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Continued: Minnehaha Academy baseball does the little things, with winning results

  • Article by: BRYCE EVANS , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 11, 2013 - 7:01 PM

The leadoff hitter for St. Anthony had gotten all the way to third base with one out in the top of the sixth inning when Grachek got a Husky batter to fly out deep to right field.

Manion caught the throw from the outfield just as the runner crossed the plate, apparently tying the score at 1-1. Then, confusion ensued. The Redhawk bench started yelling, third baseman Peter Webster was pointing at his bag, and Grachek kept pointing his mitt to third.

The runner never tagged up. Manion tossed the ball to Webster. Inning over.

The Redhawks tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning. Grachek set down the Huskies in order in the seventh for the 2-0 victory and a section title.

“That was definitely a weird play,” Grachek said. “A little lucky, but that’s what you need sometimes.”

The No. 3-seeded Redhawks open the state tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday against Watertown-Mayer at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.

“It’s what we’ve thought about all year,” Pryor said of a state title. “We’re an experienced team, really sound fundamentally. We do the little things well, and all you need to win is that one big play.”

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