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 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, Tri-City Red has three other games on the docket, starting Tuesday, July 12 with a game against Tri-City Maroon at 6 p.m. at Irondale High School.

Red takes Wednesday off before playing a pair of non-district games in the southwest metro. Tri-City faces Eden Prairie on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Round Lake Stadium in Eden Prairie and takes on Shakopee on Friday at 3 p.m. at Schleper Stadium in Shakopee.

Tri-City had a third game scheduled for the weekend against Hopkins on Saturday but had to pull out of that game because of the make-up with North St. Paul.

Following Saturday’s regular-season finale, next up for Tri-City Red is the sub-state tournament to determine one of the 16 state-tournament entrants. The tournament schedule wasn’t available for this edition of the Bulletin but it is likely to start on Tuesday, July 19 with games throughout the week at White Bear Lake High School and CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.

With only three games scheduled this weekend, it will seem like a vacation for Tri-City Red compared to the previous few. Red’s last off weekend was June 17-19 and since then it has played in three consecutive tournaments.

Last weekend it was the Gopher Classic, where Red played in a pool at Bethel University. Tri-City dropped its first two games before ripping off three straight victories. That wasn’t enough, however, to advance to the playoff portion of the tournament.

Tri-City opened the tournament on July 8 with an 8-3 loss to Lino Lakes and followed that up with a 5-3 loss to Hamline Purple, a last-second replacement.

On July 9, Tri-City got into the win column with a 7-1 victory over Yankton, South Dakota, and made it two straight with a 1-0 win over Forest Lake later in the day. Red wrapped up the weekend by downing Gillette, Wyoming, 2-1 on July 10.

The final standings for the weekend had Forest Lake and Hamline Purple tied at 4-1. Tri-City Red was next at 3-2 and followed by Yankton and Gillette at 1-3. Lino Lakes rounded out the standings at 1-4.

Forest Lake, by virtue of its 4-2 win over Hamline Purple on July 9, advanced to the playoffs, which took place on July 11-12 at various sites.

Over the Independence Day weekend, Tri-City trekked to Fargo for the 44th annual Fargo-Moorhead Invitational. Red went 4-1 in pool play but did not advance to the championship game.

Red’s lone loss in the tournament was a 5-4, eight-inning defeat at the hands of Fargo, which went on to post a 5-0 record and beat Moorhead 6-3 for the championship. Tri-City’s wins in the tournament came over Hopkins, Pierre, South Dakota, Aberdeen, South Dakota and Minot North Dakota.

Squeezed in between the two tournaments was Tri-City Red’s lone Fourth District game on July 6. Red ventured to Cretin-Derham Hall High School and downed Hamline Purple 4-2 to maintain a share of first place in the district standings.

 

Tri-City Maroon

Tri-City Maroon enters the final week of the regular season with three games remaining on its Fourth District schedule.

Maroon hosts Tri-City Red on July 12 and plays a doubleheader at Rosetown on July 13. Next week, Maroon will join seven other teams in the Sub-State 8 tournament at White Bear Lake High School and CHS Field.

Tri-City Maroon hosted a pool at Irondale High School in the Gopher Classic last weekend and went 1-3 with one game cancelled. Maroon’s victory was an 8-0 shutout over Bloomington Blue on July 9. Tri-City lost to Fargo, North Dakota, Harrisburg, South Dakota, and Lakeville North II and had its game against Farmington on July 10 cancelled since it had no bearing on the standings.

Fargo won the pool with a 5-0 record and advanced to the playoff portion of the tournament. Farmington was second at 3-1, followed by Lakeville North at 3-2, Harrisburg at 2-3, Irondale at 1-3 and Bloomington Blue at 0-5.

Tri-City Maroon’s lone district game last week ended in a 7-3 defeat at the hands of North St. Paul.

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Maroon played in the Firecracker 92 tournament in Rochester. Tri-City went 0-4 with losses to the Rochester Redhawks, Madison, Wisconsin, Mitchell, South Dakota and Ottawa, Ohio. Madison won the pool and went on to beat Austin 5-1 in the championship game.

 

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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