St. Agnes starting pitcher Jack Fossand threw a 6-0 complete game shutout.

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune



St. Agnes takes 1A title with third shutout in row

  • Article by: RON HAGGSTROM
  • Star Tribune
  • June 18, 2012 - 11:01 PM

St. Agnes sophomore pitcher Jack Fossand summed it up in four words:

"This is pretty amazing," he said after leading his sixth-ranked Aggies past mistake-prone Lac qui Parle Valley 6-0 Monday for the Class 1A baseball championship at Target Field.

It wasn't just that they won the St. Paul school's second baseball title, but how they did it.

To reach the tournament, they knocked off No. 1-ranked West Lutheran.

Then, in the three tournament games, St. Agnes produced three shutouts over No. 2 and undefeated New York Mills, No. 11 Blackduck and finally, Lac qui Parle Valley.

Fossand needed only 84 pitches (56 for strikes) to throw a four-hit shutout. He gave up three hits in a 1-0 victory over New York Mills in the quarterfinals.

"Our pitching was fantastic," Aggies coach Mike Streitz said.

St. Agnes (23-6), which doesn't have a home field, wanted to give Fossand some early run support. So when Streitz won the coin toss, he selected to be visitors. The move paid off with two first-inning runs.

"I have to give all the credit to our coach," said Aggies senior shortstop Charlie Turch, who was 3-for-4 with three runs scored. "He has the guts to do that, and trust us."

St. Agnes also scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Turch scored a run in each of them.

"I was nervous coming into the game," Fossand said. "Getting those early runs calmed me down."

Lac qui Parle Valley (18-10) committed five errors and had a miscue on three consecutive batters in the first.

Turch's single in the first scored senior Evan Morehead when the throw from right field bounced into the Aggies dugout. Turch later scored the second run on an error.

Turch started a two-run third with a lead-off double to left that landed on the warning track. He scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Joe McDonald. The second run of the inning scored on the Eagles' fourth error.

The Aggies, who won their first state title in 2001, scored two more runs in the fourth. Mitch Knippenberg delivered a two-out, run-scoring single and Turch scored on a double steal.

"I have been dreaming about this since my freshman year," said Turch, who threw the Aggies' other shutout in the state tournament.

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