Cold Spring, MN -
At the start of the final day for the 94th Minnesota American Legion State tournament, three teams remained. Woodbury Blue Post 501, winners of five straight elimination games found themselves in the biggest elimination game yet against Edina Legion Post 471. The winner of this game would move on to the state final. Edina defeated Woodbury Blue by a score of 13-9 to earn the second Minnesota berth to the Central Plains Regional Tournament in Sioux Falls, SD.
Edina returned the favor of the 9 run hammering they took at the hands of Exelsior less than 24 hours before by plating 7 runs in the first inning off 5 hits, 3 walks, 2 hit batters, and 1 Woodbury Blue error. The quick start and 7 runs were too much for Woodbury Blue to overcome.
A double by Lucas Fleming scored Matthew and Andrew Enck in the top half of the first inning. Fleming has been an offensive key to Edina the entire season and was heard from later in the game as Woodbury Blue cut the Edina lead to 7-5 after five innings. Fleming delivered another clutch hit with an RBI to finish the game 3-4 with 3 RBI on the day.
Post 501 had just two bench players and was pretty well spent on pitchers. They were able to get a terrific performance from Trent Glaeser who worked 6 ⅓ for his team. He kept the Edina bats at bay and off the scoreboard for four consecutive innings. Eventually, the Edina bats got to him and scored 3 critical runs in the top half off the sixth inning and then three more in the top half of the seventh inning.
Jack Murphy started the game for Edina going four innings and was relieved by Robby Best who pitched 3 innings. Joining Fleming at the plate with multi-hit games for Edina was Jackson Mollet (3-4, 1r, 1rbi) and Matthew Enck (2-3, 3r, 2rbi). Jonathan Bunce had a laser off the wall for 2rbi.
Woodbury Blue pounded out 11 hits of their own and were led by Glaeser (3-4,1r), Luke Paulson (2-4, 1r), Sam Malec (2-3, 1r), and Adam Mazur (2-4, 1r, 1rbi)
Edina will face Excelsior for the state championship at 12:50pm from Cold Spring Park in Cold Spring, MN.