Four more champs crowned during invitational tourneys June 20-22

Posted on June 23, 2014 by CJ Siewert and Erik Steffenson

After what looked to be an unpromising weekend with all the rain during the week, this past weekend turned out to be a beautiful time for baseball.

The sun was out and we had blue skies going the entire weekend after seven inches of rain came down on Thursday in the Arlington and Green Isle area. It was a competitive weekend for all the tournaments that happened throughout the state. Here is how they fared:

Hamburg/Green Isle Miller Lite Invitational:

The annual tournament took place in Hamburg and at a place they call “The Yard” in Green Isle. After great efforts to pump the field after Thursday’s devastating rainfall, both fields managed to stay in playable condition for the tournament.           

Semifinals: With solid pitching from Chris Bullis, the Waconia Lakers defeated Green Isle 3-1 to advance to the championship game. Carver defeated Chanhassen in the other semifinal to play Waconia in the championship.

Championship: Rob Smothers topped off a four-run sixth inning with a three-run homer to help support the solid outing of Chris Bullis as Waconia won 4-2. Rob Smothers was named tournament MVP for his performance in the title game and throughout the tournament.

First round:

Prior Lake def. Hamburg

Chanhassen def. St. Joe

Carver def. New Prague

Mankato def. Spring Hill

Green Isle def. St. Patrick

Avon def. Milroy

Waconia def. Montgomery

Watkins def. Hastings

Loser’s quarterfinals (semifinals and consolation cancelled)

Hamburg def. St. Joe 6-0

Spring Hill def. New Prague 7-6

St. Patrick def. Milroy 4-0

Hastings def. Montgomery 6-0

Winner’s quarterfinals:

Chanhassen def. Prior Lake 5-3

Carver def. Mankato 9-7

Green Isle def. Avon 11-1

Waconia def. Watkins 4-3

Semifinals:

Carver def. Chanhassen 12-2

Waconia def. Green Isle 3-1

Championship:

Waconia def. Carver 4-2

Arlington/Gaylord High Life Invite:

With the rain that rolled through Thursday, the tournament also seemed to be in doubt, but they managed to play on after Friday’s games were delayed to Saturday.

Semifinals: New-London Spicer hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh to punch a ticket to the championship with a 4-3 victory over Gaylord. In the other semifinal game, St. Peter defeated 2012 champion Owatonna 3-2 to play for the title after holding off a two-run seventh inning by the Aces.

Championship: The game went back forth from the beginning, but St. Peter managed to hold on to win 11-8 over New London-Spicer after a five-run seventh inning. After scoring two runs to start the game, St. Peter allowed four runs in the bottom half. The Saints eventually tied the game at 5-5 with a three-run fifth. St. Peter took a 6-5 lead in the sixth before the Twins regained the lead 8-6 in the bottom half. St. Peter responded with five runs in the seventh and manager Tom “Bully” Lacina struck out two in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win in relief.

St. Peter shortstop Jesse Munsterman was named the High Life Invite MVP. In four games he went 7-for-14 with five runs, six RBIs, three stolen bases, a walk, inside-the-park home run and a sacrifice. He also pitched 2 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and a save.

First round:

Gaylord def. Mound

Elk River def. Savage

NL-Spicer def. Heron Lake

Lamberton def. Grand Rapids

St. Peter def. Watertown

Bird Island def. St. Francis

Owatonna def. Milroy

Fairmont def. Chaska HD

Loser’s quarterfinals:

Savage def. Mound

Grand Rapids def. Heron Lake

St. Francis def. Watertown

Chaska HD def. Milroy

Winner’s quarterfinals:

Gaylord def. Elk River

NL-Spicer def. Lamberton

St. Peter def. Bird Island

Owatonna def. Fairmont

Loser’s semifinals:

Savage def. Grand Rapids

St. Francis def. Chaska HD

Winner’s semifinals

NL-Spicer def. Gaylord

St. Peter def. Owatonna

Consolation championship:

Savage def. St. Francis

Championship:

St. Peter def. NL-Spicer

Good Neighbor Days Tournament:

The tournament took place in Howard Lakes on Friday and Saturday. Jordan defeated Lake Henry 5-2 on Friday to advance to the championship. Howard Lake beat St. Louis Park 1-0 on Friday to play Jordan for the final last night. St. Louis Park won the third place game 3-0 over Lake Henry. In the big game, Jordan defeated Howard Lake 12-3 with a 10-run fifth inning to take the title.

Atwater Festival Tournament:

The tournament took place in Atwater on Friday and Saturday. Atwater rolled over New Munich 15-5 on Friday night for their spot in the championship. Raymond defeated the St. Paul Hops early Saturday afternoon to play Atwater in the final. New Munich won the consolation game over the St. Paul Hops. Justin Schroeder threw a no-hitter to lead Atwater to an 8-0 victory of Raymond for the title. 

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