You couldn’t have asked for a better preparatory weekend for this week’s playoff opener when the Princeton American Legion baseball squad won its own invitational tournament with a perfect 3-0 showing. The team’s solid play was capped off in dramatic fashion when Nick Zeroth came home on a suicide squeeze to defeat Rogers in Sunday night’s championship battle at Solheim Veterans Stadium.
Zeroth also got the win on the mound against Rogers who is a Mississippi 8 partner of the Tigers during the high school season.
Princeton opened action with an 8-4 win over Cloquet on a beautiful Friday night for ball. Sam Archer delivered six quality innings, striking out five Lumberjacks while scattering five hits. Tanner Kinney got the save with one strikeout in the seventh.
In Saturday night’s semifinals, Princeton defeated Marshall 8-2 behind six innings from Dalton Mattson. Hallbeck struck out the side in the seventh to pick up the save. Archer had two RBI, and Kinney walked twice and scored two runs in the victory.
Sub-State Tourney in town this week
Princeton will once again be the host site for the Legion Sub-State Tournament which began July 21 and runs through July 26. Princeton was seeded No. 3 in the brackets and opened against No. 6 North Branch on July 22 which was won 9-3 by North Branch.
Princeton began the stay-alive games 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23 against Big Lake who fell to Cambridge 14-5 on Tuesday. A victory will send Princeton to the 2 p.m. game on Thursday, July 24 against the loser between St. Francis and Elk River.