High School Baseball
In its first trip to the state tournament, New Life Academy’s baseball team has its first state title. It’s pretty incredible when you think about where this program was just four years ago.
All three champions from last year have returned to the Minnesota state high school baseball tournament to defend their titles. BOLD in Class 1A, Kasson-Mantorville in Class 2A and Mounds View in Class 3A each qualified again this season. The tournament begins Thursday, with Class 1A games in Chaska and Jordan, Class 2A games in St. Cloud and Class 3A games in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
It’s been about three weeks since the Minnesota winter high school sports season came to an end in a flurry of state tournaments. In the weeks since, you have a mixture of kids who need a break from the grind and others who are itching the get the next season underway. And for seniors, it’s the last athletic season they’ll have in high school.
Max Knutson gave up only four hits as Mounds View shut out Rocori of Cold Spring 8-0 for the Class 3A state championship at Target Field on Monday. Knutson struck out nine Spartan batters and yielded only one base on balls during the seven-inning game. He threw 90 pitches, 60 for strikes. The Mustangs (20-6) tagged three different Rocori pitchers for 14 hits, plus getting four walks.
Joey Hyde pitched a complete game to guide the Kasson-Mantorville Komets to an 8-1 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in the Class 2A state championship at Target Field on Monday. Hyde scattered five singles over seven innings while striking out five, letting in the lone run in the second. Nine different players had at least one hit for the Komets (25-6)
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.
Even in a gymnasium taking ground balls at shortstop, Coon Rapids infielder Logan Shore looks so smooth. He makes it look almost effortless to play the game.
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