Top-seed Coon Rapids held true to form as pitcher Logan Shore no-hit Wayzata in a 2-0 win at Midway Stadium in the first of four Class AAA quarterfinals June 13.
Shore faced three batters over the minimum in the 90-minute game with eight strikeouts and one walk over seven innings to improve to 9-0.
“He was locked it,” Coon Rapids coach Jerry Coe said about Shore’s performance. “He didn’t lose his composure after not getting that last strikeout. He just kept on working.”
Wayzata had runners on first and second base with two outs in the first inning after two errors in the field by the Cardinals.
“Again it’s focus,” Coe said. “We’ve talked about it all-year long and it happens and making sure we win the next pitch and forget about what happened. It’s hard to do for me and everyone but Logan did a great job. It could’ve rattled somebody.”
Shore worked out of the jam by striking out shortstop Mickey Leius in what turned out to be three strike outs in the first inning for Shore.
“It’s a team game and there are some tough plays out there,” Shore said, noting the first error came on a high pop-fly that drifted into shallow right field that led to miscommunication between the second baseman and right fielder. “That’s what it’s a team game and you can pick each other up and hopefully come out on top.”
Wayzata coach Bobby DeWitt said they knew Shore wouldn’t walk many as a power pitcher who throws hard, “We weren’t overmatched,” he said as Shore had five strikeouts through three innings. “We just didn’t get the contact we wanted and they made plays.”
DeWitt said his team was a bit awestruck the first time through the batting order but settled in. “The second time through we had a little more success but you never expect to be no-hit,” the coach said. “He throws the ball well.”
Wayzata pitcher Jake Sorenson took his first loss of the season, dropping to 5-1, while limiting Coon Rapids to two runs on five hits, three strikeouts and two walks. He helped the Trojans reach state by winning the first of two wins against Edina in a 6-5 win. During the season he pitched a one-hit shutout win against Minnetonka and shutout Champlin Park.
Alex Boxwell, one of 12 seniors on the Cardinals roster, knocked a two-out double in the bottom of the third inning to the outfield wall, scoring speedy Tyler Kelm from first base.
Coe said they always preach, “walks score [runs],” and that’s precisely what happened.
Kelm reached on a walk before blowing through the stop-sign by head coach Jerry Coe. Kelm beat the throw home by more than a step to make it 1-0.
“I was going around and couldn’t stop,” Kelm said. “I wanted to try and score that run for us, for Logan [Shore].”
Coe added: “It was a great play if he made it. If he didn’t he would’ve been in my doghouse. He wasn’t going to stop, I couldn’t have thrown an anchor out there to stop him. He was going.”
Shore followed with pop-fly to the second baseman to end the inning.
Two innings later Shore smashed a double to the wall in left-center field and pinch runner Tyler Croal who scored on the next base hit by Anthony Mrosla.
Coon Rapids moves to 14-4 all-time in state tournament games in eight appearance.
“We’ve done well with pressure and is a great experience. It’s a lot of fun to be here,” Kelm said.