Fourth District playoff update

The Tri-City Red and North St. Paul American Legion baseball teams shared the regular-season Fourth District title and were ranked in the top 10 in this week's state poll. So it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that they are the last two teams without a loss in the district playoffs.

The longtime rivals square off Thursday at 8 p.m. at North St. Paul with a spot in the district final on the line. The winner gets Friday off and plays for the district championship on Saturday while the loser must win on Friday to get to Saturday.

Tri-City Red advanced to Thursday's game by beating Tri-City Maroon 9-2 on Wednesday night at Midway Stadium. Red took control with eight runs in the first two innings.

North St. Paul also won on Wednesday night, 2-0 over Maplewood Green.

In the loser's bracket games on Wednesday, Hamline Purple whipped White Bear Orange 14-4 in seven innings and Rosetown, even though it lost, advanced because of a forfeit. Rosetown and Roseville East agreed to play the game but regardless of the outcome, Rosetown was going to advance. Roseville East was caught using an ineligible player in its game against North St. Paul on Tuesday and was eliminated from the tournament.

On Thursday, Hamline Purple and Maplewood Green play at 5 p.m. at North St. Paul and Rosetown and Tri-City Maroon play at 5 p.m. at Midway Stadium. The winners play each other on Friday.

Fourth District American Legion baseball playoffs Seeds in parentheses First round (Single elimination) Game 1 - Roseville East 10, Hamline Red 9 Game 2 - White Bear Orange 6, Arcade-Phalen 1

Second round (Double elimination), Tuesday Game 3 - Maplewood Green 3, Rosetown 1 Game 4 - Tri-City Maroon 3, Hamline Purple 2 Game 5 - North St. Paul 22, Roseville East 1, 7 innings Game 6 - Tri-City Red 12, White Bear Orange 2, 8 innings

Third round Game 7 - Roseville East 4, Rosetown 3 (Rosetown advances via forfeit) Game 8 - Hamline Purple 14, White Bear Orange 4, 7 innings Game 9 - North St. Paul 2, Maplewood Green 0 Game 10 - Tri-City Red 9, Tri-City Maroon 2

Fourth round, Thursday Game 11 - Hamline Purple vs. Maplewood Green at North St. Paul, 5 p.m. Game 12 - Rosetown vs. Tri-City Maroon at Midway Stadium, 5 p.m. Game 13 - Tri-City Red at North St. Paul, 8 p.m.

Fifth round, Friday at North St. Paul Game 14 - Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 5 p.m. Game 15 - Game 13 loser vs. Game 14 winner, 8 p.m.

Championship round, Saturday at North St. Paul Game 16 - Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 12 p.m. Game 17 - Game 13 winner vs. Game 15 winner, 3 p.m. (if necessary)

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