Prep report: Baseball tourneys down to section finalists
South Ridge will go for its fourth straight Section 7A title after winning on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.