Rocori's Brock Leither (8) scored his team's final run in the fifth inning against New Ulm. Photo: GLEN STUBBE ¥ firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocori pitcher Brandon Gill ecstatically bounced off the mound, high-fiving Tylor Schroeder. The third baseman made a diving stop to his left to start an inning-ending double play.
Schroeder was reciprocating a few innings later after Gill threw a five-hit shutout, leading the Spartans to a 5-0 victory over New Ulm in the Class 3A semifinals Friday at Siebert Field.
“Our defense was huge,” said Gill, who struck out five and walked three. “They made every play behind me.”
Gill settled in after a 59-minute rain delay that followed a shaky top of the first inning. He yielded a walk and single before inducing an inning-ending line drive double play to second base.