There’s a Shark still lurking in the water

Following a fifth-place finish in the Skyline League this summer, the Tri-City Shark amateur baseball team seemed like a long shot to reach the Class A state tournament. Tri-City beat the odds, however, and qualified for state and continued to spring upsets in the first weekend of the tournament.

The Shark entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed from the Skyline League and promptly beat two higher-seeded foes.

Tri-City opened the tournament on Aug. 6 with an 11-1 pasting of the Minneapolis Lakers, the No. 2 seed from the Park National League. Mark Dominik pitched a complete game to pick up the victory while receiving plenty of offensive support.

Ethan Imdieke paced the Shark offense with three hits, including a two-run home run. Caleb Reesnes, Justin Gominsky and Tyler Reichenborn added two hits each. Imdieke, Reesnes and Gominsky each drove in three runs and Reichenborn added two RBI.

The victory assured Tri-City of at least two more games in the tournament. The first round of the tournament is single elimination with the double-elimination format kicking in in round two.

Tri-City continued to pitch and hit well in round two as it upset the St. Paul Capitals 8-2 on Saturday. The Capitals are the defending state champion and entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed from the St. Paul League.

The Shark went after another No. 1 seed on Sunday night but found that the bats had cooled off a bit. The Minneapolis Cobras, the top seed from the Park National League, beat Tri-City 6-0 to relegate the Shark to the losers’ bracket.

The tournament continues on Friday and Tri-City will be in action that night against the Diamond Cutters, the No. 1 seed from the Skyline League. Game time on Friday is 8:30 p.m. at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.

As the top seed from its league, Diamond Cutters received a bye into the double-elimination portion of the tournament. In its first game, Diamond Cutters lost 8-0 to Air Freight Unlimited, the No. 2 seed from the St. Paul League.

Diamond Cutters avoided elimination on Sunday by beating the Minneapolis Angels 4-2. The Angels were the No. 3 seed from the Park National League.

Following two games on Friday, the tournament continues with three games on Saturday and the championship round on Sunday. The championship game on Sunday is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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


Class A amateur baseball tournament
All games at Red Haddox Field, Bloomington
First round (Single elimination)
Game 1 — Tri-City Shark 11, Minneapolis Lakers 1, 7 innings
Game 2 — NW Orioles 2, Shamrocks 1
Game 3 — Minneapolis Angels 2, Stockmen’s Irish 1
Game 4 — Air Freight Unlimited 4, St. Louis Park 2

Second round (Double elimination)
Game 5 — Tri-City Shark 8, St. Paul Capitals 2
Game 6 — Minneapolis Cobras 1, NW Orioles 0, 10 innings
Game 7 — Minnetonka Millers 11, Minneapolis Angels 1
Game 8 — Air Freight Unlimited 8, Diamond Cutters 0
 

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