GAYLORD -- Cannon Falls' stellar late-season run came to an end on Thursday with a narrow 2-1 loss to top-seeded Belle Plaine in the Section 2AA baseball championship game.
Cannon Falls, the No. 6 seed, would have needed to win twice to earn a state berth against Belle Plaine, which finished unbeaten in section play.
"We did not get that done," Cannon Falls coach Bucky Lindow said.
Riley Miller hit a solo homer for Cannon Falls and pitched six strong innings for the Bombers. But Belle Plaine pushed across single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to squeak out the victory.
Miller allowed five hits and two earned runs over six innings while striking out 10.
Jackson Kruger pitched a three-hitter for Belle Plaine and he drove in a run while Luke Luskey went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Cannon Falls, which started the season 2-9, finishes 12-11. The Bombers won nine straight games, six to conclude the regular season and three in a row to open section play. They dropped two of their final three, close 3-0 and 2-1 losses to Belle Plaine, which takes an 18-4 record into next week's Class AA state tournament.
Belle Plaine 2, Cannon Falls 1
No. 6 Cannon Falls: Ari Wells 1-for-3; Loden Bell 1-for-3; Riley Miller 1-for-3, 1 HR. Pitchers: Riley Miller (LP) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 10 K.
No. 1 Belle Plaine: Derek Hoffman 1-for-3; Joey Burgemeister 1-for-2; Luke Luskey 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI; Cade Morrison 1-for-3; Jackson Kruger 1 RBI. Pitchers: Jackson Kruger 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K.