New York Mills falls in section baseball title game
GLENWOOD, Minn.—Through four innings on Friday, a section high school baseball championship was still well within reach for New York Mills.
But after the top of the fifth—and especially after the top of the sixth—it became clear that the Eagles' first trip to state since 2014 would have to wait at least one more year.
Entering the fifth inning, New York Mills was locked into a 1-1 deadlock with Parkers Prairie in the Class 1A, Section 6 championship game at Minnewaska Area High School. But the Panthers put up four runs in the fifth frame and erupted for another nine in the sixth, pouring it on for a 14-2 win and a third consecutive section title.
The Eagles fell behind 1-0 in the third, but they quickly tied it in the bottom half of the frame when Charlie Fox crossed the plate on a Parkers Prairie error.
New York Mills starter Ethan Hendrickx kept the Panther bats quiet through four, but the Eagles' deficit grew and grew once the fifth inning hit.
It worsened further in the sixth inning, when 14 batters stepped into the box for the Panthers. Six came away with hits and nine circled the bases, making for a lopsided 14-1 rout.
The Eagles scraped across one run in the bottom half of the inning, as Logan Small led off with a single and scored on a Rylan Olson base knock. But it wasn't enough to avoid the mercy rule, and a strikeout looking finalized the 14-2 score and punched the Panthers' ticket back to the state tournament.
The loss drops New York Mills' final record to 19-5 in a season ending with back-to-back losses to Parkers Prairie in the section tournament. The Eagles will graduate six seniors in Bryce Matson, Cole Tumberg, Zachary Morales, Hendrickx, Olson and Fox.