7AAAs: Andover tops C-I Baseball

Michael Thomas hit a solo homer and finished with 2 RBI in the Bluejackets' playoff game against Andover.
Michael Thomas hit a solo homer and finished with 2 RBI in the Bluejackets’ playoff game against Andover.

Despite the rains on Memorial Day, Cambridge-Isanti hosted Andover for the opening round of the Section  7AAA baseball tourney. Unfortunately, the No. 9 seed Huskies ended the No. 8 Bluejackets’ season with a 6-4 victory.

Clean-up hitter Justin Freyholtz jump-started the Andover offense with a two-run bomb into the pines for a 2-0 edge in the first. Three singles and a walk chased C-I starter Cody Binger in the second and led to a 5-0 Huskies’ lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Michael Thomas ripped a solo homer to left to get the Jackets on the board. Reliever Jake Harding held Andover in check in the third, and the Jackets cut it to 5-3 when Tristan Johnston singled and scored on an error, and Thomas later singled to bring home Tristen Zimprich.

Freyholtz then limited C-I to two base runners over the next three innings. Andover tacked on a run off reliever Jake Sylvester in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Collin Terwilliger led off the Jacket seventh with a single, and T. Johnston followed with a base hit. Walks to Connor Hanson and Collin Anderson forced home Terwilliger, but Freyholtz induced a called strike three and a grounder to second to end the game.

• Andover (7-14) will travel to 7AAA top-seed St. Francis (16-2) when the section tourney resumes May 29. More quarterfinal matchups are No. 4 Duluth East (13-6) hosting No. 5 Anoka (14-6, 11-2 over Princeton May 26), No. 2 Chisago Lakes (14-4) hosting No. 7 Grand Rapids (10-11, 7-6 over Duluth Denfeld), and No. 3 Elk River (13-7) hosting No. 6 Forest Lake (12-9, 7-1 over North Branch).

The double-elimination portion of the tourney continues May 31 at Anoka and Andover. The final four return to Anoka June 3-4.

• The Bluejackets closed the regular season with a 2-0 win over visiting Zimmerman May 22. Isaiah Filley struck out 10 in his complete-game victory. Hanson and Anderson drove home the two C-I runs.

On May 21, the Jackets fell to Andover 6-3. Collecting two hits  each were Zimprich, Kyle Chromy and Johnston.


Mississippi 8 Baseball   FINAL: St. Francis 11-2, 16-2; Chisago Lakes 10-3, 14-4; Monticello 9-4, 12-9; Cambridge-Isanti 8-5, 10-10; St. Michael-Alb. 7-6, 12-10; Rogers 6-7, 9-14; Buffalo 6-7, 7-13; Big Lake 3-10, 5-14; North Branch 3-10, 5-14; Princeton 2-11, 4-16.