MANKATO - Grandchildren will hear the echoes of this game.
The defending Class A State Champion BOLD Warriors edged Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 1-0 Tuesday night at Franklin Rogers Park, featuring a classic battle of arms (and wills) of pitchers Logan Sandgren for BOLD and David Suprenaut of St. Mary's.
With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Warriors third baseman Trevor Nissen atoned for two errors with the hardest hit ball of the night, a shot to the center field fence that drove in the only run of the ballgame.
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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s starting pitcher David Surprenant tosses a pitch during the Knights’ Section 2A playoff game against BOLD Tuesday at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato.
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"This was just a great high school game," St. Mary's coach Bruce Woitas said. "Unfortunately, someone had to lose. I thought David pitched well for us and Sandgren is one of the best in the state. It was just a great pitching duel, and their kid came up with the big hit."
There were only seven hits in the game, but there were four errors, six walks and a hit batsmen, with a total of 15 runners left on base, eight for the Knights and seven for the Warriors.
Both squads left two runners stranded in the first inning, with St. Mary's Mike Hirsch leading off the second with a hit to right center, but left standing at second. Suprenaut would open the third with a hit, but the same result.
This was in large part due to Sandgren's abilty to baffle the Knights, striking out four in the first three innings and 12 for the game. Suprenaut had his moments of power pitching, too, mowing down the Warriors with three straight whiffs in the third.
It was BOLD's turn to open their innings with hits with nothing to show for it in the fourth and fifth. In the fifth, Joel Erickson had a high chopper infield hit and made it to third on two grounders, but Suprenaut was able to force a fly out by Nissen to end the threat.
St. Mary's had the potential lead runs on first and second in the top of the sixth, but a strikeout ended the inning. In BOLD's sixth, Sandgren reached on a walk with one out, stole second, took third on a grounder, but was left standing there heading into the final inning.
Sandgren struck out two of the final three Knights at the plate and Suprenaut looked like he'd be headed to extra innings as he got a pop up and a strikeout. But suddenly he couldn't find the plate, walking two batters before Nissen ended St. Mary's season with a 19-6 record.