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STATE CLASS A BASEBALL: BOLD left-hander strikes out 14 Rebels in six innings

CHASKA, Minn. — Red Lake County ran into a left-handed buzz saw here Thursday.

Pitcher Logan Sandgren struck out 14 Rebels in six innings while allowing just one hit. He led defending champion BOLD to an 8-0 win against Red Lake County in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class A high school baseball tournament.

Sandgren, a senior left-hander, started strong, striking out the first six RLC batters he faced and eight of the first nine. He didn’t allow a hit until Jake Magnell’s one-out single to right field in the sixth inning.

“He (Sandgren) is good. He threw for two of their wins at state last year,” RLC coach Chris Nelson said. “I can’t fault our kids. They tried.

“We don’t see a pitcher like him during the season. He was throwing around 85 miles an hour and he was mixing in other good pitches, too. He had a nice, sharp-breaking curve.”

BOLD managed 14 hits off Rebels pitching ace Lars Brevik, all singles. The top four in BOLD’s lineup — Trent Athmann (2-for-4), Lane Stadther (3-for-4), Trevor Nissen (3-for-3) and Riley Kramer (2-for-4) were a combined 10-for-15 with six runs and six RBI.

Kramer’s 2-run single sparked a 3-run first inning, and Kramer and Nissen had RBI singles in the second inning that ended with BOLD ahead 5-0.

“They went up looking to rip the ball no matter what the count was,” Nelson said. “They went up swinging hard. Their hits were all singles, but they were hitting ropes. We haven’t seen anybody in our section who hits the ball as hard as they did.”

Red Lake County plays Springfield in a consolation loser-out game at 10 a.m. today in Jordan. The winner advances to the consolation championship game at 3 p.m.