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Cadets take down Packers in state semis

MINNEAPOLIS — The Austin baseball team had its historic run come to halt after it lost to Saint Thomas Academy in the Minnesota Class AAA State Semifinals in Siebert Field Friday.

Members of the Austin baseball team celebrate after Teyghan Hovland’s two-run home run against St. Thomas Academy in the Minnesota Class AAA State Baseball Tournament Friday at the University of Minnesota’s Siebert Stadium. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

The Packers trailed 6-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning, but they battled to get within 6-5 after Teyghan Hovland hammered a two-run homer to left field in the sixth. STA (20-9 overall) put the game away with three runs in the top of the seventh.

Austin, which finished the day in third place in Class AAA, finishes its run as the first team to go to the state baseball tournament since 1990.

Austin’s Riley Wempner puts the tag down on St. Thomas Academy’s Sean Creamer in the Minnesota Class AAA State Baseball Tournament Friday at the University of Minnesota’s Siebert Stadium. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

“I feel like we’re the team that finally finished the mission to get here. We didn’t get the ultimate goal, but we got our first goal, which was the section title,” Austin senior AJ Mueller said. “We were the guys that were finally able to do that because we’d been knocking on the door for so many years. I think we’re going to be remembered as the guys who actually did it.”

Austin’s Andrew Shumacher reaches on an infield hit against St. Thomas Academy in the Minnesota Class AAA State Baseball Tournament Friday at the University of Minnesota’s Siebert Stadium. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com