Class A championship: Air Freight wins first Class A title

By Scott Ludwig

Air Freight Unlimited is Class A champions after defeating Highland Park 12-1 in its third ever trip to the state championship.

Both teams earned victories during the day to earn their spot in the final. While Air Freight had a fairly easy semifinal win, Highland Park needed some late-inning heroics to top the St. Paul Capitals. 

It didn’t take Air Freight long in the final as Dan Scallon hit a two-out double to drive in the first pair of runs in the second inning. The score stayed that way until the fifth when back-to-back home runs put AFU in front 6-0. Nate Pierce connected first with a three-run shot followed by a moon-shot solo homer by Tommy Cummings.

Back to back home runs by @freightbaseball made it 6-0 in the 5th. Air Freight Unlimited is your 2021 Class A Champions! @MinnBaseball pic.twitter.com/IrDSuN2xV3— Minnesota Prep Spotlight (@MNPrepSpotlight) August 23, 2021

Starting pitcher Ben Meyer did the rest for Air Freight throwing an eight-inning complete game. He allowed just one run (scored in the fifth) on two hits.

The offense added another pair of runs in the seventh before a four-run eighth inning put an end to the hopes of the Beavers. Air Freight ended the night with 12 runs on 14 hits.

MBA Awards

Top pitcher: Graham Laubscher, Air Freight

Top slugger: Tommy Cummings, Air Freight

MVP: Graham Laubscher

(Photos courtesy of Mike Mingo/Twin Cities Photography)

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