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Remsen St. Mary's vs. Newman Catholic

July 30, 2020

It took nine innings, but Newman’s chances for a four-peat in the state tournament are alive and well.

Newman Catholic blanked previously undefeated Remsen St. Mary’s 2-0 in extra innings, punching its ticket to the 1A state championship game.

After eight scoreless innings, the Knights claimed the game’s first run in the top of the ninth. Nash Holmgaard drilled a single into center field, scoring teammate Max Burt. A wild pitch would plate Sam Kratz for the second run.

Newman finished off St. Mary’s in the bottom of the inning with three strikeouts from freshman Doug Taylor, who came in for relief.

The low-scoring game came at the hands of an excellent pitchers’ duel — and both starters were pulled only after hitting their pitch count limit. Newman’s Sam Kratz gave up four hits, struck out 12 and shut out the Hawks in his 7.1 innings on the mound. St. Mary’s Blaine Harpenau had 15 strikeouts and allowed just three hits in his 7.1 innings. Newman’s two runs in the ninth came while Skyler Waldschmitt was in for relief.

Offensively, Newman’s five hits came from Jacob Nelson, Tim Castle, Burt, Kratz and Holmgaard.

St. Mary’s offense came primarily from Skyler Waldschmitt, who finished 2-for-3.

Newman will face Don Bosco in the 1A state championship on Saturday. The fifth-seeded Dons advanced earlier Thursday with a 9-1 win over Kingsley-Pierson.

The Knights (19-5) are a six seed in this tournament — the lowest in 15 trips to Principal Park. 

The Hawks were the second seed and ended at 20-1 after their first loss of the season.

Attendance: 884