By Adam J.S. Holt
The Class A state tournament field was trimmed to eight after Thursday and Friday’s single-elimination games at Dunning Field in St. Paul. Tri-City Shark, the St. Anthony Hogs, Minneapolis Cobras and St. Louis Park all advanced to the next round of the tournament.
Tri-City Shark 18, KF Diesel 8 (7)
The Tri-City Shark moved on to the double-elimination round of the Class A state tournament with an 18-8, seven-inning win over KF Diesel to open the tournament Thursday at Dunning Park in St. Paul.
A runner on first scored on a bloop single for the walk-off run, putting Tri-City up 10 and ending the game early on run rules.
The early innings of the game featured most of the scoring, with an 11-run fourth putting Tri-City up for good.
Tri-City went up 5-0 in the first inning, but KF Diesel responded with five to tie the game heading to the bottom of the second. KF Diesel then went up 7-6 after the top of the third.
St. Anthony Hogs 8, Rosetown As 1
Joe Miller pitched a complete game and got help from his offense as the St. Anthony Hogs advanced with an 8-1 win over the Rosetown As Thursday.
Miller allowed one unearned run, on just three hits while striking out 11. Andrew Johnson had four hits, while Bennett Wiggins had three hits and three RBI.
The Hogs scored the first six runs of the game and led 6-1 after two innings, tacking on another pair of runs in the ninth.
St. Anthony advances to play the reigning champion Minnetonka Millers at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Minneapolis Cobras 3, Bloomington Bandits 2
The Cobras found their clutch hits earlier than the Bandits, and that may have been the difference.
The Minneapolis Cobras scores three in the fourth inning and held on for a 3-2 win over the Bloomington Bandits Friday to advance.
Nate Lutmer ended a Bandit rally in the eighth, then pitched around a leadoff double in the ninth to earn the save.
The Cobras’ Mike Lenertz, Jack Hemsath and Mason Reinhart hit back-to-back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
Bloomington left nine men on base and hit into two double plays. The Bandits put together a pair of runs with a rally in the eighth agains Cobra starter Mitch Waletzki. Sam Baltes hit an RBI single to end Waletzki’s night, and Arich Juberian drew a bases-loaded walk against Louie Gerzin before Lutmer came in and struck out Scott Davis to end the frame.
Waletzki earned the win, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, five walks and three hit batsmen, striking out seven.
Bloomington starter Nate Heisick went eight innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman, while striking out three.
The Cobras advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament and face Stockmen’s Irish at 4 p.m. Saturday at Red Haddox Field. Bloomington finishes 16-11 overall.
St. Louis Park 13, Baseball 365 1 (7)
Big innings propelled St. Louis Park to a seven-inning, run-rules shortened win over Baseball 365 Friday. Park put together a pair of four-run innings and a five-run frame to back a great performance from starting pitcher Andy Davis.
Park scored four in the second inning and five in the fourth before another four in the sixth set the 2017 runners-up with a chance to close the game out early. Davis responded with a 1-2-3 top of the seventh. His only mistake in seven innings was a solo home run allowed to Thomas Kinsella in the top of the fourth.
Jake Mangler’s RBI double in the sixth put Park up 12-1, and Patrick Broderick added an RBI single for the final run of the game.
Baseball 365 starter Nate Cousins allowed nine runs in four innings, and Robby Rowen allowed four runs in two frames of relief. St. Louis Park hit the ball hard all game, and some miscues in the field by 365 led to Park runs.
Park advances to face the St. Paul Capitals at 7 p.m. Saturday. Baseball 365 finishes the season with a 21-15 record.