Class A Monday roundup: Minnetonka, Highland Park, Air Freight advance

By Michael Randleman

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.orgMinnetonka Millers 5, Minneapolis Angels 4

In a game resumed from Sunday tied 4-4 after five innings, the Minnetonka Millers walked off Monday night with a 5-4 win over the Minneapolis Angels.

Minnetonka is a 15-time state champion looking for its second title in three years.

The Millers advance to the double-elimination rounds to face the St. Anthony Hogs 7 p.m. Saturday back at Palm Field in St. Anthony.

The Angels qualified for their fourth straight state tournament.

Highland Park Beavers 2, Stillwater Loggers 1

The familiar faces narrowly got the best of the newcomers.

The Highland Park Beavers, second-place finishers at the 2021 state tournament and semifinalists in 2020, hung on to beat the up-and-coming Stillwater Loggers, 2-1, Monday night at Dunning Field in St. Paul.

In a game originally scheduled for Saturday at Palm Field in St. Anthony, Stillwater took a 1-0 lead on a third-inning RBI by Jay Haws.

Highland Park got two runs in on relief pitcher Haws in the top of the eighth inning. The Beavers fended off a ninth-inning leadoff double by Logan Jordan.

Highland Park advances to the double-elimination rounds to play 1 p.m. Saturday at Palm Field against Tuesday night’s winner between the MacStrength Grizzlies and Baseball 365.

Air Freight Unlimited 4, Metro Knights 0

The defending champion had to wait a couple extra days to defend its crown. Air Freight Unlimited was scheduled to play Saturday at Palm Field in St. Anthony, but the threat of inclement weather postponed it to Monday.

A couple extra days off didn’t throw Air Freight and Graham Laubscher off rhythm. Laubscher pitched a 20-strikeout, complete game, one-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over the Metro Knights at Palm Field.

Danny Scallon hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning to get Air Freight going.

The Knights made their fourth consecutive appearance at the state tournament.

*Photos courtesy of Michael Mingo/Twin Cities Photography

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