Held hitless for four innings, the Raptors exploded for five runs in the fifth en route to a 7-2 victory.
Cadets senior Duke Coborn threw a 7-inning, 1-0 shutout against Benilde-St. Margaret's, keyed by a run-preventing throw from centerfielder Charlie Berg in the sixth inning.
Trailing by one, the top-seeded Hilltoppers used four hits to score three runs for a 4-2 victory over Minnehaha Academy.
East Ridge beat New Prague to win the Class 4A title, and St. Thomas Academy defeated Benilde-St. Margaret's for the 3A crown.
Today is championship day in the baseball state tournament. Winners so far have been St. Thomas Academy in Class 3A, Duluth Marshall in 2A and BOLD in 1A champ. The Class 4A title game between New Prague and East Ridge didn't start until 9:30 p.m. because of earlier weather delays.
Duluth Marshall stopped Minnehaha Academy 4-2 in Class 2A and BOLD defeated New York Mills 9-0 in Class 1A at Target Field on Thursday.
A one-hitter and an inside-the-park home run by Jordan Sagedahl highlighted an 8-0 victory for BOLD in the Class 1A state championship game.
Both 2A teams, Minnehaha Academy and Duluth Marshall, have made it this far in recent years; in 1A, BOLD looks for a second title while New York Mills seeks its first.
The turnaround can be traced to a pancake house meeting that helped players open up and overcome a 1-5 start and injuries to six teammates throughout the season.
Self-described “small-town boys’’ from New Prague, playing in the program’s first state tournament in 39 years, are one victory from the Class 4A championship.
But first, championship golf, lacrosse and a baseball tournament set to wrap up Thursday at Target Field get their due from the Star Tribune's Jim Paulsen and David La Vaque..
Sophia Yoemans' birdie putt on the final hole gave the Class 2A title to the Wingers.
As part of recognizing top athletes during the school year, the Star Tribune has extended its high school sports award brand to recognize All-Metro team champions in adapted sports, dance team and synchronized swimming.
Minnesota teams pursue $2 million in scholarships.
A few hours after the school's girls' team won a state title, the boys' team, led by goalie Colin Nauertz, defended theirs by knocking off previously unbeaten Benilde-St. Margaret's.
The Trojans scored nine runs in the final three innings to end a remarkable run by a Royals squad that started the post-season six games under .500.
The Lakers' 17-12 victory was their first title in four state tournament tries and came against the state's premier girls' lacrosse program.
The Raptors had just four hits but took advantage of mistakes by the defending Class 4A champions to advance to their first baseball championship game.
Undefeated BSM faces a Prior Lake team playing under a first-year coach.
The top two seeds meet for the championship Saturday in Chanhassen.