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No disappointment this time as senior-laden Mahtomedi claims 3A championship

By RON HAGGSTROM, Star Tribune, 06/16/18, 10:00PM CDT


The Zephyrs' 5-1 victory over Rocori made amends for disappointing finishes in the previous two state tournaments.

Mahtomedi players celebrated after their 5-1 victory over Rocori in the Class 3A championship game Saturday at Target Field. Photo: AARON LAVINSKY • aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com

As a senior-dominated team, Mahtomedi only had one thing on its mind: A state championship.

The Zephyrs’ 14 seniors, half of whom are starters, played a large role in bringing the school its first baseball state championship Saturday with a 5-1 victory over Rocori in the Class 3A finals at Target Field. It was Mahtomedi’s fifth consecutive state tournament appearance.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Mahtomedi senior winning pitcher Austin Jerylo said. “Our goal with this group has always been to win a state championship.”

The senior group remembers 2016 all too well. Mahtomedi was upset by Henry Sibley 8-4 in the championship game. It also dropped the first game in the state tournament a year ago and wound up sixth. The seniors wanted to make amends.

“This is especially nice,” Mahtomedi senior catcher said Charlie Bartholomew, a starter on the 2016 squad. “It feels like redemption.”

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