Shakopee, Midway claim state amateur championships
Two teams with Bemidji Mudcats connections reached the finals of the state amateur baseball tournament this weekend with one taking the title and the second bowing in an extra game.
Shakopee and Midway captured titles in the state finals Monday in games at Willmar and Bird Island.
Shakopee repeated as Class B champs, beating Dundas 3-1 in the championship game.
Dundas had forced an extra contest with a 4-3 decision in the morning opener.
Shakopee reached the final with wins over the Austin Blue Sox Hastings, Burnsville and Savage.
Dundas ousted the Mudcats 5-1 in its opener and followed with a 10-3 decision over Rochester before falling to Savage 2-1 in the third round.
But it came back to defeat Hastings 3-2, Rochester 8-0 and Savage 7-1 to gain the final.
Like Bemidji, Blaine's Fusion, the Region 6B champs, fell in the first round 1-0 to Hastings.
Bemidji has not won the state title since 1978 when competing as the Bemidji Chiefs.
Midway, another team with Bemidji connections, went undefeated to take the Class C title, shading Moorhead's Brewers 5-4 in the title round, its sixth straight win.
The Snurdbirds defeated Kasson 12-3, St. Joseph 2-0, Loretto 2-1, Raymond 4-3 and Moorhead 5-1 to gain the title game.
Moorhead ousted Howard Lake 4-1 in the losers' bracket final to gain the title round but fell to Midway for the second time.
Midway defeated the Mudcats 10-2 in an early-season game at BSU.
Both Midway and Moorhead came out of Region 16-C, the region in which Bemidji's Blue Ox competes.
The Lake to Pine League champs finished their year at 32-6.
The state meet officially ended the 2010 amateur baseball season.
Both the Mudcats and Blue Ox plan to return to the diamond next summer.