VFW boys go 2-2 in St. Cloud tourney

District 7 playoffs begin Sunday


Trevor Cowen helped Forest Lake beat Cambridge-Isanti 2-1 last Wednesday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

The VFW Post 4210 baseball team was busy last week, going 2-1 in league play before splitting four games at a tournament.

Coach Kale Henry said the 16-team tourney hosted by Post 4847 in St. Cloud served as a tune-up for the postseason, which begins on Sunday.

“It was a good tournament to get us ready for the playoffs,” he said. “All the teams we played were very good.”

Forest Lake on Friday upset the fans at Joe Faber Field by shutting out St. Cloud Cathedral, 7-0. Danny Wassman twirled a shutout, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out six. He also had two hits at the plate, including one which drove in two runs in the first inning.

A host of walks helped Forest Lake build a 5-0 lead after two innings.

Third baseman Ben Voss handles a chopper in the hot corner. (Photo by Clint Riese)

The win set up a second-round game with Mahtomedi that night. Post 4210 took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Alex Egle led off with a hit and scored on a double by Clayton Dahly. That would be it for scoring for the home team, despite putting eight more runners in scoring position. Mahtomedi managed just two runs off Tim Yaritz but earned a 2-1 victory in nine innings.

“The whole game we were one hit away from taking the lead in the regular innings and we were one hit away from tying it 2-2 in the ninth,” said Henry. “It was a heartbreaker; it was a tough loss for us.”

Post 4210 bounced back on Saturday with a 5-3, come-from-behind win over Monticello. Forest Lake trailed 3-0 early but tied it in the third inning. Dahly had a two-run double during the frame.

Trevor Cowen had two doubles and Wassman also knocked two hits. Brett Gravelle settled in and pitched a complete game.

The squad ran into a tough pitcher and was eliminated on Sunday via a 3-0 loss. Totino-Grace got a dominant pitching performance from a starter on their state-qualifying varsity team. The southpaw struck out 10 and tossed a one-hitter. Forest Lake had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth but came away empty. Paul Stehr started for Forest Lake and allowed one run in four innings.

In league play last week, Forest Lake fell 6-2 to Champlin Park on Tuesday and swept a doubleheader from Cambridge-Isanti on Wednesday by scores of 2-1 and 22-6.

A meeting to determine a playoff format and pick seeds is set for this Thursday. Check www.forestlaketimes.com to see Forest Lake’s first-round playoff matchup.