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Knights Going to Osseo
The Haugen Knights are returning to the WBA State Tournament for the 9th time in the past 13 years. Since punching their ticket to state back in 2006 (also hosted by Osseo), the Knights have become a familiar face at the WBA's final weekend, finishing as runner-up in 2009 and taking home the title in 2010. They'll start this year's tournament facing off against the Everest Merchants from the Dairyland league at 1:30pm Saturday, with the winner advancing to the semi-finals against the winner of an interesting matchup.
Friday night at 9:30pm, two-time defending champ Sparta takes on red-hot Hudson, who won their final two regular season games to qualify for the playoffs, and then doubled down with a pair of wins over the #1 and #2 seeds in their bracket to advance to Osseo. Looming on the other side of the bracket is heavyweight Osseo, who are hoping the third time is a charm at their home ballpark. The last two years Osseo has put together outstanding seasons, making it to the final game only to fall to nemesis Sparta in the WBA championship the last two summers. They'll take on the Chaseburg-Coon Valley Blues who are also a perennial contender, capturing a title in 2015 when the tourney was hosted in Haugen. The Osseo vs. CCV game is at 6:30pm on Friday. The Saturday morning special (10:30am) features CRBL foes with strong baseball traditions as well, the Eau Claire Bears won titles in 2008 and 2009 (over the Knights in Haugen), and Tilden won a state title in 2004.
It should be an excellent baseball weekend at an excellent amateur baseball park, can't wait!
2018 State Tournament Bracket
Game #1 - Friday, August 17th - CCV Blues @ Osseo Merchants - 6:30 PM
Game #2 - Friday, August 17th - Hudson River Rats @ Sparta Miller - 9:30 PM
Game #3 - Saturday, August 18th - Tilden Tigers @ Eau Claire Bears - 10:30 AM
Game #4 - Saturday, August 18th - Haugen Knights @ Everest Merchants - 1:30 PM
Game #5 - Saturday, August 18th - Winner of Game #1 vs. Winner of Game #3 - 4:30 PM
Game #6 - Saturday, August 18th - Winner of Game #2 vs. Winner of Game #4 - 7:30 PM
Game #7 - Championship Game, Sunday, August 19th - 12 PM