'Jacks Shutout Hibbing, Earn State Tourney Trip

By KBJR News 1

May 31, 2012 Updated May 31, 2012 at 9:44 PM CST

Cloquet, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Cloquet softball team continued its magical postseason run on Thursday afternoon, beating Hibbing 9-0 to claim the Section 7AA championship and a trip to the MSHSL Class AA state tournament.

The Lumberjacks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings, and from there rode the strong arm of starting pitcher Chandler Beaupre to earn the shutout win.

Cloquet didn't drop a game in the section tournament, including a 2-1 win over four-time defending section champion Hermantown in the quarterfinal round.

This marks the second overall trip to the state tournament for the Lumberjacks, with the last coming in 2002.

Cloquet will open up play at state on June 7 against the champion of Section 5AA, with that game set for 1:00 p.m. at Caswell Park in Mankato.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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