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Mahtomedi squeaks by Alexandria 1-0 to reach 3A championship

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 06/15/18, 1:45PM CDT

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A pitchers' duel finally yielded a run scored by the Zephyrs on a passed ball in the seventh inning.


Mahtomedi's Jamie Berg (9) tried to steal home in the sixth inning and was called out on a close play. He was tagged by Alexandria catcher Josh Wagner (18). Photo: GLEN STUBBE ¥ glen.stubbe@startribune.com

With Mahtomedi’s Grant Taival and Alexandria’s Carter Stockert locked up in a pitcher’s duel, both teams were looking for any way to manufacture a run.

It took a break for the Zephyrs, in the final inning, to make it happen.

Pinch-runner senior Brandon Anderson scored on a passed ball on a suicide-squeeze play with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, producing the lone run in Mahtomedi’s 1-0 victory over Alexandria in the Class 3A semifinals Friday at Siebert Field.

“I feel devastated for Alexandria,” Zephyrs first-year coach Rob Garry said. “They played well enough to win, but we’ll take it.”

First report

Mahtomedi’s Grant Taival and Alexandria’s Carter Stockert were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Both teams were looking for any way to manufacture a run.

It wasn’t going to happen. One team was going to need a break. The Zephyrs got it in the final inning.

Pinch-runner senior Brandon Anderson scored on a passed ball with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, producing the lone run in Mahtomedi’s 1-0 victory over Alexandria in the Class 3A semifinals Friday at Siebert Field.

The Zephyrs will face the winner of New Ulm and Rocori for the state title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Target Field.

Anderson was running for junior Andrew Murphy, who led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground out.

Check back later for more on the game.

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