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The Shakopee VFW baseball team won the Burnsville Rattler tournament this past weekend.

The Shakopee VFW baseball team had a very successful weekend.

Shakopee played in the Burnsville Rattler tournament at Alimagnet Fields and came home with the championship.

They won the title with a 6-5 win against Woodbury on Sunday in the championship game.

Jacob Skogrand earned the win in the title game by pitching six strong innings. Alex Broholm got the save. Ben Smith drove in the game-winning RBI with a single in the sixth inning to give Shakopee the 6-5 lead.

To reach the championship game, Shakopee went 3-0 in pool play with wins against Farmington, Eagan and Southwest.

They defeated Farmington 3-2 in the opening game last Friday night. Ethan Lenzmeier struck out 10 batters in the win while Skogrand had two hits with an RBI and a run scored.

They followed that with wins 8-0 against both Eagan and Southwest. In the win against Eagan, Mick Wherley pitched all seven innings with seven strikeouts. Christian Fielder went 3-3 with two RBIs and three stolen bases. Foster Mack scored two runs on two walks.

Ethan Hintz pitched the shutout for Shakopee against Southwest.

In the tournament semifinals, Shakopee topped Roseville to advance to the championship game against Woodbury.

Legion team

The Shakopee American Legion team traveled to South Dakota and played in the Dakota Classic.

They opened the tournament with a tough 6-5 loss to Yankton, S.D. Caleb Kranz struck out eight batters in the loss.

Post No. 2 followed that up with a 4-1 loss to Minot Vistas, N.D. Shakopee only collected two hits in that loss.

They finished off pool play with another 4-1 loss, this time to Norfolk, Neb. Justin Winterfeldt hit a home run for Shakopee’s only run of the game.

Post No. 2 finished off the tournament with a 9-7 loss to Sioux Falls, S.D.

Things got better when Shakopee returned to Minnesota as they defeated Edina 4-1 on Wednesday night.

Kranz threw the 89-pitch complete game, allowing just one unearned run in the seventh. Kolin Williams, Jack Schleper, and Winterfeldt had RBI hits in the sixth.

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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