Tom's pick: Bob Cross Park has 2 big games Monday

Tom's pick: Bob Cross Park has 2 big games Monday

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Tom's pick: Bob Cross Park has 2 big games Monday

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Monday’s a holiday, which means it’s time for some Section 8-3A playoff baseball.

The seedings were determined Friday and the games to watch in the 12-team section will be at noon and 3 p.m. Monday at Sauk Rapids’ Bob Cross Park.

At noon, No. 7 Rocori (11-8) plays No. 10 St. Cloud Apollo (9-10). The winner gets No. 2 Sauk Rapids (9-6) at 3 p.m.

That’s a highly competitive bracket. Rocori swept Sauk Rapids during the regular season, winning a doubleheader 2-1 and 7-3 on May 2 at Cold Spring.

Sauk Rapids beat Apollo 13-12 on May 11 in their only meeting, and Apollo split with Rocori, losing 3-0 and winning 12-5.

In other games involving area teams, No. 8 St. Cloud Tech (9-10) plays No. 9 St. Michael-Albertville (9-8) at noon Monday in Alexandria. The winner plays No. 1 Alexandria (14-6) at 3 p.m..

No. 12 Sartell (5-12) plays No. 5 Bemidji (11-7) at noon Monday in Brainerd. No. 4 Brainerd (13-6) is the opponent at 3 p.m.

Bemidji is defending section champion. Big Lake (14-5) got the third seed and is host to a bracket that sees No. 6 Monticello (12-8) playing No. 11 Moorhead (10-10).

The next rounds are Thursday at the high seeds.

The tournament continues June 3 at St. Cloud’s Municipal Athletic Complex, with the tournament wrapping up June 4 at the high seed or to be announced.

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