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Class 1A baseball title game preview: Parkers Prairie vs. Springfield

By Star Tribune, 06/19/16, 8:16PM CDT


The Panthers and the Tigers will meet for the Class 1A title at 10 a.m. at Target Field.

Why Parkers Prairie will win: No Panthers fielder has committed an error this postseason, and they have strong pitching in Andrew Johnson and Levi Arnold as support. The team has given up only 2.4 runs per game. The Panthers also can make late-inning clutch plays at the plate.

Why Springfield will win: Last year’s title game loss to New Life Academy still stings. The Tigers have quality pitchers in Branden Flock and Sam Baier along with a strong batting order. Springfield has scored 17 runs in the tournament already.

Key to watch: Both teams excel on the base paths. Parkers Prairie stole six bases in the semifinals. Springfield grabbed four in a five-inning quarterfinal.


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