For the first time, the Shakopee American Legion Post No. 2 baseball team advanced out of pool play in the Gophers Classic.

Shakopee won its pool and advanced to the 16-team bracket play before bowing out with a loss to the eventual champion.

The 96-team tournament is held at 16 different sites throughout the Twin Cities and each team will participate in a pool of six teams while playing five games in three days.

The winner of each pool advances to the 16-team bracket tournament.

Shakopee played in the Lakeville North pool where games were played at Lakeville North and Elko. Post No. 2 went 4-1 in pool play to win the pool and advance to the bracket.

They opened up the bracket tournament against Wayzata at Poppitz Field in Victoria on Monday. Wayzata defeated Shakopee 5-3 and went on to beat Excelsior, West Fargo and New Ulm Gold to win the Gopher Classic Championship.

In that loss, Wayzata went up 4-0 in the top of the third inning and dodged a couple of Shakopee bullets to win 5-3. Post No. 2 loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the third but failed to score.

Shakopee cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning. They loaded the bases with one out and got RBIs from Eli Temp, and Marko Slipka to cut it to 4-2. Temp stole home to put the score at 4-3.

Wayzata added a run in the fifth inning and went on to win 5-3.

Shakopee opened the tournament with a tough 4-2 loss to Omaha, Neb., on Friday in Elko. They bounced back to beat East Grand Forks 6-5 in a rain-shortened game.

On Saturday, they defeated Sioux Falls East 7-5. That was a big win as Sioux Falls was undefeated in pool play at the time. They kept on winning with a 4-1 win against Stillwater and a 13-5 win against Lakeville North to win the pool.

Sports editor

Todd Abeln has been the Shakopee and Jordan sports editor for more than 10 years. He enjoys highlight big accomplishments and competitive games. Todd also enjoys golf, softball and watching his kids play baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball.

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