The Springfield Tigers scored a 5-1 win over the Parkers Prairie Panthers at Target Field today in downtown Minneapolis to capture their second state high school baseball title.

The Tigers defeated the Panthers for the crown in 2016 and had runner-up finishes in 1948 and 2015,  Parkers Prairie was aiming for their second title in their 4th trip.  Springfield has made 11 journeys to MSHSL State Baseball Tournament,

In the final MHSBCA poll of the 2024 season Springfield was ranked #2 and the Panthers #1.  The coaches in the 1A field had Parkers Prairie seeded #2, Springfield #4 with Cherry Tigers #1.

Jacob Nachreiner, Senior, held Parkers Prairie to 4 hits while striking out 11 batters and walking 2, one intentionally.  Nachreiner threw 98 pitches in the 1:28 game.

Dylan Debilzen, Senior, suffered the loss for Parkers Prairie while scattering 9 hits, 2 earned runs with 7 strikeouts, 1 walk.  He threw 96 pitches.

The Panthers scored their lone run in the top of the first inning when Nolan Steidl, Junior, stroked a RBI double, scoring Debilzen who had 2 hits for Parkers Prairie.

Jacob Nachreiner also led the Tigers hitting attack with 3 hits and scored 2 runs at the top of the order.  Russell Beers, Junior, added 2 hits from the second spot in the batting order with 2 RBI.  Kade Nachreiner, Junior, smacked the other double for an RBI.  Aiden Moriarity, Freshman, clubbed two hits with an RBI.  Madden Lendt, 8th grader,  added a hit and scored a run.

Springfield finished their season 26-2.  Parkers Prairie 25-2.  Brandon Wilhelmi is in his 7th season as the Tigers Head Coach (113-37) and Derek Denny has been Panthers Head Coach (193-150) for 16 years.

Sacred Heart (not seeded) defeated Cherry (top seed) 5-3 in 8 innings for the Third place individual medals and team trophies were awarded to each team.

New York Mills (#5 seed) clubbed Lyle/Pacelli (#3 seed) 7-3 for Consolation Championship.

In the final MSHSBCA rankings Cherry was #7, New York Mills #12, Sacred Heart #9, Lyle/Pacelli #23.

In that final Class A poll Southland was #17, Kenyon-Wanamingo #22.

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