Champlin Legion’s bats set team on 10-game winning streak

Rebels sweep their pool in the Gopher Classic

By Matthew Davis

Sun Post Newspapers

 

A triple head did not faze Champlin Legion baseball players.

“When you’re playing as well as they are, it’s not too bad,” Champlin coach Mike Loberg said.

Mario Zona of the Champlin Legion Rebels throws to first base earlier in the season. Zona and company won ten consecutive games through Sunday, July 13. (Sun Post staff photo by Matthew Davis)

Mario Zona of the Champlin Legion Rebels throws to first base earlier in the season. Zona and company won ten consecutive games through Sunday, July 13. (Sun Post staff photo by Matthew Davis)

In order to get in five games at the Gopher Classic tournament on July 11-13, the Rebels had to play three of their games on Sunday, July 13. Batters from Champlin put on a hitting clinic with 25 runs in three games for the day, which led to winning their pool in the 96-team tournament.

Champlin needed all three games to  win it too since North St. Paul also entered the day 2-0 in the pool. Game one came as the biggest challenge in a 9-8 win over East Grand Forks. Trevor Kiminiski drove in three runs, and Brian McGill had two RBI.

Two hours later, Champlin cruised past Lakeville South’s Legion squad 7-1. Michael Brooks had two hits and three RBI in the win.

After two games, the Rebels caught a longer break at McKnight Field in North St. Paul while South and NSP competed. Champlin then put up a big fifth inning to trounce NSP 9-1 for a 5-0 record in the pool.

It advanced Champlin to the championship round of the tournament on Monday and Tuesday, which occurred after press deadlines. Overall, Champlin pushed its winning streak to ten games.

Prior to the tournament, the Rebels beat Westphal Armstrong 13-5 Wednesday, July 9. That win will help the Rebels, 6-3 in North Hennepin League play, with positioning for the playoffs. Sub state tournament play begins a week from Thursday.

 

Contact Matthew Davis at matthew.davis@ecm-inc.com

 

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