The Coon Rapids and Ham Lake legion baseball teams were two of the final 16 teams to play in the 96-team Gopher Classic. Ten U.S. states and two Canadian Provinces make up the largest American Legion tournament in North America.
The tournament, held July 7-11, is played at 16 different sites in the Twin City Metropolitan area and each team participates in a pool of 6 teams while playing five games in three days.
Coon Rapids went 4-1 in its pool held at Benilde-St. Margaret’s/Chester Bird to advance to the playoff round. It then lost 6-5 in eight innings to Papillion to be eliminated.
Ham Lake also went 4-1 in its pool play held at Tri-City Maroon/Irondale. In the playoff round, Ham Lake lost 5-3 to Forest Lake.
Anoka played at its home site at Castle Field, going 1-4.
Andover went 1-4 in its pool play in Prior Lake.