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East Ridge upsets defending champ Stillwater in State Baseball Semifinals

June 15, 2019 05:12 PM

East Ridge is making the most of its first trip ever to the MSHSL Class AAAA baseball tournament.

The fifth seeded Raptors scored a pair of runs in the 8th inning to upend defending AAAA champ Stillwater, 6-5, in 8 innings Saturday at CHS Field.

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The Raptors (20-6) will face the winner of the upcoming New Prague-Rogers game for the AAAA championship at Target Field on Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. It was a wild ride from the start.

The Raptors took advantage of pair of walks and two wild pitches to score twice in the top of the first inning. The Ponies responded with three 4th inning runs only to see ER score singletons in the 5th and 6th for a 4-3 lead.

In the bottom of the 7th, the Ponies tied the game at 4 when Jon Koehn doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a fielder's choice.

In the 8th, East Ridge's soph shortstop Ben North led off with a single, was sacrificed to second, went to third on an infield hit and scored on a fielder's choice. Later, an errant pickoff producded a second run that proved to be important. The Ponies snapped back quickly. Mitch Novak walked and, with two outs, moved to third on Alex Ritzer's single. Koehn was safe on an error that scored Novak. Will Frisch then flied out to deep left center to end the game.

The win went to reliever Sam Szymanski, who threw three innings of relief, allowing only an unearned run. Cam Hunter earned the save.

The top seeded Ponies will remain at CHS and meet the loser of the Trojan-Royal encounter later Saturday.

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