Cold Spring, MN.
On a glorious Saturday afternoon in Cold Spring, MN a pair of teams began play for their sixth game in three days, including their second of the day.
Woodbury Blue snuck past Buffalo by a score of 5-4 in an elimination game and advanced to the final three on Sunday at the 94th Minnesota American Legion State Tournament.
After allowing four runs in the second inning, Woodbury Blue bounced back with a four spot of their own in the bottom half of the third inning which was enough to take the lead for good.
The winning line score for Woodbury Blue was not staggering - 5 runs on 2 hits with 3 errors - yet they took advantage of four hit batters and and six walks. The big blow came on a bases loaded rbi single by Evan Glenz. Adam Mazur had the other hit for Woodbury Blue.
Broke Rinehart earned the win on the mound for Woodbury Blue with the complete game victory. Buffalo took advantage of 3 early errors by Woodbury Blue and had what appeared to be a comfortable 4-1 lead. They saw it dissipate to a 5-4 deficit after three innings. From there, Rinehart went to work and was effective. His outing consisted of 4 runs, 1 strikeout, and 1 walk. When is team provide the second lead of the game for him, the first at 1-0 after the first inning, Rinehart was shut down the rest of the way with some help from his defense, which brought on the short term memories and closed the game impressively.
Woodbury Blue will face the loser of the Edina and Exelsior game tomorrow at 10am from Cold Spring Park at 10am. The state championship game will follow at 12:30pm against the remaining two teams.