis with pair of shutouts

Senior Shane Novak and the NY Mills Eagles continued their quest for a third straight state appearance with a pair of shutout wins Thursday. Robert Williams/FOCUS

VERNDALE — Top-seeded New York Mills pitched a pair of shutouts Thursday over Menahga and Frazee to advance to the Section 6A semifinals in playoff baseball action Thursday.

Tucker Skoblik pitched a complete game two-hit shutout of Menahga, completing the season sweep over the Braves.

Nick Kupfer, Adam Patron, Tyler Patron and Dan Kraft all scored for the Eagles. Kupfer scored the game-winner in the first inning. He singled, stole second, advanced to third on a past ball and scored on a fielders’ choice at shortstop off the bat of brother Brandon Kupfer.

Skoblik struck out six batters and issued no walks.

In three victories over Menahga this year, the No. 2 seed in the bracket and runners-up in the Park Region Conference, the Eagles outscored the Braves by a whopping run total of 45-3.

Earlier in the day, the Eagles sent Frazee to the losers’ bracket with a 3-0 victory behind Tyler Patron’s one-hit complete game. Patron fanned four and walked three.

The first three batters: Shane Novak, Nick Kupfer and Brandon Kupfer scored all three runs in the first inning. Brandon Kupfer hit a two-RBI double and scored later in the inning on an Adam Patron fielder’s choice.

Brandon Kupfer went 3-4 at the plate with a pair of singles to go with his first-inning double.

NY Mills will face Ortonville the southern bracket’s No. 4 seed in Fergus Falls Tuesday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. for a chance to advance to the Section 6A final.

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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