Cambridge-Isanti needed a seventh-inning rally to dispose of 12th-seed Anoka in a 10-9 win at home June 1 in the Section 7AAA playoff opener. The 5th-seed Bluejackets (12-9) next travel to No. 4 Andover (11-9) for the second round on Friday, June 3 (4:30 p.m.).
Down 9-8, Reed Burns led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit, moving up on Clayton Jennissen’s sacrifice bunt. Ryan Epsen delivered an RBI single to plate Burns for the tying run. After pinch-hitter Mike Henderscheid coaxed a walk, Ryan Miller drove in Epsen with a solid single up the middle.
Anoka (3-18) opened the game with a 3-0 lead on Kevin Pribyl’s 335-foot, 3-run homer. The Bluejackets tied it in the bottom of the first on singles from Garrett Hedberg and Matt Ziebarth, along with a pair of Tornado errors.
C-I starter Cole Bakke kept Anoka in check in between the second and fourth innings, including throwing a slider for a called strike-3 with runners at second and third to end the fourth. Two more Tornado errors led to a 5-3 Jacket lead in the third.
With Cambridge-Isanti leading 8-5 entering the seventh, Anoka strung together three singles which were followed by Brandon Stopka’s double to right-center. The Tornados then took the 9-8 lead when Dan Sherman dropped down a perfect squeeze bunt which scored Austin Parent and courtesy-runner Gino Bianchi-Rossi.
Burns led the Jacket offense by reaching base all four times (one error, two walks and the single in the seventh), scoring 3 runs. Garrett Hedberg, Matt Ziebarth and Epsen all had 2 hits for C-I.
More 7AAA Scores from June 1:
No. 10 Princeton 11, No. 7 North Branch 0
No. 9 Elk River 5, No. 8 Duluth Central 1
No. 6 Grand Rapids 10, No. 11 Chisago Lakes 0
7AAA Quarterfinals June 3:
No. 10 Princeton at No. 1 Forest Lake (1:30 pm)
No. 5 Cambridge-Isanti at No. 4 Andover (4:30 pm)
No. 9 Elk River at No. 2 St. Francis (1:30 pm)
No. 6 Grand Rapids at No. 3 Duluth East (1:00 pm)
* Winners from Friday enter the final four double-elimination portion of the 7AAA tourney which begins June 7 at 4 p.m. (locations TBD).