State baseball: Two champions crowned, 3A game postponed


Two champions have been crowned in the Minnesota State High School Baseball Tournament, while two more teams will have to wait until Tuesday to determine a champion.

New Life Academy won the Class A championship on Monday afternoon, as they defeated previously unbeaten New York Mills 5-4 on Monday afternoon.

It was the first state championship for New Life Academy, in their first state tournament appearance.

John Horner started on the mound for the Eagles. He pitched the first four innings and picked up his second win of the tournament. His brother Sam Horner pitched the final three innings for the save.

A four-run second inning was the difference for the Eagles. Holding a 1-0 lead heading into the top of the second inning, the Eagles stretched their lead to 5-0, thanks to a four run second inning.

Matthew Palkovich and Sam Horner each drove in a pair of runs for New Life Academy.

Only one of the five runs against New York Mills starter Brandon Kupfer was earned. He took the loss. Both hits, in the four-run second inning, came after New York Mills committed back-to-back errors to leave the bases loaded.

Class 2A: Crusaders score four in seventh to beat Fairmont

A four-run rally with two out in the top of the seventh inning, led the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders to a 5-4 victory over Fairmont in the Class 2A State Championship at Target Field.

The Cardinals had St. Cloud Cathedral down to their final out, with a runner on first base, in the top of the seventh inning when the Crusaders rattled off four-run rally to come from behind to take the lead.

Then in the bottom of the seventh with the Cardinals put runners on second and third with one out, but failed to score.

St. Cloud Cathedral reliever Dominic Austing threw three innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

Steven Neutzling led the Crusader offense. He was 2 for 4 with a double, triple, scored two runs and drove in the game-tying and game-winning runs.

Fairmont starter Spencer Chirpich was tagged with the loss.

The 3A Championship between Eden Prairie and Mounds View was postponed again. It will be played on Tuesday.

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