State Baseball: Esko swings into AA championship game, Grand Rapids falls in AAA semifinals

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Making their first state tournament appearance since 2000 Esko baseball would earn their way to the Class AA state title game Wednesday downing Cannon Falls 7-2 in the semifinals at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.

The Eskomos beat St. Agnes 1-0 in the quarterfinals to earn their spot in round two. Isaak Sertich shined in the semifinals hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning to put Esko up 7-2.

Now riding a seven game winning streak once-beaten, top-seeded Esko will battle unseeded Perham for the Class AA state championship Friday at 1 p.m. at CHS Field in St. Paul.

In Class AAA Grand Rapids would fall in their state semifinal 3-2 to Mahtomedi. Klous Jones tallied the sole RBI for the Thunderhawks at the Mini Met in Jordan. Grand Rapids next battled Monticello for third place but fell 7-2.

In Class A South Ridge won their consolation championship besting Yellow Medicine East 5-1 at Bob Cross Field in St. Cloud. The Panthers first downed Legacy Christian Academy 12-2 in the semifinals, while Hinckley-Finlayson fell 11-0 to Yellow Medicine East.