Wayzata wins Legion baseball invitational for 2nd straight year
Wayzata won the Gopher Classic for the second consecutive year, while Farmington and Burnsville were among local teams that made impressive runs in the largest American Legion baseball tournament in the country.
Wayzata defeated West Fargo, N.D., 3-2 in the championship game Tuesday at Minnetonka High School, completing a 9-0 sweep through the five-day tournament. Wayzata shut out four of its opponents, including three in the playoff rounds.
Farmington won four of six games in the Gopher Classic and won the Lakeville North pool, becoming the only team to advance to the playoff stage. Burnsville was 4-1 in pool play at Alimagnet Park, the same record as Chaska, but Chaska advanced to the playoffs because of its 13-11 victory over the Cobras.
Eastview, Rosemount and Eagan also were among the 96 teams from eight states and two Canadian provinces that competed in the Gopher Classic, which celebrated its 40th year.
It took the Green Bay Shockers nine innings to end Farmington’s tournament with a 7-6 victory in the round of 16 on Monday at Minnetonka High School. The Tigers came from behind twice to tie the game, scoring two in the sixth inning to make it 3-3 and one in the eighth to make it 4-4. The Shockers scored three runs in the top of the ninth and held on despite a two-run Farmington rally in the bottom of the inning.
The Tigers, facing elimination in the bottom of the eighth, tied the game on a one-out triple by Aydan Lewis. That scored Zach Jakubowsky, who had walked. Green Bay intentionally walked the next two batters, loading the bases, then got out of the inning on a foul pop up to the catcher and a fly ball to right field.
In the ninth, Mikey Frederickson doubled and scored on Brady Bean’s one-out triple. Bean scored on Jakubowsky’s grounder to first, cutting Green Bay’s lead to 7-6, but the Shockers escaped without further damage.
Farmington went 4-1 in pool play, defeating Bemidji 3-1, the Rochester A’s 9-3, Lakeville North 4-1 and the Saskatoon Diamondbacks 4-3. The only pool-play loss was 5-3 to Omaha (Nebraska) Roncalli. Jakubowsky pitched a complete game and struck out 10 in the victory over Bemidji. Bean pitched a complete game against Lakeville North.
Burnsville won its first three games in pool play at Alimagnet Park, defeating New Ulm Gold 3-1, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 3-2 and Team Manitoba 10-2. The Cobras could have clinched the pool championship with a victory over Chaska on Sunday afternoon, but fell to a seven-run Chaska rally in the top of the seventh inning.
Cobras infielder Andrew Hanson had three hits and three runs batted in against Chaska. Mitchell Kohler added three hits and Will Bean had three RBI.
Sam Schliemann pitched a two-hit shutout as Burnsville defeated East Ridge 2-0 in its final game of the tournament Sunday. The Cobras already had been eliminated from the playoff round because Chaska held the tiebreaker over Burnsville. Ryan Brunner had three hits and Sam Carman two for Burnsville.
Zach Matthews pitched the first six innings of Burnsville’s victory over New Ulm Gold, with Hanson pitching the seventh to earn a save. Henry Ristvedt had two hits and Will Bramley drove in two runs.
Brunner pitched four innings and Kohler two in the Cobras’ victory over Chippewa Falls. Carman had two hits.
Burnsville trailed Team Manitoba 2-0 after half an inning but stormed back with five runs in the bottom of the first. Ristvedt, the starting pitcher, held Team Manitoba scoreless the rest of the way as the game ended after 4 1/2 innings because of the eight-run rule. Jack Madsen had two hits and three RBI for the Cobras.
Eastview was 3-2 in pool play at Irondale High School, with a 4-2 loss to Excelsior #2 in its final game costing the Thunder a chance to advance to the playoff round. Ham Lake went 4-1 in the pool and advanced despite losing 7-5 to Eastview on Sunday.
Jack Young drove in three runs and Cullen Buck two in the Thunder’s victory over Ham Lake. Winning pitcher Will Schwartz worked the final 3 1/3 innings.
Kathan Decker had four hits and Brady Miller and Young had three each in Eastview’s 12-3 victory over Tri-City Maroon. Young also drove in three runs and Miller pitched a complete game.
Decker had three hits and pitched the first five innings as the Thunder defeated De Pere, Wisconsin, 2-1. Eastview scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, making Logan Tollefson, who worked the final two innings, the winning pitcher.
Lakeville North was 1-4 in pool play at Fredrickson Field in Elko and Lakeville North High School. Braden Walsh pitched a two-hit shutout in the Panthers’ 2-0 victory over Omaha Roncalli on Saturday.
Eagan was 2-3 in pool play at Northwestern University in Roseville, with the Patriots’ victories coming against Lincoln, Nebraska (10-3) and Hamline Purple (9-1). Mankato National defeated Eagan 4-0 on Friday on its way to a 5-0 record in the pool.
Rosemount Green started pool play at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School with a 4-2 victory Friday over Chester Bird, the host team. Rosemount lost its next four games in the pool.
Rosemount’s Cole Schnichels pitched a complete game in the victory over Chester Bird. Sullivan Lanoue and Noah Wuellner drove in runs.