Team #3 takes #1 in state tournament

 Coon Rapids Team #3 won the MYAS Rec 14U-15U state tournament Aug. 5.  Photo courtesy of Tricia Sykes

Coon Rapids Team #3 won the MYAS Rec 14U-15U state tournament Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of Tricia Sykes

Coon Rapids Team #3 took home the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services (MYAS) Rec 14U-15U State Championship trophy in the Aug. 3-5 MYAS state baseball tournament.

Thirty-two teams took the field at Andover Station North Fields for the three-day tournament.

After winning one game Friday night, two games Saturday and three games Sunday, Coon Rapids Team #3 was down to the minimum nine players required to win the championship game.

And, sure enough, it departed the diamond as undefeated state champions.

The Coon Rapids nine secured the MYAS Rec State Championship title after beating the previously unbeaten Forest Lake Pesky Kids in a 10-run-rule game which ended 16-6 after just five innings.

It was an “outstanding and  well-deserved victory,” said team manager Tricia Syke.

Coon Rapids Team #3 line-up

Players, coaches and managers on the state championship team include:
• Cody Bjerke
• Anthony Higgins
• Jake Kellner
• John Kriegel
• Chris Lundberg
• Matt Pappas
• Nick Roloff
• Ryan Sheppard
• Zack St. John
• Ellis Syke
• Thomas Westphall
• Coach Rich Rolorr
• Coach Keith Kellner
• Coach Gordy Smith
• Trainer Zach Roloff
• Manager Tricia Syke

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com


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