Eagles top Dragons in 4A baseball playoffNew Life Academy defeats Math and Science Academy, 15-5, in the "other" intra-Woodbury playoff showdown.
Woodbury vs. East Ridge was not the only cross-town sectional baseball showdown on Thursday as New Life Academy hosted Math and Science Academy in the "other" all-Woodbury playoff matchup in the opening game of the Section 4A bracket at the Bielenberg Sports Center.
Starting pitcher Steve Boatman and his Eagles teammates put down a third-inning uprising from the Dragons before sixth-seeded New Life went on to top No. 11 seed MSA by a 15-5 score in five innings.
The Eagles scored in every one of the four innings they had an at-bat, logging three runs in each of the first two frames, two in the third and seven in the fourth while the Dragons temporarily held a two-run lead after a five-run turn in the second.
Boatman was charged for all five earned runs, but struck back for a couple runs batted in himself on a 1-for-3 day at the plate. New Life's Kory Kiekhofer was driven in by Boatman in the second and himself went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. John Horner got a hit in his only credited plate appearance, but also scored four times after a series of walks; Thomas Brezniak was 3-for-4 with one run scored, while Travis Taylor was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Sam Mazzon was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
Dragons pitcher Kelan Chang took the loss on the mound; other MSA statistics were not available at this time.
The loss was a season-ender for the Dragons, who went 7-10 this spring, while the 9-6 Eagles advance to take on third-seeded St. Bernard's (11-10) at 1 p.m. on Saturday in St. Paul.
A win over the Bulldogs — who are playing the final games in school history as the institution is set to close at the end of this school year — would push the Eagles into the double-elimination portion of the bracket and another sectional playoff next Tuesday, with a location yet-to-be determined.