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St. Agnes gets job done

By MN Baseball Hub, 06/14/12, 7:58PM CDT


Aggies score lone run on balk, survive scary finish to beat New York Mills

Game Recap

As good as the pitching was all day at the state Class 1A tournament, the best was saved for last.
Senior Adam Snelgrove of New York Mills, unbeaten and considered by most as the best pitcher in the field, and sophomore Jack Fossand of St. Agnes hooked up in a good-old fashioned pitcher’s duel with Fossand and the Aggies coming out on top 1-0 in a quarterfinal matchup at Athletic Park in Chaska on Thursday, June 14.
St. Agnes (21-6) advances to play Blackduck (23-3) in a 2:30 p.m. semifinal at Athletic Park. New York Mills (23-1) plays BOLD in a consolation semifinal at 12:30 p.m. at the Mini Met in Jordan.
It took the most unusual set of circumstances to even produce the game’s only run. With one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, St. Agnes sophomore Joe McDonald struck out but reached second base when the ball bounced away from the catcher on the third strike and he couldn’t locate the ball near the Aggies dugout.
After sophomore Nick Turch bunted McDonald to third, Aggies coach Mite Streitz decided to take a chance. He called for a straight steal of home by McDonald on an 0-1 pitch. Snelgrove delivered the ball to home plate, but the third base umpire called a balk for the game’s lone run.
Both pitchers only gave up three hits apiece. They combined for 21 strikeouts, 12 by Fossand.
-- Ron Haggstrom, Star Tribune staff writer

Statistics, Summary

Three Stars

The 6-foot-2 sophomore must be something of a night owl, as he excelled in a game that started at 10:13 p.m. and ended 10 minutes shy of midnight. Fossand tossed a three-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and one walk in a machine-like performance.
The senior who was 9-0 with 80 strikeouts in 56 innings entering the state tournament lived up to the lofty expectations that came with his gaudy stats, tossing a three-hitter with nine strikeouts and four walks.
A senior shortstop, Turch accounted for two of the game’s combined six hits and also reached on a walk.
-- Loren Nelson, MN Baseball Hub staff

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