Baseball: Pitching shines as Urbank wins Class C state opener
Alex Koep threw seven strong innings, and Andrew Johnson shut the door after that as the Bombers advanced to the second round of the state tournament with a 4-2 win over Sartell.
FARIBAULT — The Urbank Bombers made good on their first game at the state tournament in 21 years.
The Bombers got seven strong innings from Alex Koep on Saturday as they beat the Sartell Muskies in a 4-2 game. Urbank will now play the St. Patrick Irish this coming Friday in Faribault at 7:30 p.m.
Koep had a no-hitter through six innings. Sartell got four hits total on him, but the lefty was in control on his way to 12 strikeouts in earning the win. Andrew Johnson threw two scoreless innings to wrap up the win. Johnson also went 2-for-4 with two runs scored from the plate.
Urbank got two first-inning runs. Matt Ferley and Johnson had singles, and an error allowed both runs to score. It was a 4-0 game in the third inning when Johnson and Koep each singled, and Austen Hadley drove them in with a double.
Brian Schellinger halted Koep’s no-hitter in the seventh inning with a single. The Muskies got a little momentum after that, using a bloop single and an infield single in front of an Andrew Deters run-scoring single to put up two runs in the seventh inning.
But that is as close as Sartell could get as Koep and Johnson combined to stymie the Muskies much of the night.
The Bombers’ next opponent out of St. Patrick got a first-round bye in the state tournament. The winner of Urbank and St. Patrick on Aug. 26 will play a Sept. 3 game at 4:30 p.m. in Dundas.