Knights baseball falls short of state tournament

STMA’s Travis Brown delivers during STMA’s 6-0 win against Brainerd. (Photo by Jake Schroer)

By Jake Schroer

Crow River News Sports

The Knights baseball team made a run in Cold Spring, but could not secure a final win to make it to the state tournament.

Tuesday, STMA got revenge on Brainerd with a 6-0 win.

The game started as a pitcher’s duel, with neither team putting any runs on the board until the fourth inning. Jack Fiedler drove in Cody Kelly to break the scoreless tie.

The Knights broke it open in the next inning. Ethan Krehbiel-Valoaga tripled to bring home Fiedler and Jack Kelly, and by the time he came around to score, it was 6-0 STMA.

Travis Brown pitched a shutout for the Knights, allowing only one hit and striking out nine batters.

“We put some good at-bats together and once we got them down, we knew it was all over,” manager Paul Schumm said.

MAPLE GROVE

The Knights needed to defeat Maple Grove twice on Thursday night to win the section; as the Crimson had not yet suffered a loss in the playoffs.

The Knights broke out the bats in the first game of the night, scoring five runs in the first two innings on the way to an 11-4 win over Maple Grove.

Travis Brown was 3-4 with four RBI for the Knights, and Marcus Krupke pitched a solid game to get the Knights in position to win the section crown.

Game two proved to be much different for STMA. The Crimson got a pair of quick runs in the first inning.

By the time the fifth inning rolled around, the score was 7-1 Crimson.

Things would not get much better for the Knights as Maple Grove put up four more runs in an 11-5 loss, which ended STMA’s season one game short of the state tournament.

The Knights finished 24-3.