La Crescent, Minn. (WXOW)- La Crescent’s state title hopes are still alive after shutting out conference rival Caledonia twice in the sectional championship games. The Lancers advanced to state for the first time since 2011 and the sixth time in program history.
This is La Crescent’s third victory over Caledonia this year, and they are giving all the credit to their pitching staff and defense.
In game one, Bryce Weymiller pitched a complete game shut out, allowing just five hits. In game two, it was Cade McCool pitching a no-hitter through 6 innings, leading to the second shut out over the Warriors and more importantly, a trip to the state tournament.
“Yeah, that feeling, it’s incredible just advancing to state and doing it against Caledonia, it was just the topping on the cake,” Weymiller said.
“Cade and Bryce do a great job on the mound, obviously,” La Crescent Outfielder Thomas Kiesau said. “But our defense, I think we have the best defense in the whole state.”
Weymiller has an ERA of a .051 this season. He’s pitched three no-hitters, and he will get the start on Thursday against Minnehaha Academy. With the way this team is playing, the Lancer’s confidence is running high.
“I like our chances because we believe in each other, and that’s the big thing,” Kiesau said.
“We’re the best team in the state, and we can beat anybody,” Weymiller added.
If one thing motivates the Lancers, It’s the will to win for their Head Coach Rick Boyer.
“It would mean the most for me, for Rick,” Kiesau added. “Coach Boyer, I want him out on top. He needs one more I think.”
“It’s so incredible, what these kids, what they’ve done,” Coach Boyer said. “Just to go to state, they’re making such memories for themselves. You never forget this group. You never forget the state tournament runs and all those things. It’s pretty special.
La Crescent will face the number two seed Minnehaha Academy on Thursday at Dick Putz Field.