By Scott Ludwig
For the second straight year Highland Park Beavers are in the semifinals of the MBA Class A State Tournament. Highland easily handled the host team St. Anthony Hogs in their quarterfinal 14-5.
It took the offense a bit to get started, but when they did... Highland Park spotted the Hogs a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth before their bats came alive. The Beavers would score five in the bottom half of the inning and did not look back. The Hogs would counter with a run in the sixth after an error, but Highland Park would add six more in the bottom half to make it 11-4.
Mitch Maurer pitched a complete game for the Beavers allowing five runs on eight hits. While his performance was not perfect it did allow for the bullpen to enter Sunday (and the prospect of two games) fully rested.
Alex Selim got things going for the Beavers driving in a pair to get them on the scoreboard. Zach Strayton would also plate a pair in the inning giving Highland Park a lead they would not give up.
— Hardball Minnesota (@HardballMN) August 21, 2021