The Alexandria Angels returned to the role of champion Sunday, shutting out Garretson 2-0 in the Class B state amateur baseball title game at Cadwell Park in Mitchell.
Alexandria (20-6) was making its sixth title game appearance in seven years, and the championship victory over Garretson is the fourth Class B championship in that time.
Tyson Gau kept the Blue Jays in check all day, allowing just five hits and no runs. It marks the second time he's held Garretson in check in a championship game, after throwing a similar five-hit complete game in 2016 in a 7-1 title triumph. Sunday's effort answered a strong pitching performance by Garretson's Derek Fischer.
The Blue Jays were able to get runners to third base three times, but Gau was able to strand Garretson scoring chances in key spots. The last of those threats came in the eighth inning, when Brady Bonte was held at third base with a flyout to right field. Alexandria outhit Garretson, 9-6, and both teams had three errors.
The low-scoring contest was broken open with an Angels' run in the fifth inning, when Peyton Smith was able to cross home plate when a bouncing grounder from Tyson Gau slipped past the Blue Jays' second baseman to make it 1-0. In the ninth, Cole Wenande's single to center field scored Reid Smith to make the lead 2-0.
Angels' manager and catcher Chris Marek was named the tournament's MVP, thanks in large part to a two-home run, five-RBI performance in the semifinals Saturday over Winner/Colome in a 7-3 win.
Garretson finishes the season at 16-3. Nick Bruning had two of the Blue Jays' six hits.