After staying alive by defeating Duluth East in the Section 7AAA baseball play-in game, Cambridge-Isanti was shut down in the next two playoff games as the Bluejackets close 2013 with a 4-14 record.
On May 30 at No. 2 seed Forest Lake, the Bluejackets were blanked 3-0 when the Rangers’ Phil Sauer limited them to two hits, those by Connor Hanson and Kyle Gageby. C-I’s Michael Thomas also pitched well that night, holding Forest Lake to six hits while striking out eight. The Rangers marked solo runs in the first, third and fifth innings.
The Bluejackets headed north to Cohasset on Saturday as the 7AAA tourney continued. There, No. 10 seed Princeton stayed alive with a 5-1 victory.
Jake Johnson matched up with the Tigers’ Zack Ludwig, with both pitchers giving up just five hits. Both hurlers finished with eight strikeouts while going the distance. Princeton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning with runs scored on a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch. Kyle Chromy led the C-I offense with two hits, with additional hits supplied by Hanson, Jake Sylvester and Dustin Davis.
• Later on Saturday, Princeton was defeated 9-2 by No. 1 seed Elk River. When the Section 7AAA tourney resumed on June 4, defending champ Grand Rapids shut out Elk River 2-0 then blanked North Branch 4-0. The Thunderhawks (17-5) will have to beat Forest Lake (17-5) twice in the June 5 finals to get back to State.
The Class AAA tournament will be June 13-14 at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium, with the championship June 17 at Target Field.
• In Braham’s Section 5A, Osakis pounded Hinckley-Finlayson 14-0 in the June 3 final winner’s bracket game. Pillager and St. John’s Prep are also alive in the losers’ brackets when the tourney resumes June 5-6 at Putz Field in St. Cloud.