District showdown postponed

Tuesday has been a bit of a tough day to get sporting events in this summer. For the second time this season, a slate of Fourth District American Legion baseball games were wiped out when storms blew through the metro area on July 5.

Among the games scheduled that night was a showdown for first place in the Fourth District between the North St. Paul 39ers and Tri-City Red. Both teams entered last week with one district loss and the winner would have taken control in the race for the district title.

That showdown was put on hold thanks to a strong line of storms that cut a swath through the metro area from the northwest down through the southeast.

With a busy schedule in this the final week of the regular season, Tri-City and the 39ers are now set to battle it out on Saturday, July 16 at 1 p.m. at Mounds View High School. 

Between now and then, North St. Paul has three other games. The 39ers played at White Bear on July 12, take on Hamline Purple at Cretin-Derham Hall High School on July 13 and host White Bear in a make-up of another Tuesday rainout on July 15. All three games start at 6 p.m.

North St. Paul was originally scheduled to have the weekend off, something that hasn’t happened in a while. The 39ers hosted a section of the Gopher Classic last weekend. Results were not available at press time for this edition of the Review.

Over Fourth of July weekend, North St. Paul traveled to New Ulm for the Midwest Classic, a 16-team tournament featuring legion teams from Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska. The 39ers were placed in a pool that included Chaska, Renner, South Dakota and the New Ulm Jr. Legion.

North St. Paul opened the tournament on July 1 with a 2-0 loss to New Ulm but bounced back to down Chaska 2-0 later that afternoon. A 5-1 loss to Renner gave the 39ers a 1-2 record in pool play and that left them in a three-way tie for second place. With the top two teams in each pool advancing to the playoff portion of the tournament, the tie-breakers came into play and did not go in North St. Paul’s favor.

Renner secured the pool’s top spot with a 3-0 mark and second place went to Chaska. New Ulm ended up in third and the 39ers fell to fourth place.

In its final game of the tournament, North St. Paul took on Rosetown, which also finished fourth in its pool, and left New Ulm with a 6-5 victory over the Rockets.

In the playoffs, Renner lost in the quarterfinals to Brandon Valley, South Dakota, while Chaska beat Eastview in the quarterfinals and lost to Creighton, Nebraska, in the semifinals. Creighton went on to beat Brandon Valley 3-1 in the championship final.

The Gopher Classic follows a similar format but there are 16 pools of six teams each and the pool winners advance to the playoffs on July 11-12. The 39ers last advanced to the playoff portion of the Gopher Classic in 2013.

 

NSP Cavalry

Cavalry picked up its fourth district victory of the season on June 30 when it knocked off White Bear 9-2. The victory put Cavalry alone in sixth place in the district standings.

Following games on June 29, Cavalry and Tri-City Maroon were tied for sixth. 

Maroon and Cavalry played one district game each last week and both squads lost, leaving Cavalry with a half-game lead over Maroon. Cavalry fell 5-4 in eight innings to Rosetown while Tri-City lost 7-3 to the North St. Paul 39ers.

Cavalry closed out the regular season on July 11 with a doubleheader against Hamline Red. Results were not available for this edition of the Review.

 

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

Fourth District American Legion baseball standings 
(Through July 10)

 

Tri-City Red 

NSP 39ers

Hamline Purple 

Rosetown

Hamline Red 

NSP Cavalry 

Tri-City Maroon

White Bear 

W.I.

11-1

9-1

8-4

5-6

4-7

4-8

3-8

1-10

Game Behind

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1

3

5 1/2

6 1/2

7

7 1/2

9 1/2

 

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