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New Hampton passes Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in 2A-3

NEW HAMPTON – Garner-Hayfield-Ventura was no match for the relentless offense of sixth-seeded New Hampton in the Class 2A, Substate 3 quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The Chickasaws scored nine times in the first three innings, including a five-run fifth inning, to end the Cardinals’ 2024 season with a 10-1 victory.

The win also sets up a semifinal matchup for New Hampton (25-6) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in New Hampton against Osage (18-7). The Green Devils defeated Forest City 8-3 on Tuesday, also in New Hampton.

“It was great to see our offensive performance tonight,” said New Hampton head coach Cory McDonald. “We’ve worked so hard in practice and it was a great reward for the team tonight to see the results of our hard work in hitting in our first playoff game.”







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Kael Meyers started Tuesday’s game on the mound for New Hampton in their game against Garner-Hayfield-Ventura.


CADEN SHEA Globe Gazette


The Chickasaws began their offensive barrage in the first inning. Meyers hit a double and scored a walk to Jaxon Eckley. A double by Braden McShane brought Meyers into the game. McShane later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 after one inning.

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In the second inning, the Cardinals tried to turn the tide in their favor. Kaden Kral hit a single and was relieved of his base duties by Parker Stearns, who was serving as a relief runner. Stearns found his way around the bases and eventually came home on a wild pitch from the Chickasaws. Unfortunately, that was the only run GHV was able to score against three different New Hampton pitchers.

Talyn Bohaty hit a huge home run for the Chickasaws in the second inning, extending New Hampton’s lead to 4-0.

“Senior Talyn Bohaty was on our eighth pitch tonight and hit a bomb,” McDonald said. “That was so great for him as a senior to do that in a playoff game.”

The Chickasaws scored a lot of runs in the third inning. McShane brought home Colton Ashley and scored a run on a wild pitch to make it 6-0. Noah Jenkins added another run-scoring hit and Jaxon Eckley delivered a two-run single that extended New Hampton’s lead to 9-1.

McShane hit another double in the sixth inning, scoring Ben Gilbert’s tenth and final run for the Chickasaws.

The last out in the seventh inning marked the end of the Cardinals’ season (13-10).

“We are a team,” said Ken Kraus, head coach of Garner Hayfield Ventura. “We have a lot of top talent. I’m excited for a lot of them to return. We have to fill some gaps with our seniors leaving. We look forward to working hard next season, and the offseason starts tomorrow.”

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