Cambridge-Isanti suffered a heart-breaking 9-8 loss to Blaine in the wet May 22 Section 7AAA opener when the Bengals rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh.
Blaine began with a 2-0 lead in the first, benefitting from three Jacket errors. C-I got back in it when Josie Potrament walked and scored on Kendall Sandberg’s base hit in the third. C-I tied it at 2-2 when Abby Glotzbach singled and came around on two wild pitches.
The Jackets took an 8-4 lead by plating three runs in both the fifth and sixth. Amanda Hanson finished a strong fastpitch career with a 3-for-3 day, including a 2-run triple. Potrament and Leah Ponting both added doubles amid their 2 hits, and Glotzbach finished with 2 hits.
• In Saturday’s action at Duluth’s Wheeler Park, Blaine was defeated by top-seed Forest Lake 10-2 then fell to St. Francis 9-4 in the losers’ brackets. The FL Rangers (20-2), Anoka (13-2), Andover (12-7) and Duluth East (10-9) travel to Chisago Lakes for the May 29-30 Section 7AAA final four.
* Forest Lake defeated Anoka 6-1 in the 7AAA championship May 30, making it seven straight seasons to State for the Rangers.
C-I Baseball wins tourney opener
Cambridge-Isanti baseball kept its season alive by upsetting No. 6 seed Andover 4-3 in the May 27 Section 7AAA play-in game on the road.
Jake Johnson got the win on the mound by striking out 11 Huskies over 6 innings while allowing just 6 hits. Michael Thomas finished off the seventh inning for the save by striking out the side on 15 pitches.
The Bluejackets took control with 2 runs in the fifth. Kyle Chromy led the offense with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Adding base hits were Connor Hanson (2 runs), Jake Sylvester and Dustin Davis.
Cambridge-Isanti (3-12) next travels to No. 2 seed Forest Lake (14-5) for a 7 p.m. game to begin the double-elimination part of the 7AAA tourney. The winner will play at 12 p.m. on June 1 in Cohasset, with the loser playing a 10 a.m. elimination game in Grand Rapids Saturday morn.
Elk River (13-3) is the No. 1 seed in 7AAA, taking on Duluth Denfeld (2-16) May 30. More quarterfinal matchups are No. 3 Grand Rapids (13-4) vs. No. 10 Princeton (7-12) and No. 4 Anoka (10-7) vs. No. 8 North Branch (6-10).
Games continue on Saturday until its pared down to four teams returning to Grand Rapids for the final games June 4-5. The GR Thunderhawks are the defending section champs.