ELY — Marshall eliminated host Ely from the State VFW Tournament late Thursday, 10-8, while Maple Grove and St. Paul Ranview will square off today in a battle of 2-0 squads.
Maple Grove slipped past Hutchinson, 5-4, on a walk-off squeeze play in the seventh. Ranview, meanwhile, defeated Northfield, 7-1.
In other games Friday, Marshall eliminated Perham with a 7-3 win and Alexandria did the same in a 6-5 victory over Brainerd.
Hutchinson also nipped Alexandria, 9-8, while Northfield battle Marshall in Friday’s nightcap.
The games begin at 1 p.m. today in Ely when Maple Grove and Ranview go at it. In the 3:30 p.m. contest, one-loss Hutchinson will take on either Marshall or Northfield in an elimination game. The 7 p.m. game will see the Maple Grove/Ranview loser take on the winner of the previous Hutchinson game.
The championship begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.