Behind 16 strikeouts over 7.1 innings by pitcher Matt Mossey, Blaine Fusion opened play in the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament with a 9-4 win over Duluth Xpress in Belle Plaine.
Among the field of 16 teams that make up the Class B state amateur baseball tournament, four call the Metro Minny League home, including the Blaine Fusion and Coon Rapids Redbirds.
This summer saw a couple of firsts for the Blaine Area Traveling Baseball Association and a number of its teams.
East Bethel won four times in 19 Metro Minny League games this summer and posted a 9-19 overall record, tying league-newcomer Ramsey Renegades for ninth place out of 12 teams.
Coon Rapids/Andover American Little League teams had a number of highlights this summer including the introduction of a 50-70 intermediate program for 13-year-olds.
That team not only won the district and state titles but represented Minnesota in the regional tournament in Michigan with a fourth-place finish out of 10 teams, July 19-24.
The 7th District of VFW baseball split into four divisions this season, using four branches of military service: Marines, Army, Navy and Air Force.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Field of Dreams, the highly-acclaimed baseball movie based on the W.P. Kinsella novel “Shoeless Joe” about an Iowa farmer who builds a baseball field where the ghosts of baseball players in the early 20th century come out of the cornfields to play ball.