Posted on September 2, 2012 by CJ Siewert
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Two champions will be crowned on Labor Day as the Class B and C title match-ups are set. In Class B, Cold Spring will take on Victoria at 3:00 p.m. on Dick Putz Field and in Class C, Fairmont will face Maple Lake at noon on Joe Faber Field.
Cold Spring made it to the State Tournament for a record 50th time and will play in its 11th Championship Game. The Springers have won seven championships with their last in 2001 when they beat Austin.
The road to the title game for Cold Spring started with a 2-0 shutout over Austin. The Springers then defeated Victoria 4-3 and earned a trip to the Championship Game in a 15-inning, 3-2 marathon-win over Chaska.
Cold Spring has the advantage in the Championship Game since it has not lost yet. The Springers would have to lose twice to not claim an eight title.
On the other end of the historical spectrum, Victoria made just its second appearance to State (first was in 1981) this year and will play in its first Championship Game.
The Vic’s started the tourney with a bang, defeating Dundas 13-2 in a seven-inning affair. They then ran into Cold Spring and suffered a tight 4-3 loss and were sent to the loser’s bracket. But the Vic’s fought through with wins over Red Wing (13-6), Dundas (8-3) and Chaska (9-3).
In its 15th appearance at the State tourney, Fairmont will compete for a third title. The Martins’ last championship was won in 1959 when they beat Bloomington for the Class A title.
Fairmont received a first round bye under the new 48-team single elimination format as Region 13 champ. On the second weekend of the tourney, the Martins shut out New Munich 6-0. The real test came this weekend as they tallied another shutout – 2-0 over Bird Island – a 3-1 victory over Avon and reached the title game by defeating Green Isle 9-7.
In its 23rd appearance at State, Maple Lake will also compete for a third title. History repeated itself in a sense tonight as the Lakers defeated Fergus Falls to reach the Championship Game - Maple Lake’s last title was in 1939 when it also defeated Fergus Falls for the Class A title.
Maple Lake began State tourney action on the first weekend as the third seed out of Region 12 and defeated the New Ulm Brewers 6-1. The Lakers then took down Region 5 champ Stewartville-Racine 14-7 in a ten-inning game. The test to their pitching staff came this weekend and Maple Lake came away with wins over Blue Earth (4-2), Sobieski (3-1) and edged Fergus Falls 4-3, punching its ticket to the title game.