A's finished 1-4 in Gopher Classic

BURNSVILLE — The Rochester A's played some of their best baseball of the season but still finished 1-4 in the tough Gopher Classic.

The A's ended the tournament with a 2-1 loss to Shakopee on Sunday. On Saturday, they beat Sioux Falls West 6-3 and lost to East Grand Forks 6-2.

The A's were solid against Shakopee, but failed to get baserunners in. That included leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning.

The A's outhit Shakopee 9-6.

"We hit the ball hard either at someone or Shakopee made a nice play in the field," A's coach Jordan Kangas said.


The A's also had a runner thrown at the plate in the fourth inning.

Jordan Jasik was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and Riese Zmolek was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Josh Bakken took the pitching loss, working six strong innings.

• Nick Smith allowed just three runs over 6 1/3 innings and the Rochester A's beat Sioux Falls West 6-3.

Tyler Gathman had threee hits and an RBI, and Nicholas Smith had three hits and scored a run.

• The A's fell 6-2 to East Grand Forks. That was despite outhiting EGF 9-5.

The A's were hurt by three errors.

Nicholas Smith had three hits and Jordan Jasik had two.

A's 6, Sioux Falls West 3


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A's:Nicholas Smith 3-for-4, 1 R; Nicholas Pearson 1-for-2, 1 RBI; Jordan Jasik 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 SB; Ryan Goll 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Riese Zmolek 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R; Tyler Gathman 3-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R; Brandon Knapp 0-for-2, 1 RBI; Brandon Ritz, 2-for-4. WP: Nicholas Smith 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; Joshua Bakken 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K;

East Grand Forks 6, A's 2

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A's:Nicholas Smith 3-for-4; Nicholas Pearson 1-for-3; Jordan Jasik 2-for-4, 1 R; Joshua Newman 1-for-2; Riese Zmolek 0-for-2, 1 RBI; Tyler Gathman 1-for-3, 1 RBI; Brandon Ritz, 1-for-3. LP: Erik Thorvilson 6 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; Brandon Ritz 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K.

Shakopee 2, A's 1




A's:Nicholas Pearson 1-for-3; Jordan Jasik 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 SB; Riese Zmolek 2-for-3, 1

RBI; Brandon Knapp 1-for-2; Brandon Ritz, 1-for-3, Alex Holets, 1-for-1. LP: Joshua Bakken 6

IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

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