The St. Louis Park Railcats Post 282 Legion team won 3-2 Monday night over Bloomington Jefferson at Dred Scott Field in Bloomington to advance to the District 10 Legion baseball playoffs.
Park finished the challenging South Hennepin League season with a 5-4 record—good for fifth place in the 10-team circuit. It produced wins over state powers Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Champlin Park and Anoka.
Jake Lukasavage—who hit his first career home run in a game last week—hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie, bringing home Jack Borderwick with the winning run.
Ryan Froom pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and striking out eight. He also had two hits and a RBI.
Catcher Mitch Thomas made a terrific play on a bunt in the bottom of the seventh that started a double-play on a nice throw from Borderwick to catch the runner who rounded second too far. The play helped seal the victory for St. Louis Park. Froom then struck out the last batter and the celebration was on.
Park begins the playoffs Thursday night at 6 p.m. against a Maple Grove team that was ranked No. 1 in the state for a while during the high school season.
Edina is a probable opponent in round two, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday at either Minnetonka or Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.