Prep report: Grand Rapids falls in state Class AAA baseball semifinals

Grand Rapids fell one game shy of reaching the Class AAA state baseball championship game, losing 5-3 to Eastview Friday night in a semifinal at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.

Grand Rapids fell one game shy of reaching the Class AAA state baseball championship game, losing 5-3 to Eastview Friday night in a semifinal at Midway Stadium in St. Paul.

The Thunderhawks trailed 2-0 right away in the first inning, but tallied three of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

Their lead lasted until the Lightning scored two more in the sixth and another in the seventh to put the game away.

Grand Rapids split its five hits among five different players and none of them went for extra bases. Defensively the Thunderhawks were plagued by nine walks and one error.

Osha Brewer (7-2) suffered the loss, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing five hits and four runs, walking six and striking out one. Marcus Frederickson (1-0) claimed the win with four innings of relief, allowing just one hit and no runs, while walking three and fanning three.


Jake Bischoff, Hunter Shepard and Billy Hammann each had an RBI for the Thunderhawks.

Grand Rapids (20-7) plays Eden Prairie (15-11) in the third-place game today at 12:30 p.m. at Midway Stadium.

Eastview (22-4) faces Bemidji (25-2) for the Class AAA state title Monday at 6 p.m. at Target Field.


Junior catcher Jake Bischoff went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, including the go-ahead RBI single in a three-run fifth inning, as the Thunderhawks won their quarterfinal game at Dunning Field.

Bischoff's single broke a 1-1 tie and opened the floodgates. He added RBI hits in each of his next two at-bats, driving in two runs in a five-run sixth to blow the game open and closing the scoring with a seventh-inning RBI single.

Senior right-hander Grant Carlisle threw a four-hitter and struck out seven to improve to 8-1. He also had three hits, including a two-run double, while Hunter Shepard drove in three runs on two hits and Reid Holum went 3-for-5.

Class AAA


At St. Paul


Eastview 5, Grand Rapids 3

At Midway Stadium. WP: Patrick Strey 2.1IP, 4H, 3R, 2BB, 1K. LP: Osha Brewer 5.1IP, 5H, 4R (3ER), 6BB, 1K. E: Evan DeCovich, 1x3, RBI, BB; Ryan Reger, 1x3, RBI; Quinn Trusty, 1x1 (2B), R, RBI. GR: Jake Bischoff, 1x2, R, RBI, 2BB, SB; Hunter Shepard, 1x3, RBI; Billy Hammann, 1x3, RBI.


Grand Rapids 10, Totino-Grace 1

At Dunning Field. WP: Grant Carlisle 7IP, 1ER, 4H, 7K, 4BB. LP: Marco Lucarelli 4.2IP, 3ER, 9H, 3K, 2BB. GR: 16 hits; scored 3 runs in 5th and 5 in 6th; Jake Bischoff 4x5, 4RBIs; 2R; Reid Holum 3x5, 2R; Carlisle 3x4 (2B), 2RBIs; Hunter Shepard 2x4, 2RBIs; Billy Hammann 2RBIs; David Liebe 2x4, 2R. TG: Benjamin Peterson RBI.




Dan Kraft's sacrifice fly scored Adam Snelgrove with the winning run to cap a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning and give the Eagles the victory in the Class A fifth-place game at the Mini Met in Jordan, Minn.

Maison Roberts singled to lead off the seventh for the Eagles (25-1). After Roberts advanced to second base on a wild pitch, Tyler Patron singled to put runners on first and third. Snelgrove doubled to the gap in left-center field to drive in one run and a wild pitch tied the game before Kraft connected on his game-winning sacrifice fly.

Patron threw a complete-game five-hitter to claim the win. Sophomore Will Gustafson, who pitched six shutout innings, took the hard-luck loss for Ely (21-5).


The Timberwolves took a 4-0 lead and hung on to win the consolation game at the Mini Met.

Senior first baseman Wes Snyder connected for an RBI double off the right-field wall in the first inning and Ely tacked on three runs with three two-out, run-scoring hits in the second. Senior outfielder Sean Fisher, senior pitcher Greg Helget and senior infielder Nick Williams all drove in runs for a four-run advantage.

After the teams traded runs, Knights left fielder Peder Sviggum hit a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to trim the lead to 5-3. Freshman Drew Sathrum followed with an RBI single. After a walk, winning pitcher Helget induced a ground ball to second base for the final out.

Helget went the distance, scattering six hits and striking out eight while walking six. Sophomore pitcher Alex Roosen took the loss, allowing eight hits and walking just one.

The Knights ended their season 19-8.

Class A

At Jordan

Fifth Place

New York Mills 3, Ely 2

At Mini Met. WP: Tyler Patron 7IP, 1ER, 5H, 4K, 2BB. LP: Will Gustafson 6IP, 3ER, 6H, 2K, 1BB. NYM: Adam Snelgrove 2B, RBI; Daniel Kraft RBI. E (21-5): Sean Fisher 2x3; Cody Bialik RBI.

Consolation Semifinals

Ely 5, Kenyon-Wanamingo 4

At Mini Met. WP: Greg Helget 7IP, 4ER, 6H, 8K, 6BB. LP: Alex Roosen 6IP, 3ER, 8H, 3K, 1BB. E: Sean Fisher 2x4 (2B), RBI; Helget 2R, RBI; Sean Jordan 2x3; Nick Mathews 2B, RBI; Wes Snyder 2B, RBI. KW (19-8): Sam Roosen 2x3; Peder Sviggum 2B, 2RBIs; Drew Sathum 2B, RBI; Oakley McLain 2R.

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