Austin vs St. Thomas Academy Baseball

Austin starting pitcher Tony Ciola, right, talks to catcher Hunter Guyette during a Class AAA baseball state semifinal game against St. Thomas Academy on Friday, June 14, 2019, at Siebert Field in Minneapolis.

Sport: Baseball, Class AAA state semifinals.

What happened: No. 3-seed St. Thomas Academy scored four runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth, then hung on to beat unseeded Austin 9-5 at Siebert Field.

Costly mistakes: Austin, which was flawless defensively in upsetting No. 2 seed Hill-Murray in the quarterfinals, had an uncharacteristic three errors against St. Paul Academy. Four of the runs that Packers pitchers allowed were unearned.

A late charge: Austin looked like it might go quietly into the good night. That was until the fourth inning when it scored three runs, narrowing the score to 6-3. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, sophomore Teyghan Hovland belted a two-run home run to make it a 6-5 game.

Tough top of the seventh: After making it a one-run game in the sixth, the Packers allowed three runs in the top of the seventh.

Records: Austin is 15-9, while St. Thomas Academy moves to 20-9.

Next: Austin plays for third place at 5 p.m. today, taking on No. 1 seed Monticello. St. Thomas Academy plays No. 5 seed Benilde-St. Margaret’s at 4 p.m. Thursday at Target Field in the Class AAA championship.

FRIDAY’S STARS

Teyghan Hovland (Austin): The sophomore had four RBIs, as he went 2-for-3 from the plate with a home run.

Michael O’Connor (Austin): O’Connor went 2-for-2 from the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.

Joseph Goulet (St. Thomas Academy): Goulet was 2-for-3 with three runs batted in and a double.

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St. Thomas Academy: Carter Henry 2-for-5, 2 R; Judd Fenlon 2-for-3; Patrick Walsh 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 2B; Joseph Goulet 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 1 2B; Duke Coborn 1-for-3, 1 R; Callan Happe 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 3B. Pitching: Joseph Goulet 3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; Vincent Hubbell (WP) 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

Austin: Andrew Shumacher 1-for-4; Hunter Guyette 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B; Andrew Mueller 1-for-4, 1 R; Michael O’Connor 2-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI; Teyghan Hovland 2-for-3, 1 R, 4 RBI, 1 HR. Pitching: Tony Ciola (LP) 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K; Nate Murphy 3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 1 B, 2 K; Guyette 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.

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