Games to Watch: Tournament time heats up across the state

By Nick Gerhardt

Scoremonster Contributor

Friday, June 8

Faribault at Dundas, 7:30 p.m.

Cannon River foes Faribault and Dundas will meet again and we’re kind of hoping we’ll get a matchup of pitching pastors Matt Lane of Faribault and Charlie Ruud of Dundas. But we won’t hold our breath for the teams using their aces in a meeting that won’t affect their record in their leagues.

Faribault (4-3) has come to life recently with a 20-4 victory over Dakota, Scott, Rice League opponent the Prior Lake Mudcats and a 10-8 extra-inning win over Lonsdale. The Lakers are gearing up for a push to build some momentum after starting 0-2.

Dundas (10-3) finds itself momentarily in an unusual spot with a 2-3 record against Section 1B foes following a 14-6 loss to crosstown rival Northfield and a 2-0 loss to Miesville where Ruud dueled with Mudhens’ starter Shannon Ahern. Ahern threw a complete-game five-hitter with six strikeouts. Ruud lasted 6 ⅔ and allowed five hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out three.

Saturday, June 9

Luxemburg vs. Elrosa, 3:30 p.m.

Luxemburg has cruised through the Central Valley and own an 8-1 overall record, which includes a 6-4 win over defending Class C champion Kimball. The Brewers also went 2-1 last weekend at the Stearns County Classic where they beat Dassel-Cokato and Upsala. The only loss the Brewers suffered came in a 2-0 game against Class B’s second-ranked Chanhassen.

Elrosa, ranked No. 10 in the last Class C poll, has had an up-and-down run lately since starting the season 5-0. The Saints got blown out by Roscoe 13-2 May 26 but came back for a 2-0 win over Lake Henry with Ethan Vogt striking out 11 in a complete-game five-hit shutout.

Elrosa then turned around and lost to a quality New London-Spicer squad 9-3. The Saints will have their hands full with a Brewers squad in the Radius Cup matchup in St. Augusta, playing at a high level right now.

Sunday, June 10

Kimball at Watkins, 2 p.m.

Kimball and Watkins will return to Central Valley League play Sunday following an appearance at the Radius Cup by both teams.

The fourth-ranked Express blew out Litchfield 21-0 in their last game with Adam Beyer hitting a home run, two doubles and knocking in five runs with a 4-for-5 game. It was part of a 23-hit attack that saw Brooks Marquardt and Ben Johnson also launch home runs.

The eighth-ranked Clippers fell to a pair of tough opponents recently when they lost 4-2 to third-ranked Sartell and Sauk Rapids 5-1. Watkins sandwiched a 6-4 win over St. Stephen between those losses. Matt Geislinger recorded 11 strikeouts in an eight-inning game.

Dan Berg went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs for the Clippers against the Steves.

Cold Spring at Sauk Rapids, 1:30 p.m.

Speaking of Sauk Rapids, the Cyclones took a 2-1 loss against Bemidji, the second-ranked team in Class C at the Omann Insurance Invitational. Sauk Rapids also lost a close one against St. Augusta in a 2-1 game as well. It won’t get easier for the Cyclones against Cold Spring.

The fifth-ranked Springers (9-1) have won five straight games heading into this Lakewood League game. Cold Spring knocked off Monticello 7-2 Wednesday and swept the Moorhead Mudcats 6-0 and 6-1 three days prior to that.

Tournament time in full force

It’s prime tournament season now and this weekend features great tournaments around the state. The Radius Cup at St. Augusta and St. Nicholas kicks off with seven-inning games between Stearns County and Central Valley teams.

Windom’s tournament features an eclectic mix of teams from all over the state from Nimrod to Champlin to even Brandon Valley of South Dakota. Windom’s tournament kicks off Friday.

The 20th annual Belle Plaine Tigertown Classic will also be held starting Friday with a field that includes the Minneapolis Mudcats, Shakopee Coyotes, Minnesota Lake, Greenwald, Essig, Belle Plaine, Randall and St. Louis Park.

The New Prague Invitational will give teams with state tournament hopes an early glimpse of the renovated field, which will host the state tournament this year. The field features St. Patrick, Union Hill, Carver, the St. Anthony Hogs, Webster, Glencoe, Blaine and Stewartville/Racine. Friday’s opener between Carver, which is undefeated in the Crow River Valley League, and St. Patrick (8-4) should be a great game. The Irish are fresh off a 6-3 win over Elko, the ninth-ranked team of Class B. 

Radius Cup: Stearns County League vs. Central Valley League

At St. Augusta

St. Augusta vs. Richmond, 11 a.m.

Pearl Lake vs. Meire Grove, 1:15 p.m.

Luxemburg vs. Elrosa, 3:30 p.m.

Kimball vs. New Munich, 5:45 p.m.

At St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas vs. St. Martin, 11 a.m.

Eden Valley vs. Roscoe, 1:15 p.m.

Watkins vs. Lake Henry, 3:30 p.m.

Cold Spring vs. Spring Hill, 5:45 p.m.

Belle Plaine Tigertown Classic June 8-10

Friday, June 8

Belle Plaine vs. Minnesota Lake, 6:30 p.m.

Greenwald vs. Shakopee Coyotes, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 9

St. Louis Park vs. Minneapolis Mudcats, 10:30 a.m.

Essig vs. Randall, 12:45 p.m.

Loser’s bracket games: 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Winner’s bracket games: 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 10

Winner’s bracket games: 11 a.m.

Consolation championship: 1:15 p.m.

Championship game: 3:30 p.m.

For a look at the schedule, go here.

Windom Pirate Riverfest Amateur Tournament

Pool A                     Pool B

Gibbon Reds           Nimrod Gnats

Lennox Reds           Champlin LoGators

Windom Pirates       Brandon Valley Rats

Friday, June 8

Windom vs. Gibbon, 6 p.m.

Nimrod vs. Brandon Valley, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 9

Champlin vs. Brandon Valley, 11 a.m.

Lennox vs. Gibbon, 1:30 p.m.

Champlin vs. Nimrod, 4 p.m.

Windom vs. Lennox, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 10

Fifth-place game, 10 a.m.

Third-place game, noon

Championship, 2 p.m.

Find the complete schedule of activities here.

New Prague Invitational

Friday, June 8

Carver vs. St. Patrick, 6:30 p.m.

Union Hill vs. St. Anthony Hogs, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 9

Webster vs. Glencoe, 11 a.m.

Blaine vs. Stewartville/Racine, 1:30 p.m.

Semifinals: 6:30 p.m./8:30 p.m.

Consolation bracket: 4 p..m.

Sunday, June 10

Consolation bracket: 11 a.m.

Third-place game, 1:30 p.m.

Consolation championship, 4 p.m.

Championship, 6:30 p.m.

For the bracket, go here.

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