2016 Season Report
2016 Minnesota American Legion Baseball Championship Runners Up

The Forest Lake American Legion Baseball Team completed an outstanding season July 15th going 18-4 during the regular season and being one of the site winners in the prestigious Gopher Classic. They proceeded on to the sub sections July 19th and a chance to move on to the State Tournament. They went 5-1 beating # 1 seed Stillwater twice and past national champ Tri-City Red once after losing a close game to them earlier in the tournament. Two of their games were played at CHS Field (Saints Stadium) in downtown St. Paul with the next four games at White Bear Lake. The team, after winning the sub section, moved onto the State Tournament along with 15 other American Legion teams to vie for the two berths in the Regional Tournament in Bismarck, ND. The State Tournament was played in Delano and Maple Lake with Forest Lake’s first two games Friday, July 29th in Maple Lake. Forest Lake came out strong with wins against Bemidji (6-2) and Champlin (8-1). Saturday, they faced a tough Maple Grove team and came out on top 6-2 in Delano. Sunday, the two unbeaten teams, Woodbury Blue and Forest Lake, faced off in an epic battle and again Forest Lake prevailed 9-7. This left three teams in the tournament, Forest Lake, Woodbury Blue and this year’s high school champion Wayzata. Woodbury took care of Wayzata Monday morning. This set up a rematch of the previous days unbeaten, and unfortunately, Forest Lake came up short losing 7-3 and taking 2nd place in the State Tournament. Forest Lake’s own, Cameron (Cam) Kline was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. The Regional Tournament in Bismarck, ND, started Wednesday, August 3rd with a game at noon against a tough Rapid City team, a past national champion. Forest Lake lost 10-0 and looked to right the ship Thursday with a game against the Iowa State Champions. Forest Lake came out determined and built up a 4-1 lead only to have Iowa come out with a 6 run inning half way through the game and go on to defeat our boys 8-5 ending an outstanding 2016 Campaign. Forest Lake will have a strong nucleus returning next year as they were the youngest team at Regions and the 2nd youngest at State. Forest Lake is coached by Bruce Bates, assisted by Phil Flater, Brian Raabe and Mike Swenson.

Submitted by Terry Larson, Forest Lake American Legion Post 225

 
Central Plains Region Tournament Results

DATE
Link to Game Report
Score
        Wednesday, August 3 - 11 AM Hardhats Post 22 Rapid City, SD         L 0 - 10
        Thursday, August 4 - 11 AM Dubuque County Post 137, IA         L 5 - 8

State Tournament Results
DATE
Link to Game Report
Score
        Friday, July 29 - 1 PM         Bemidji         W 6 -2
        Friday, July 29 - 7 PM         Champlin         W 8 -1
        Saturday, July 30 - 7 PM         Maple Grove         W 6 -2
        Sunday, July 31 - 7 PM         Woodbury Blue         W 9 -7
        Monday, August 1 - 1 PM         Woodbury Blue         L 3 - 7
Date
Opponent
Time
Location
JUNE 9
EAST RIDGE
6:30 PM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 13
CENTENNIAL
6:30 PM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 14
EASTVIEW
6:30 PM
EASTVIEW HS
JUNE 16
MAHTOMEDI
6:30 PM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 17-19
ROSEMOUNT TOURNAMENT
TBD
TBD
JUNE 20 ANDOVER
6:30 PM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 22
STILLWATER
6:00 PM
8:00 PM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 25
NORTHFIELD
11:00 AM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 27
OAKDALE
7:00 PM
SCHUMACHER
JUNE 28
HASTINGS
7:30 PM
VETS PARK HASTINGS
JUNE 30
COTTAGE GROVE
6:00 PM
8:00 PM
SCHUMACHER
JULY 5
TRI CITY MAROON
6:00 PM
IRONDALE HS
JULY 6
WOODBURY
6:00 PM
SCHUMACHER
JULY 8-11
GOPHER CLASSIC
TBD
BETHEL UNIVERSITY
JULY 13
NEW RICHMOND (9 INNINGS)
6:30 PM
SCHUMACHER
JULY 14
NORTHFIELD
7:00 PM
DUNDAS, MN
JULY 17
RED WING
12:00 PM
RED WING ATHLETIC FIELD
JULY 18
S. ST. PAUL
6:00 PM
8:00 PM
SCHUMACHER

DATE
EVENT
VENUE
July 19th - 24th
Sub-State Playoffs
TBD
July 28th - August 1st
State Tournament
Delano
        Friday, July 29 - 1 PM         vs Bemidji         W 6 -2
        Friday, July 29 - 7 PM         vs Champlin         W 6 -1
        Saturday, July 30 - 7 PM         vs Maple Grove  
     
August 2nd - 7th
Central Plains Region
Bismarck, ND
August 9th - 16th
World Series
Shelby, NC
American Legion Post 225
355 W. Broadway
Forest Lake, MN. 55025
651-464-2600
FAX: 651-464-4538
E-mail: legionpost225@aol.com

Last revised: November 11, 2016
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