Reporting David McCoy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The stage is set for Monday’s high school baseball state title games at Target Field. But believe it or not, winning a state championship wouldn’t be the most amazing thing BOLD pitcher Logan Sandgren has the chance to accomplish.
Talking about a no-hitter might be taboo, but if you’re Logan, thinking about one is pretty much standard.
“Everyone wants to throw a no-hitter. It’s like a pitcher’s dream, besides a perfect game,” Sandgren said.
But nobody even dreams of what Logan has done in the last two weeks. He threw his first no-hitter, which propelled his team into the sectional title game.
“Just a good day. A good day,” he said.
But he was only getting started. The next time Logan pitched was the first game of the state tournament. He struck out six, walked only three and threw his second straight no-hitter.
“It’s only my second one, I didn’t think I was gonna throw one,” he said.
But now he’s got the chance to make it three in a row. And of all places, that chance will come at Target Field in the state title game.
“I don’t know. It’d be cool if we did, but you never know,” he said.
BOLD coach Brian Kingery says that no-hitters are amazing, but it’s all about the win.
“The thing is, it’s not about a no-hitter. It’s about getting the ‘W’. We want to win a championship. We’re probably going to give up hits. That’s what happens, you give up hits,” Kingery said.
And it turns out that Sandgren can hit too. He’s got five RBIs in the two state tournament games. It seems like lately he’s had more RBIs than conversations.
That’s how it works when a no-hitter’s on the line.
“Last couple games, we haven’t said anything. I don’t think anybody’s saying anything in the dugout,” Kingery said.
“Oh no. I would be mad. That’s a superstitious thing right there. No one touches that,” Sandgren said.
Whether anyone can touch anything that Sandgren throws will be on everyone’s mind, and especially his own when he takes the field Monday.
“Hopefully in the driver’s seat. We feel good coming into this game. And hopefully we can just get that champ underneath our belt,” he said.
And not only did Logan throw two no-hitters, but another BOLD pitcher, Riley Kramer, also threw one during sectionals.
That makes three no-hitters for BOLD in their last five games.