Tri-City Red continues to lead Fourth District

Going undefeated in the regular season in the Fourth District is a rare feat. Records on tricitybaseball.org go back to 1990 and show no team has been able to pull it off in that time.

The Tri-City Red American Legion baseball team is trying snap that streak (or maybe do it for the first time) and is a half dozen wins away. The Reds entered this week 10-0 in district play with six games to play.

Tri-City picked up wins nine and 10 with a doubleheader sweep of Hamline Red on Sunday. Game one, a 6-3 win, featured a 15-minute stretch with a single umpire as the other official departed in the middle of the game when nature called.

A portion of game two, which Red won 7-1, was played as the sprinklers at Mounds View High School turned on and did their job of watering the grass.

Tri-City’s other district wins last week came against White Bear, Tri-City Maroon twice and Maplewood Green. The win over Maplewood broke a first-place tie and put Red alone atop the district standings for the first time this summer.

Tri-City has three more district games (Monday against Arcade-Phalen, Tuesday against Rosetown and Wednesday against Hamline Purple) this week before heading to Bethel University for the Gopher Classic.

The Gopher Classic, the largest American Legion baseball tournament in the country, features 90 teams divided into 15 pools. The pool winners join one wild card in the playoff portion of the tournament, which takes place July 15-16.

Tri-City Red is the host team for the pool being played at Bethel. Red plays Friday at 6 p.m. against Bemidji, Saturday at 8 a.m. against Grand Forks (N.D.) and 10:30 a.m. against the Billings (Mont.) Scarlets and Sunday at 1 p.m. against Farmington and 6 p.m. against Woodbury Blue.

Tri-City Maroon

Tri-City Maroon entered this week smack dab in the middle of the Fourth District standings. Maroon, with its 4-7 district record, began the week in fifth place in the nine-team district.

Tri-City picked up a bit of momentum for this week’s action by finishing the Firecracker 92 tournament on a high note. Maroon closed out the tournament in Rochester with a 6-0 victory over the Madison (Wisc.) Impact on Sunday.

The win over Madison gave Tri-City a 2-2 record in the tournament, a one-game improvement from a year ago when it went 1-3. Maroon opened the tournament on Friday with a 15-5 win over Ralston (Neb.) but then lost 5-2 to the Rochester Redhawks and 5-3 to Onalaska (Wisc.) on Saturday.

Tri-City finished third in its four-team pool and matched up against Madison, the third-place team from Pool A, on Sunday.

The Redhawks won the pool to advance to the four-team playoff but lost in the semifinals to Mahtomedi. The Calgary Dinos won the other semifinal and beat Mahtomedi 12-6 to win the championship. It was the second consecutive year that a team from Calgary won the tournament. Last year’s champions were the Calgary Redbirds.

The rest of last week’s results for Tri-City weren’t that positive. Maroon opened the week with a 1-0 victory over Hamline Red but then dropped a pair of doubleheaders to Tri-City Red and Hamline Purple.

This week’s district schedule is light with only one game on the docket. That was Monday at home against Rosetown, past the deadline for this edition of the Bulletin.

The bulk of this week’s schedule for Maroon is in the Gopher Classic, the largest American Legion baseball tournament in the country. It features 90 teams divided into 15 pools. The pool winners join one wild card in the playoff portion of the tournament, which takes place July 15-16.

Tri-City is hosting a pool at Irondale High School from Friday through Sunday. Maroon plays Friday at 3:30 p.m. against St. Louis Park and 6 p.m. against Watertown (S.D.). On Saturday, Tri-City plays Prior Lake at 1 p.m. and Northfield at 3:30 p.m. Maroon then closes out pool play with a 6 p.m. game on Sunday against Omaha-Roncalli.

Tri-City Blue

The Tri-City Blue American Legion baseball team has embarked on its busiest week of the season. Blue plays seven games in six days, including five in three days over the weekend.

Tri-City plays a pair of North Hennepin League games midweek before spending the weekend at the Gopher Classic in Edina.

Blue hosts Andover at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and travels to Champlin at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

After taking Thursday off, Tri-City heads to Braemar Field in Edina for the pool-play portion of the Gopher Classic. On Friday, Blue faces Oakdale at 2:30 p.m. and Creighton Prep (Neb.) at 5:15 p.m. On Saturday, it’s Lakeville South at 9 a.m. and Edina at 11:45 a.m. Tri-City wraps up pool play on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. against Ash Port (Wisc.).

The Gopher Classic, the largest American Legion baseball tournament in the country, features 90 teams divided into 15 pools. The pool winners join one wild card in the playoff portion of the tournament, which takes place July 15-16.

On the schedule next week for Tri-City are the final two games of the regular season. Blue hosts Westphal Armstrong on July 16 at 7 p.m. and travels to Maple Grove on July 17 for a 6:15 p.m. game.

Tri-City Blue enters this week with a record of 8-4. Last week, Blue lost 9-8 to Fridley Eagle Gold and bounced back to take down Osseo 9-6. Tri-City is 6-3 against North Hennepin League opponents and 2-1 in non-league games.

Fourth District standings (Through July 7)
  W-L Games behind
Tri-City Red 10-0 -
Hamline Purple 9-1 1
Maplewood Green 6-2 3
North St. Paul 7-4 3.5
Tri-City Maroon 4-7 6.5
Hamline Red 2-6 7
Rosetown 3-8 7.5
White Bear 2-7 7.5
Arcade-Phalen 1-9 9

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

 

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