Teams places fourth in state tournament
The Osseo-Maple Grove Black Sox Senior Babe Ruth team won the North Division playoffs and finished fourth in last week’s state tournament in Apple Valley.
In the double elimination division playoffs, OMG lost its first game 7-2 to Wayzata July 18, then reeled off four straight wins to capture the championship. They routed Minnetonka 13-5 July 19 behind a nine-run first inning. OMG then edged Bloomington 3-2 the next day. Riley Byland pitched a complete game and struck out eight batters.
In the first championship game Saturday, July 20, against Wayzata, OMG was down 8-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. But the boys did not quit and scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie, and then eventually won in extra innings on a walk-off single by Cuyler Fischer.
OMG completed its great comeback when they routed Wayzata 9-1 in the second championship game Sunday, July 21. Joe Olson pitched a complete game. The one run he allowed was unearned. He also hit a homerun.
OMG went 3-2 in the 10-team double elimination state tournament and took fourth place.
They blanked Elko 2-0 in game one, beat Eden Prairie 6-5 in game two, lost to Lakeville North 6-0 in game three, defeated Apple Valley 13-7 in game four and fell to Eden Prairie 7-0.
“The boys did very well,” OMG coach Jack Anderson said. “We outlasted and beat some very good teams. We just ran out of steam at the end.”