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Class 4A, Section 4 championship: Stillwater blanks East Ridge

By Ryan Williamson, SportsEngine, 06/07/22, 4:00PM CDT


The Ponies allowed just two hits to the Raptors on their way to the state tournament.

Stillwater's Tanner Voight slides under the tag of East Ridge catcher Weber Neels, scoring the Ponies' second run of the fourth inning. Voight tripled in the first run. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

A sacrifice bunt. A hit batter with the bases loaded. A triple and an error.

Those were the of ways Stillwater scored in Tuesday’s Class 4A, Section 4 final. While the Ponies’ bats had been lethal all season, they scratched and clawed while taking on East Ridge. It paid off as Stillwater won 4-0, advancing to the state tournament for the 12th time in school history.

Offense has been the story for the Ponies (20-4) this season. They average nearly nine runs per game.

“This year, we’ve been scoring a lot of runs,” Parker said. “This felt more like what Stillwater baseball games are usually like.”

Stillwater pitcher Josh Wallace threw a complete-game shutout to get the Ponies to the Class 4A state tournament with a Section 4 championship victory over East Ridge. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

For the 12th time in school history, Stillwater is headed to the state baseball tournament. The Ponies clinched their spot in the eight-team field when they defeated East Ridge 4-0 on Tuesday at the University of Northwestern in the Class 4A, Section 4 final.

Stillwater (20-4) started the scoring in the third inning. With bases loaded, senior right fielder Austin Buck was hit in the head to drive in the game’s first run.

The Ponies continued to build their lead in the fourth inning as they scored twice. Senior first baseman Tanner Voight made it 2-0 with an RBI triple, and he scored one batter later. Voight reached base three times in the win.

Stillwater made it 4-0 in the fifth inning with just one hit while taking advantage of a pair of East Ridge errors. Senior third baseman Mason Buck scored the lone run of the inning. He singled twice and scored once for the Ponies.

Offensively, the Raptors (15-10) struggled to crack Stillwater starting pitcher Josh Wallace. The senior picked up the win, allowing just two hits, and he struck out five, including the final three batters of the game.

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