Burnsville, Rosemount, Farmington win Legion playoff openers

Sub-state tournaments run through the weekend

Riley Schimmel of Rosemount Green fields a ground ball during the recent Gopher Classic tournament. The Irish defeated East Ridge on Tuesday in a first-round game in the Sub-State 5 playoffs. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Burnsville, Farmington and Rosemount won opening-round games as the state American Legion baseball playoffs started this week.

Burnsville routed New Prague 17-3, Farmington defeated Lakeville North 5-4 and Rosemount topped East Ridge 4-2 on Tuesday in the Sub-State 5 tournament at Alimagnet Park in Burnsville. The double-elimination tournament resumed Wednesday and will conclude Saturday or Sunday at Alimagnet Park.

Fifteen sub-state tournaments are taking place this week throughout Minnesota. Each tournament sends its champion to the state tourney that starts Friday, July 28. The Sub-State 5 champion will play its first two games at Siebert Field. The finals will be at CHS Field in St. Paul.

New Prague had a 2-1 lead over Burnsville at one point in Tuesday’s game, but the Cobras took over the game with a seven-run third inning. They added eight more in the fourth and ended the game after seven innings because of the 10-run rule. Mitchell Kohler had three hits and three runs batted in for Burnsville (17-8), which took on Rosemount in a winners’ bracket game Wednesday, after this edition went to press. Ryan Brunner drove in four runs as Burnsville cruised to victory behind pitcher Henry Ristvedt, who pitched a complete game.

Rosemount (9-9), the sixth-seeded team in Sub-State 5, toppled third-seeded East Ridge 4-2. Pitchers Cole Schnichels (six innings) and Colin Chalmers (three innings) combined to hold East Ridge to six hits. The Irish grabbed the lead in the second inning, scoring three runs.

Connor Kenefick and Lucas Henderson each drove in a run for Rosemount.

Farmington (14-11), the fourth seed in Sub-State 5, opened with a 5-4 victory over Lakeville North on Tuesday. Trevor Wright and Aydan Lewis had two hits each for the Tigers, who played eighth-seeded St. Paul Park in a winners’ bracket game Wednesday. St. Paul Park upset No. 1-seeded Woodbury 8-7 in 11 innings in a first-round game Tuesday.

Lakeville North played Woodbury in an elimination bracket game on Wednesday.

Eastview, Lakeville South and Lakeville North #2 were to play first-round games in the Sub-State 6 tournament Wednesday at Legion Field in Apple Valley and Memorial Park in Prior Lake. Hastings, Northfield, Red Wing, Prior Lake and South St. Paul also are in Sub-State 6, which was scheduled to have second-round games Thursday at Legion Field and Memorial Park. The final round will be Sunday at Memorial Park.

A second Burnsville team, the Pythons, will play in the Sub-State 8 tourney at CHS Field and White Bear Lake High School. The Pythons, seeded sixth, were to play third-seeded Forest Lake on Wednesday at CHS Field.

The state champion and runner-up will advance to the Central Plans Regional in Dickinson, N.D., beginning Aug. 2, with the regional winner going to the American Legion Baseball World Series in Shelby, N.C., starting Aug. 10.