Tri-City Shark headed back to state

At least one team from the Bulletin area is playing in the Minnesota Class A amateur baseball tournament that starts later this week.

Tri-City Shark, which plays its home games at Irondale High School, clinched a spot in the tournament with a best-of-three Skyline League playoff series win over Red Rooster over the weekend. Tri-City dropped the first game on Friday 7-4 but bounced back to take a 9-8, walk-off victory on Saturday and romped to a 14-3 win on Sunday.

The Shark finished fifth in the Skyline League standings and swept the St. Paul Mudhens in the first round of the league playoffs. That set up the series against Red Rooster, which tied for the league title and was the No. 2 seed in the playoffs.

Tri-City’s roster includes 12 players who are from the Bulletin area or attended a Bulletin-area high school.

A second team from the area was still alive in its quest for a trip to state as of press time for this edition of the Bulletin. The Diamond Cutters, which play their home games at Bethel University, split the first two games of a playoff series against the Stillwater Loggers over the weekend. Game three was Monday evening.

The Diamond Cutters tied for the Skyline League championship and received a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They blitzed Stillwater 12-0 in game one on Saturday but lost 2-0 on Sunday.

Should the Diamond Cutters advance to state, they will be the No. 1 seed from the Skyline League and will receive a bye into the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

The Diamond Cutters’ roster includes five former Mounds View Mustangs. Among them are Mitch Fredrickson and Lars Anderson, who were members of Mounds View’s 2013 state championship team.

The St. Anthony Hogs also made a run at state-tournament berth over the weekend but came up short. St. Anthony dropped its playoff series against Stockmen’s Irish two games to one.

The Hogs claimed game one with a 2-1 win on Friday night but Stockmen’s returned the favor on Saturday with a 3-1 victory. In the rubber game on Sunday, Stockmen’s took the series with a 4-1 win.

The Stockmen’s roster includes former Mounds View Mustang Ryan Vijums.

The loss kept St. Anthony from advancing to state for the fourth consecutive season.

The state tournament runs Thursday through Sunday this week and picks up again for the final three days starting on Aug. 14. All games are played at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.

Brian Meyerscan be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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