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Prep report: Baseball tourneys down to section finalists

South Ridge will go for its fourth straight Section 7A title after winning on Tuesday.

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Chisago Lakes dismissed the St. Louis County delegation from the Section 7AAA baseball tournament on Tuesday, knocking out Duluth Denfeld 12-2 and host Hermantown 10-8 in the elimination bracket.

In the morning game against the Hunters, Joe Graeve went 4-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs, while Chase Hentges held the Hunters to two runs on two hits over six innings.

For Denfeld, Simon Davidson had a triple and an RBI. Gavin Bulthuis allowed three runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings and took the loss. The Hunters finish their season 7-15.

Section 7A

South Ridge 7, Cherry 2

South Ridge is one win away from its fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament after taking down the Tigers in a winner's bracket final on Tuesday in Aurora.

The Panthers took control of the game with three-run innings in the third and fourth. Aaron Bennett and Wyatt Olson combined on the pitching duties, allowing five hits, one walk and only one earned run.

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Offensively, South Ridge got six hits from six players, but Bennett's was a three-run homer and Carter Anderson drove in two runs.

Beau Barry had a pair of hits to lead the Tigers.

The elimination bracket was full of drama, with Ely winning back-to-back extra-inning games to reach Thursday's section title game. First the Timberwolves eliminated Chisholm 5-4, scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth. Then Ely rallied from 4-2 down going to the bottom of the eighth to knock out the Tigers 5-4 on a game-winning squeeze bunt.

Ely will meet South Ridge for the section title on Thursday at a location to be finalized.

GOLF

Northwestern's Meyer takes fourth

There was no final-round charge up the leaderboard for Northwestern's Trent Meyer, who slipped from second to a tie for fourth in the WIAA Division 2 state meet at the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Meyer shot a 78 in Tuesday's final round to finish at 7-over-par 151. The individual title went to Winneconne's Winston Knobloch, who finished at plus-3.

Meyer, who finished second at state in 2021, will be playing collegiately for Wisconsin-Green Bay.

BOYS TENNIS

Rock Ridge 4, Minnewaska Area/BBE 3

The Wolverines took the first step in the state tournament, ekeing out a Class A quarterfinal victory in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

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Rock Ridge won three of four singles matches, with No. 4 Owen Buggert prevailing 7-3 in a third-set supertiebreaker. Other winners included No. 2 singles Gavin Benz and No. 3 Jake Bradach.

In doubles, Ryan Manninen and Peyton Bialke went the distance at No. 2, winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Rock Ridge moves on to the semifinals, where it will face St. Paul Academy/Summit School on Wednesday morning. The winner will play for the state title against Rochester Lourdes or the Blake School on Wednesday afternoon.

Class AA

Orono 7, Duluth East 0

The Spartans rolled to seven straight-set victories in their Class AA team quarterfinal.

The only Greyhounds to take two games in a set were No. 1 singles Dane Patten, defeated 6-1, 6-2 by Orono's Matias Maule, and the No. 2 doubles team of Karl Kimber and A.J. Amatuzio, which also lost 6-1, 6-2.

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