Mankato wins Substate 2 16-13 over Jordan

Sat. July 22, 2017 - Top seed Mankato outscored Jordan 16-13 to win the Substate 2 tournament and qualify for the state American Legion tournament. Mankato had advanced to the final game with a unique bye in the championship day. Upstart Jordan had come from third place and reached the championship game Sunday with a 4-0 victory over New Ulm Gold in Saturday's first game.

Jordan goes against Mankato National, the top seed, for the title and a trip to the state Legion tournament.

Fri., July 21, 2017 - New Ulm Gold defeated Mankato's American team 7-4 Friday afternoon to advance to Saturday's championship Sub Section 2 tournament as weather and the steady advance of lower rated American and New Ulm Blue may have altered a final schedule. With games set for today, three teams remain with one loss.

Mankato National receives the automatic bye under the three-teams left scenario while New Ulm plays Jordan again. The winner than will play Mankato. The #3 seed Jordan played all the way back through the loser's bracket with a 6-1 win over #1 seed Mankato National Friday night. It had lost to New Ulm 3-1 in the second round.

A pairings change necessitated by the unusual results. When possible, teams were not to face each other again during the championship run until no other options existed according to the original schedule. And if three teams somehow remained (all with one loss apparently), the highest seed would get a bye in for the final championship day.

A Mankato win will send it to the state. Either New Ulm or Jordan need to win two games to go on. Game schedules are to be announced.

***************TOURNAMENT SCORE TRACKER***************

Mon. July 17, 2017
New Ulm Blue 8, Fairmont 6 (play-in game)

Wed., July 19, 2017
Jordan 1, Mankato American 0
Worthington 6, Faribault 3
New Ulm Gold 13, Sleepy Eye 3 (8 innings)
Mankato National 11, New Ulm Blue 3

Thursday, July 20
New Ulm Gold 3, Jordan 1 10:30 a.m. Sleepy Eye
Worthingtonvs Mankato National, 1:30 p.m., Sleep Eye
Mankato American 11, Sleepy Eye3
New Ulm Blue 8, Faribault 7
Mankato American 14. Worthington 4 (7 Innings)
Jordan 16, New Ulm Blue 8 (6 Innings)
Mankato National 11, New Ulm Gold 10
Mankato National 12, Worthington 2 (7 innings)

New Ulm Gold 7, Mankato American 4
Jordan 6, Mankato National 4

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Jordan 4, New Ulm 0
Mankato National 16, Jordan 13


Thurs. July 20, 2017Mankato American remained in contention for the Sub State 2 American Legion championship and plays the Mankato National team Friday (weather permitting) in one of the final games. New Ulm Gold's 11-10 loss to Mankato National pushed it into the loser's bracket where it meets Jordan, a team it beat in the first round. The winner goes against the Mankato winner.

Wednesday, July 20, 2017
Higher seed teams continue to win in the championship bracket of the Sub State 2 American Legion baseball tournament at Sleepy Eye. Mankato National (1) and New Ulm Gold (2) are both 2-0 and meet Thursday night at 8 p.m. The winner advances to the championship series.

In the lower or loser's bracket, both "second" teams of New Ulm and Mankato qualified for further lay at 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, Blue (2-1) draws Jordan (1-1) while Mankato American (1-1) goes against Worthington (2-1).

Monday, July 17, 2017
Fairmont's Legion baseball team dropped an 8-7 play-in opener in the Sub State 2 tournament Monday at Sleepy Eye Monday. Blue had managed at 7-1 lead in the fifth, then saw Fairmont come within 7-6 before scoring the first win for an unseeded team in some years.

Blue now will face #1 Mankato National in one of the first round games Wednesday.

Sunday, July 16, 2017
Mankato National was seeded first and New Ulm Gold second in the 2017 American Legion Sub-State 2 tournament at Sleepy Eye and Stark this week.

National drew either Fairmont or New Ulm Blue for its first round game Wednesday. Fairmont, the eighth seed, and New Ulm Blue will be determined Monday night at 8 p.m. at Sleepy Eye.

New Ulm Gold, seeded 2, meets #7 Sleepy Eye, #3 Jordan plays #6 Mankato American and #4 Worthington faces #5 Faribault in other first round games. Stark will host Jordan-Mankato American and Worthington-Faribault while other games are in Sleepy Eye. Games continue through Saturday at both sites.

The sub state winner moves on to the state tournament hosted by St. Paul Tri-City July 28-31.