State baseball tourney begins


The Minnesota State High School League’s (MSHSL) Baseball State Tournament, played annually since 1947, begins this week at four championship-round locations. The Class A tournament is played at the Mini Met in Jordan and the Class AA tournament is in St. Cloud. The Class AAA field plays at Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota Campus and Class AAAA is at CHS Field in downtown St. Paul. Championship games in each of the four enrollment classes are scheduled for Thursday, June 20, at Target Field. In the event of inclement weather, the make-up date for championship games at Target Field is Friday, June 21.

Class AA
Quarterfinals: La Crescent-Hokah (21-5) vs. No. 2 Minnehaha Academy (18-4), 3 p.m.
Thursday, June 13, Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud, Minn.
Consolation semifinals: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Consolation final: 3 p.m.
Friday, June 14, Joe Faber Field, St. Cloud
Championship semifinals: noon, 2:30 p.m.
Third place: 5 p.m.
Fiday, June 14, Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud
Championship: 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at Target Field
Tickets for St. Cloud are $10 for adults, $6 for students; at Target Field tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.
The semifinals and championship games will be streamed live and free of charge. Find the stream at Results, box scores and summaries will be posted on the league’s website, Follow the tournament on Twitter at @MSHSLJohn and @MSHSL.

2019 tournament preview
Class AA
Glencoe-Silver Lake, a Class AA runner-up in 2007, is back for the sixth time. Senior infielder/pitcher Chandler Glaser has 12 home runs. Marshall School, Duluth, was the runner-up in 2018, losing to Maple Lake in the championship game. The Hilltoppers bat .414 as a team and hold opponents to a .137 clip. Paynesville Area returns for the third time in the past four seasons. Junior pitcher Grady Fuchs is 7-1 with 87 strikeouts. Perham is making its ninth state tournament appearance and first since 2013. Sophomore pitcher Noah Rooney is 6-1 with 83 strikeouts and junior infielder Maddux Kovash is batting .438. La Crescent-Hokah is making its first appearance as this co-op. Senior infielder Sam Wieser is batting .438 for the Lancers. Minnehaha Academy is a seemingly annual entrant in the state tournament. The Redhawks, a two-time Class AA champion, is making its fifth consecutive appearance. Senior shortstop Noah Dehne is batting .358 with four homers for Minnehaha Academy, which won the consolation final in 2018. St. Peter is ending a state tournament dryspell that extends to 1982. Senior outfielder Hunter Wilmes hits .419 for the Saints. Foley came through the losers’ bracket and had to defeat Pierz twice in the Section 6AA tournament to reach the state tournament for the first time. The Falcons have a team ERA of 1.97.


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