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Published June 04, 2012, 09:48 PM

Sacred Heart Eagles Continue Playoff Run

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Sacred Heart's baseball team continues their run in the Eight A playoffs on Tuesday, taking on Cass Lake-Bena in the first of four straight loser out games they need to win to make state.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Sacred Heart's baseball team continues their run in the Eight A playoffs on Tuesday, taking on Cass Lake-Bena in the first of four straight loser out games they need to win to make state.

Pitching and defense were the fuel that helped light the Sacred Heart baseball team's fifteen and five regular season. Now the flame is just one loss away from being extinguished, so the Eagles turn to their seniors. Corey Roach gets the start and he says nerves, won't get in the way.

"I don't let them, I don't usually think about the games too much. I just show up and play. It's what I like to do best so it's fun for me," ROach said.

"I know he is feeling well. He rested up well over the weekend and gave me a thumbs up already today. He's been one of our three big game pitchers all year. I expect him to come out and do a really good job for us and keep us in the ball game," Sacred Heart coach Craig Pietruszewski said.

"Me and my teammate Zak Kuznia, we should definitely be leaders for the rest of our team. It's our senior year and we haven't gone this far in five or six years," Roach said.

"Just take it game by game. I know it could be my last game but we just have to take it game by game and hopefully we can pull it out," Senior infielder Zak Kuznia said.

Kuznia and the rest of the squad have come to rely on their normally steady defense and think the bats may be the key on Tuesday.

"We have good defense and pitching. It's gonna have to be hitting. We have to step up in the hitting department," Kuznia said.

"The playoff action is a lot based on being able to fundamentally play the game, put the ball in play, bunt runners over, steal when the opportunity presents itself, move runners over and be productive with our at bats. That's something that we have been preaching and we will work on it again today," Pietruszewski said.

Sacred Heart plays Cass Lake-Bena at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. If the Eagles win, they take on the lower of the Blackduck-Red Lake County contest for a shot at the section championship game.

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