Amateur Baseball: Region 14C tournament set to begin – Park Rapids Enterprise

The Region 14C amateur baseball tournament begins Friday (Aug. 5) with four play-in games.

The top seeds in both the Lake & Pine League and Hi-10 League receive byes. Sebeka (8-2 in league play and 12-3 overall) and Nimrod (7-3 in league play and 9-6 overall) topped the Lake & Pine standings while Bluffton (9-0 in league play and 12-3 overall) and New York Mills (7-3 in league play and 13-3 overall) led the Hi-10 League. Those four teams automatically enter the double-elimination portion of the tournament.

Rounding out the Lake & Pine League standings were Midway (6-4/9-7), Park Rapids (5-5/6-10), Wolf Lake (2-5/3-10) and Staples (0-8/0-13). In the Hi-10 League, Perham (6-4/9-4), Deer Creek (3-7/4-10), Verndale (3-7/4-10) and Vergas (1-8/5-10) followed Bluffton and New York Mills.

The playoffs begin with Park Rapids playing Verndale at New York Mills, Midway facing Vergas at Menahga, Deer Creek hosting Wolf Lake and Perham entertaining Staples in the four play-in games. All games will begin at 7:30 p.m. The losers of the play-in games will be eliminated.

Deer Creek and Perham will host the rest of the tournament beginning on Saturday (Aug. 6). At Perham, Nimrod will play the winner between Perham and Staples at 1 p.m. and Bluffton will play the winner between Park Rapids and Verndale at 4 p.m. while New York Mills will play the winner between Midway and Vergas at 1 p.m. and Sebeka will draw the winner between Wolf Lake and Deer Creek at 4 p.m. at Deer Creek.

The championship game is set for Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. at Perham.

Admission each day is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 13-18. Kids 12-under are admitted free.

The region champion and runner-up advance to the state Class C tournament, which begins Aug. 19 at Faribault, Dundas and Miesville. The state tournament concludes Sept. 5.

The regular season ended on Sunday (July 31) with Sebeka walking off with a 6-5 win over Park Rapids and Midway closing with a 7-4 win over Verndale as Rory Drewes’ home run led the way.

Midway ended the regular season with four wins in the final five games. The Snurdbirds defeated Staples 16-0 on July 10 as Preston Riewer and Ty Karger hit home runs, lost to New York Mills 14-1 on July 24, defeated Deer Creek 8-1 on July 27 as Stetson Burkman picked up the win, and edged Bluffton 5-2 on July 29 as Sam Beck hit a pair of two-run homers to back up a winning performance by Karger.


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