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Baseball teams from around the state gather in St. Charles searching for a state championship

ST. CHARLES, Minn. (KTTC) — If you’ve traveled through Saint Charles this weekend, you may have noticed extra traffic.

That’s because the city is hosting the American Legion Junior State Tournament. The League competes throughout the summer months.

Each baseball team is made up of rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, all working to claim the state championship trophy.

Tournament Coordinator and Saint Charles Athletic Director, Scott McCready says they’ve been planning for two years.

“We’ve just had great support from the community, financially and just workers. You look around and there’s orange shirts everywhere, that’s our staff. There’s just tons and tons of people giving their time and it’s been a lot of planning. We met monthly for two years and the last couple months, it’s been almost every other week. We’ve just had people take care of different parts of things and it’s been a great cooperative effort,” said McCready.

A total of 11 games were played this weekend, with St. Charles took third place in the tournament, beating Sacred Heart Maccray 4-1.

While Aitkin and Esko battled for the state championship, with Aitkin claiming the state championship, winning 11-3.

Holden Krusemark

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