On Tuesday night, the Grantsburg Pirates girls softball team got another step closer to returning to State. The Pirates provided a thrilling 8-4 victory over the Frederic/Luck Vikings in Grantsburg.
With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th inning, Hope Tucker came through with a game-winning, walk-off grand slam to win the contest 8-4.
Despite a constant drizzle and a sloppy field, those in attendance were treated to a very memorable moment courtesy of the Pirates. Grantsburg will play in a Regional Final against Clayton/Turtle Lake on Thursday night. Clayton/Turtle Lake won Tuesday 12-6 over Cumberland.
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The softball postseason begins in Section 7 Class AA this afternoon and we’re carrying the #4 vs #5 matchup as the Pine City girls will travel to Willow River to face the Rebels. Our Jesse Logan will cover the game!
Wet weather destroyed the Monday schedule in Section 5 Class A on Monday as the softball playoffs were interrupted by spring storms moving through the area.
Most of the games have just been pushed back a day and will be played at the same locations on Tuesday, weather permitting. This means that Ogilvie will host Braham this afternoon, Rush City will host East Cromwell, Barnum will host Hinckley-Finlayson and East Central will travel to Isle.
The girls Section 7 Class AA playoffs are also set to begin this afternoon with a full slate of games. We’ll cover the Great River Conference Champion Pine City Dragons girls as they head to Moose Lake to take on the Rebels. Pine City finished the regular season with a 10-4 record but did lose it’s regular season finale 6-1 to these same Moose Lake Willow River Rebels. That game will be broadcast this afternoon at 4:30 on 1350AM WCMP.
Also in that same section bracket today, top seed Mora is hosting Aitkin.
The final regular season game of our Spring Broadcast Schedule is set for this afternoon. Our Josh Miggler will be in Cambridge as the C-I Bluejackets host the North Branch Vikings in boys baseball. Cambridge-Isanti is looking for their second win of the season while the Vikings are currently 5-9. The game will start at 4pm, weather permitting, and will be heard on 1350AM WCMP.
Our regular season Spring Sports Schedule is set to wrap up on Monday:
5/20 Base – North Branch @ Cambridge-Isanti, 4pm, 1350AM
Possible MN postseason dates: May 21, 23, 28, 29, 30 and June 4, 6
Possible WI postseason dates: May 16, 21,23, 24, 28, & 29
This afternoon we have boys baseball on 1350AM WCMP as the Pine City Dragons will host the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels at 4:30pm. This will be the only meeting of the two teams this season. The Dragons have had a stellar regular season so far winning eight of thier last nine games and having a 9-4 record. The Rebels enter with back-to-back wins and a record of 5-4. Moose Lake-Willow River won last year’s meeting 7-2.
On Thursday, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a new backup to bolster the state’s lagging share of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. The Associated Press reports that Dayton wants lawmakers to sign on to use money from a cigarette tax increase.
Dayton’s revenue commissioner unveiled the latest proposal in the House-Senate tax conference committee Thursday. It comes as lawmakers are rushing to try to wrap up this year’s session by Monday.
The state’s $348 million share of the $975 million downtown Minneapolis stadium was supposed to be fueled by tax revenue from new electronic betting games, or e-pull tabs, that last year’s Legislature authorized in bars and restaurants. That revenue stream has failed to even approach projections.
Dayton is now backing a cigarette tax increase from $1.23 per pack now to $2.52, more than he initially proposed. Ironically, smoking will not be allowed at the new Vikings stadium, due to open in time for the 2016 season.