Even after 42 years, 936 games and seven state championships, St. Cloud Cathedral baseball coach Bob Karn never had seen a game like Friday’s.
In a game that saw 18 hits, 13 walks, five hit batters, six errors and a catcher’s interference call, Cathedral beat Proctor 9-8 in nine innings at Dick Putz Field.
The victory sends Cathedral to the state Class 2A championship at 3 p.m. Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Cathedral (24-5) plays Holy Family Catholic (24-4) of Victoria. Holy Family beat Fairmont 3-0 in Friday’s other semifinal at Putz.
“I’m using the old Bud Grant coach on this one,” said Karn, whose career record is 655-271. “Never apologize for winning.”
Cathedral broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth on Waylon Bemboom’s two-run single. Bo Schmitz’s infield hit brought home the eventual game-winner, however, because the Rails scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
“It’s great going back to Target Field,” senior first baseman Michael Kerber said. “It’s one of the best ballparks in the country.”