North Branch opened the Section 7AAA playoffs on Tuesday as they traveled to Lindstrom to take on Chisago Lakes. After the Vikings put up 4 in the first, Chisago Lakes battled back. In the end, Chisago broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 6th, to take a 7-6 lead and the eventual win.
Second round action matched North Branch with Princeton at Princeton’s Solheim Field at Mark Park. North Branch bats broke out with 13 total team hits, scoring 7 runs in the second and 2 in the 3rd to take an eventual 10-6 win. The win eliminated Princeton from the double-elimination playoff. The North Branch win sets a matchup with Hermantown on Saturday, June 1, 12:30 pm back at host site Princeton.
Saturday’s winner will face the winner of the Chisago Lakes and Cloquet matchup, (played Saturday, at 10:00 am in Princeton) on Tuesday, June 4th, 3:30 pm in Princeton. Grand Rapids and Duluth Denfeld will face off in the winner’s bracket at 3:30 pm, also in Princeton.