The last time Eden Prairie pitcher Jack Zigan faced Wayzata, he gave up four runs in the first inning, then shut out the Trojans for the rest of the game. That loss paid off Thursday.
“I learned how to get those guys out,” Zigan said. “Off-speed on the first pitch, then paint the outside corners.”
The senior relied on that knowledge Thursday, pitching a complete game to defeat the No. 1-seeded Trojans 6-1, making Eden Prairie the first entrant into Friday’s Class 4A semifinals. Zigan scattered eight hits and gave up just one unearned run.
“We’ve lost six games a row to them,” Zigan said. “That was nice to finally get a victory.”
Eden Prairie broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning and tacked on three more in the sixth to take a commanding 5-0 lead. Wayzata threatened in the bottom of the sixth, getting one run back, but Zigan coaxed Sam Westermeyer to ground into a double play, essentially ending Wayzata’s chances.
The victory provided a measure of revenge for Eden Prairie (16-9), which had lost to Wayzata in the state tournament quarterfinals last season.
“I think that big thing today was that we’ve been here before,” Eden Prairie coach John Buteyn said. “We’ve been through the process and we were relaxed. And it helped that we got to face a team that we’re somewhat familiar with.”
The third time was the charm for Eden Prairie.
The Eagles avenged two regular-season losses to Eden Prairie with a 6-1 victory over the No. 1-seeded Trojans in the Class 4A quarterfinals on Thursday at CHS Field. Jack Zigan pitched a complete-game for for Eden Prairie, scattering eight hits and allowing just one unearned run.
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