Duluth Denfeld was the opponent for the Princeton baseball team as it began play Tuesday in Section 7AAA.
The Tigers were the No. 6 seed, Denfeld the No. 3 seed.
Princeton will play Thursday, May 30, in the second round of the double-elimination tournament, win or lose, with the game at the high seed.
Princeton coach Jordan Neubauer said it’s a wide-open tournament this year. “There’s one or two guys (pitchers) who throw it better but a lot of the teams are similar,” he said.
Grand Rapids (10-9) is seeded No. 1 and Chisago Lakes (10-10) is No. 2. Princeton beat both of those teams during the regular season.
Denfeld (12-8) is No. 3, Hermantown (11-8) No. 4, Cloquet (7-10) No. 5, and Princeton (6-14) No. 6, with North Branch (1-19) and Hibbing (3-14) the last two seeds.
Two teams will be eliminated on Thursday and the tournament then moves to Solheim Veterans Field in Princeton this Saturday.
There will also be games next Tuesday in Princeton and the championship will be decided here on Wednesday, June 5.
The regular season ended on Tuesday of last week with a 5-1 loss at Big Lake, leaving the Mississippi 8 record for the Tigers at 4-9.
Princeton scored a run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead, Nick Stenoien scoring the run and Tyler Peterson getting the RBI.
“We had some other chances,” Neubauer said, “but we left six runners on.”
That lead held up until the fourth inning when the Hornets scored all of their runs, only one of them earned as the Tigers made two of their six errors. Big Lake left only two runners on base in the game.
Reid St. George pitched for Princeton and gave up only four hits.
“He pitched well,” Neubauer said. “He threw only 72 pitches in the six innings and didn’t walk anyone.”
St.George (L) 6 IP, 4 H, R-ER 5-1, 0 BB, 3 SO. Stenoien 4-1,R; Cook 3-1;
Wesely 2-1; Peterson RBI; House 2-1; Case 2-1.