The Blaine Fusion’s postseason run came up just shy of a spot in the Class B State Tournament finals.
The Fusion, who advanced to the final weekend of the tournament as one of four teams unbeaten in the first two rounds, matched up against defending champ Chanhassen Aug. 30 in Dassel.
Chanhassen picked up a quick run in the top of the first inning, but it was all Blaine from there, as the Fusion scored one in the first, three in the second and once again in the third and the sixth to record a 6-1 win.
Jackson Hauge went 3-for-4 with a double, Brent Tholen collected two hits, two runs and two RBIs, Chris Olson had two hits and Michael Gottschalk tripled to lead Blaine offensively.
Davis Bryan guided Blaine on the mound for a third consecutive outing, allowing just one run over eight innings, with Alex Gonzales Cruz closing the win with a scoreless ninth.
The win pushed Blaine into the winners’ bracket finals at Delano Sept. 1 against Dundas.
Trailing 5-1, the Fusion scored three runs in the ninth, but their rally fell just one run shy in a 5-4 defeat. Hauge and Ryan Sutterer each had three hits and Travis Conoryea and Gottschalk had two apiece.
Blaine dropped into the elimination bracket finals immediately after, dropping a rematch 9-0 to Chanhassen.
Chanhassen went on to defeat Dundas twice the next day to claim a repeat championship.