On the last day of the American Association regular season, the St. Paul Saints clinched their first playoff berth since 2007 with a 9-7 road victory over the Gary SouthShore Railcats on Tuesday night. Ole Sheldon had four hits, including two during the Saints' seven-run second inning.
The Saints (56-44) won their last three games and eight of their last 10 to earn a wild-card berth. They will open the playoffs against Winnipeg in a best-of-five series beginning Thursday. The Saints finished four games behind the Goldeyes in the North Division.
Games at Midway Stadium are scheduled for Saturday night and Sunday (if necessary) and Monday (if necessary) afternoon.
South champion Grand Prairie will play Central champion Wichita in the other first-round series. The two series winners will play for the league championship.
• Two Saints outfielders were honored by the American Association for their 2011 performances. Ryan Patterson, a late-season acquisition from Fort Worth, was named to the All-Star Team, and Jonathan Van Every was named Defensive Player of the Year.Two tied for lead at men's Senior Amateur
Jeff Wiltse (Bemidji Town & Country Club) and David Kokesh (Bent Creek Golf Club) shared a two-stroke lead heading into the final round of the 90th MGA Senior Amateur Championship at St. Cloud Country Club.
Wiltse and Kokesh each shot a 2-under-par 70 in the second round to go with their opening-round 72s. Steve Whittaker (Pebble Creek Golf Club) is two back, and Don Howe (Olympic Hills Golf Club) and David Rehfeldt (StoneRidge Golf Club) are three back.Klasse wins women's Senior Amateur
Leigh Klasse (Keller Golf Course) shot a final-round 76 to beat Brenda Williams (Windsong Farm) by two strokes at the 36th Minnesota Women's Senior Amateur Championship at Whitefish Golf Club in Pequot Lakes. Williams shot the best round of the day, a 75, but it wasn't enough to overtake Klasse, who went into the day with a three-shot lead. Klasse had a 36-hole total of 150.Smock does not qualify for world finals
Amanda Smock of Minneapolis failed to qualify for the final in the women's triple jump Tuesday at the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Smock, a Melrose native competing in her first major international meet, jumped 44 feet, 2¾ inches on her second attempt and finished 17th.