Rosetown A’s need play-off success to reach state tournament

If the Rosetown A’s are to return to the Class A men’s amateur baseball state tournament, they will need to do it via the play-offs.

Last year, the A’s left nothing to chance when they won the St. Paul League regular season championship and the automatic state berth that went with it.

This year Commanding Edge, a team made up of players from the baseball program at the University of St. Thomas, claimed the automatic bid by finishing two games ahead of Rosetown in the regular season standings.

The teams split their two regular season match-ups and that turned out to be the only loss Commanding Edge would suffer. Rosetown’s other two losses were to the Twin City Saints and Air Freight Unlimited.

The A’s open the playoffs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at Midway Stadium against the winner of Monday night’s play-in game between the Cottage Grove Coyotes and Plums. Rosetown won all four games against the two teams by a combined score of 41-15.

A first-round win would send Rosetown into a semifinal match-up Thursday against either Air Freight or the Saints. On the other half of the bracket sits Highland Park and Sport & Spine. Highland is always tough come playoff time and Sport & Spine finished third in the league standings.

The playoffs wrap up this weekend with the winner’s bracket final at noon Saturday at Dunning Field in St. Paul. The winner of that game earns a state tournament berth while the loser will play Sunday at 1 p.m. at Dunning in the loser’s bracket final for the third St. Paul League state tournament berth.

In addition to Commanding Edge, other teams who have already qualified for the state tournament include the Green Mill Brewers, champions of the Skyline League.

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