Mason South of Maple Grove hits an infield ground ball that brought in the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Class 4A, Section 5 championship game Wednesday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
After a nine-inning thriller in their first meeting in the Class 4A, Section 5 tournament, Maple Grove and Mounds View met in the section final. And once again, drama ensued.
The Crimson fell behind 5-0 after the second inning and again 6-5 in the seventh. But those deficits did not deter Maple Grove as the Crimson came back twice, including a dramatic bottom of the seventh to win 7-6 and take home the section championship and advance to next week’s Class 4A state tournament.
After the Mustangs (16-9) lost the first meeting against Maple Grove, they came back with vengeance and took down Champlin Park to set up a rematch with the Crimson. Mounds View needed two wins on Wednesday to win the section championship.
Senior catcher Clayton Fisher went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs in the 7-6 win over Mounds View in the Class 4A, Section 5 championship. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
After trailing by as many as five runs, Maple Grove came back to tie the game at five before erasing a one-run deficit in the seventh and winning 7-6 to capture the Class 4A, Section 5 title on Wednesday at Osseo High School.
Mounds View (16-9) came in needing to win twice to head to the state tournament. The Mustangs started well, scored five runs in the first two innings. Junior third baseman Tanner Hoemann cleared the bases in the first inning with a 3-run RBI double. He finished the day 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Maple Grove (19-4) had its comeback effort start with a solo home run from senior catcher Chayton Fischer. He went 2-for-4 in the win with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored.
In the sixth inning, the Crimson tied the game at five with a solo home run from senior designated hitter Mason South. He scored twice in the game.
In the top of the seventh inning, Hoemann made it 6-5 Mustangs lead with an RBI double that drove in left fielder Parker Holmboe.
In the bottom of the seventh, junior center fielder Jacob Kilzer started the rally with a double. After advancing to third, Kilzer scored as Hunter Gerber reached on an error by junior shortstop Jack Henrich. After Fischer was hit by a pitch, South hit a grounder to Henrich. The shortstop’s throw to second base was wide into right field and Gerber came around to score to give Maple Grove the win and section championship.
Mustangs senior pitcher Blake Guerin pitched the entire game in the 7-6 loss to the Crimson at Memorial Field in Osseo. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine