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Prep report: South Ridge wins historic game

Nick Carlson, the do-everything South Ridge senior, hurled a four-hitter and struck out six to lead his team to a 5-1 win over Rushford-Peterson in a Class A state baseball tournament semifinal Thursday at Chaska Athletic Park.

The win is the first in school history for the Panthers, who are making their state tournament debut.

The victory sends the No. 3-seeded Panthers (20-5) into the semifinals opposite No. 2 Sleepy Eye, a 6-0 winner over Hinckley-Finlayson, at 2:30 p.m. today in Chaska.

South Ridge broke open a 1-1 deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore second baseman Mason Lane drove in two runs with a double. He later scored on a double by sophomore Matt Clark.

Lane was 2-for-3 and junior catcher Joey Janke also had two hits and a run scored.

Senior pitcher Shawn Marg was 2-for-3 for the Trojans (15-9).

CLASS AAAMahtomedi 3, Grand Rapids 2

The Thunderhawks’ Cinderella tournament run came to an end as their upset bid of No. 1 Mahtomedi fell just short in a Class AAA quarterfinal at the University of Minnesota’s Siebert Field in Minneapolis.

The Thunderhawks (10-16) — who are the lone team with a losing record in any class competing at state — tallied both of their runs in the top of the seventh inning off an RBI double down the left-field line by senior pinch hitter Mike Heitkamp. He drove in senior second baseman Evan Mischke and freshman pinch runner Wyatt Holcomb, and then advanced to third on a throwing error, all with no outs.

Senior relief pitcher Austin Jerylo entered for Mahtomedi (18-4) to earn the save. He picked up a strikeout and groundout and Heitkamp was thrown out at home plate in between.

Junior Isaac Gustafson went the distance on the mound for Grand Rapids, giving up three runs off nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

The Thunderhawks play Willmar at noon today in a consolation game at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

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