Fridley freshman pitcher Evan Shaw broke the school record for season victories. He moved to 10-0 as the No. 3-seeded Tigers’ blanked No. 6 seed St. Paul Como Park 4-0 in the first round of the Class 3A, Section 4 playoffs.
Shaw passed uncle Dennis Hoppe, who won nine games in 1986 and later pitched for several Twins’ minor league affiliates.
The Cougars loaded the bases in the first and seventh innings but Shaw, who hurled two consecutive no-hitters earlier this season, worked out of both jams.
Mr. Baseball, Ms. Softball finalists
The Minnesota Minute Men announced finalists for Mr. Baseball and Ms. Softball, awarded to the top senior in each sport. Winners will be announced at a banquet June 26 at Target Field.
The baseball finalists are Michael Busch, Simley; Isaac Collins, Maple Grove; Nick Emanuel, Esko; Nick Hanson, Prior Lake; Drew Hmielewski, Marshall; Matt Wallner, Forest Lake, and Ryan Wolfe, Wabasha-Kellogg.
The softball finalists are Carlie Brandt, Le Sueur-Henderson; Carly Esselman, Farmington; Katelyn Kemmetmueller, Rogers; Angie McBeain, Prior Lake; Lauren Oberle, Eden Prairie; Morgan Olson, Zumbrota-Mazeppa, and Lexi Schoper, Mankato West.
David La Vaque