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Baseball: Region 16C Playoffs are set as tournament gets going this weekend

The Alexandria Black Sox will try to defend their title from 2021 as they open up against Long Prairie on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Kensington.

Carter Stockert
Alexandria's Carter Stockert pitches in a game against Osakis during Resorters League play on July 24, 2022. Stockert and the Black Sox head into the Region 16C playoffs with a 9-3 record and will take on Long Prairie in Kensington at 5 p.m. on July 30. The opening round of the region tournament on Saturday is single elimination before the format switches to double elimination the rest of the way.
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ALEXANDRIA — The Minnesota Baseball Association Region 16C playoff bracket is set for local amateur teams as the tournament gets going this coming weekend.

The opening round of the tournament is single elimination before the format switches to double elimination for those who advance to the second round. The Fergus Falls Hurricanes, Urbank Bombers, Sauk Centre Titans and Breckenridge Bucks all earned byes into the second round after strong regular seasons.

The Alexandria Black Sox, the defending region champions , open up the playoffs on Saturday in Kensington against the Long Prairie Predators at 5 p.m. The Kensington Norsemen and Osakis Hawks start the three games in Kensington that day with an 11 a.m. game, and the Dent Wildcats and Ashby A’s play at 2 p.m.

Alexandria's Travis Krueger is named to the all-tournament team after a huge weekend that included three home runs, six hits total and 10 RBIs.

The Carlos Cougars will play the Pelican Rapids Lakers in an 8 p.m. game in Carlos on Saturday to round out the first-round matchups.

The winners of Saturday’s games turn right around and play on Sunday. Fergus Falls faces the winner of Osakis and Kensington in Kensington at 1 p.m. Urbank takes on the winner of Dent and Ashby at 4 p.m.

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In Carlos on Sunday, the Sauk Centre Titans play either Pelican Rapids or Carlos at 1 p.m. Breckenridge plays the winner of Alexandria and Long Prairie at 4 p.m.

In the final game of the regular season, the Alexandria Black Sox defeated the Osakis Hawks 11-7. Both teams are now set for the Region 16C Playoffs. Alexandria is the defending region champion, while Osakis is looking to make a deep run this year as well.

The region tournament will continue the following weekend on Aug. 6-7. The championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Aug. 13 in Kensington.

Both of the teams that advance to the region championship will move on to the Class C state tournament.

This year’s state tournament is being played across three venues at Memorial Park in Dundas, Bell Field in Faribault and Jack Ruhr Field is Miesville. The tournament will span three weekends from Aug. 19-21, Aug. 26-28 and Sept. 2-5.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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