Caledonia senior catcher Andrew Goergen tagged out the potential tying run at home plate in the sixth inning to preserve a 1-0 upset of two-time defending Class 2A state champion Minnehaha Academy in the quarterfinals Thursday at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.
"I knew it was going to be close. I really had to reach out there and tag him," said Goergen, who took a throw from first baseman Eric Augedahl.
The tag came after Caledonia junior pitcher Casey Storlie, working on a no-hitter, had loaded the bases on walks.
A single by Dylan Kiratli of Minnehaha Academy (16-6) in the seventh broke up the no-hit bid. Caledonia (22-2) scored its run in the fourth with an RBI single by Goergen. Minnehaha Academy junior pitcher Brock Brumley had nine strikeouts in seven innings.
"It was really tough. That pitcher did really well," Augedahl said.
Jordan 6, Paynesville 2: Michael Lambrecht nailed the scoreboard with his second-inning home run to get Jordan started in its victory over third-seeded Paynesville.
"I did not [see it]; they said it was kind of loud," Lambrecht said. "It felt good off the bat."
After a lightning delay Paynesville (19-5) tied the score twice, once on senior catcher's Zach Osendorf homer in fourth.
Jordan (15-8) went ahead to stay in the fifth inning by loading the bases and scoring four runs. Lambrecht, a junior, pitched seven innings and recorded three strikeouts.
Duluth Marshall 6, St. Cloud Cathedral 2: Giving up a season's worth of earned runs didn't faze Duluth Marshall pitcher Ben Pedersen.
Pedersen, a Missouri recruit who had allowed two runs all season, held St. Cloud Cathedral (17-9) in check as the top-seeded Hilltoppers (22-4) advanced. He struck out nine and allowed three hits on a blustery morning.
"I saw that on one of their hits," Pedersen said about the wind blowing toward the outfield. "They had one guy that hit the ball very deep. That was a nice little warning to keep the ball down that I saw early."
Duluth Marshall designated hitter Alex Busick started a five-run second inning with an RBI double to the deep left field corner.
Maple Lake 9, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 0: Sophomore catcher Ben Clapp hit a two-run triple to spark a six-run first inning.
Clapp hit the triple on an 0-2 changeup. He drove in two more runs in the fourth.
"He's been batting third since freshman year. That's Clapp right there," Irish coach Brooks Marquardt said.
The No. 2 seed Irish (23-2) had five hits in the first inning. The Rebels (22-3) had four hits and committed four errors.