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Mustangs' celebration on hold
The Mounds View High School baseball team’s section title celebration was put on hold Tuesday night at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. In need of just one more victory to get to the state tournament, the Mustangs came up short in attempt No. 1 against Cretin-Derham Hall.
The Raiders rallied from two runs down and won 5-4 in eight innings. That sets up a winner-takes-all championship game on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. back at Midway.
Mounds View struck first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Austin Smestad drove in Ryan Placensia, who was running for Lars Anderson after Anderson was hit by a pitch. Chance Carnahan, who also got on base when hit by a pitch, moved to second on Smestad’s single, to third on Alec Abercrombie’s walk and scored when Mitch Fredrickson was hit by a pitch.
Cretin, which had lost to Mounds View 10-0 in the second round of the Section 4AAA playoffs, didn’t let this game get out of hand. The Raiders tied it in the top of the third on three straight two-out hits and went in front 4-2 with two more runs in the fourth.
Trailing for only the second time in the post-season, Mounds View began its own comeback on Smestad’s solo home run in the fourth and tied it in the sixth when Smestad’s double scored Joe Janey, who was running for Nate Douvier after Douvier led off the inning with a walk.
Neither team did anything in the seventh so the game was headed to extra innings.
Cretin scored the game-winner in the top of the eighth on a Mounds View throwing error. Mounds View mounted a threat in its half of the eighth but a double play ended the game and extended the section tournament one more day.
Section 4AAA baseball playoffs
Game 1 – Roseville 8, Woodbury 2
Game 2 – Hill-Murray 3, South St. Paul 0
Game 3 – Stillwater 5, White Bear Lake 0
Game 4 – Cretin-Derham Hall 10, North St. Paul 0
Game 5 – Roseville 2, Tartan 1
Game 6 – Hill-Murray 3, East Ridge 2
Game 7 – Stillwater 5, Mahtomedi 3
Game 8 – Mounds View 10, Cretin-Derham Hall 0, 6 innings
Game 9 – East Ridge 7, Tartan 1
Game 10 – Cretin-Derham Hall 4, Mahtomedi 2, 9 innings
Game 11 – Roseville 3, Hill-Murray 1, 10 innings
Game 12 – Mounds View 5, Stillwater 2
Game 13 – Stillwater 6, East Ridge 0
Game 14 – Cretin-Derham Hall 10, Hill-Murray 1
Game 15 – Cretin-Derham Hall 2, Stillwater 0
Game 16 – Mounds View 4, Roseville 2
Loser’s bracket final
Game 17 – Cretin-Derham Hall 10, Roseville 5
Game 18 – Cretin-Derham Hall 5, Mounds View 4, 8 innings
Game 19 – Cretin-Derham Hall vs. Mounds View, June 5, 2:30 p.m. at Midway Stadium