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(Tribune photo by Rand Middleton) Raymond Rockets starting pitcher Jordan Smith delivers against the Bird Island Bullfrogs in the third inning Sunday in Eden Valley. The junior at Minnesota-Duluth gave up a lead-off homer to Mark Neubauer but nothing more.

Amateur Baseball: Raymond, Sacred Heart to meet next Saturday in 11C with spot in state tournament at stake


EDEN VALLEY -- The Raymond Rockets are one win away from the state tournament after whipping Bird Island 9-1 on Sunday in the Region 11C winners' bracket.

Both teams move on to play again on Saturday.

The Rockets (19-9) have now won two straight against their Cornbelt League foe after the Bullfrogs won the first three meetings.

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