NEW ULM - When Eastview Thunder righthander Ben Voss entered the game in the bottom of the third inning in relief of starter Jonny Selchow, his team trailed Las Vegas 2-0 and Voss walked the first batter he faced.
But that would be the only Las Vegas runner that he would allow to reach base as he retired the last 15 batters in a row, striking out two, and his Thunder team rallied for three runs to capture the 2014 Upper Midwest Classic with a 3-2 win.
Eastview also won the Classic in 2011.
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Las Vegas batter Alex Tafesh drives a pitch as Eastview catcher Cole McDevitt looks on during the championship game of the Upper Midwest Classic Sunday at Johnson Park in New Ulm.
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Chase Adams took the loss for Las Vegas, now 35-7. He allowed the eventual winning run in the top of the sixth inning.
Las Vegas had won the UMC title in 2010, the same year that they advanced to the American Legion World Series.
Ryan Heisler led Eastview with two hits and was the only player on either team with more than one hit. Eastview out-hit Las Vegas 6-5 in the game.
Las Vegas took a 2-0 lead off of Selchow in the second inning on consecutive singles from Bubba Almaguer, Dominic Paratore and Chandle Smith before Voss entered the game in the third.
Voss's control of Aces' hitters allowed Eastview to tie the game in the fourth.
Heisler and Derek Scheibel each singled before an error by Las Vegas' starter Keanu VanKuren on an errant pick-off throw allowed Heisler to score. Scheibel would later score on a fielder's choice.
Eastview plated the eventual game-winning run in the top of the sixth.
Heisler led off with a double and trotted home on a Cole McDevitt triple.
Las Vegas had gotten to the title game earlier in the day with a 4-1 win over Plover.
Bryson Stott got the win for Las Vegas. He went six innings and allowed just two hits. Chase Adams got the save.
Jake Ligenza took the loss for the Black Sox. He was tagged with three runs in just 1/3 of an inning.
Jordyn Campehos and Dylan White each had two hits for Las Vegas.
Eastview earned their way into the title game with a 4-3 win over Creighton Prep.
Riley Johnson got the win for Eastview. He fanned four. Zac Zagozda took the loss for Prep.
Marcus Frederickson led Eastview with two hits and two RBI. Dillon O'Dougherty paced Prep with two hits, including a triple.