While the St. James Express baseball was eliminated from Tomahawk League play- offs early this year, one Express player, Kyle Pinke, continued his summer baseball season.
Every year in the Tomahawk league, teams that advance past the first round of the playoffs are allowed to draft players from teams that were already eliminated from the playoffs. After the Express were eliminated from the playoffs it was- n’t long before Pinke got a call asking him to play for another team. Pinke was drafted by the Stark Longhorns to play in the regional playoffs for the squad. The regional play- offs was round robbin style tournament with 6 teams participating. Only three teams would go on to the state championship and the Stark Longhorns were not a team that made it to the state tournament.
After not advancing to the next round it seemed like Pinke’s season would be over. Pinke was eventually drafted by the Lamberton Lonsox, a team that cruised into the state championship tournament. Lamberton received a bye in the first round of the state tournament which meant they didn’t start play until this last Sunday. In the first game for Lamberton they played a close game through eight innings. In the top of the ninth Green Isle went to score 5 runs to win with a final of seven to one.
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