Class A state tournament game recaps

Posted on Aug. 5, 2014 by Erik Steffenson (updated 8/19 10:00 p.m.)

This weekend kicks off the Class A state tournament in Minnesota. All the games are played at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington as the first round (single elimination) games starts Thursday and Friday night. Double elimination begins with the second round and goes all day Saturday. The quarterfinals, along with the consolation bracket, play on Sunday.

On Aug. 15, the next round of consolation is played. Next Saturday the semifinals in the winner’s bracket are played as well as the rest of the consolation round to determine who is to play in championship game on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Thursday night games:

6 p.m. – Bloomington Bandits vs. Rosetown A’s:

The bats came alive in the first game of the class A tournament between the Bandits and the A’s. They combined for 31 hits and 22 runs. Rosetown had a 3-0 lead after two innings. In the bottom of the third, Bloomington erupted for 11 runs with Scott Davis driving in four of them with a single and later in the inning a three run double. In the fifth, Bloomington pitcher Alex Wahl had a line drive go off his left ankle which knocked him out of the game. Mike Fobbee came in relief and held off the rally of the A’s and the Bandits held on to win 14-8. 

Josh Brehmer went four for five for the A’s with four singles and scoring four times. Chris Ashland and Scott Davis both went two for four each with a single and a double combining for seven runs total driven in.

Final: Rosetown 8-18-1 Bloomington 14-13-1 W- Mike Fobbee L- Blake Fangel Bloomington will play Minneapolis Lakers at 10:00 a.m. Saturday 8/9

8:30 p.m.- Lyon’s Pub Warriors vs. St. Anthony Hogs

This game did follow suit with as much offense as the previous game, but it was solid pitching by both starters that kept this game entertaining. It started in the bottom of the first when Donald Blunt scored on a passed ball to give Lyon’s Pub the early 1-0 lead. Mike Dunn tied it in the top of the fourth with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dan Kazrowski. The Warriors responded with six runs in the bottom half to make it 7-1. The warriors coasted the rest of the way as Billy Meister went all nine inning allowing 11 hits and only four runs as Lyon’s Pub won 8-4. Chad Schnettler was the pitcher for the Hogs and other than the one bad inning, he had a solid start only pitching six innings. 

Ryan Bernardy had a solid evening for the Hogs going three for four with two singles and an RBI double. As said already, Bill Meister was the star for Lyon’s Pub in this game going the full distance to lead the Warriors into the doule elimination round.

Final: St. Anthony 4-11-0 Lyon’s Pub 8-14-3 W- Billy Meister L- Chad Schnettler Lyon’s Pub will play Minnetonka Millers at 1:00 p.m. Saturday 8/9 

Friday night games:

6 p.m. – Sport & Spine Diesel vs. St. Louis Park:

This friday night game was a battle of southpaws between Park’s Pete Fuller and Diesel’s Nate Erickson. Park struck first in the second inning with an RBI single by Casey Garven to go ahead 1-0. In the fourth, Matt Paulsen drove in two runs with a single to extend the lead by three. Sport & Spine responded with two runs of their own with an RBI double by Duncan Pederson who scored the next play to make it 3-2 after four innings of play. Park got three runs the next inning followed by four in the sixth and it was 10-3 after six innings. In the eighth, the Diesel began their rally as Duncan Pederson hit a two run double to cut the margin to 10-5. The rally came to an end as Park put up two more runs in the ninth to win 12-5.

Pete Fuller had a solid outing going seven innings and allowing only four hits and four runs. Duncan Pederson wasteh producer for the Diesel as he went two for three with two doubles and three RBIs and scored a run.

Final- St. Louis Park 12-19-1 Sport & Spine 5-5-1 W- Pete Fuller L- Nate Erickson St. Louis Park plays Continental Diamond at 4:00 Saturday 8/9. 

8:30 p.m. – North St. Paul Red Roosters vs. Minneapolis Cobras:

Talk about games going back and forth, this was the game to be at Friday night. The Cobras struck first right away with an RBI single from Sean Borman. The Roosters responded with back-to-back triples from Sam Fagely and Greg Larpenter. Larpenter would be left stranded  as it was tied 1-1 after the first inning. The Roosters scored another run the next inning from a solo home run to left from Tom Doran to put the Roosters ahead 2-1. In the fourth, the Cobras got an RBI double from Jake Krause to tie the game, and he would later score on a Rooster error to give the Cobras a 3-2 lead. The Roosters responded with six runs thanks to a tw orun single by Fagely and a two run triple by Jay Slick to give the Roosters an 8-3 lead.

The Cobras marched right back as they scored six runs of their own in the sixth inning on a RBI double by Matt Borman who would score on a bases loaded walk, a two run single by Krause to tie the game. Gabe Macdonald hit an RBI single the next play to put the Cobras ahead 9-8. The Roosters tied it in the sixth and would go ahead in the seventh inning on a Nick Lacina RBI single to make it 10-9 and Tom Doran kept the Cobra bats in control from there to secure the 10-9 win.

Sam Fagely and Greg Larpenter combined went six for ten for the Roosters with three RBIs and three runs scored. Jake Krause went three for five for the Cobras with two doubles, three RBIs, and two runs scored. After being the runner-ups in last year’s tournament, the Cobras are shocked that their season is done already.

Final: Roosters 10-14-2 Cobras 9-12-3 W- Tom Doran L- Alex Gustafson Roosters will play St. Paul Capitals at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday 8/9

Saturday games:

10:00 a.m.- Bloomington Bandits vs. Minneapolis Lakers

It was a pitching duel early between the Bandit’s Mason Kackman and the Laker’s Kris Edwards as it was scoreless through the first three innings. In the fourth, Alex Mack reached base on an error and would steal second and advance to third on a passed ball. Soctt Davis drove him in on a ground ball to give the Bandits a 1-0 lead. The Lakers responded with one run of their own as Kackman came out with two outs in the inning with an arm injury. RBI singles from Jack Hogan, Lucas Skjefte, and Jack Schneider gave the Lakers a 4-1 lead after five innings. Four more runs came for the Lakers in the sixth as they would coast from there for an 8-1 victory.

Alex Mack had one of four hits for the Bandits and scored the lone run. He also made some very nice plays in left field as he threw out Rob Veith on one play as he was trying to extend a single into a double. Kris Edwards kept the Bandits bats silent as he went all nine innings allowing only four hits, no walks, and one run while striking out nine for the Lakers.

Final: Bloomington 1-4-0 Lakers 8-12-1 W-Kris Edwards L- Mike Fobbee Bloomington plays at 10:00 a.m. Sunday against Lyon’s Pub in a elimination game. The Lakers will face Minnetonka at 4:00 Sunday.  

1:00 p.m.- Lyon’s Pub Warriors vs. Minnetonka Millers

Lyon’s Pub was looking to keep their playoff streak going against the Millers on Saturday. The Warroirs scored first with two runs in the third inning from a two run double by Donald Blunt. The Millers got an RBI double by Blaine Rutledge in the fourth inning for their first run and Rutledge scored the next play on a single by Zack Trygsatd to tie the game. In the fifth inning, Joe Abellera hit an RBI single to put the Millers ahead 3-2. Blaien Rutledge stepped up to the plate and showed another display of power with a three run home run just inside the right field foul pole to extend the lead to 6-2. The Warriors started a rally in the ninth with Derrick Peoples leading off the inning with a home run to left. A single by Jeff Clabots, walk by Rob Schildgen, and a single by Jon Hurt loaded the bases with two outs. That’s when Derek Mason came in relief for the starter Donny Erdall who was one out away from a complete game for the Millers. Mason walked his first batter which scored a run, then another run scored on a passed ball to make it a one run game with runners on third and second. Mason struck out the next batter to end the game.

John Spanier had a good outing for the Warriors as he pitched eight innings allowing 11 hits and six runs and striking out five. Donny Erdall was one out away from a complete game allowing only eight hits and striking out eight. Blaine Rutledge was a triple away from the cycle as he produced four RBIs and scored twice for Minnetonka.

Final: Lyon’s Pub 5-8-4 Minnetonka 6-11-0 W-Donny Erdall L- John Spanier S- Derek Mason Lyon’s Pub will play Bloomington in an elimination game at 10:00 a.m. Sunday. Minnetonka will face the Lakers at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.

4:00 p.m.- St. Louis Park vs. Continental Diamond Diamond Cutters

The Diamond Cutters jumped right away with two runs in the bottom of the first scoring on an error and a Steve Krauschaar groundout. Chris Duda got things started for Park with a solo home run just over the right field fence in the third inning to put Park on the board. Casey Garven hit an RBI double in the fourth innnig to tie the game and Duda hit an RBI single the next at bat to give Park a 3-2 lead. Ben Peterson hit an RBI single to tie the game for the Diamond Cutters. In the sixth, Mike Arlt hit a single that scored Mike Lueck to give Park a 4-3 lead. Park scored two more runs in the seventh inning for a 6-3 lead. Danny Carlson led off the bottom of the ninth with a single followed by a walk by Joe Jansen, but only Carlson scored as the rally fell short in a 6-4 St. Louis Park victory.

Chris Duda had two clutch hits with a home run and an RBI single that put Park ahead 3-2. He scored one of the two runs in the seventh to help spark the Park offense. Ben Peterson was the only Diamond Cutter who had multiple hits as he had two singles with one RBI and one run scored.

Final: St. Louis Park 6-13-1 Continental Diamond 4-9-2 W- Gabe Eikum L- Tim Krawn S- Mike Lueck St. Louis Park will play St. Paul Capitals at 7:00 p.m. Sunday. Continental Diamond will face St. Paul Roosters at 1:00 p.m. Sunday in a elimination game.

7:00 p.m.- St. Paul Roosters vs. St. Paul Capitals

In the last of Saturday games in Bloomington, the Capitals had this one all the way. It started in the bottom of the second when first baseman Tom Doran dropped a pop fly with two outs that scored two Capitals on the play. The next inning, a RBI single by Phil Mcdermott which was followed by an RBI double by Derek Jacobson scored two more runs to make it 4-0 Capitals lead. In the fourth inning, Ryan Abrahamson smashed a single to left to score one run and Tom Peterson drove in two more with a deep two run double. Scoring one run in the fifth, the Capitals had a 8-0 lead after five innings of play. Mark Groebner hit a two run double in the sixth and was followed a couple at bats later with a three run bomb to right field by Tom Peterson to make it 13-0. 13-0 would be the final in seven innings. 

Josh Kubitschek kept the Rooster bats completely silent as he allowed only two hits and one walk. He pitched all seven innings allowing no runs while striking out nine. Tom Peterson showed his power as he went two for three with a double and home run plus five RBIs. 

Final: Roosters 0-2-1 Capitals 13-13-0 W- Josh Kubitschek L- Nick Lucina Roosters will play at 1:00 p.m. Sunday against Continental Diamond in a elimination game. Capitals will play St. Louis Park at 7:00 p.m. Suday

Sunday games: 

10:00 a.m.- Bloomington Bandits vs. Lyon’s Pub Warriors – elimination game

This was the first of four games on Sunday at Red Haddox Field as both of these teams are trying to avoid early elimination. Lyon’Pub took advantage of two Bandit errors in the second inning which resulted in two runs for the Warriors for a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, the Warriors gathered more runs from four consecutive hits: RBI single by Rob Schildgen, RBI single by Jon Hurt, RBI double by Donald Blunt, two run double by Tony Nault. Nault and Derrick Peoples each had an RBI single in the sixth inning as the Warriors extended the lead to 9-0. From there, the Warriors coasted their way for the 9-0 win.

Scott Greening had a terrific outing for Lyon’s Pub as he threw seven shutout innings allowing only five hits and no walks. Tony Nault led the offense with three RBIs as he went two for five.

Final: Bloomington 0-8-3 Lyon’s Pub 9-11-0 W- Scott Greening L- Alex Wahl Bloomington is eliminated and Lyon’s Pub will play St. Louis Park on Friday at 6:00 in an elimination game.

1:00 p.m.- St. Paul Roosters vs. Continental Diamond – elimination game

In the second elimination game of the day, it was a pitching duel for most of the game as the first run came on a sacrifice fly in the third inning to put the Roosters ahead 1-0. In the fifth, the Roosters added two more runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Paul Giel and Nick Lacina. Two inngs later, Jay Slick hit an RBI double and was driven in a couple at bats later by Lacina to make it 5-0. The Roosters scored another run in the eighth on sacrifice fly that scored Brenden Englund who led off the inning with a triple to center field. Continental Diamond got on the board in the bottom half with a single by Danny Carlson that drove in two runs. The Roosters finished out the game with a 6-2 win to eliminate the Diamond Cutters.

Alex Alvarez and Tom Doran had a solid pitching effort as Alvarez pitched the first four innings allowing only three hits, one walk, and no runs while striking out four. Doran pitched the final five innings for the win and allowed only five hits, three walks and two runs. Lars Anderson had a solid game gathering three of the eight Diamond Cutter hits as he went three for four with two singles and a double.

Final: Roosters 6-11-1 Continental Diamond 2-8-0 W- Tom Doran L- Sam Sorenson After getting a bye past the single elimination round, Continental Diamond goes 0-2 and was eliminated. The Roosters will face the Minneapolis Lakers on Friday 8/15 at 8:30 p.m. in an elimination game.

4:00 p.m.- Minnetonka Millers vs. Minneapolis Lakers

This game got rolling early in the first inning as the Lakers’ Jeff Miller had an RBI double and was driven in the next play on a Tony Skjefte single. The Millers responded in the bottom half with back-to-back RBI singles by Mike Davis and Blaine Rutledge. Back-to-back RBI singles by Joe Shallenberger and Davis led to two more Miller runs in the fifth inning for a 4-2 lead. The Lakers with one run from a sacrifice fly to make it a one run ballgame. Minnetonka gained an insurance run in the eighth from a solo home run by Zack Trygstad over the center field fence. Zach Rengel continued his solid relief with a 1-2-3 inning in the ninth to secure the 5-3 victory for the Millers.

Matt Schuld pitched all eight innings for the Lakers and gave up 11 hits and five runs as he had a 1.23 ERA entering the game. The cleanup hitters Joe Shallenberger and Mike Davis combined five for seven with all singles and three RBIs for the Millers.

Final: Lakers 3-7-2 Minnetonka 5-11-2 W- Derek Mason L-Matt Schuld S- Zach Rengel The Lakers will face St. Paul Roosters on Friday 8/15 8:30 p.m. in an elimination game. Minnetonka will face St. Paul Capitals as they contend for a spot in the championship game.

7:00 p.m.- St. Louis Park vs. St. Paul Capitals

This game also got started right away as the Capitals got two runs in the top of the first from a leadoff double by Logan Busch followed by an RBI double by Mark Groebner and he was driven two at-bats later on a Ryan Abrahamson single. Park got one run in the bottom half from a sacrifice fly that drove in Chris Duda. In the second, it all started on a Park throwing error which followed with two walks. Busch drove in two runs with a single and then Rick Tossey crushed a three run homer over dead center field to make it 7-1. This resulted in Park starter Rian Heslip taking an early exit, but the Capitals would get two more runs before the inning was over.

It was 10-1 heading into the fourth inning when the Capitals started the inning with two singles and then Derek Jacobson hit an RBI double. A sacrifice fly followed for another run. With two outs, the Capitals managed to get five consecutive hits: RBI double by Kevin Kirkwold, single by Busch, RBI double by Groebner, two run single by Tossey, and a single by Zach Gottfredsen. This resulted in a six run inning which made it a 16-1 Capitals lead after four innings.

In the fifth, Busch hit another RBI double for a Capital run. Park got two runs in the bottom half from a two run double by Chris Duda. RBI singles from Chris Scharf and Busch contributed to three more runs in the sixth to make it 20-3 and that’s where the score stood the rest of the game as it ended after the seventh inning.

Logan Busch went a perfect six for six with three doubles and three singles, five RBIs and scored three runs. Rick Tossey was a triple away from the cycle (actually had a single, homerun, and a double after the first three at-bats) as he went four for five with five RBIs as well. Chris Duda was the lone offensive spark for St. Louis Park as he went three for four with a two RBI double and scored the first run for Park.

Final: Capitals 20-27-0 St. Louis Park 3-8-3 W- Eugene Sturm L- Rian Heslip St. Louis Park will face Lyon’s Pub on Friday 8/15 at 6:00 p.m. in an elimination game. Capitals will face Minnetonka as they battle for a spot in the championship game.

Friday games 8/15:

6:00 p.m.- Lyon’s Pub Warriors vs. St. Louis Park- elimination game

Lyon’s Pub showed again why they are not a team to back down. They never trailed in this game despite it being close the entire way. They slowly were going away with it when it was 4-3 in the fifth. The Warriors tagged one run in the fifth, another one in the sixth, and a home run by Donald Blunt to make it 7-3. In the ninth, Park managed to get two runs and were threatening with two more runners on base before a double play ended the game and Park’s season.

John Spanier went the whole nine innings for Lyon’s Pub as he managed to get himself out of a few jams throughout the game especially in the ninth. The Warriors had plenty of offense socring seven runs on 15 hits.

St. Louis Park si eliminated. Lyon’s Pub will play at noon on Saturday and face Minneapolis Lakers. 

8:30 p.m.- St. Paul Roosters vs. Minneapolis Lakers – elimination game

The Roosters had argualy the toughest tournament schedule and facing the Lakers was not going to make it any easier. The Roosters for a while looked like they were going to run away with it as they had a 7-1 lead after the top of the seventh. The Lakers would not go down without a fight and fought their way back in the bottom of the seventh and managed to overcome the deficit for a 8-7 lead. A solid relief job by Tommy Dancyzk would secure the 8-7 victory and the Lakers’ title hopes.

St. Paul Roosters are eliminated. Lakers will play Lyon’s Pub at noon on Saturday.

Saturday games:

12:00 p.m.- Lyon’s Pub Warriors vs. Minneapolis Lakers – elimination game

The Lakers got going early as they scored the majority of their runs in the first three innings off of Warrior ace Billy Meister. Grant Soderberg coasted from there with solid play by the Laker defense as he would pitch all nine innings for the 9-4 win to bring the Lakers to the final three.

Lyon’s Pub is eliminated. Lakers will face loser of Millers and Capitals for a spot in the title game. 

3:00 p.m.- Minnetonka Millers vs. St. Paul Capitals

The Capitals showed a great display of offense last weekend as the Millers try to slow them down. Ryan Abrahamson continued his display of power as he belted not one, but two home runs in this battle. Josh Kubitschek continued to impress by going the whole distance allowing only two runs to Minnetonka. The Capitals win 6-2 to clinch their spot in the Class A championship game.

Minnetonka faces the Lakers for the second spot in the championship game. The Capitals clinch a spot in Sunday’s championship game.    

6:00 p.m.- Minneapolis Lakers vs. Minnetonka Millers 

A rematch from last Sunday in which Minnetonka won 5-3. It was an offensive battle going back and forth before the Lakers took a 8-4 lead in the eighth inning. Minnetonka managed to scrap together some of their tournament magic and rallied in the last two innings to tie the game and then Steve Schmitz completed the rally with a walkoff single to give the Millers a 9-8 win.

Minnetonka will play the Capitals at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and a second game against them at 4:00 p.m. if they win the first game.

Championship game:

Sun. 8/17 1:00 p.m.- Minnetonka Millers vs. St. Paul Capitals

It took 54 hours (game was suspended on Sunday and resumed at 6:30 today), eight pitchers, and 13 innings to complete this game. It was definitely worth the wait. The Capitals had been blowing out their opponents throughout the class A playoffs with great hitting and exceptional pitching. The Millers though had other ideas when it came to facing the Capitals for the second time in this tournament. 

Max Langheinrich was on the mound for Minnetonka and the Capitals struck first with a RBI single by Derek Jacobson that drove in the first Capital run in the bottom of the second. Eugene “Geno” Sturm was on the mound for the Capitals and had a solid day on the mound. The Millers finally got to him in the fifth inning when a Kyle Dalton drove in a run on a gorundout and was followed by an RBI double by Joe Abellera to give the Millers a 2-1 lead. The Capitals responded in the bottom of the sixth with a run to tie the game 2-2.

The seventh inning as led with a hit by pitch and a walk for the Millers. Dalton laid down a sacrifice bunt to put the runners on third and second. Abellera was hit in the head by a pitch and that was it for Sturm. Dustin Klabunde came in to try and do damage control and it worked as Joe Shallenberger hit a sacrifice fly and Mike Davis grounded out to end the top half with only one run given up. The Capitals came right back in the bottom half that started out on an error by Shallenberger that led to Logan Busch getting on first. Rick Tossey would drive him in on a RBI double to tie the game. With bases loaded and two outs, Phil Mcdermott drove in the leading run on a single to make it 4-3.

Eric Fasnacht walked to lead off the ninth inning and would end up at third on a passed ball and a sacrifice bunt by Jared Kramer. Kyle Dalton hit a blooper behind third base to drive in the tying run. It would stay 4-4 after the ninth and then the game hit a 25 minute delay. With solid relief pitching from Donny Erdall for the Millers and Matt Nelson and Nate Trelstad for the Capitals, the game had three more scoreless innings and mothernature decided it had enough and the game was suspended with a 4-4 tie after 12 innings. In the 13th, Trelstad continued his sold work and kept the Millers hitless in the top half. Logan Busch led off the bottom half with a single to left center and then stole second during the next at bat. Mark Groebner hit a deep fly ball to left center to advance Busch to third. The next two batters were intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Tom Peterson came to plate and hit the first pitch he saw to center field where it would be caught by Abellera. Busch took off on the tag and the throw was not in time as he scored the winning run to give the Capitals the 5-4 victory and the class A title.

Josh Kubitschek was given the tournament MVP since he had two very solid starts in the tournament and tossed two outs in relief in the title game. He totaled 16.2 innings allowing only two runs as he put up great starts against St. Paul Roosters and the first game against Minnetonka. “It helps a lot when you have great defense and great offense to help you.” Josh commented on his performance in the tournament.  “It’s my first year on the team, and these guys are fun to play with.” Kubitschek also said about his team.

The Capitals started in 2010 and the only other state tournament appearance they have made was in 2012 when they finished in third. “It’s very exciting to have this opportunity and after a great season have this as a result.” Coach Phil Mcdermott said about the season. “Minnetonka sets the standard in class A ball and we just played solid baseball against other very tough teams in the tournament.” Mcdermott added. With their first championship in hand, this was a very special day for the Capitals.

Thank you George Walker, Matt (the eccentric announcer), Nick (the other half of the pressbox duo), and the rest of the Bloomington crew for a great tournament. 

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