The Upsala-Swanville Area baseball team (19-4) handed Ashby its only loss of the regular season on May 24 in a 4-3 final. The Arrows (23-2) got their revenge during the playoffs in a 1-0 game on June 8.
Two of the top Class A teams in the state met in the elimination round of the Section 6A tournament Tuesday, and both got pitching gems from Jaden Norby for Ashby and Levi Lampert for USA. Norby struck out 13 in the complete-game win, while Lampert struck out eight.
The Patriots managed just two hits in the dominant performance for Norby. Carson Spangler and Norby had Ashby’s lone hits against Lampert.
The 1-0 win sent the Arrows into another elimination game against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (12-12) where Ashby cruised to an 8-2 win. Carter Spangler and Hunter Norby both singled in runs in the third inning to help the offense get going.
Hunter Norby followed his brother’s lead from the first game and pitched another gem against BBE. Hunter gave up the two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four before Carson Spangler shut the door with the final two outs.
“Great effort by our guys today,” Ashby head coach Jared Larson said. “Jaden threw extremely well in game one and the same for Hunter in game two.”
The two wins put the Arrows one game away from the championship round. Ashby, seeded second in the North half of the section, will play the South’s top-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (19-1) at 2:30 p.m. in New York Mills on June 10.
The winner of that game advances to a 4:30 p.m. game against New York Mills (20-2) needing to win twice to secure the Section 6A championship. New York Mills needs just one win after advancing into the championship round through the winner’s bracket.