Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament
Update: 6:45 p.m. Sept. 5
Teams set for Labor Day finals at Willmar, Bird Island
Call it "Survivors" in baseball cleats.
The Minnesota baseball playoffs have funneled down to four teams from a pool of 48 in the two classes.
In Class C, at Willmar's Baker Field, Moorhead will meet Midway at 1 p.m. The Moorhead Brewers knocked out the Howard Lake Orphans Sunday afternoon in the elimination-bracket final at Lions Memorial Park in Bird Island. Earlier in the afternoon, the Orphans had scored a run in the ninth and two in the bottom of the 10th to jettison the Raymond Rockets 4-2.
If Moorhead, which lost to Midway 5-4 on Saturday, wins a second game will be played.
In Class B at Bird Island, unbeaten Shakopee will meet Dundas at 11:00 a.m. Dundas, just outside Northfield, can force a second game by beating the Indians. The Dukes (42-12) won twice on Sunday at Bill Taunton Stadium, eliminating Rochester 8-0 and then Savage 7-1.
Update: 9:40 p.m. Sept. 4
Rockets keep going; Saints out
BIRD ISLAND - In dramatic fashion, the Rockets move on but the Saints are done.
The Cornbelt South's two state qualifiers lost and won Class C elimination-round games Saturday at Lions Memorial Park.
The Raymond Rockets, who trailed 4-0 after four innings, scored two in the eighth and three in the ninth to overcome Lastrup 7-6. Jordan Smith's bases-loaded single tied the game 6-6 and Kyle Knott's base hit won it with no outs in the bottom of the ninth. Smith, who is a sophomore at UM-Duluth, after giving up two runs in the top of the ninth to the Little Falls-area team got the win in relief.
Sacred Heart, which nudged Raymond in the playoffs for the championship of Region 9C, trailed Howard Lake 9-3 through seven. But the Saints scored 7 times in the top of the eighth, capped by Jeremy Hinderk's two-run homer, to go in front 10-9.
The Orphans came up with a run in the bottom of the eighth to tie it and one more in the ninth to win, 11-10. That eliminated the Saints. The Rockets and Orphans play at 1 p.m. Sunday in Bird Island. The winner then plays Moorhead, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., to determine who advances to the championship on Labor Day.