High school roundup: Park turns about-face, sweeps Eagan for state baseball bid one week after rout

Park 5 , Eagan 0; Park 9, Eagan 3: Just one week after Park lost 15-0 to Eagan in a Class 4A, Section 3 baseball semifinal, the Wolfpack met the Wildcats again, this time in the section championship.

Park (20-7) reeled off a reversal of the previous matchup, outscoring the Wildcats 14-3 over two games Wednesday to win the section championship and clinch its first state tournament appearance since 1993.

Pitching dominated the first game as Conor Mestemacher threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three. Game 2 was all about offense as Park scored two runs in the fifth and seven runs in the sixth to beat Eagan (17-8).

Stillwater 5, Cretin-Derham Hall 0: A two-hit complete game shutout from pitcher Gavin Zurn propelled the Ponies past the Cretin-Derham Hall (11-15) and into the state tournament. The senior struck out eight and did not walk a batter in the Class 4A, Section 4 final.

Stillwater (20-4) added a run in the first, two in the third and two in the sixth. Alex Ritzer, batting in the No. 2 spot, went 2 for 3 with a walk, RBI and two runs. Stillwater returns to the state tournament for the third consecutive season.

Mounds View 6, Roseville 0: A dominant pitching performance by Ben Rosin helped solidify the Class 4A, Section 5 championship and a third consecutive state appearance for Mounds View (17-7). The Mustangs have missed the state tournament just twice since 2013.

Rosin allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out six. The Mustangs gave him early run support with a run in the second and two in the third. Errors by Roseville (12-13) in the bottom of the fifth helped load the bases, and a walk, another error and then a double by Brendan Goldman eventually cleared the bases.

Other scores: Farmington beat Rochester Mayo 4-1 to win the Class 4A, Section 1 championship. The Tigers will play in their first state tournament since 1977.

Softball

Stillwater 5, White Bear Lake 3: The Ponies are one win away from the state tournament following Wednesday’s win in the Class 4A, Section 4 winner’s final. They will play Woodbury, which defeated White Bear Lake 6-5, in the section championship. The Royals will need to win two games against Stillwater (20-1) to advance, while the Ponies need just one.

Stillwater’s Taylor Gray produced the eventual game-winning runs with a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning, which gave the Ponies a 4-1 lead. White Bear Lake responded in the bottom of the fifth as Maddie Petersen hit a solo home run and the Bears scored another run on an error.

Other scores: Park defeated East Ridge 11-3 in the Class 4A, Section 3 elimination bracket final. Park will face top-seeded Rosemount in the section final on Friday and will need to win two games to advance to the state tournament.

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