The Fairmont Martins dispatched of the St. Patrick Irish 12-0 in today's Minnesota Class C State Amateur baseball championship in Springfield.  The game lasted 7 innings due to the 10 run differential after 7 innings rule.

Fairmont clubbed 17 hits off 3 Irish pitchers.  Meanwhile St. Patrick was held to 3 hits by winning pitcher, draftee Ross Ackerman of Windom.  Adam Schmidt faced three batters in the 7th with 2 strikeouts.  Ackerman struck out 4, walked 0 for the championship clinching victory.

Josh Simon took the loss for the Irish going the first 2 2/3 innings with 10 hits allowed, 5 earned runs, 1 strikeout, 0 walks.  Bill Dunker threw 2 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 earned runs with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk.  Draftee Jack Meyer of Webster pitched the final two innings with 1 hit the only blemish on his line totals.

The three hits for St. Patrick were stroked by Jordan Goracke, Matt Ambroz and Bryce Simon.

Five Martins batters had multiple hits in the title tilt led by Levi Becker with 3 hits, 3 RBI.  Becker was a home run away from hitting for the cycle.  Lead-off hitter Luke Becker had 3 hits, scored 3 runs.  Jack Waletich followed with a 2 run double and scored twice.  Derek Shoen connected on a hit for 2 RBI.  Jon Traetow clubbed two hits with a RBI.

Tyler Tennyson had two hits and an RBI.  Adam Schmidt tallied 3 hits with an RBI.

The original start time for the game according to the brackets was 1:00 p.m. but the game was moved to 11:00 a.m. because of impending weather.

It is Fairmont's third state title.  1930, 1959 and 2020.  St. Patrick was seeking their first state crown.

Congratulations are in order for the Minnesota Baseball Association in getting the State Tournaments in during a COVID-19 pandemic.  Remember they started their shortened regular season after sending multiple letters asking the Governor to allow it with no answer.  They did abide by the Governor's requirement that no events include more than 250 people

Host cities Shakopee in Class B, Springfield and Milroy in Class C did an outstanding job of sanitizing seats and railings between games and during games to keep everybody safe.

Next year Chaska, Waconia and Hamburg are to host.  In 2022 the 99th Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament is scheduled to be in Faribault, Dundas and Miesville.


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