For a season that began with the tragedy of losing close friend and teammate Dan Buehner, the Blaine Fusion couldn’t have hoped for a more successful 2014 campaign.
The end of the high school baseball season isn’t marked solely by the state tournament, but rather select individuals that will represent their team in the 40th annual Play Ball! Minnesota High School Baseball All-Star Series at Chaska Athletic Park June 19-21.
Legacy Christian freshman Josh Peterson helped the No. 3 seeded Lions open the Section 5A tournament with an 8-0 win against No. 6 North Lakes Academy in Andover May 23. Peterson no-hit North Lakes, struck out 16 batters, walked one and hit one batter.
Coon Rapids’ (3-5) hopes of winning a Section 5-6A game were dashed in an opening round with a 51-23 loss at Totino-Grace Oct. 25 in a rematch of the season opener in Fridley.
Coon Rapids ended the regular season on a high-note with a 23-20 win against Centennial Oct. 16. The second win in three weeks gave the Cardinals a sense of confidence with a close Northwest Suburban Conference victory.
Maple Grove moved within at least a share of the Northwest Suburban Conference North Division title after a 49-14 win against Coon Rapids Oct. 11.
One week after Coon Rapids senior receiver Alex Boxwell set a new school receiving yards record (212), he didn’t catch a pass against Anoka (1-5) in a 13-10 win that spoiled the Tornadoes Homecoming game at Goodrich Field Oct. 4.
Blaine put two losses behind them while spoiling Coon Rapids’ homecoming game 41-14, Sept. 27. Cardinals Stadium was hoping with a rabid student section proud to share their Cardinal Nation pride throughout the deceptively one-side score.