Baseball: New York Mills dominates KMS again – West Central Tribune

GLENWOOD — Attention teams heading out for Tuesday’s Class A baseball tournament in St. Cloud: The New York Mills Eagles are good, very good.

The New York Mills made quick work of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg for the second straight day of the Section 6A tournament at Marthaler Park, beating the Fighting Saints 13-3 in five innings.

The win gave the Eagles (22-3) their third straight state tournament finish, disregarding 2020 when the season was canceled due to the pandemic.

As in Thursday’s 13-2 win, the New York Mills jumped over KMS early and often, scoring 11 more goals against the Saints, who just couldn’t stem the flow.

“They’re good, very good,” said KMS head coach Wade Adamson. “They are a very good team.

“They bring the ball into play and stand on the ball a lot and make sure they make good contact. They don’t overshoot and they don’t hunt.”

The Eagles were good enough to hit more runs in two days than KMS (21-3) allowed all season.

“I’m glad we were able to put on a good show for you,” quipped Jacob Guck, shortstop and lead-off batsman for the New York Mills. “Everyone on this team sprays line drives everywhere. …

“It feels great to be going to State University for the third year in a row. Hopefully we can make it down there this time.”

New York Mills was the 2021 State Class A runner-up to Hayfield. Hayfield is back in the tournament, which begins Tuesday at the Municipal Athletic Complex in St. Cloud.

The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg baseball team pose with their trophy for second place in the Section 6A tournament on Friday June 10, 2022 at Marthaler Park in Glenwood.

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Coaches set Saturday once the field is ready. Adamson, for one, believes that New York Mills deserves at least a top-three starting spot.

New York Mills head coach Dustin Geiser said that Hayfield and Randolph are also top contenders for the top seeds. Geiser noted that Randolph defeated Hayfield 6-5 in eight innings on May 3. Others in the Class A field include New Ulm Cathedral (22-3), MACCRAY (15-6), Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale (11-14), South Ridge of Virginia (17-7) and East Grand Forks Sacred Heart (21-3).

Geiser was concerned that both teams would have to return to Glenwood due to the Friday-after-Thursday brace lineup.

“I didn’t want to give them (the Saints) a chance to regroup,” Geiser said.

Do not worry. New York Mills put down six runs in the first inning to take control and truly never look back. They added seven runs in the third.

“That’s what we do,” said Geiser. “We want to put pressure on as best we can.”

They did, taking advantage of mistakes and running the bases effectively. KMS just couldn’t stop them.

“Like yesterday, we had our chances to get back in early and just couldn’t do it,” Adamson said. “They are a good team and they deserve to be in the state tournament.

“There’s no shame in losing to a team like that. We didn’t want to lose twice in a row. But they had a lot to do with it.”

KMS started the season 17-0. The Fighting Saints’ only loss of the regular season was a one-run loss to an undefeated squad from Paynesville. Paynesville ended up in the Section 3AA championship. There was also a Camden Conference championship and subsection title en route for the KMS. Friday was also the swan song for seniors Wylee Lottman, Alex Call, Melvin Vikstrom, Tanner Ronholdt and Adam Froehlich.

“It’s been a good year,” Adamson said. “There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We had a great season.”

CMS 020 10-3 4 3
New York Mills 607 0x-13 11 1
Hit – CMS: Isaac Rudningen 0-1 rbi bb-2, Wylee Lottman 0-2 bb, Alex Call 1-2 rbi bb, Jaiden Henjum 0-2 bb, Chase Magaard 0-2 r bb, Evan Zimmer 1-2 r, Hunter Kallstrom 1 -3 rbi, Lukas Jeseritz 1-2 r … New York Mills: Jacob Guck 1-3 r rbi-2 bb sb, Bren Salo 1-3 r-2 sb, Jonah Johnson 2-2 r-2 rbi bb 3b sb, Bode Roberts 0-3 r rbi-2 bb, Brayden Ehnert 2- 4 r rbi-3, Breck Hensch 1-3 r, Cody Barthel 1-1 bb, Monty Briard 1-3 r 2b, Jonah Ruther 2-3 r rbi-3, Jon Rinerson 0-0 r sb, DeShaun Robinson 0- 0 r-2 sb
Pitching (ip-hr-er-bb-so) – KMS: Cortez (L) 2:1-10-13-6-4-1, Henium 1:2-1-0-0-0-2 … New York Mills: Barthel (W) 5-4-3-2-6-4

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