Playoff time is now for town ball teams

Sports Editor

For the sixth time in 11 seasons Coon Rapids won at least a share of the Metro Minny League title.

The Redbirds closed out the regular season with a 26-11 overall record and was 15-3 in league play, one-half game ahead of rival Blaine (14-3).

Blaine finished with a 32-9 overall record and is No. 4 in the final Class B state rankings, released Aug. 5. Meanwhile, the Redbirds are ranked seventh and Forest Lake is among the other receiving votes.

Austin Gaspard launches a base hit during a 3-2 loss to Brooklyn Park in 10 innings Monday. Photo by Jason Olson
Austin Gaspard launches a base hit during a 3-2 loss to Brooklyn Park in 10 innings Monday. Photo by Jason Olson

Dan Skog picked up the save to help Coon Rapids top Champlin 7-6 in the final regular season game of the season August 5.

Skog had one strike out after starting pitcher Taylor Nelson gave up one earned run on five hits over five innings.

At the plate, Skog went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored once. Zach Sather had two hits and drove in two runs and teammate Patrick O’Donnell had three walks and scored twice in five trips to the plate.

East Bethel pitcher Brendan Ehlers worked out of early-inning trouble to keep the Bandits close in the Section 5 Round One opener. Photo by Jason Olson
East Bethel pitcher Brendan Ehlers worked out of early-inning trouble to keep the Bandits close in the Section 5 Round One opener. Photo by Jason Olson

Blaine wrapped up the regular season with a 6-1 win over Class A St. Paul Hops on Friday.

Nicke Wilson struck out 10 in 4 1/3 innings of relief duty of starter Tyler Wojciechowski who walked three, struck out four, gave up one run on five hits over 4 2/3 innings in his amateur baseball debut.

Buck Michaels scored four times from the leadoff spot and Tom Druck drove in three runs in the sixth inning.

Best-of-three game series opened section play Monday with Round 2 beginning Friday or Saturday.

In Section 2, No. 4 St. Francis took the opening game over No. 5 Andover 6-4. The winner faces top-seed Forest Lake in Round Two while No. 2 Isanti and No. 3 Anoka square off Saturday. The Round Two winners meet at 11 a.m. Aug. 22 for the section title (and runner-up for state tournament seeding) and all Section 2 games are played at Castle Field in Anoka.

Section 5
After building a 2-0 lead, No. 4 Brooklyn Park needed 10 innings to take the series opener against No. 5 East Bethel, 3-2, Monday night at Wintercrest Field in Coon Rapids.

Andover Aces catcher Justin Klingl, left, holds on to a foul ball in the Section 2 opener Monday at Castle Field. Photo by Jason Olson
Andover Aces catcher Justin Klingl, left, holds on to a foul ball in the Section 2 opener Monday at Castle Field. Photo by Jason Olson

No. 1 seed Coon Rapids opens sections against the winner of the Brooklyn Park and East Bethel contest in a Round 2 best-of-three series Aug. 14 (7:30 p.m.); Aug. 16 (2 p.m.) and if necessary Aug. 18 (7:30 p.m.).

The other Round 2 match-up has No. 3 Champlin against No. 2 Blaine starting Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 17 (7:30 p.m.) and if necessary Aug. 19 (7:30 p.m.)

Round 2 winners will play for the section title and runner-up at 2 p.m. August. 22.

The Ramsey Renegades earned the No. 5 seed in Section 8 and face No. 4 Albertville in the first round after posting a 9-16 overall record. As members of the Central Ridge Baseball League, the Renegades finished fourth in the standings with a 7-11 record.

East Bethel shortstop Thomas Kinsella, middle, tags out A. J. Lyons at second base Monday night at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids. Photo by Jason Olson
East Bethel shortstop Thomas Kinsella, middle, tags out A. J. Lyons at second base Monday night at Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids. Photo by Jason Olson

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