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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Baseball

State Baseball Tournament Preview

By MSHSL

In the 15th year of a three-class format, all three 2013 champions return to defend their titles. BOLD of Olivia is looking for its second consecutive title in Class A. Kasson-Mantorville is seeking its second consecutive title in Class AA. Mounds View returns in search of a second consecutive championship in Class AAA.

Five teams qualified for the first time this year: New Life Academy of Woodbury in Class A; The Blake School of Minneapolis and Aitkin in Class AA; and Lakeville South and Mahtomedi in Class AAA.

This is the second year that the tournament has been seeded. The eight coaches of the section champions logged onto a special page of the League Web site and each coach ranked the other teams one through seven. The highest and lowest rankings for each team were discarded, leaving five rankings for each team. From those rankings, the teams were seeded one through five. In conference calls with all eight head coaches, League Associate Director Kevin Merkle announced the top five seeds. A representative of the coaches association conducted a blind draw to determine the opponents for the top three seeds. Seeds four and five are automatically paired without a draw.

The six teams that advance to title games will compete at Target Field in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 14. All three games will be webcast live by GrandStadium on Prep45.com for a fee of $4.97 for the day. The Class A title game will begin at noon, followed by the Class AA championship game at 3 p.m., and the Class AAA title game at 6 p.m.  (NOTE:  Due to the weather, the three championship games have been postponed to Monday, June 16.)
 
The initial rounds of the tournament will be played Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13, at locations across the state. Class A quarterfinals, championship semifinals and third-place game will be played at Chaska Athletic Park, and consolation semifinals and consolation championship will be played at the Mini Met in Jordan. The Class AA quarterfinals, championship semifinals and third-place game will be played at Dick Putz Field, and consolation semifinals and consolation championship will be played at the adjacent Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud. The Class AAA quarterfinals, championship semifinals and third-place game will be played at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, and consolation semifinals and consolation championship will be played at Dick Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis.

Class A Quarterfinals

10:00 a.m. June 12 at Chaska Athletic Park.year absence to make its fourth appearance under this name. Red Lake Falls made a solo appearance in 1982 and Red Lake County made one in 1994. The defending champions from BOLD return for their third consecutive and overall appearance.

(No. 5 Seed – Section 3) Springfield (21-2) vs. (No. 4 Seed – Section 4) New Life Academy of Woodbury (22-4) — 12:30 p.m. June 12 at Chaska Athletic Park. The Tigers of Springfield are making their eighth appearance but first since 1984. The Eagles of New Life Academy of Woodbury are making their first tournament appearance.

(Section 5) Royalton (12-10) vs. (No. 3 Seed – Section 1) Chatfield (21-3) — 3:00 p.m. June 12 at Chaska Athletic Park. The Royals of Royalton return for their fourth appearance, but first since 2007. The Gophers of Chatfield are making their sixth appearance, but first since 2006.

(Section 7) Ely (21-2) vs. (No. 2 Seed – Section 6) New York Mills (23-0) — 5:30 p.m. June 12 at Chaska Athletic Park.year absence to make their fourth appearance. New York Mills, which claimed third-place honors in 2013, is making its fourth consecutive and sixth overall appearance.

Class AA Quarterfinals

10:00 a.m. June 12 at Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud.place showing. They are making their fourth consecutive and 18th overall appearance. If they win it would be their eighth title; they won previously in 1977, 1980, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2011.

(No. 5 Seed – Section 5) Delano (16-9) vs. (No. 4 Seed - Section 2) Glencoe-Silver Lake (17-4) — 12:30 p.m. June 12 at Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud.Silver Lake made their last tournament appearance under this name in 2009 and this is their fourth overall. Glencoe made five additional appearances between 1947 and 1974.

(Section 8) Hawley (18-6) vs. (No. 3 Seed - Section 1) Kasson-Mantorville (21-4) — 3:00 p.m. June 12 at Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud.Mantorville are making their second consecutive and fourth overall appearance.

(Section 7) Aitkin (22-4) vs. (No. 2 Seed - Section 3) Fairmont (23-1) — 5:30 p.m. June 12 at Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud.year absence.

Class AAA Quarterfinals

(Section 8) Brainerd (21-3) vs. (No. 1 Seed - Section 3) Lakeville North (21-4) — 10:00 a.m. June 12 at Midway Stadium, St. Paul. The Brainerd Warriors are making their 13th appearance, but first since 2010. If they win, it would be their third title; they won previously in 1995 and 2000. The Panthers of Lakeville North are making their second consecutive and overall appearance. They took the consolation title in 2013.

(No. 5 Seed – Section 7) Elk River (17-8) vs. (No. 4 Seed - Section 5) Mounds View (18-6) — 12:30 p.m. June 12 at Midway Stadium, St. Paul. The Elks of Elk River return for their fourth appearance, but first since 2003. The defending champions from Mounds View are making their second consecutive and sixth overall appearance.

(Section 6) Robbinsdale Armstrong (14-9) vs. (No. 3 Seed - Section 2) Eden Prairie (18-6) — 3:00 p.m. June 12 at Midway Stadium, St. Paul. The Falcons of Robbinsdale Armstrong are returning to tournament action after a three-year hiatus. This is their fourth appearance overall. The Eagles of Eden Prairie return to the tournament after a one-year absence. They are in the hunt for their third championship, having won previously in 2004 and 2010.

(Section 1) Lakeville South (7-18) vs. (No. 2 Seed - Section 4) Mahtomedi (23-1) — 5:30 p.m. June 12 at Midway Stadium, St. Paul. Lakeville South and Mahtomedi are both making their first tournament appearances.  

 


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