Eagles stop defending baseball champs

Jason Olson
Sports Editor

Zigan throws complete game to top Wayzata at state on Thursday

Top-seed Wayzata (17-7) won the previous six games against unseeded Eden Prairie, including last year’s Class 4A state quarterfinal enroute to the state title.

On the same site as last year, CHS Field in St. Paul, the result was completely different with Eden Prairie (16-9) advancing to the Friday’s state semifinal with a 6-1 win over the Trojans in the first game of the day on Thursday.

Seniors Bailey DeMets and Matt Dolan each drove in two runs each in support of pitcher Jack Zigan who earned the complete game win with eight strike outs and one unearned run on 107 pitches.

Eden Prairie took a 2-0 lead on a sac fly to centerfield by Mike Espe to score the first run. DeMets walked to load the bases for Dolan to knock in Young on a single to left field.

DeMets doubled the lead in the sixth inning to 4-0 with a two-run triple that hit the base of the centerfield wall near the 400-foot mark. Eden Praire tacked on another run to make it a 5-0 lead.

Wayzata got its lone unearned run on a throwing iar in the bottom of the sixth inning. Espe threw the ball into the stands behind third base trying to beat the runner to the base.

Eden Prairie turned a 6-4-3 double play to get out the inning started by Connor Kehl who flipped the ball to Zack Elliott at second base who made the throw to Dolan at first base.

The Eagles face the winner of the Burnsville-Lakeville North game at noon, Friday at CHS Field in St. Paul.

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