Class AA state baseball championship: Rain pushes back start of Duluth Marshall-Maple Lake to this evening at Target Field
MINNEAPOLIS — After a rain delay of four hours, 20 minutes at Target Field, the first pitch for Duluth Marshall and Maple Lake in the Minnesota Class AA state baseball championship is estimated to take place around 5 p.m. today.
The Class A championship game between Heritage Christian Academy and Sleepy Eye got underway at 2:20 p.m. after originally being scheduled for 10 a.m. The Hilltoppers and Irish, who were supposed to being play at 1 p.m., will take the field for a short warm up after the Class A championship is completed.
Four games in four classes were scheduled to be played today at the home of the Minnesota Twins. If they all cannot get in, the Minnesota State High School League has Target Field reserved for Monday as well.
A steady rain was falling on downtown Minneapolis as of 9:30 a.m. this morning with occasional flashes of lightning. The rain let up, tarps were removed, but had to be returned to Target Field around noon when the rain resumed.
Despite the rain that fell in the morning and early afternoon, the National Weather Service has the Twin Cities under an excessive heat warning until 8 p.m. tonight with temperatures climbing close to 93 degrees with a heat index value of 101.
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