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Late-inning drama highlights the start of the Minnesota high school baseball tournament

Minnetonka and Heritage Christian won in walk-off fashion.

It's been a drama-filled opening day of the Minnesota high school baseball tournament as six of the first seven games to go final were decided by one run.

Class 4A

Top seed Minnetonka beat unseeded Eastview 3-2 on a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning. 

The next game was just as good, with St. Michael-Albertville defeating Lakeville North, 3-2. 

Class 3A

Grand Rapids was trailing top seed Mahtomedi 3-0 before making it 3-2 on a 2-run double by pinch hitter Mike Heitkamp, who advanced to third on a throw to the plate. Heitkamp then tried to score the tying run on a ground ball to third but was tagged out at the plate and Mahtomedi held on for the win. 

Here's a great shot of the play at the plate. 

The second 3A game of the day was also a tight one, with Alexandria advancing to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Willmar. 

Class 2A

Top seed Duluth Marshall imposed its will on St. Cloud Cathedral with a 6-2 win behind the arm of hard-throwing junior right-hander Ben Pedersen, who throws harder than 90 mph and will play at Missouri in college.  

Caledonia, the five seed, then beat defending champion Minnehaha Academy 1-0 behind a near no-hitter from Casey Storlie. 

Class 1A

Top seed Heritage Christian scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Sacred Heart 4-3. Sacred Heart had five errors on the day, including a critical one with the bases loaded on a misplayed shallow fly ball that allowed the tying and winning runs to score. 

There was more excitement in the second game as Parkers Prairie scored eight runs in the sixth inning to stun Wabasso by a score of 8-6. 

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