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Preview: Rocori Baseball In State Championship [AUDIO]

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What: Rocori Spartans vs Mounds View Mustangs, Class AAA Baseball State Championship Game
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis
Time: 4:00 pm
Radio: AM 1390 The Fan
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The Rocori Spartans are playing in their first state title game since 2010 Monday when they take on Mounds View at Target Field. The Spartans beat Delano 3-0 to win the title in 2010.

The Spartans entered the state tourney with a record of 16-8. Rocori had lost four out of five games before rattling off seven straight wins to advance to Monday’s title game.

Rocori upset #3 seeded Lakeville North on Thursday to advance to the semifinal game. The Spartans trailed the Panthers 2-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning when they rallied for three runs to take the lead and eventually the win.

Reed Pfannenstein pitched a complete game in the opening round for Rocori, and first baseman Austin Athmann paced the offense with three hits.

The Spartans fell behind early to #2 seed Minnetonka but took advantage of five Skipper errors en route to a 4-1 win. Head coach Jeff Illies says he was proud of the way his team handled early adversity to come back for the win,

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This time is was Jake Hennen going the distance for Rocori, and the stage was set for a championship showdown with Mounds View.

The Mounds View Mustangs were given the #4 seed in the 2013 tournament and began their run with a walk-off, 2-1 win over Forest Lake at Midway Stadium on Thursday.

The Mustangs then went on to upset #1 seed Coon Rapids on Friday by a 9-4 final score. The Cardinals were coming off of a Logan Shore no-hitter against Wayzata in the opening game.

The Mustangs won third place at state in 2000.

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Coach Illies says that tradition plays a large role in how the Spartans approach the game.

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