Rosetown A’s come up short in league

Consecutive one-run losses in last week’s St. Paul League playoffs ended the Rosetown A’s’ season short of the state tournament. Air Freight Unlimited and Sport & Spine beat Rosetown on consecutive days to knock the A’s out of contention for a state berth.
Air Freight defeated Rosetown 7-6 on Thursday in the semifinals. It was AFU’s second consecutive win over the A’s, who dropped a 14-4 decision to Air Freight in the their final regular season league game. Air Freight, the fifth seed in the playoffs, went on to beat Eastside Merchants to clinch a state tournament spot.
Sport & Spine, the second seed, lost to Rosetown twice during the regular season but finally beat the A’s when it counted the most. Rosetown beat Sport & Spine by a combined score of 25-8 in the two regular-season meetings but fell 1-0 in the playoffs.
After beating Rosetown, Sport & Spine knocked off Highland Park and Eastside Merchants to claim the St. Paul League’s third state tournament berth. And they did it even though they lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Commanding Edge is the St. Paul League’s other state representative. They picked up their berth by winning the regular season league crown.
The Class A State Tournament begins Thursday afternoon and runs through August 22 with games held at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis and Midway Stadium in St. Paul. Rosetown finished runner-up to the Minnetonka Millers in the 2004 state tournament.

St. Paul League playoffs
Play-in round (loser eliminated)
Plums 3, Cottage Grove Coyotes 2

First round (double elimination)
East Side Merchants 3, Sport & Spine 2,
8 innings
Highland Park 8, Joe & Stan’s 2
Rosetown A’s 5, Plums 4, 8 innings
Air Freight Unlimited 8, Twin City Saints 2

Second round
Sport & Spine 2, Joe & Stan’s 0 (Joe & Stan’s eliminated)
Twin City Saints 4, Plums 3 (Plums eliminated)

Third round
Eastside Merchants 6, Highland Park 3
Air Freight Unlimited 7, Rosetown A’s 6

Fourth round
Sport & Spine 1, Rosetown A’s 0 (Rosetown A’s eliminated)
Highland Park 12, Twin City Saints 11, 11 innings (Twin City Saints eliminated)

Fifth round
Air Freight Unlimited 5, Eastside Merchants 4 (Air Freight Unlimited advances to state tournament)
Sport & Spine 4, Highland Park 2 (Highland eliminated)

Sixth round
Sport & Spine 2, Eastside Merchants 1 (Sport & Spine advances to state tournament)

Legion notes
Sam Blevins was named the Rosetown American Legion baseball team’s MVP.
Brett Cleveringa, who will be a junior this fall at Concordia Academy, appeared in a game at the state tournament last week. He pitched one-third of an inning in Tri-City Red’s loss to Apple Valley in the first round on Thursday in St. Cloud. Cleveringa got Apple Valley’s Steve McGuiggan to pop out to end the top of the seventh inning.
Tri-City Red went 0-2 in the state tournament, losing to Apple Valley 10-0 in the first round and to Duluth Lakeview 3-2 in the first round of losers’ bracket play.
Eden Prairie won its second consecutive state title and will represent Minnesota in this week’s Central Plains regional in Mandan, N.D. Woodbury Blue, which lost to EP in the state final, travels to Moline, Ill., for this week’s Great Lakes regional. The eight regional winners then compete in the American Legion World Series in Rapid City, S.D.
Derek McCallum of Tri-City Red was named the Fourth District MVP. Last year, that honor went to Rosetown’s Corey Kieger.

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