Cold Spring defends Class B title, claims 9th in team history

Posted on Sept. 1, 2014 by CJ Siewert 

The Cold Spring Springers have made a habit of playing on Labor Day and this year was no exception.

In their record 53rd state tournament appearance, the Springers won all four games in the 2014 Class B tourney, claiming their ninth title in team history while defending their crown from last season.

It was also déjà vu for ace pitcher Zach Femrite as he earned state tournament MVP honors for the second straight year. Femrite is the first player to earn consecutive MVP awards since former Springer Andy Bulson did it in 2000-01. Greg Odegaard is the only other player in the 91-year history of the state tournament to win consecutive MVPs as he did it for Arlington in 1984-85. 

Femrite didn’t play in the Springers 3-0 opening round win over the Austin Blue Sox. In the quarterfinal against Dundas, Femrite was on point and had a no-hit bid going into the ninth inning. But Dundas first baseman Steve Loos ended the hitless streak for the Dukes with a broken-bat single with one out in the ninth.

Femrite had a unique pitching performance that night as he walked six, beaned four and struck out six.

On Sunday night, the semifinal game against the Moorhead Brewers was called in the fifth inning due to rain and resumed Monday afternoon. Just before the game was called Sunday night, Femrite hit a clutch, two-out RBI single to left to put the Springers up 3-1.

Newcomer Justin Thompson started the game Sunday and Femrite came in relief Monday in the sixth inning. Femrite held the Brewers scoreless until the ninth inning when they put up one run, but that was it as Cold Spring secured the 4-2 victory.

Femrite allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

And in the championship game against Section 7B rival St. Cloud Beaudreau’s, Femrite didn’t pitch but he did bat 1-for-3 with a home run in Cold Spring’s 3-1 win.

Thompson was the man on the mound in the title game and the former Chanhassen Redbird went the distance, allowing one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Next season the Springers will aim for their third consecutive state title and they have the opportunity to do so on their home field. Cold Spring and Watkins play host for the 2015 Fall Classic. 

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