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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Knights baseball routs MVL, BOLD

  • The St. Mary’s baseball team is now 2-0 in the postseason after wins over Minnesota Valley Lutheran and BOLD.
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  • The St. Mary’s baseball team is now 2-0 in the postseason after wins over Minnesota Valley Lutheran and BOLD.
     
    On May 24, the Knights hosted the Chargers where St. Mary’s ended MVL’s season. The Knights scored five runs in the third inning to grab a big lead. After a single from junior David Surprenant and a walk from sophomore Jared Beltz, a two RBI single was hit from junior Brandon Helget to score the first couple of runs. Seniors John Brandl and Mike Hirsch each added RBI singles in the inning.
     
    In the fourth, even more singles were hit by St. Mary’s which resulted in three more runs scored. Meanwhile, the Knights were near impenetrable on defense, with senior Mike Zinniel getting the win on the mound. Zinniel threw five strikeouts, no walks, and two runs on eight hits in the seven innings.
     
    The Chargers scored two runs in the sixth from two base hits and an RBI double, but it was too late as St. Mary’s recorded the playoff win.
     
    Helget went 2-for-4 at bat with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Knights. Surprenant was behind him, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one stolen base. Beltz walked twice and went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Hirsch added two RBI while Brandl scored one run.
     
    On May 27, St. Mary’s traveled to Bird Island to take on BOLD in a rematch of last year. The Warriors ended St. Mary’s season last year after defeating the Knights 6-0 in a no-hitter. This year, St. Mary’s got its revenge with a 4-1 win.
     
    BOLD kicked things off with an RBI double in the first to grab the lead, but a huge third inning was in store for the Knights.
     
    Junior Jay Helget started things off in the third with a walk, followed by a bunt from junior Jared Rothmeier. Surprenant then hit a single which turned into a double. The first run came from a wild pitch, and a sacrifice from Beltz scored another. The inning wasn’t over yet, as a double from B. Helget plus a single RBI from Kopacek brought the score to 3-1.
     
    After two scoreless innings with Surprenant leading on the mound, the Knights had a chance to score in the fifth after B. Helget hit another double but a couple of pop flies ended the inning. The Warriors threatened to score in their own fifth after a double and a walk was allowed, but Surprenant struck out the final batter to grab the third out.
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    After leaving two batters on in the sixth, St. Mary’s got on base again in the seventh after Surprenant walked along with a sacrifice bunt from Beltz. Kopacek then hit a sacrifice pop fly in left field to bring in Surprenant to make it 4-1. Despite leaving three runners on base, the Knights were feeling good going into the final inning.
     
    In the bottom seventh, a double plus a single and a hit batter loaded the bases for BOLD with no outs. However, Surprenant stayed calm on the mound, striking out two more batters followed by a ground out to end the game.
     
    Surprenant gets the pitching win after throwing 12 strikeouts, three walks and five hits in the seven innings.
     
    “He pitched great second through the sixth inning,” Coach Bruce Woitas said on Surprenant’s performance. “Got himself a little bit of trouble in the seventh but really got himself relaxed again, kind of re-focused and got some big outs there.”
     
    B. Helget went 2-for-3 at bat, while Surprenant went 1-for-3 and Kopacek went 1-for-3 with two RBI. Hirsch meanwhile, went 1-for-1 and got hit three times at the plate.
     
    St. Mary’s moves on in the Section 2A winner’s bracket and will play at New Ulm Cathedral on Thursday for the third round of playoffs.
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