By Adam J.S. Holt
The defending champions took a loss, while last year’s runners-up faced a tough challenge in staying in the upper bracket as the double-elimination round of the Class A state tournament began Saturday at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.
The Lyon’s Pub Warriors, St. Anthony Hogs, Stockmen’s Irish and St. Louis Park all won their matchups on Day 3 of the tournament, while Tri-City Shark, the Minnetonka Millers, Minneapolis Cobras and St. Paul Capitals fell to the loser’s bracket.
Lyon’s Pub Warriors 3, Tri-City Shark 0
Three early runs held up for the Warriors as they won their opener.
The Lyon’s Pub Warriors beat Tri-City Shark 3-0 in the first game of the double-elimination round Saturday at Red Haddox Field. Chad Ogden had an RBI single to open the scoring in a three-run first, and that was all the run support the Warriors needed.
The Warriors advance and play St. Anthony at 4 p.m. Sunday, while Tri-City plays Minnetonka at 10 a.m. Sunday in the bottom bracket.
St. Anthony Hogs 3, Minnetonka Millers 2
The Hogs worked out of trouble time and again in taking down the defending champion Millers.
The St. Anthony Hogs never trailed in a 3-2 win over the Minnetonka Millers Saturday at Red Haddox Field. Minnetonka left 14 on base and outhit the Hogs 11-9.
St. Anthony pitcher Shay Torgerson befuddled the Millers with heavy usage of his slider. Minnetonka had runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth, but Torgerson struck Connor Trygstad out looking to end the game.
Trygstad also got a weak groundout from Blaine Rutledge to end a similar threat in the eighth, pitching 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Ryan Bernardy’s RBI single in the fifth held up as the winning run for St. Anthony, and made it a 3-1 game at the time. Andrew Johnson had an RBI groundout in the third, and Jeff Ostrom drove in a run with a single in the first.
Rutledge had both of the RBI for the Millers, with a solo home run in the third and a single in the sixth that cut it to 3-2.
St. Anthony starter Bennett Wiggins allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Minnetonka starter Donny Erdall lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs.
St. Anthony plays Lyons Pub Warriors at 4 p.m. Sunday, while Minnetonka faces Tri-City Shark at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Stockmen’s Irish 4, Minneapolis Cobras 0
Irish starter Colin Baumgard held on until he got some late run support in tossing a complete game shutout in a 4-0 win over the Cobras.
A pitchers’ duel between Baumgard and the Cobras’ Ben Cejka finally broke open in the bottom of the seventh. The first three Irish batters of the frame reached to load the bases, and Nick Gerht hit a two-run single to open the scoring. Sam Van Fleet and Brodie Paulson added RBI singles to chase Cejka from the game and give the Irish a 4-0 lead after seven.
Baumgard recorded six straight outs to end the game, finishing with four hits allowed, one walk issued and six strikeouts in his nine innings.
Stockmen’s Irish plays St. Louis Park Sunday at 7 p.m., while the Cobras play the St. Paul Capitals at 1 p.m. Sunday.
St. Louis Park 10, St. Paul Capitals 6
The scoring comes in either bunches or not at all for St. Louis Park so far at state, and without one last late burst against the St. Paul Capitals, it might have been a different result.
Park scored four runs in the top of the ninth to pull away from the Capitals in a 10-6 win Saturday night. Park led by just one run heading into the ninth, and allowed one more in the bottom, which may have been trouble if not for the top of the frame.
It was 6-5, Park, after seven, and perhaps feeling the pressure, the SLP hitters finally broke out of a six-inning slump. Three singles to start the frame produced one run, and a Capital miscue on the field added another. Don Blunt’s two-run single pushed the lead to 10-5, and the Capitals were only able to get one in the bottom of the inning for a 10-6 final score.
SLP scored six runs in the second inning to go up 6-1. The Capitals kept chipping away, getting to 6-2 in the third on an RBI groundout from Matt Halloran. Derek Jacobson had a two-run single in the sixth to cut it to 6-4. Two hits and an error got St. Paul within 6-5 in the seventh.
Between the six- and four-run innings Park put together, it had just five hits, and just one with a man on, in the six frames in between.
Through two games at state, Park has scored at least four runs in five different innings, but has been held scoreless in the other 10 innings played.
Park plays Stockmen’s Irish at 7 p.m. Sunday, while the Capitals face the Minneapolis Cobras at 1 p.m.
10 a.m. — Tri-City Shark vs. Minnetonka Millers
1 p.m. — Minneapolis Cobras vs. St. Paul Capitals
4 p.m. — Lyon’s Pub Warriors vs. St. Anthony Hogs
7 p.m. — Stockmen’s Irish vs. St. Louis Park