By Matthew Davis
Sun Post Newspapers
Section tournament play begins for Class B amateur baseball teams in Minnesota this week, and Champlin gets to rest it players with a first-round bye.
“The biggest thing is that we needed to sit for a week and heal up a little bit,” Champlin LoGators coach Tom Heifort said.
The LoGators locked up the No. 2 seed in Section 2 late in the season with a 25-11 record overall and a 15-5 mark in the Metro Minny League. They finished in third place for the league, 3.5 games back of first.
Fortunately for the LoGators, only one team ahead of them plays in the same section, the Blaine Fusion. First-place Forest Lake will compete in Section 8.
Blaine owns the No. 1 seed for Section 2 and will likewise have a bye. Anoka, Coon Rapids, Ramsey and East Bethel will battle it out in best-of-three-game series this week to advance. Champlin and Blaine will take teams based on seeding in the second round.
The LoGators will open their series on Wednesday, August 13. Anoka, the No. 3 seed, is a probable opponent and the two league rivals have split multiple close games including the LoGators’ 8-6 win on the final night of regular season play, Aug. 3.
“Anoka can hit the ball, and we can hit the ball; it just happened be that we came out on top tonight,” Heifort said about the win.
“It looks like the way things are lined up, we’re going to have to play them in a two out of three series,” Heifort said. “It’s going to be a battle.”
If the LoGators can get the through the section, they will advance to the state tournament at the end of the month. Super sections has gone away due to a Minnesota Baseball Association board decision. State will have 16 teams this year instead of eight, but the tourney will be single elimination instead of double.
“If we can get all of our starters in there, we’re a pretty good team,” Heifort said.
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