Eagles soar over BulldogsPublished 11:00am Wednesday, May 1, 2013
BATTLE LAKE — Fighting through the rough start of the 2013 spring sports season, the Otter Tail Central Bulldogs and the New York Mills Eagles were finally able to hit the field in a Park Region Conference double-header.
In game one, the Eagles were able to exploit some of the fielding rust of the Bulldogs as they took a 4-1 win.
New York Mills plated only one earned run in the game as Otter Tail Central committed five errors in the opening game.
Brandon Kupfer went the distance for the Eagles as he fanned 14 hitters and allowed five hits and a run, while counterpart Nick Trosdahl was knocked out of the game in the second after giving up two runs before Weston Malmstrom finished out the game.
Nick Kupfer led New York Mills hitters going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
OTC’s Zach Torgerson led the team with a 2-for-3 day, scoring a run and belting a triple.
The Bulldogs came out swinging in game two, but saw the Eagles recover in later innings to finish the sweep with a 4-2 win.
OTC’s Malmstrom was able to knock in two runs in the second to give the home team an early 2-0 lead.
New York Mills was able to settle down as they found their groove with two runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth.
The Bulldogs threaten in the seventh with runners at second and third, but a soft-liner dashed the team’s hopes for a rally.
Tyler Patron got the win for the Eagles as he pitched all seven and struckout eight. OTC’s Torgerson was saddled with the loss and he blew the ball past six Eagles and allowed four runs on eight hits.
“While we struggled at the plate today due to some very good pitching and made too many errors in the first game,” Bulldog coach Steve Bradsteen said. “Our pitching gave us a chance to win both games. If we can get the type of pitching in a regular basis we will have a chance of winning a lot of games this spring.”
The Bulldogs will look to improve their fielding as they host Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale in Henning Thursday in a double-header beginning at 4 p.m.
The Eagles hope to have the same success as last season as they have not lost in the regular season since May 17, 2011. The team’s next game is at Wadena-Deer Creek Friday at 4:30 p.m.
New York Mills 4, Otter Tail Central 1
R H E
NYM 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 — 4 3 2
OTC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 5 5
WP – Brandon Kupfer
LP – Nick Trosdahl
Battery: (NYM) B. Kupfer and Aaron Patron; (OTC) N. Trosdahl, Weston Malstrom (2) and Tyler Aune.
New York Mills 4, Otter Tail Central 2
R H E
OTC 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 — 2 3 0
NYM 0 0 0 2 0 2 x — 4 8 2
WP – Tyler Patron
LP – Zach Torgerson
Battery: (OTC) Torgerson and Aune; (NYM) T. Patron and A. Patron.