The Region 5C amateur baseball tournament is coming to Fuller Field at Dartt's Park in Owatonna this weekend, but the local nine won't be part of the action. The Aces were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday, August 4 with a 10-1 setback against Austin at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls.

Owatonna, the seventh-seed, had dueled second-seed Stewartville-Racine through six scoreless innings in Saturday's first-round match-up. The Sharks broke through with a four-run seventh inning and beat the Aces 5-1.

The Sharks followed that up with an 8-7 win over third-seed Cannon Falls Sunday. Top-seed Red Wing beat fifth-seed Lake City in the other winner's bracket final. Red Wing and Stewartville-Racine qualified for the state tournament with their second-round wins. One more team from Region 5C will still qualify for state. The rest of the tournament will also set seeds for state.

Owatonna had a strong finish to their season, winning their last four regular season games and beating Pine Island two-games-to-one in a playoff series to qualify for the region tournament.

Results from Cannon Falls, John Burch Park
Saturday, August 3, first round
1-Red Wing 11, 8-Winona 1, seven innings
5-Lake City 5, 4-Wanamingo 3, eleven innings
3-Cannon Falls 3, 6-Austin 2
2-Stewartville-Racine 5, 7-Owatonna 1
Sunday, August 4, loser's bracket
Wanamingo 7, Winona 1, Chiefs eliminated
Austin 10, Owatonna 1, Aces eliminated
Sunday, August 4, winner's bracket
Red Wing 8, Lake City 7
Stewartville-Racine 8, Cannon Falls 7
Friday, August 9, Fuller Field
Red Wing vs Stewartville-Racine, 8 pm
Saturday, August 10, Fuller Field
Cannon Falls vs Wanamingo, 10 am (loser elminated)
Lake City vs Austin, 1 pm (loser eliminated)
Winners, 4 pm (winner qualifies for state)
Winner of 4 pm game vs loser of Friday game, 7 pm
Sunday, August 11, Fuller Field
Championship game, 12 pm (if needed second game immediately afterward)




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