After one round, there doesn’t appear to be much to correct for Burnsville. The Blaze exploded for 15 hits and nearly got a no-hitter from their starter as they set down Bemidji early.
“A lot of guys were pumped up because we knew we were about to bust it open,” Burnsville designated hitter Bo Hellquist said.
The Blaze was set down in order in the first, but went off in the second, unloading on Bemidji starting pitcher Zach Solheim for five runs on seven hits, sending 10 hitters to the plate in the inning, and they only continued the barrage in the third, batting around again and adding seven more.
Meanwhile, Burnsville starter Quinn Johnson pitched a no-hitter through 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven until Cody Rutledge broke up the bid with a sharp liner that Blaze shortstop Adam Goff couldn’t handle. Johnson finished with a two-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks.
“I thought he did an excellent job out there,” said Hellquist, who led the Blaze with three hits and three RBI. “What more can you ask from your pitcher?”