MINNEAPOLIS - When Jordan Sagedahl got the final out of the Class A state championship, the BOLD junior's eyes went right to first base. After all, his well-being was on the line.
Coming Sagedahl's way was Riley Weis, the burly 300-pound first baseman who Warriors' fans affectionately nicknamed "Gorilla."
"(Weis) told me right away, 'Jay, after you get these last outs, I'm jumping on you right away,' " Sagedahl said. "And I looked at him right away after that strikeout."
Weis' bearhug was the first of many as BOLD piled up on the mound after securing the state championship with an 8-0 victory over New York Mills at Target Field.
Sagedahl one-hit the Eagles and struck out nine, and he helped his cause with an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning.
The state title was the Warriors' second, with the first coming in 2013.
"We knew we had the talent," said BOLD head coach Brian Kingery. "We knew three or four years ago we'd have an opportunity. But the thing is, you all get opportunities, but you have to make them count."
Opportunities to go up early were there for the Warriors. However, New York Mills was able to get out of the first three innings unscathed while BOLD left six runners stranded.
"That's just how we play baseball. We're like leeches; we cling on and stick around and make things happen," said Eagles head coach Dustin Geiser. "That's how we've done it all year long. We never take the easy route and I think that's how we got to where we got to."
Kingery added, "We had so many opportunities early. (Assistant coach Derek) Flann and I kept talking like, 'Come on, someone has to break through here.'"
That breakthrough came courtesy of pinch hitter Blake Flann, who hit an RBI double to score courtesy runner Avery Herdina in the bottom of the fourth for the game's first run.
"That was pretty cool to get the chance and have the game on the line," Blake Flann said. "I liked getting that opportunity."
Said Kingery, "We said (Wednesday) that Blake's been hitting the ball well in practice this week and we'll give him an opportunity if it arises. It did and he took advantage."
Sagedahl hit his inside-the-park solo home run to lead off the fifth inning.
"The at-bats before I flew out to center and I hit a grounder (for a single), so I thought I had the pitcher's timing perfectly," Sagedahl said. "I just had to wait and sit and when you have a slower pitcher, try to drive it to right-center and that's what I did."
The round-tripper would be just one highlight of a masterful championship performance by Sagedahl. The junior didn't allow a hit over the first six innings, with Abe Carlson's leadoff single in the top of the seventh being the only base knock the Eagles got all game.
"I wanted to keep mixing it up," Sagedahl said. "Get up 0-1, 0-2 and keep 'em guessing."
Sagedahl finished the day with nine strikeouts and three walks while the defense aided his efforts with an error-free game.
"We were trying so hard in the field," said BOLD third baseman Andrew Sheehan. "When we see Jordan dealing up there, we know we have a great defense behind him and we want to do the best we can."
Kingery added, "We talked about the two big keys were playing defense and Jordan getting ahead in the count. He was able to do that and the defense made plays."
BOLD went on to blow the game open with a six-run bottom of the sixth as part of a 10-hit afternoon.
The Warriors cap off the championship year with a 20-5 record while New York Mills finished 21-5.
"To know we played our best and beat a great team is amazing," Sheehan said.
Three BOLD players and two Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg players were named to the Class A All-Tournament team following the conclusion of the state championship game.
For the champion Warriors, seniors Luke Ryan and Hayden Tersteeg were honored along with Jordan Sagedahl, a junior.
KMS, which finished fourth in the tournament, had a pair of All-Tournament selections in senior Weston Gjerde and freshman Alex Call.
Others named to the All-Tournament team: Brady Nelson and Mason Tapp of Hayfield; Evan Sczepanski and Oscar Ortiz of Sacred Heart; Caden Roberts, Derin Gaudette and Dylan Fischer of New York Mills.
In Class AA, Paynesville had a pair of players named to the All-Tournament team to coincide with its third-place finish in senior Luke Johnson and junior Grady Fuchs. Other Class AA selections were: Carter Mulcahy of Perham; Drew Beier of Foley; Andy Regner and Tyson Sowder of St. Peter; Dylan Kiratli, Doah Dehne and Bennett Theisen of Minnehaha Academy; Ben Pedersen, Charlie Kleinschmidt and Carter Sullivan of Duluth Marshall.
BOLD 8, New York Mills 0
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Hitting - New York Mills: Caden Roberts 0-3, Dylan Fischer 0-2 bb, Derin Gaudette 0-3, Corey Roberts 0-2 bb, Abe Carlson 1-3, Presten Newborg 0-2 bb, Drey Roberts 0-3, Gabe Geiser 0-2, Bren Salo 0-2, Logan Robinson 0-1. LOB: 5 ... BOLD: Luke Ryan 1-4 r rbi sb, Braeden Tersteeg 0-2 r bb-2, Jordan Sagedahl 3-4 hr r-2 rbi, Hayden Tersteeg 1-3 rbi sf, Riley Weis 0-3 r bb, Andrew Sheehan 0-3 r rbi bb, Aiden Elfering 1-2 bb, Zeke Walton 1-1 2b r sh-2, Matt Moorse 0-2 bb, Tim Peppel 0-1, Avery Herdina 0-0 r, Jake Evenson 1-1 rbi-2, Kyle Kostohryz 1-1 rbi, Blake Flann 1-1 2b rbi. LOB: 11
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - New York Mills: Caden Roberts (L) 5.1-7-4-4-2-2, Derin Gaudette 0.1-3-4-4-3-0, Drey Roberts 0.1-0-0-0-1-0 ... BOLD: Jordan Sagedahl (W) 7-1-0-0-3-9