Cavalry tries to make a run

The North St. Paul Cavalry American Legion baseball team had a shot at an upset in the first round of the Sub-State 8 playoffs last week, but couldn’t hang on in the ninth inning. Cavalry followed up the loss by avoiding elimination in the first round of losers-bracket play.

Cavalry entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and faced fourth-seeded Lino Lakes on July 19 at White Bear Lake High School. North St. Paul led 7-3 going to the bottom of the ninth before the bottom fell out.

Lino Lakes scored five runs, all with two outs, to grab the unlikely victory.

Despite the heartbreaking loss, North St. Paul bounced back the next day and thumped Chisago Lakes 15-4 in an elimination game.

Following the games on July 20, the tournament was postponed one day due to the high heat indices that gripped the state. Because of that, the rest of the Sub-State 8 tournament was played past the deadline for this edition of the Review.

There were still six teams alive after the July 20 games. Top-seeded Stillwater and No. 2 seed Tri-City Red had yet to lose in the tournament. The four teams with only one loss were Cavalry, Forest Lake, White Bear and Lino Lakes.

Stillwater whipped Chisago Lakes 16-0 in the first round and beat Lino Lakes 7-2 in the second. Tri-City Red had no trouble with White Bear in the first round, winning 15-2, and rallied from four down to knock off Forest Lake 10-8 in the second round.

White Bear bounced back from its loss to Tri-City and eliminated Tri-City Maroon 13-6 in round two. Tri-City Maroon had lost to Forest Lake 10-4 in the first round.

The Sub-State 8 champion joins 15 other teams in the state tournament, which runs July 29 through August 1 in Delano.

 

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

 

Sub-State 8 American Legion baseball tournament

 

Play-in game

Game 1 — Chisago Lakes 9, Burnsville II 5 (Burnsville II eliminated)

 

First round

Game 2 — Lino Lakes 8, North St. Paul Cavalry 7

Game 3 — Tri-City Red 15, White Bear 2, 7 innings

Game 4 — Forest Lake 10, Tri-City Maroon 4

Game 5 — Stillwater 16, Chisago Lakes 0, 7 innings

 

Second round

Game 6 — White Bear 13, Tri-City Maroon 6 (Tri-City Maroon eliminated)

Game 7 — North St. Paul Cavalry 15, Chisago Lakes 4, 7 innings (Chisago Lakes eliminated)

Game 8 — Tri-City Red 10, Forest Lake 8

Game 9 — Stillwater 7, Lino Lakes 2

 

Third round

Game 10 — North St. Paul Cavalry vs. Forest Lake

Game 11 — White Bear vs. Lino Lakes

Game 12 — Tri-City Red vs. Stillwater

 

Fourth round

Game 13 — Game 10 winner vs. Game 12 loser

Game 14 — Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner

 

Championship round

Game 15 — Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner

 

 

 

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