Jun 8, 2012 at 7:59 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) – The road was long and winding, through the losers bracket, one come from behind win in their final at bat, culminating with a thrilling championship finale, and the St. Cloud Cathedral High School baseball team emerged from the Section 6AA tournament with a title, and a ticket to the state tournament.
The final stop in the sectional journey for the Crusaders included a two game series date with the Albany Huskies Thursday night at Dick Putz Field. Cathedral, up to the championship round from the loser's bracket, forced a final game with a 7-1 victory in the first contest of the night.
Things turned sour on the Crusaders early in game two as Albany jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Cathedral did not score until the top of the sixth inning and still trailed 4-2 into the top of the seventh. That is when the magic began in what was to become a 7-4 championship victory for the Crusaders.
First baseman Michael Kerber singled to start the inning, but was still on second two outs later. Lead-off man Waylon Bemboom kept the game alive working a walk to put the tying run on base. That set the stage for infielder Matt Dodge. The right-handed hitter faced a 2-2 count bringing the Crusaders face to face with their final strike. But up to the task, Dodge lined a double down the left field line that scored both Kerber and Bemboom to tie the score.
A perfect bottom of the seventh from reliever Brian Minks forced extra innings and the Crusaders used an error and a pair of bases loaded walks to take their final three run margin of victory.
Cathedral will now look to defend their 2011 AA State title. You can catch all the action starting Thursday on the airwaves of the Metro Sports Commission. The AA State Tournament will be held at Dick Putz Field.
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