Notebook: Local baseball heating up

Burnsville will be host of regional Senior Babe tourney

Summer baseball has reached the playoff stage, with big games happening all over the metro area in the coming days.

Quarry Point Park in Apple Valley is the site of the state Senior Babe Ruth (ages 16-19) tournament that runs through Saturday. Defending state champion Eastview is the host.

The state champion will advance to the Midwest Plains Regional Tournament beginning Thursday, Aug. 1, at Alimagnet Fields in Burnsville. But the state champion won’t be the only Minnesota team participating. On Sunday and Monday, tryouts will be held in Apple Valley for a Metro Senior Babe Ruth League all-star team that will serve as the Midwest Plains Regional host. No players from the state championship team will be selected for the all-star team.

The Midwest Plains Regional winner goes to the Babe Ruth World Series beginning Aug. 15 in Andalusia, Ala.

The Metro Senior Babe Ruth League consists of 22 teams from the Twin Cities suburbs. It includes teams representing Lakeville North, Burnsville, Elko, Eagan, Eastview, Apple Valley and Farmington.

American Legion, the other baseball outlet for players ages 16-19, is in its Sub-State playoffs this week. Burnsville, the second-ranked team in the state, is the top seed for the Sub-State 5 tournament at Legion Field in Apple Valley and Alimagnet Fields. The Cobras were to play Farmington on Thursday night as the double-elimination tournament began. Farmington defeated St. Paul Park 9-6 on Monday to earn a spot in Thursday’s game.

Other games Thursday were to match Lakeville South against New Prague, Apple Valley against Inver Grove Heights and Rosemount against Woodbury Blue. The championship game will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Legion Field, with a second game if necessary at 4 p.m. The winner advances to the state tournament beginning Aug. 1 in Edina.

Several other local Legion teams will be in the Sub-State 6 tournament in Dundas. Eagan, ranked fourth in the state, is the top seed in that tournament, and Eastview and Lakeville North also are in the field. The Sub-State 6 championship game is 1 p.m. Sunday.

AV wrestling champs

Two wrestlers from Apple Valley High School won their weight classes at the USA Wrestling Junior and Cadet National Championships earlier this month in Fargo, N.D.

Mark Hall, representing Team Colorado, won the Cadet Greco-Roman championship at 160 pounds. After winning his third individual Minnesota high school championship in March, Hall went to Colorado Springs, Colo., to continue his training at the U.S. Olympic Center. He is expected to return to AVHS for the 2013-14 wrestling season, when he will be a sophomore.

Seth Gross won the junior national freestyle title at 132 pounds, defeating Kyle Gliva 8-5 in the finals in a match that paired two Minnesota high school champions from 2013. Gross won the Class AAA championship at 132, while Gliva, wrestling for Simley, won the same weight in the Class AA tourney.

Gross won nine of his 10 matches in the national tourney.