Top-seeded Maple Grove bounced back from a 4-3 loss to Totino Grace with a 7-1 win over Coon Rapids in Section 5 baseball action last week.
The Crimson played in the double-elimination semifinal round June 4 to try to stay in contention for a section title. The section final was Wednesday, June 6.
Maple Grove opened section play with a 5-1 win over Irondale. Tyler Field’s six strikeouts were enough to push the Crimson past Irondale. Field allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks over a seven-inning complete game performance.
Roman Collins ignited the Crimson offense in the fourth inning with a lead-off double and was plated on a two-out single by Shay Torgerson, tying the game 1-1. Torgerson advanced on a single by Tanner Ruprecht, stole third and advanced home on a throwing error for a 2-1 lead.
Maple Grove added three more runs in the sixth inning taking advantage of three hit batters and three stolen bases.
Totino Grace slipped past the Crimson 4-3 in the next round.
Grace took a 2-0 in the top of the first on two-run blast by Derek Lodermeier.
Maple Grove responded in the bottom of the second inning with a Ruprecht solo homerun and a two-out single by Logan Hershey driving in two runs for a 3-2 lead.
The game’s last lead went to Totino thanks to a fourth inning rally that saw one run cross the plate on a sacrifice fly.
The Crimson bats fell silent with runners in scoring position in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Joe Roney recorded the win for Totino. He allowed three runs over seven innings. Roney struck out two, walked one and gave up five hits.
The Crimson used a five-run fourth inning burst to topple Coon Rapids 7-1 and stay alive June 2 at Midway Stadium.
The fuse was lit when Coon Rapids walked three consecutive Crimson batters. With the bases loaded Joe Franta plated Isaac Collins with a sacrifice fly, Roman Collins hammered a two-run double to deep centerfield, and Jack Kuebelbeck recorded the final two runs by executing a well-placed double suicide bunt.
The loss eliminates the top-ranked Cardinals from post-season play while the Crimson got to play another day.
Field pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run on four hits.
"I was really pleased with our competitive spirit," said Crimson coach Darby Carlson. "Coon Rapids is an outstanding ball club and we were able to take advantage of the walks and errors they committed. Hopefully, we’ll play with the same get-after-it mentality in the rest of our playoff games."