By Mike Marsnik
Cole DeVries scattered three hits and struck out eight over seven scoreless innings Saturday night to keep his Minneapolis Cobras unbeaten through the winners’ bracket. Jack Hogan added two goose eggs to earn the save in a 4-0 Cobras’ victory over the St. Paul Capitals on Saturday night at Red Haddox Field in Bloomington.
The Capitals got a strong pitching performance from Josh Kubritscher who allowed only one earned run over 8-2/3 innings. He threw 166 pitches, striking out nine. With no support, his terrific effort went for naught.
The Cobras got two runs in the top of the third. Lead-off hitter Brandon Schmal reached on an error and then Mason Reinhart reached on a swinging bunt to third base. With one out, Jeff Miller singled up the middle to knock in Schmal. Gabe McDonald plated Reinhart on an opposite field sacrifice fly to right.
The Cobras added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth on a walk, a hit and two Capitals errors.
That was the Capitals’ first loss in the tournament. They now face the Minnetonka Millers, who lost to the Cobras at Dunning Field in St. Paul on Aug. 12. The Cobras will play the winner of that contest. Whichever team it is will have to beat them twice to take the Class A title.