Vikings shut down Spring Grove, move to Section 1A title game

Published 2:25 pm Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Hayfield baseball team moved to within one win of its first state tournament in school history when it topped Spring Grove (15-6 overall) 3-0 in the Section 1A semifinals in Seltz Field Saturday.

Easton Fritcher struck out eight in five and two-thirds inning to snag the win for Hayfield and Mason Tapp had a third inning sacrifice fly that put the Vikings up for good.

Hayfield’s Joey Tempel looks the runner back at second after smothering a groundball against Spring Grove in the Section 1A Tournament Saturday at Riverland Community College. Eric Johnson/

Hayfield (21-2 overall) will play the winner of Southland and Spring Grove for the Section 1A title in Riverland at 5 p.m. Tuesday. If the Vikings drop that game, they will have a second game to get to state.

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Hayfield will have its top two pitchers – Fritcher and Brady Nelson available for Tuesday.

Hayfield pitching: Easton Fritcher (W) 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 8 K; Luke Dudycha (S) 1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 R, 1 K’

Hayfield hitting: Fritcher, 1-for-3; Mason Tapp, 0-for-1, RBI, BB; Brady Nelson, 0-for-3; Kolby Tapp, 0-for-2, RBI; Jake 0-for-2, BB; Patrick Towey, 0-for-2, R; Joey Tempel, 1-for-3; Carter Kyllo, 1-for-2, BB, R, RBI; Karver Heydt, 1-for-2, R

Hayfield’s Easton Fritcher got the start against Spring Grove Saturday in the Section 1A Tournament at Riverland Community College. Eric Johnson/