VFW Baseball: Sanneman pitches no-hitter for East Ridge, Woodbury advances, Cottage Grove eliminated
WOODBURY — It was a quick night for both East Ridge and Woodbury last night as the two teams advanced further into the district playoffs.
East Ridge had a memorable evening from its starting pitcher, Kennedy Sanneman, who pitched one of his greatest games in his career.
"It was a fun night and a memorable night," Sanneman said. "I'm just glad I had a great defense behind me to help me throughout the night."
Sanneman ended the game with a no-hitter and allowed the Raptors to advance one more game in the winner's bracket. It was a 0-0 game heading into the bottom of the fifth.
A squeeze play in the fifth for the Raptors allowed one to score and create a 1-0 lead for Sanneman, but an error on the field for East Ridge allowed Roseville to score and tie the game.
Those errors fired back at Roseville who committed a couple errors in the bottom of the sixth to allow the Raptors to score six runs and take a 7-1 lead. Sanneman came back in the top of the seventh and shut down Roseville resulting in a no-hitter.
"It's great to see the defense work well in the beginning and the bats coming alive in the later part of the game," said Jereme Quinnell, East Ridge coach, who flipped the game ball to Sanneman. "These types of games are great to see and will hopefully build confidence against a strong Lake Elmo team."
Lake Elmo is the number one seed in the playoffs and East Ridge will play them on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at Stillwater High School for a chance to go to the championship game.
The loser of tonight's game will play on Wednesday night against the winner of Woodbury and North St. Paul Red. The Royals finished the game quick against Cottage Grove as they won 13-3 in six innings.
Woodbury scored more than two runs in every inning except the first and third inning. It was a strong day for Trent Glaeser who pitched a complete game, which made Nick Gehrt happy with heading into a busy week ahead.
"It was great to see Trent pitch the entire game," Gehrt said. "Now, we have a couple pitchers I can use heading into an important game against a well coached team."
Woodbury defeated North St. Paul Red during the regular season with a 4-2 final score. Even though the Royals won, Gehrt expects the baseball North St. Paul has played all season because the mentality is win or go home.
The philosophy in the Woodbury huddles is to keep winning if you want to continue playing baseball. The Royals still want to play and Gehrt is happy he doesn't have to motivate the players, they motivate themselves on and off the field.
"In the huddle before the Cottage Grove game, I made sure they understand it was win or go home," Gehrt said. "They understand what was at stake, but I didn't see the pressure build up at all, which is nice. They played their own game."
Gehrt hopes to see this kind of game again with strong batting and great defense behind pitching on Tuesday night. Woodbury plays North St. Paul on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Woodbury High School.
The winner of the two teams will play the loser of Lake Elmo and East Ridge. Then, those two teams will play for a spot in the championship game.
That's the goal for both East Ridge and Woodbury, to continue winning and earn a spot in the state tournament.