Champlin bounced from playoffs by Redbirds

While Champlin had been swinging hot bats all season long, Coon Rapids chilled the LoGators offense and ended their season on Friday.

In two Class B Section 2 amateur baseball playoff games with the Redbirds, Champlin mustered five runs in their losses. Coon Rapids grabbed momentum quickly in the best-of-three series on Wednesday with a 10-1 victory.

Matt Marek pitched a complete game for the LoGators and scored their lone run on 2-5 hitting. Josh Wettlaufer batted a team best 3-4.

Marek put the LoGators up 1-0 in the first inning with his run, but the Redbirds flew ahead 7-1 in the sixth inning. Champlin left a substantial amount of runners left on base with eight hits, and their season ended in game two of the series with base runners stranded again. The LoGators trailed 6-4 in the ninth with bases loaded before the Redbirds got the final out.

After falling behind early 2-0, Champlin did not score a run in game two until the sixth inning. The Rebirds built a 6-2 lead prior to the ninth, but the LoGators trimmed the lead in the ninth to a pair in the 6-4 loss.

Andy Evans threw the first 5.1 innings for the LoGators with four strikeouts. Zach Heckert pitched in relief for Evans in 2.1 innings and allowed two hits and no runs.

Ryan Bruns hit 1-5 with two RBI in Champlin’s final outing of the season. Tim Heifort and Jeff Heuer each drove in a run.

Champlin ended its season at 25-15 overall against a Redbirds team that went 7-2 against upper-level Class A amateur teams this season. The Redbirds beat Class A power Minnetonka 12-8 on Aug. 2.

The LoGators had the No. 2 seed in the section tournament and a third-place finish in the Metro Minny League at 15-5. Falling in the playoffs also concluded Tom Heifort’s first season at the helm for Champlin.

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

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