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Grand Rapids falls short in AAA state championship game against Mahtomedi

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- After an impressive run through the section tournament and early state tournament, the Grand Rapids baseball team ran out of gas in the AAA state title game.

The Thunderhawks were blown out, 20-3 in six innings by Mahtomedi at Target Field. Grand Rapids trailed 10-0 in the fifth inning but forced a sixth with a three-run rally started by sophomore Myles Gunderson.

The Zephyrs answered with ten runs in the top of the sixth inning to shut the door and seal the six-inning victory.

"Well, it didn't go the way we wanted it to, that's for sure. They're a heck of a ball team; you've got to give them credit; they hit the snot out of it. We made a lot of mistakes and walked a lot of guys, and that's not Grand Rapids baseball, and it's too bad we didn't show up and show them what Grand Rapids baseball is about," said head coach Bill Kinnunen.

"You could tell during infield that the enormity of the situation was overtaking us a little bit, and I hoped we could shake it off after infield, but we carried it right into the game."

The Thunderhawks finish the season with a 19-8 record. 

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