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Bob Williams / Forum Communications Co., Published May 21 2012

New York Mills' Snelgrove shuts down Frazee, allows only three hits

FRAZEE, Minn. – Two top 10 teams in Minnesota Class 1A squared off in Frazee on Monday.

No. 4-ranked New York Mills defeated No. 10 Frazee by a score of 4-1, behind a complete-game three-hit performance by the Eagles pitcher Adam Snelgrove.

“Adam has just been awesome,” New York Mills’ head coach Chris Bushinger said. “We knew coming in here today that they were going to throw their No. 1 guy and just the way things folded out with the rotation it was Adam’s turn to throw.”

Leadoff hitter Shane Novak was the difference at the plate knocking in the game-winning run and two insurance runs with a bases-clearing double in the second inning to put New York Mills up 4-0.

“They’ve got a good club,” Snelgrove said. “They do everything right. We just came out on top today.”

Frazee scored their only run in the third inning. Jordan Ketter walked and stole second base. Ketter scored on a double by Hayden Hoskins.

The rest of the game was fought on the mound.

Snelgrove fanned seven and walked two, giving up one earned run on three hits.

Frazee senior Jacob Galbrecht pitched all seven innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits. He walked five and struck out five.

While it may be hard to complain about the offensive work of an undefeated club that has finished six of 16 games by way of the 10-run mercy rule, hitting is something the NYM coaching staff will be working on before the playoffs arrive.

“We seem to have timely hitting this year,” Bushinger said. “Before playoffs roll around, we as a group need to get things going, as far as hitting.”

Frazee got a look at something they were not used to, as well. The Hornets have 10-runned five of their past six opponents.

Galbrecht allowed runners to reach scoring position in only three innings.

“It helps when I can just pitch to contact,” Snelgrove said. “I didn’t have too many strikeouts today.”

Snelgrove sent the Hornets down in order four of seven innings.

He was also the only batter with two hits on either club. He had two singles.

New York Mills second baseman Tyler Patron knocked in Roberts to open the scoring with a double to the fence.

“Definitely the toughest game of the year,” Bushinger said.

NYM 040 000 0– 4 5 1

F 001 000 0– 1 3 0

Snelgrove and unknown. Galbrecht and unknown. W– Snelgrove . L–Galbrecht.

Williams writes for the East Otter Tail Focus