STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW: Carver looking like the Black Sox of old heading into state tournament

CARVER – The Carver Black Sox will be the first one to tell you. The regular season was simply not the team they really are.

After posting a regular-season record of 5-8 in the Crow River Valley League, the Carver Black Sox find themselves back at the state tournament for a fourth-straight year.

The Black Sox qualified for the Region 7C Tournament as the No. 10 seed from the CRVL. They beat No. 7 Hamburg in two-straight games in a best of three series.

Carver continued to keep things rolling in the right direction as they qualified for state at the Region 7C Tournament. Wins over Cologne and Mayer kept the streak rolling for the gold and black as they reached the state tournament once again.

In 2017, the Black Sox snapped a 34-year drought of reaching the state tournament. Since then, Carver has become one of the top teams in the CRVL and a team that has gained attention from all over the state.

Carver has to be feeling food about themselves heading into the state tournament. All season long, they’ve shown how resilient they are. After a down regular season, they fought back to get to the region tournament. After losing a heartbreaker in 10 innings against Waconia in the first round of the Region 7C Tournament, the Black Sox bounced back with back-to-back wins to qualify for state.

Experience is a big key for the Black Sox, but they also have a ton of talent. CRVL batting title winner Jay Bresnahan has been a big addition. Bresnahan hit .462 in the regular season for the Black Sox. Players like Kyle Dalton, Andrew Weber, Dan Gastuch, and Connor Cornell have also been big for Carver the past two weeks, helping them get back to state.

Pitching also has been a key for the Black Sox as they’ve relied on their top guys. Andrew Weber is one of the top pitchers in the CRVL and only elevated his game as the games get bigger. Jacob Booden is one of the best weapons out of the bullpen a team could ask for. Booden is an intimating presence on the mound and has the stuff to back it up to lock down opposing teams.

Carver will open the Class C State Tournament Sunday, Aug. 23 in Springfield at 2 p.m. against the Clinton Cards. The Cards are making their first state tournament appearance since 2006.

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