Wednesday was a day that some young men in our area will never forget.  After all, it's not every day that you become a champion.  But once you are, no one can ever take that away from you.

The Cathedral baseball team won the Class AA State championship with a 6-1 win over La Crescent at Target Field Wednesday afternoon.  Brian Minks broke the game wide open in the 5th inning with a 2-run triple to give Cathedral a 5-1 lead.

Matt Dietmann went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and Bo Schmitz was 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI for the Crusaders.  Andrew Thome threw all 7 innings with 2 hits and 1 earned run allowed to get the win.  Cathedral ends the season with a 24-3 record and they have now won 7 state baseball championships.

Eden Valley-Watkins beat Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial 8-4 to win the Class A state title for a 2nd straight year.  Burnsville beat Maple Grove 6-5 to win the Class 3A State Title.

Congrats to the players, coaches, and families involved with both of these programs.  You have made all of us in the Central Minnesota area very proud!

Photos courtesy of Brace Hammelgarn.