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Electric and then some: Mahtomedi routs Grand Rapids for 3A title

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune , 06/18/21, 8:00PM CDT


A 15-hit Zephyrs’ barrage, coupled with 16 walks or hit batters, fueled a 20-3 victory for their second state championship in three seasons.

Mahtomedi's Jordan Hull celebrated after scoring in the fourth inning against Grand Rapids in the Class 3A championship game Friday at Target Field. Photo: RENÉE JONES SCHNEIDER • renee.jones@startribune.com

Mahtomedi’s veteran presence was simply too much Friday for a youthful and learning Grand Rapids team.

The Zephyrs banged out 15 hits and had another 16 batters reach by walk or hit by pitch en route to a 20-3 victory over the Thunderhawks in the Class 3A championship at Target Field. The game was called after six innings because of the 10-run rule. The 20 runs set a championship game record for most runs by one team.

“This fulfilled a lot of childhood dreams,” said Mahtomedi senior Luke Loughlin, who was 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. “This was a lot of fun. A great way to go out.”

Senior Tony Neubeck added two hits, three RBI and three runs scored. His two-run single in the second inning gave the Zephyrs a 4-0 lead.

“Everybody was on base today,” Neubeck said. “We put a lot of pressure on them every inning.”

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