Jacobson, Burnsville on to state tourney

Posted on Aug 15, 2011

Casey Jacobson and the Burnsville Bobcats cruised through the Super Section Tournament in Dundas over the weekend. The 16th-seeded Bobcats started the weekend out by beating the No. 1 seed Austin Greyhounds 3-2. Then they took care of an experienced Prior Lake team 3-0 and beat Austin, again, 4-1 in the final to advance to the 2011 Class B State Tournament.

The pitching was good all weekend, but the best performance of the tournament was turned in by Casey Jacobson. He faced only two batters over the minimum in shutting out Prior Lake 3-0. He struck out eight, walked no one and gave up only two hits.

“I’ve gotten a lot more movement on every pitch and I didn’t lose much velocity (by dropping down) said Jacobson. “My changeup was huge because they had so many lefties they brought up and that was spotting well on the outside corner and dropping so that was kind of my go-to pitch.”

Jacobson, a 2008 graduate of Eastview High School and a senior at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, said that he was a long reliever in college until he dropped his arm angle a little. “I didn’t drop down right away and got a couple of relief appearances to figure it out and then it kind of started going a little better.” He ended up starting by the end of his junior year.

This is the second year that Casey has played with Burnsville. He knew Charlie Dubanoski and Grant Larson, Friday’s winning pitcher, because they played at Augustana with him so he decided to play with them in the summer too. Coincidentally, this is also the second year in a row that Burnsville has made the Class B State Tournament.

Last year Jacobson won the Bobcat’s first two games—11 to 5 over Winsted and 3-1 over Sauk Rapids. The Bobcats lost 11-8 to eventual champion Shakopee and were ousted in a blowout against Rochester 19-7.

“I think last year was big because we got to play a good amount of games and kind of got the experience in… pretty much our whole line-up is the same as last year,” stated Jacobson. “We’ll have decent experience even though we are a young team. Our second baseman Roddy Hjort is the oldest at 34 or 35 and after that guys are mid to early 20s.”

What is Jacobson looking for this year in the State Tournament? “A title,” he said smiling. “I think pitching is a strength for us. Defense is also one of our strengths. We are pretty stinking good defensively. Our infield defense is really good. Our guys [pitchers and infielders] live off ground balls.”

Casey didn’t throw the first game of the Super Section because Grant Larson had a wedding on Saturday. Will that trend continue in the State Tournament?

“It will depend on Grant’s schedule,” said Casey. “I feel like if he’s ready to go both days that I’ll probably go the first one. He and I are both going to throw pretty well for our team so it’s not really that big of an issue.”

Spoken like a man on a mission.

Burnsville plays the Moorhead Brewers in the first game of the Class B State Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Hutchinson. Game time is 11 a.m.

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