State Baseball Tourney: Hentges' big day leads Mustangs to semis


The state high school baseball tournament got underway on Thursday at three locations around the state. Class A is playing in Chaska, Class 2A is in St. Cloud and 3A is being played at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.

All three state champions from last year made the tournament again in 2014.

Class 3A

Hentges' two-hitter leads Mustangs to win

It has been an exciting week for Mounds View's Sam Hentges. He was drafted in the 4th round by the Cleveland Indians, in last weekends MLB Draft and now he is trying to help lead his team to a state championship.

Mounds View opened the tournament with a 4-0 shutout win over Elk River.

Hentges, put together his strongest performance of the year.

Alec Abercrombie was 2 for 3 with a run scored to lead . Tucker Gran also was 2 for 3 with a run scored in the win.

Mounds View needed just to score two runs in the second and two more in the third.

Hentges took care of everything after that.

Lehman leads Lakeville to big win over Brainerd

Dalton Lehnen pitched five innings of shutout baseball and drove in three runs to lead Lakeville North to a 10-0 win over Brainerd. Lehnen walked two and struck out 12 in five innings of work.

He had some offensive help, Matt Arnold was 3 for 3 and Ben Jensen and Joseph Haider each drove in a pair of runs.

Kyle Rhodus and Bryce Buckley each added two hits, as the Panthers pounded out 12 hits in the game.

Tom Graumann was tagged with the loss for Brainerd.

Eden Prairie edges Robbinsdale Armstrong

Eden Prairie moved into the 3A semifinals as they snuck past Robbinsdale Armstrong, 5-4.

A four-run third inning was the difference. Aaron Kerber tripled to clear the bases and cap off a string of four consecutive hits for the Eagles during the third.

Eagles' pitcher Corey Binger struck out six in the complete-game win.

Cougars upset Mahtomedi in opening round

The Lakeville South Cougars won their eighth game of the year, and in doing so, upset Mahtomedi 4-3, on Thursday afternoon.

The Cougars had won just two games prior to the start of the section tournament, after winning the section, they are now headed to the Class 3A semifinals with the win.

It was just the second loss of the season for Mahtomedi.

Mitch Maurer went all seven innings to pick up the win. Maurer pitched all seven innings, he gave up three runs (two earned), on four hits.

Jeff Brandt was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Shane Marker was 3 for 4 with a run scored.

The Cougars will meet up with Eden Prairie in the semifinals.

Class A

Sandgren's shutout lifts Warriors in opening round

Defending state champion BOLD opened the state tournament with an 8-0 victory over Red Lake County. Starting pitcher Logan Sandgren held the Eagles to just one hit.

Sandgren struck out 14 in six innings of work.

Offensively, the top half of the Warriors order did a lot of the damage. Lane Stadther and Trevor Nissen each had three hits. Stadther was 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Nissen was 3 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Riley Kramer drove in three runs for the Warriors as he finished the day with a pair of hits.

Eagles soar by Springfield in first state tournament game

John Horner went the distance and gave up two runs (0 earned) on just five hits, to lead New Life Academy to an 8-2 first round State Tournament victory over Springfield, on Thursday.

Horner not only picked up the win on the mound, he was also 2 for 3 with three runs scored.

Sam Mazon had three hits, as he drove in two runs. Alex Busch was 2 for 3 with a double and four RBI.

Chatfield knocks off Royals to open tourney

Chatfield advanced to the State Class A semifinals with a 6-3 victory over Royalton, Thursday.

A three-run fifth inning broke open the game for the Gophers, who stretched their lead to 6-1.

Jake Neis picked up the complete game victory. He gave up three runs on eight hits, he struck out six.

Royalton starter Parker Brezinka was tagged with the loss. Only one of the six runs Brezinka gave up was earned.

Drew Hurley and Ethan Woltz each drove in two runs in the victory for Chatfield.

Eagles score three in the sixth to remain unbeaten

A three-run sixth inning and one more in the seventh kept New York Mills unbeaten, as they escaped with a 4-3 win, to remain unbeaten.

Damon Tumberg was 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored.

Brandon Kupfer picked up the win for New York Mills, he went all seven innings to pick up the win.

New York Mills meets up with Chatfield in the Class A semifinals.

Class 2A

Crusaders cruise to opening-round win

Class 2A's top seed St. Cloud Cathedral opened the 2A tournament with a 5-1 victory over Blake.

Jeff Fasching pitched a complete game. He went seven innings and gave up one run, on three hits and struck out 11. He was 1 for 3 with a pair of runs scored.

Brady Yoerg 2 for 4 with a run scored. Thomas Imholte had a pair of hits and drove in a run.

GSL edges Delano in a one-run game

Cole Peterson struck out 11 in seven innings, and held Delano to three runs on three hits to lead Glencoe-Silver Lake to the win, 4-3 Thursday.

With the score tied at 2 in the fourth inning, Nolan Lepel drove in Carter Pinske to give GSL the lead. Lepel and Pinske did most of the damage in the game for the Panthers. Lepel was 3 for 3 with an RBI, Pinske was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Kasson-Mantorville rallies to beat Hawley

The KoMets scored three runs in the fifth and sixth innings to rally from behind to beat Hawley 5-3, Thursday.

Hayden Sheeran picked up the win in relief of KoMets starter Collin Ripley. Sheeran struck out four and held Hawley hitless for 3.2 innings. He was also 1 for 2 with an RBI at the plate.

Kyle Nichols was 2 for 3 with two RBIs to lead Kasson-Mantorville at the plate.

Fairmont shuts out Aitkin to advance to semifinals

Spencer Chirpich struck out nine in seven innings to help Fairmont move to the 2A semifinals with a 7-0 win over Aitkin.

Luke Becker had two hits, including a triple, he also drove in three runs. Chirpich helped his own cause with two hits an RBI and two runs scored. Jake Waletich was 1 for 3 an RBI and two runs scored.

Fairmont meets up with Kasson-Mantorville in the 2A semifinals.

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