A great pitching performance by Casey Storlie helped move the Caledonia Warriors one game away from a shot at a state baseball title in Class AA.
Storlie had seven strikeouts and only gave up one hit in a 1-0 win over Minnehaha Academy in a quarterfinal game at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud Thursday afternoon.
He also scored the only run of the game. Andrew Goergenn got a hit in the 4th inning to bring in Storlie.
Caledonia's offense had tough day at the plate. For Minnehaha Academy, Brock Brumley only gave up three hits in the game, two of which came off of Goergen's bat. Storlie got the other hit.
Brumley posted nine strikeouts during his seven innings of work.
Minnehaha had their chances to tie the game in the 7th. With runners on first and third, Will Wamre flied out to right field to end the game.
"I feel good, always great to be up at State. It's our first time. We played a very, very great team in Minnehaha Academy. They're the defending state champs. It just feels good to getting the first one behind us," Storlie said.
"That double play in the 6th inning, I didn't know if I wanted Eric to catch that ball or not because that's a tough throw home to get up and throw home. He caught it and made a fantastic play home. Andrew Goerge, our catcher, made a great swipe tag on him. A great play, we'll remember that one the rest of our lives," said head coach Brad Augedahl.
Caledonia plays again Friday at noon against #1 seed Marshall School of Duluth. The game is again at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.
The winner moves on to the Class AA championship game on Saturday at Target Field in Minneapolis.