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Plato returning to state tournament

After persevering through the Region 7C bracket despite an opening round loss, Plato will have a chance to defend its state title as the region’s second seed in the upcoming Class C tournament.

The Blue Jays, tottering on the brink of elimination after falling to Brownton on Aug. 5, instead recorded three consecutive one-run victories on Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14 to wrap up a second place regional finish after falling to Waconia in Sunday’s tourney finale.

Plato clinched a return to state with a 3-2 defeat of Green Isle in a rematch of last season’s Class C championship contest. The Blue Jays snared a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Matt and Chris Odegaard scored on an RBI single by Nolan Lepel and an RBI double from Tyler Lang.

Green Isle knotted up the count at 2-2 with a pair of tallies in the top of the fourth, but Plato took the lead for good as Chris Odegaard plated Matt Odegaard with an RBI single after the latter had doubled in the bottom of the fifth.

From there, the game belonged to Chris Odegaard, who allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out 12 Irish batters in a complete game victory.

 

For more on this story, see the Aug. 17 issue of the Chronicle.