Minnetonka outfielder Nick Thimsen (2) was mobbed by teammates after getting a base hit that scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Photo: ANTHONY SOUFFLE • firstname.lastname@example.org
The value of patience was not lost on Minnetonka as the Skippers outlasted Eastview ace Tommy Springer to pull out a 3-2 walk-off victory Thursday in the first Class 4A quarterfinal at CHS Field.
Nick Thimsen lined a one-out single to right to score Jack Hanson from second base, capping a two-run Minnetonka rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Skippers had tied the game earlier in the inning when Andy Andresen led off with a hit to center that skipped under the centerfielder’s glove, allowing Andresen to advance to third. After Hanson walked, Jake Zaetta laid down a perfect bunt to the left side that allowed Andresen to score.
“That was a beautiful bunt,” Andresen said. “Perfect. No play at the plate. Beautiful.”
Nick Thimsen singled to right to score Jack Hanson from second with the game-winning run to give Minnetonka a 3-2, come-from-behind, walk-off victory over Eastview in the first Class 4A quarterfinal at CHS Field.
Minnetonka tied the game 2-2 earlier in the inning thanks to a leadoff single by Andy Andresen, who ended up on third base when the ball skipped under the centerfielder’s glove. Andresen, who drove in Minnetonka’s first run, scored two batters later on a perfect squeeze bunt by shortstop Jake Zaetta.
Eastview starter Tommy Springer pitched a complete game and took the loss, striking out eight and walking six in 6 1/3 innings of work.
Christian Cote pitched one inning in relief of Minnetonka starter Aaron Wukmir and earned the victory.
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