More than 6,000 fans dodged last weekend’s severe weather and caught some of the action at the Minnesota State Amateur baseball tournament in Hamburg, Chaska, and Waconia.
After receiving a first round bye by virtue of its Region 6C championship, the Jordan Brewers fell to Maple Lake 2-0 in its opening game on Saturday, Aug. 28, in Chaska.
The Eagle Lake Expos, the region 6C runners up as the 12th seed, advanced to Labor Day weekend in its first every state tournament appearance with a 3-0 victory over the Luverne Redbirds.
Eagle Lake will play the Watertown Red Devils on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1:30 p.m. in Waconia. The Red Devils are one of three Crow River Valley league teams to make the final weekend.
Waconia defeated Foley 3-0 and will play Luxemburg Brewers on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Chaska. The Young America Cardinals defeated Avon 8-1 and will play St. Patrick, a 10-0 winner over the Austin Greyhounds, on Saturday in Chaska at 4:30 p.m.
St. Patrick and Young America met in last year’s semi-finals, with St. Patrick winning 6-4. The Irish were then defeated by Fairmont in the championship game.
The Carver Black Sox saw its season end with a 3-1 loss to the Bluffton Braves.
The round of 16 matchups include Sobieski vs. Dumont, Bluffton vs. Sartell, Waconia vs. Luxemburg, Maple Lake vs. Alexandria, Watertown vs. Eagle Lake, New Ulm Brewers vs. Milroy Yankees, St. Patrick vs. Young America, and Watkins vs. St. Martin.
St. Martin scored a 1-0 victory over Fergus Falls despite it being a no-hitter. The Martins scored via a walk in the sixth inning, the runner took second and third on a wild pitch, then scored on a suicide squeeze.
The Loretto Larks, who were joined by former Minnesota Twin Cory Koskie midway through the season, were defeated by Dumont by a score of 6-4.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be played on Sunday, Sept. 5, with the championship game slated for noon on Monday, Sept. 6, in Waconia.
In the Class B bracket, Miesville Mudhens and Chanhassen Redbirds will square off in the winner’s bracket finale on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Hamburg. The winner will advance to Sunday’s championship.
Chanhassen, of the River Valley League, defeated Rochester by a 2-1 score to advance to the double-elimination, then scored a 7-4 win over Champlin Park.
Victoria dropped a 3-2, 11-inning affair to Champlin Park on Saturday, ending its season.
The New Market Muskies, of the Dakota Rice Scott League, defeated St. Michael 10-4 to advance to the four-team, double-elimination bracket, before losing 8-1 to Miesville.
The Muskies will need to win four games on the weekend, starting with Champlin Park on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Waconia.