The Redwood Area Youth Baseball Association (RAYBA) 11-Under baseball team put together a memorable four-game stretch to win the Minnesota Sports Federation (MSF) 11-Under state championship July 29 in Mankato.

The local squad dropped a pair of close games in pool play against Rochester (2-0) and Alexandria Red (6-4) but came to life with its tournament lives on the line.

Redwood Falls met up with Marshall Black in the first round of elimination play and would gut out a 5-4 victory.

The team then met up with RTR/Balaton in the quarterfinals and again earned a one-run, 3-2 victory to move into the semifinals. In semifinal action, the team squared off against Hutchinson Yellow and would have its most comfortable win of the tournament, earning a 9-1 victory.

After Albert Lea eliminated Waseca, the championship game was set up, as Redwood battled Albert Lea Sunday for the state championship.

Despite an early 2-0 deficit, Redwood responded to tie the score at two in the third inning. With the score still tied at two, Redwood was able to plate a late run and held on for the win.

“It was a great tournament,” Co-Head Coach Nate Peterson said. “Every single player stepped up and contributed when they were needed. They truly performed as a team in every game.”

It was a strong summer for the local RAYBA program, as four Redwood Falls teams advanced to state tournament action including the 9-Under (Roseville), 12-U (Sartell) and 14-U (Austin).

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