Saints finish fourth at state after losing heartbreaker in semis

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With head coach James Cortez looking on from behind, Regan Carlson goes around the Randolph catcher to score a run during the Saints’ 10-0 victory to open up the state tourney.  It was a close play, but the ball also popped out of the catcher’s mitt as he was trying to apply the tag.

The KMS baseball team finished fourth at the State Class A Baseball Tournament last week at the Mini Met in Jordan. 

 

The Saints, who finished the season with a 21-4 record, opened up the state tourney with a 10-0 victory over Randolph, Thursday, but then lost a heartbreaker to BOLD in the semifinals, 7-6 in eight innings, before ending the season with a 13-3 loss to Sacred Heart in the third-place game. 

 

The final two games were both played Friday.

BOLD, which scored three runs in its last at-bats to edge the Saints by one, moved on to face New York Mills in the state championship this week at the Target Center.

The Saints reached the state tourney by winning the Section 3A title.  KMS beat Dawson-Boyd (13-1), YME (4-1), Adrian (7-0), and Minneota (10-1), lost to Lac qui Parle (2-1), and then beat the Eagles in the championship game (4-1).

KMS had given up just 25 runs through 23 games before heading to the state tourney where the Saints yielded 20 additional runs in three games.

KMS will lose five seniors to graduation from this year’s team, Weston Gjerde, Cade Melin, Regan Carlson, Dylan Rudningen, and Noah Thorson, but the Saints also have a great mix of younger players who should give the Saints a chance at another conference title next season.

This was the third state tournament trip for the KMS baseball program, which also made it to state in 1991 and 2000...

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