Park dominated the action Monday to score a 12-4 win over Lakeville North in a Section 3AAAA elimination game June 7 at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. The win pushes the Wolfpack (17-7) into a matchup …
Park dominated the action Monday to score a 12-4 win over Lakeville North in a Section 3AAAA elimination game June 7 at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville.
The win pushes the Wolfpack (17-7) into a matchup against top-seeded Rosemount (16-7) on Tuesday, June 8, at Alimagnet, starting at 4 p.m. Second-seeded and fourthranked Eagan knocked off the sixth-ranked Irish 9-5 in the championship bracket Monday to advance to the section finals.
The Rosemount-Park winner will face Eagan (17-6) for the section title Wednesday, June 9, starting at 4 p.m. Whichever team advances to play Eagan will have to win twice to advance to state.
Park thoroughly outplayed Lakeville North (13-11) , a team which beat top-seeded and sixth-ranked Rosemount twice during the regular season.
But the Panthers had no answer for Park’s pitching, defense or hitting Monday.
“We hit the ball and Tess threw a hell of a game,” said Park Clayton Beaurline who went 1-for-2 with a huge home run in the second inning and three RBIs.
Park banged out 11 hits overall and had 12 RBIs in the contest, led by junior shortstop Joshua Hatano who went 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in five runs.
Micah Runion was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Benjamin Johnson was 2-for-3.
Junior pitcher Jackson Tessman went 5 and 2/3 innings on the mound to earn the pitching victory. He allowed six hits, four runs, four earned runs, struck out four and walked six.
“I walked a few but we eliminated their runners,” said Tessman.
The key to keep winning in section play will likely be pitching and defense, Tessman added, “If we play good defense like we did today we’ll do well,” Tessman said.
The Wolfpack took a 2-0 lead after one inning and led 3-0 after one and a half. But Park ripped the Panthers for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning to take command of the game. Park added four more runs in the fifth inning and one in the sixth to complete the win.
Park 5, Eastview 1 Tucker Novotny pitched a 3-hitter as Park advanced with a 5-1 win over Eastview in a Section 3AAA elimination bracket game Friday, June 4 The game was a pitching and defensive duel until the seventh inning when the Eastview scored a run, only to watch as the Wolfpack broke loose for five runs in the bottom of the inning.
Novotny pitched six innings, allowing three hits, one run, and no earned runs. He struck out 11 and walked just one.
Park improved to 16-7 with the win.
Eastview ended its season with an 11-12 record.
Eagan 15, Park 0 Second-seeded and fourth-ranked Eagan dominated the action in a 15-0 win over visiting Park Wednesday, June 2, in a Section 3AAAA baseball semifinal.
Eagan scored four runs in the first inning, three more in the second and third and then five in the fifth.
The Wildcats knocked out four Park pitchers for 15 hits in the game. Park’s Conor Mestemacher was torched for eight hits, seven runs, seven earned runs and an ERA of 29.40 in 1 and 2/3 innings of work. Samuel Janski and Jackson Tessman didn’t fare much better on the mound.