Diamond Cutters, Shark square off at state

Through the first three rounds of the Minnesota Class A amateur baseball tournament, both the Tri-City Shark and Diamond Cutters were still alive, although in the losers' bracket. The Skyline League rivals squared off in the fourth round on Friday in their third meeting of the season.

Diamond Cutters beat Tri-City twice during the regular season and did so again on Friday in the state tournament. With a 4-1 victory, Diamond Cutters eliminated the Shark and advanced to the fifth round on Saturday.

Diamond Cutters, the top seed from the Skyline League, went on to lose to the St. Paul Capitals 14-6 on Saturday. The game was tied going to the ninth, when the Capitals exploded for eight runs.

Diamond Cutters, the Skyline League champion, finished the tournament with a record of 2-2. Following a loss to Air Freight Unlimited to open the tournament, Diamond Cutters beat the Minneapolis Angels to avoid elimination and set up the rematch against Tri-City.

Tri-City finished the state tournament with a 2-2 record. The Shark entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed from the Skyline League and pulled off a pair of upsets in the first weekend of the tournament. Tri-City beat the Park National League's second-seeded Minneapolis Lakers and the St. Paul League’s top-seeded St. Paul Capitals.

The No. 1 seed from the Park National League, the Minneapolis Cobras, then handed Tri-City its first tournament loss to relegate the Shark to the loser’s bracket.

Like it did a year ago, the tournament championship came down to the St. Paul Capitals and Minnetonka Millers. St. Paul won it last year but the Millers returned the favor this time around with a 5-2 victory in the final.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

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