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Caledonia Falls One Win Short of Playing for Title

Caledonia Falls One Win Short of Playing for Title Photo: MGN Online.

June 15, 2018 04:08 PM

(ABC 6 News) – The Caledonia Warriors’ first-ever trip to the Class AA state baseball tournament went as far as one game away from playing for a state championship.

The Warriors, the no.5 in the Class AA state baseball tournament, lost to the top-seeded Duluth Marshall Hilltoppers in Friday’s Class AA semifinals in St. Cloud, 6-3.

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Caledonia, who was the home team for the semifinal match-up, gained momentum early in the game by scoring on a Hilltoppers’ wild pitch in the bottom of the first. In the second inning, the Warriors added onto their lead with a Kyle Cavanaugh RBI single.

The Hilltoppers though proved to be the top-seed for a reason—in the top of the third inning, Duluth Marshall scored three runs, all with two outs, to take a 3-2 lead.

Caledonia would quickly tie the game in the bottom of the third inning after Andrew Goergen’s single drove in Tate Meiners for the game-tying run.

The game went into a 38-minute lightning delay in the bottom of the 4th, and when play resumed, it was all Duluth Marshall, as they scored two more runs in the 5th inning and an insurance run in the top of the 7th. Following the lightning delay, Caledonia registered only two hits.

With the win, Duluth Marshall advances to Saturday’s Class AA state championship game at Target Field in Minneapolis. Caledonia will play either Maple Lake or Jordan in the third-place game in St. Cloud on Thursday night.

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Sean Tehan

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