Area baseball teams reach state

Three different men’s amateur teams play their home games in the Bulletin area and all three advanced to the state tournament last weekend. Tri-City Shark, Diamond Cutters and the St. Anthony Hogs spent parts of their weekend in Bloomington taking part in the Class A state tournament.

Diamond Cutters and Tri-City Shark both advanced to the tournament’s third round, which was played past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

Diamond Cutters, which plays its home games at Bethel University, entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed from the Skyline League and by virtue of that seed earned a first-round bye. Diamond Cutters opened the tournament on Saturday with an 8-5 victory over the Minneapolis Cobras of the Park National (Minneapolis City) League.

The victory moved Diamond Cutters to a third-round match-up against the St. Paul Capitals, the team that eliminated Diamond Cutters from last year’s state tournament.

Tri-City Shark, the No. 2 seed from the Skyline League, kicked off the tournament with a 9-3 win over the St. Paul Shamrocks of the St. Paul City League. Former Irondale High School pitcher Jeff Heath threw a complete game in the victory.

Tri-City, whose home field is at Irondale, followed up the victory with a game against the Minneapolis Angels, which was the No. 1 seed from the Park National League. Another strong pitching performance, this time from Alex Noel, helped Tri-City to a 5-3 victory. 

Tri-City played a third-round game against Kelley Fuels Diesel, the No. 2 seed from the St. Paul League and a surprise winner over defending state champion Minnetonka in the second round.

The St. Anthony Hogs, the No. 3 seed from the Skyline League, went in search of their first win in a state tournament game and appeared poised to do so on Saturday. The Hogs led Kelley Fuels by a run going to the bottom of the ninth but a two-run home run spoiled the party and eliminated St. Anthony.

The Hogs pounded out a dozen hits but struggled to come up with any clutch at bats. They stranded 13 runners.

That St. Anthony was in the state tournament was somewhat of a miracle considering how the season started. The Hogs won just one of their first 11 games and started off the Skyline League schedule with five straight losses.

Things began to turn around in late June as the bats woke up and the pitchers found their grooves. At one point, St. Anthony out-scored its opponents 77-20 over a nine-game stretch.

The Hogs finished fifth out of eight teams in the Skyline League standings and then had to win a pair of playoff series to reach state. They started the post-season by sweeping White Bear Township 13-3 and 10-0.

In the second round of the league playoffs, St. Anthony went up against league runner-up Stockmen’s Irish. After losing game one of the best-of-three series 4-1 and falling behind 4-0 in game two, the Hogs caught fire. St. Anthony Village High School graduate Nicho Roessler went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in and two walks as the Hogs rallied for a 5-4 victory in game two. Another former St. Anthony Village High player, Jordan Wiggins, threw 5 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win.

St. Anthony then closed out the series with a 6-3 win as Chris Peterson, another St. Anthony grad, belted a three-run home run and Roessler gave up no earned runs in 6 2/3 innings of work.

The state tournament continues with two elimination games on Friday, three games on Saturday and the championship round on Sunday. All games take place at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.


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


Class A men’s amateur baseball state tournament

All games at Red Haddox Field, Bloomington


First round (Single elimination)

Game 1 — Minneapolis Cobras 4, Bloomington 2

Game 2 — St. Louis Park 11, Minneapolis Lakers 8

Game 3 — Tri-City Shark 9, St. Paul Shamrocks 3

Game 4 — Kelley Fuels Diesel 2, St. Anthony Hogs 1


Second round (Double elimination)

Game 5 — Diamond Cutters 8, Minneapolis Cobras 5

Game 6 — St. Paul Capitals 6, St. Louis Park 1

Game 7 — Tri-City Shark 5, Minneapolis Angels 3

Game 8 — Kelley Fuels Diesel 7, Minnetonka Millers 1 




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