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Alexandria,Minnesota 56308
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Cold Spring wins State VFW title
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Game 1

Maple Grove 0-2-1-0-2-3-3--11-15-3

Maplewood 1-0-1-0-0-0-1--3-4-5

WP--Alec Horton

LP--Rob Deutsch

Maplewood--Joe Knooihuizen 1-3, BB, 2 R; Willie Faust 2-4, 2 2B, R.David Bruchu 1-3, BB, RBI


Maple Grove--Zach Burrington 3-5, 2SB, 3 R; Max Ditty 1-5, R, 2 RBI; Alex Naasz 2-4, 2 R, SB, 2 RBI.

A solid and consistent offensive effort by Maple Grove led them to an 11-3 win over Maplewood in the first game of the tournament. Maple Grove broke open a 3-2 game with eight runs over the final three innings.

Game 2

Perham 0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-4-2

Albert Lea 2-0-0-0-2-0-x--4-6-1

WP--Jordan Cooper

LP--Shawn Stafki

Perham--Brad Ellingson 1-3; Andrew Muer 1-3; Ben Brill 1-3; Jeremy Lahr 1-3.

Albert Lea--Carter Kortan 1-2, 2 BB, R; Luke Grossman 2-4, R; Jordan Cooper 0-1, 2 BB, R; Colby Strilaeff 1-2, BB, 2 RBIJosh Eisen Braun 1-3, R.

Albert Lea's Jordan Cooper pitched six innings of four-hit ball to shutout the hometown Perham Stingers in Game 2 of the tournament at Krueger Field, 4-0.

Post 4020 sent the minimum of three batters in an inning five times.

Game 3

Worthington 1-0-0-1-0-1-1--4-9-3

Grand Rapids 0-1-0-1-1-0-2--5-6-3

WP--Mike Olson

LP--Adam Munkel

Worthington--Mitchell Jensen 1-3, BB, R; Octavio Jimenez 2-4; Steven Kremer 2-3, BB, 2 R, RBI; Adam Munkel 2-4, RBI; Stuart Rogers 1-4, RBI; Justin Larson 1-3, R.

Grand Rapids--Matt How 0-3, BB, R; Patrick Moore 1-4, 2 R; Michael Halling 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI (GW); Zach Dick 2-4, R; Mike Olson 0-2, BB, R.

Grand Rapids trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Michael Halling ripped a one-out double to the right field gap, scoring Matt How from third to tie the game, and coming all the way around from first was Patrick Moore with the game winning run.

Game 4

Fergus Falls 0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-3-0

Eagan 2-1-0-0-0-0-x--3-5-1

WP--Neal Kunik

LP--Darin Stanislawski

Fergus Falls--Dan Revering 1-3; Will Rader 1-3; Trevor Larson 1-3.

Eagan--Zach Zenner 0-1, 3 BB, R; Neal Kunik 0-1, 2 BB, RBI; JD Dorgan 1-3, Rtony Hoffman 0-3, R.

Eagan scored early, putting up two runs in the first and one more in the second to take down Fergus Falls, 3-0. Eagan starting pitcher Neal Kunik allowed just three hits and struck oout five in the win.

Game 5

Maple Grove 0-0-0-1-0-1-0--2-6-5

Alexandria 2-0-0-0-1-2-x--5-7-1

WP--Shawn Krueger

LP--Mike Bartels

Maple Grove--Alec Horton 2-3, 2B, Sac, RBI; Justin Piche 1-4, 2B, R; Alex Naasz 2-3, R.

Alexandria--Parker Giroux 0-1, 2 BB, HBP, 2 R; Ross Thompson 1-4, R; Dalton Leuschke 2-4, 2B, Eric Carlson 1-3, BB; Shawn Krueger 2-3, BB; Kyle Bany 0-2, R.

Alexandria scored a pair of runs early, then put two more up in the sixth to hold off Maple Grove, 5-2. The top three batters for Alexandria, Parker Giroux, Ross Thompson and Dalton Leuschke combined to reach base nine times and scored four runs.

Game 6

Albert Lea 0-0-0-0-0-0-6--6-10-1

Cold Spring 2-0-1-0-5-0-x--8-7-1

WP--Mathias Butala

LP--Kolby Strilaeff

Albert LeaCarter Kortan 1-4, R; Luke Grossman 2-4, R; Jordan Cooper 1-3, HBP, R; Aaron Klatt 1-4, RBI; Colby Strilaeff 2-3, R, RBI; Cole Sorenson 2-3, 2B, R.

Cold Spring

Derek Lieser 2-3, 2 R; Zach Hinkemeyer 1-2, BB, HBP, 2 R; Mathian Butala 0-0, 3 BB, R; Shane Rausch 0-3, R; Spencer Schulte 1-3, 2B, R; Mike Holbrook 1-3, R.

Cold Spring held off a late Albert Lea rally to win 8-6. Cold Spring was up 3-0 when they broke the game open with a five-run fifth. But Albert Lea didn't give up, and sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Albert Lear strung together six straight hits to score six runs before their rally was snuffed out by Cold Spring.

Game 7

Worthington 0-0-2-3-0-3-0--8-10-2

Perham 0-0-0-2-0-1-0--3-8-1

WP--Adam Munkel

LP--Brad Ellingson

Perham--Sam Warne 0-3, BB, R; Mike Warne 2-4; Andrew Muer 1-4, HR; Jeremy Lahr 2-4, 2B, R; Jon Langlie 2-4.

Worthington--Mitchell Jensen 1-5, HBP, 2 R; Octavio Jimenez 1-4; Kirk McBreen 2-3, Sac, R; Cody Melendrez 2-4; Stuart Rogers 2-4, 2B, R; Justin Larson 1-4, 2 R; Ethan Duffy 1-3, BB, 2 R.

Worthington knocked out the host, Perham, 8-3 in the last game of day one at Matt' Field. Mitchell Jenson, Justin Larson and Ethan Duffy each scored two runs for Worthington.

Perham's Andrew Muer scored the teams first run of the tournament with a solo homer in the fourth. The Stingers left 10 runners on base, including leaving the bases loased in two different innings.

Game 8

Fergus Falls 1-5-1

Maplewood 14-13-1

WP--Alec Conners

LP--Jeff Hamann

It wasn't a good tournament for District 9, as the host, Perham, went 0-2, then the district champ, Fergus Falls, was knocked out on the first day after getting pounded by Maplewood, 14-1. Maplewood scored four runs in each of the first two innings to put the game away early.

Game 9

Maple Grove 2-0-0-0-1-1-1--5-9-2

Worthington 1-0-0-0-0-0-2--3-6-2



Maple Grove--Max Ditty 2-4, 2 R; Alec Horton 3-4, R, 2 RBI; Brady Jacobs 2-3, 2B, RBI; Travis Nehowig 1-3, RBI; Keegan Mills 0-3, R.

Worthington--Mitchell Jensen 1-4, R; Kirk McBreen 1-3, RBI; Cody Melendez 0-2, BB, R; Justin Larson 1-3, R; Ethan Duffy 1-2, BB, 2 RBI.

Alec Horton was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored to lead Maple Grove to a 5-3 win over Worthington.

Ethan Duffy had a two-run single for Worthington in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell short after that. Worthington was eliminated with the loss.

Game 10

Ablert Lea 0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-6-1

Maplewood 0-0-3-3-0-0-x--6-6-1

WP--Andrew Bestler

LP--Aaron Klatt

Albert Lea--Jordan Cooper 1-3, 2B, BB; Luke Grossman 1-4; Colby Strilaeff 1-3; JT Bellrichard 1-2, BB.

Maplewood--Joe Knooihuizen 2-3, BB, R; Willie Faust 0-3, R; David Bruchu 1-3, 2 RBI; Nick Elemes 2-3, R; Joe Larson 1-3, R; Jonny Phillippi 0-2, BB, 2 R.

A pair of three run innings were enough for Maplewood starter Andrew Bestler as he shutout Albert Lea, 6-0. The loss eliminated Albert Lea from the tournament.

A fielders choise and a two-run single by David Bruchau put Maplewood up 3-0 in the third. A strikeout on a wild pitch (allowing the batter to advance), a walk and an error contributed to Maplewood's three-run fourth.

Game 11

Alexandria 5

Grand Rapids 3

WP--Eric Lehn

LP--Eric Anderson

Grand Rapids broke open a pitchers dual with a pair of runs in the fifth. Alex answered with five runs over the next two innings to advance with a 5-3 win.

Game 12

Cold Spring 3-1-1-0-0-0-0--5-5-0

Eagan 1-0-1-0-0-0-0--2-4-3

WP--Mitchell Schramel

LP--Garrison Harris

Cold Spring--Derek Lieser 1-3, 2B, BB, R; Zach Hinkemeyer 1-3, BB, R; Eric Loxtercamp 2-3, HBP, R; Shane Rausch 0-3, R; Anthoy Burg 1-3, R.

Eagan--Zach Zenner 1-3; Neal Kunik 0-2, BB, R; Adam Carl 1-3, 2B, RBI; Jacob Nerhus 1-2, R.

Cold Spring scored three times in the top of the first with a bases loaded walk, a fielders choice, and a double steal, and made it stand up in a 5-2 win over Eagan.

Eagan answered in the bottom of the first with a RBI single by Adam Carl.

Cold Spring added a single run in the second, on a RBI single by Eric Loxtercamp, and another in the third on a RBI hit by Anthony Burg. Eagan got back on the board in the bottom of the third on a RBI single by Zach Zenner, scoring Jacob Nerhus.

Cold Spring pitcher Mitchell Schramel cruised from there, allowing just one hit over the final four innings.

Game 13

Maplewood 4-1-0-9-0--14-11-1

Grand Rapids 0-1-0-0-0-- 1- 3- 1

WP--Alec Conners

LP--Tyrel Cournoyer

Maplewood--Joe Knooihuizen 1-2, 2B, 2 HBP, 2 R, 2 RBI; Willie Faust 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI; David Bruchu 2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Rob Deutsch 1-4, R, RBI; Nick Elemes 1-3, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI; Joe Larson 1-3, R, RBI; Charlie Koller 1-2, BB, R, 2 RBI; Jake Hanson 0-2, HBP, 2 R; Andrew Bestler 1-3, R, RBI.

Grand Rapids--Matt How 1-3; Zach Dick 1-2, R; Matt Dorholt 1-2, RBI.

After starting the game with a four-run first inning, Maplewood ran away from Grand Rapids with a nine-run fourth on their way to a 14-1 win in five innings. Grand Rapids was eliminated with the loss.

Eight different players scored for Maplewood, with five scoring twice.

Game 14

Maple Grove 0-3-0-0-3-0-2--8-11-2

Eagan 0-2-0-5-0-2-x--9-15-0

WP--Tony Hoffman

LP--Anthony Croft

Maple Grove--Bryton Carlson 2-3, BB, R; Brady Jacobs 1-2, 2 BB, 2 R; Alex Naasz 3-4, 3 R; Justin Piche 1-3, BB, HR; Travis Nehowig 2-4, R.

Eagan--Zach Zenner 3-4, 2 R; Neal Kunik 3-4, R; Adam Carl 2-3, BB< R; Derek Wilson 1-4, R; Garrison Harris 2-4, 2 R; Alex Johnson 2-3, R; Taylor Mathiason 1-2, BB, R; Jacob Nerhus 1-3, R.

Eagan was trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs for a 7-3 lead. Maple Grove fought back, scoring three times in the fifth to cut the Eagan lead to one. Eagan followed with a pair of runs in the sixth, then held off a seventh inning rally by Maple Grove to win, 9-8.

Game 15

Alexandria 0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-1-1

Cold Spring 0-0-0-3-1-1-x--5-5-0

WP--Cole Schoborg

LP--Ben Vogeler

Alexandria--Ross Thompson 1-3.

Cold Spring--Zach Hinkemeyer 1-3; Mathias Butala 0-2, BB< R; Ben Rausch 1-3, R; Shane Rausch 2-3, 2 R; Mike Holbrook 0-1, BB, R.

Cold Spring's Cole Schoborg threw a complete game, one-hitter to knock Alexandria from the winners bracket with a 5-0 win. Alex's lone hit came in the first inning. From there, Schoborg cruiseduntil hitting a batter in the sixth, then allowing one walk in the seventh.

A walk, two base hits and an Alex error contributed to a three-run fourth for Cold Spring. Zach Hinkemeyer drove in a run in the fifth, and Anthony Burg drove in Shane Rausch with the final run in the sixth.

Game 16

Eagan 1-0-0-0-0-1-0--2-6-2

Maplewood 2-0-1-1-2-1-x--7-13-2

WP--David Bruchu

LP--Taylor Mathiason

Eagan--Zach Zenner 1-4, R; Neal Kunik 2-3, 2B, R; Adam Carl 1-3.

Maplewood--Joe Knooihuizen 2-3, BB, 2 R; Willie Faust 1-4, R; David Bruchau 1-4, R; Rob Deutsch 2-3, BB; Nick Elemes 3-3, BB, 2B, 2 R; Jake Larson 1-4, R; Charlie Kohler 1-2, BB, RBI; Andrew Bestler 2-3, 2 RBI.

Maplewood scored in five of the six innings they came to bat as they eliminated Eagan, 7-2. David Bruchau scattered six hits over seven innings for the win.

Nick Elemes was solid in the middle of the Maplewood line-up, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs scored.

Game 17

Maplewood 2-0-2-0-0-0-5--9-9-1

Alexandria 0-0-0-1-0-1-0--2-7-2

WP--Alec Conners

LP--Cody Larson

Maplewood--Willie Faust 2-4, R; David Bruchau 1-2, 2 BB, 3 R; Rob Deutsch 1-2, BB, Sac, R; Nick Elemes 3-4, 2 2B, R/

Alexandria--Parker Giroux 2-4; Eric Carlson 1-3, R; Shawn Krueger 1-3, 2B, R; Trevor Zolin 1-3, RBI.

Maplewood completed their run through the losers bracket with a 9-2 win over Alexandria. After losing their first game in the tournament, Maplewood won five games in the losers bracket to advance to the championship round.

Nick Elemes had a two-run double in the first, and a two-run single in the third to give Maplewood a 4-0 lead. Alex just ran out of pitching in the top of the seventh as Maplewood took advantage of three walks and a hit batter to put up five runs.

Game 18

Cold Spring 0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0-4-2

Maplewood 0-1-1-0-0-0-x--2-4-0

WP--Robert Youngdahl

LP--Mathias Butala

Cold Spring--Derek Lieser 2-4; Mathias Butala 1-3, HBP; Eric Loxtercamp 1-3, 2B.

Maplewood--Willie Faust 1-2, 2B, BB; Robert Youngdahl 0-3, R; Rob Deutsch 1-3; Nick Elemes 0-2, BB, R.

Maplewood scored single runs in the second and third innings, both on wild pitches, to hand Cold Spring their first loss of the tournament, 2-0, forcing a second championship game. Robert Youngdahl and Mathias Butala hooked up in a classic pitchers dual, with the Maplewood lefty coming out on top with five strike outs over seven innings.

Cold Spring left seven men on base, including leaving the bases loaded in the sixth.

Game 19

Cold Spring 0-0-1-0-1-0-4--6-11-1

Maplewood 0-0-0-0-0-1-1--2-4-3

WP--Mitchell Schramel

LP--Andrew Bestler

Cold Spring--Derek Lieser 2-3, Sac; Zach Hinkemeyer 1-4, R; Eric Loxtercamp 1-4, R; Shane Rausch 2-4, RBI; Spencer Schulte 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; Anthony Burg 0-1, Sac, BB, R; Aaron Schneider 1-2, R.

Maplewood--Joe Knooihuizen 0-3, R; Willie Faust 1-3; David Bruchau 1-3; Robert Youngdahl 0-2, BB, R; Joe Larson 1-3.

Cold Spring broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run seventh to capture the 2008 State VFW Baseball Championship over Maplewood, 6-2.

Cold Spring had a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Spencer Schulte scored his second run of the game on a RBI single by Derek Lieser.

Maplewood cut the lead in half in the sixth on a controversial play. With runners on second and third and one out, a pop-fly was hit to center. The runner on third was tagging, but the runner on second was caught off base and doubled-up on the throw by the Cold Spring centerfielder. Meanwhile, the Maplewood runner was said to have crossed the plate by the umpire crew before the runner on seond was called out, allowing the run to score.

Cold Spring made sure the run didn't matter, as they exploded for four runs in the top of the seventh with RBI hits by Eric Loxtercamp, Shane Rausch and Schulte.

Mitchell Schramel pitched a complete game for Cold Spring, scattering four hits over seven innings.

Cold Spring had also won titles in 1983 and 1992.