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Blue Jays reclaim state championship

After overcoming two tall hurdles and then sprinting down “Redemption Road,” the Plato Blue Jays celebrated a state championship on Monday, Sept. 3, defeating the Sobieski Skis 8-5 in the Class C championship game at Memorial Park in New Prague.
“It is the goal at the start of every season – go win the state title,” manager Adam Dammann said. “We knew we had a good team and thought we had a strong chance.
“Now we’ve done it and it is awesome. I am so proud of these guys.”
Thanks in large part to the pitching exploits of Chris Odegaard, Plato was able to overcome both Luxemburg and Faribault in a pair of 1-0 victories before breaking out the bats to take three straight wins over Hutchinson, Kimball and the Skis to take the title.
“Once we got past those first two games, then it was ‘Redemption Road’ for us,” Dammann said. “Hutch, Kimball and Sobieski have all eliminated us in previous state tournaments – this time, we were able to get them back.”
The Blue Jays began championship weekend with one of the greatest pitching duels in team history as Odegaard took on Faribault’s Matt Lane.
Lane, the “Pitching Pastor” and the ace of the Lakers’ staff, pitched in the minor leagues before becoming a reverend at a Faribault church and pitching for the local team.
As daunting as the matchup was, Odegaard won the night and the game by tossing a two-hitter at the Lakers.
“Chris is a gamer,” Dammann said. “Once again, it showed.”

Read the full story in the Sept. 5 edition of The Chronicle.