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

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/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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.

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/photodesk@austindailyherald.com