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Park baseball: Wolfpack's season ends

Park junior pitcher Sam Domeier fields a groundball Friday against St. Thomas Academy in the Section 3AAA tournament in Mendota Heights.

Park junior pitcher Sam Domeier did just about everything in his power to give his team a chance to win in the opening round of the Section 3AAA playoffs Friday against St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, but the Wolfpack offense couldn't deliver in a 2-1 season-ending loss.

Domeier threw three innings of no-hit ball before giving up a harmless infield single in the fourth inning. Domeier went six innings and kept fifth-seeded St. Thomas Academy at bay for most of the game. The Cadets (10-7) got to Domeier in the fifth inning after No. 12 seed Park (1-15) had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning.

"He pitched very well, one of his better outings," Wolfpack head coach John McGowan said of Domeier. "His last outing wasn't so good but I was really glad he came back and battled. He did a nice job for us. He was pounding the zone. His breaking ball is very sharp and when he has that and he can throw that for strikes, he's good."

Domeier allowed just four hits in six innings for Park.

The Wolfpack had a chance in the seventh inning to tie the game when junior Matthew Palmquist reached base, but after a pinch runner came on the runner got erased on a pickoff throw with one out. Still, Park tried to mount a comeback. Senior shortstop JT Bickel dumped a pitch into left field for a single and reached second base on a wild pitch with two outs. St. Thomas Academy got a strikeout to end the game and move on to face Henry Sibley in the next round of the section playoffs.

The Wolfpack finished with just three hits in the game but got a run across in the fifth inning after senior Matt Chermack reached base and came around to score.

"Our conversation at the end was, 'Hey, hold your heads high fellas because we played hard,'" McGowan said. "We battled and we kept on battling. That's what we do. That's what we want to do every night. Win or lose we want to just keep on working."

Prior to the playoff loss, Cretin-Derham Hall used a five-run first inning to cruise to a 14-0, five-inning victory Tuesday over Park in St. Paul in the regular season finale for the Wolfpack.

The Raiders limited Park to just one hit in the game.