Class B Roundup (Miesville): Coon Rapids stuns four-time defending champ Chanhassen

By Lucas Seehafer

ScoreMonster Contributor

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Coon Rapids 3, Chanhassen 2

The Class B State Tournament saved its best game for last on Saturday night as Coon Rapids staved off Chanhassen, 3-2, ending the Red Birds four-year title streak.

Tied at two entering the ninth inning, Redbird left fielder Tanner Stein led off with a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. First baseman Jake Paulson advanced Stein to third with single to right and right fielder Zander Paar drove him in with a two-out game-winning RBI single. 

Will Niget—who entered the game in the 8th inning—shut down the Red Birds in the 9th to earn the win. 

John Straka of Chanhassen and Justin Clark of Coon Rapids held opposing batters at bay all game. Straka tossed a complete game, striking out 11 and walking only one. Clark threw five scoreless innings in relief and struck out seven while allowing only a single hit.

“We’re the real Redbirds. We’re coming for everybody,” Paar said after the game.

Paar finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI. Second baseman Thomas Kinsella (1-for-4, 2B) and third baseman Zach Sather (1-for-3) drove in Coon Rapids other runs.

For Chanhassen, left fielder Aaron Pfaff and shortstop Brandon Arnold went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Coon Rapids will face the Rochester Royals on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 11 a.m.

Rochester 4, Hamel 0

Rochester advanced to the second round by dispatching Hamel, 4-0, Saturday night.

Royals starting pitcher Matt Meyer pitched exceptionally all evening, despite a rain delay that lasted over an hour. He threw a 130-pitch complete game shutout and struck out nine while walking none to earn Player of the Game honors.

“It’s a great team we played against. They’re a tough out,” Meyer said after the game.

Bo McClintock excelled at the plate for Rochester, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and three RBI; he finished a triple short of the cycle. Tate Meiners (2-for-4, BB), Drew Block (2-for-4), and Nick Pearson (2-for-4, 2B) also contributed multi-hit games.

Sam Westermeyer started on the mound for Hamel and tossed seven innings, striking out four. He surrendered all four runs. Westermeyer also went 2-for-4 at the plate. All five Hawks hits were singles.

Rochester will face the winner between the Chanhassen Red Birds and the Coon Rapids Redbirds, who are the final game Saturday evening.

Blaine 5, Sobieski 1

Blaine cruised to a 5-1 win over defending Class C champions Sobieski powered by a high-throttle offense and strong pitching.

Fusion No. 5-hitter Ryan Sutterer earned Player of the Game honors by going 2-for-2 with a pair of two-run home runs, a walk, and a stolen base. Catcher Travis Conoryea (1-for-3) drove in Blaine’s other run on a single.

“It was a great start to a good run for us,” Sutterer said after the game.

Lefty Ronnie Donley started on the mound and held court for 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and allowing only one run to score. Ben Borman pitched 1 1/3 and did not allow a hit. Brad Spencer finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

For Sobieski, left fielder Dan Marod drove in the Skis’ lone run with a solo homer in the top of the seventh. Jake Kapphahn, Collin Eckman, and Scott Litchy combined to strike out seven.

Blaine will face the winner between the Dundas Dukes and Eagan Bandits. Dundas and Eagan play Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in Dundas. 

Anoka 5, Cold Spring 3

Anoka controlled their matchup with Cold Spring from the first pitch, defeating the Springers 5-3.

Despite the close score, the Bucs out-hit Cold Spring 18-5 with every member of the lineup picking up at least one hit. Third baseman Nate Tillman led Anoka’s offensive charge, going 5-for-6 with a three-run home run, his first of the season. Left fielder Jackson Hauge (2-for-3, 2 BB) and shortstop Tanner Thompson (3-for-5) each contributed RBI singles. 

“It was a team effort,” Tillman said of his team’s win after the game. He was named the Player of the Game.

On the mound, Hunter Smith tossed seven innings to pick up the win. He allowed only four hits, all of them singles. Austin Lang pitched two innings in relief to earn the save, striking out two. 

For Cold Spring, Jeron Terres (1-for-3, HR) and Brad Olson (0-for-4) drove in their team’s three runs. Eli Emerson threw 5 2/3 shutout innings out of the bullpen after Zach Femrite allowed five runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3. 

Anoka advances to the second round of the Class B State Tournament and will face the winner between Miesville and Prior Lake, which was suspended in the top of the sixth inning Friday night due to rain. The game will resume on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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