Maple Grove VFW Post #11543 advances to state baseball tournament play by winning the Dist. 7 championship last week. The victory sent Maple Grove to the state tournament in Ely Aug. 8 to 11.
Entering as the No. 3 seed in the 27-team playoff pool, the Crimson earned a state berth by defeating Washburn in a best two out of theree opening round series, 5-0 and 6-2.
In the final round of eight, Maple Grove won four straight games en route to the championship with wins over St. Anthony 3-1, Cooper 11-3, Armstrong 7-0 and Armstrong 4-1.
Members of the Maple Grove VFW Post #11543 baseball team are front row, left to right, Isaac Collins, Mason McMahon, Kyle Anderson, Adam Brant, Austin Mathison, Ethan Hendricks, Lukas Burrington. Back row: Josh Wente, Mitch McIntyre, Charlie Horton, Brett Schulze, Noah Croaker, Eddie Lee, Joseph Kmiec, Matt Vogl, Drew Lewis.