Class B rankings: Aug. 6

Posted on Aug. 6, 2015 by CJ Siewert

* games played prior to Aug. 5 taken into consideration

Kelly McMonagle – Moorhead

1.  Cold Spring- back to back champs until they are knocked off I will keep them in the top spot

2.  Miesville-  top seed going into Section 1B as they took down Elko.  Loss to Eagan Friday snapped their 16 game win streak but bounced back to defeat Dundas on Sunday.  Plenty of quality wins on the year to back up their top 5 ranking

3.  Moorhead-  winners of 16 out of last 17 games losing to Minnetonka in the Coors Light Classic championship game.  Veteran group with a nice mixture of youth have them the #1 seed going into Section 6B tournament in a couple weeks

4.  Blaine-  record of 31-9 on the year with plenty of quality wins in a deep Metro Minny along with their aggressive schedule has them in the top 5 all year long

5.  Elko-  dropped a couple games the past two weeks but will turn the ship in the right direction heading into Section 1B tournament play

6.  Shakopee-  some nice wins against tough Section 3B foes recently has them atop the section standings with that dangerous middle of the order.  Can they out-slug everyone because if their pitching comes around watch out

7.  Forest Lake-  Top seed in Section 2B

8.  Coon Rapids-  battling with Blaine for the top seed in Section 5B.  Big game tonight against Champlin to keep pace with Blaine and stay out of the 2v3 series with Champlin

9.  Savage-  top seed in Section 4B

10.  Mankato-  hard to find much on them but they will be a factor in 3B

Just missing:  Chanhassen, Champlin, and Chaska

Aaron Olson – Shakopee

1. Miesville 25-6—had a nice run with the 13 straight.  Look like they are tough team coming into the playoffs

2. Cold Spring 28-6—Femrite back pitching and Thompson and Vanloy pitching well too. 

3. Moorhead 24-5—Playing very well and traveling a ton to play good teams.

4. Elko 35-5—won 35 games already!  Very good hitting team.

5. Shakopee 23-10–#1 seed as of now in Section 3B. Play very well when full roster shows up.

6. Blaine 31-9—also play ton of games with 31 wins.  Pitching can carry them to State.

7. Chaska 21-14—tough team and currently in 2nd with Chan in 3B. Top 2 teams get bye in 1st round of playoffs and Chaska is right there.

8. Chanhassen 21-11—have couple tough games this week with Mankato, but are right there as well for 1 or 2 seed.  Dropped off from June but still a very good team.

9. Mankato 15-6—don’t play too many games but also right in the mix in Section 3B. 

10. Savage 17-5—locked up #1 seed in Section 4B. 

On the edge: Victoria, Dundas, Forest Lake

Jamie Heipel – Blaine

1. Cold Spring: no explanation needed

2. Moorhead: Been on them all year, they are hitting stride with Vets / Youth that can play the game and no stage is too big for them. 

3. Miesville: Winning 16 of 17 states their case. Playing some great ball with some great offensive numbers. # 1 seed in a pretty good Section.

4. Blaine: Many quality wins. Underrated offense that scores bunches of runs. Tough schedule and a lot of games. Can run out 5 quality starters that would be many teams aces.

5. Shakopee: Had them top 7 or better all year, even with slow start. Best team in my opinion in the Section, quality veteran leaders that win consistently.

6. Coon Rapids: Very solid team, had early hiccups in two high profile tournaments that has been over shadowing how consistent they are. They win many 1run games which good team do.

7. Savage: They are back in the saddle after struggling for a couple of years, these guys are really good. If they make a nice run it should surprise none.

8. Elko: Very good team ! A little tougher to play with a target on your back, body of work is solid but reeling a little the last couple of weeks.

9. Chanhassen: Nice story thus far. Can they win a series against some quality opponents when the season is on the line. Came back down to reality lately, still very solid but the meat grinder is different when the season is on the line.

10. Chaska: No doubt a talented team, but past few years have tailed off late, trend is continuing lately but they have the horses to right the ship.

Just Misses: Champlin, Eagan, Dundas

Matt Marek – Champlin

1. Cold Spring (28-6) – Really turned it on the latter part of the summer, as championship teams do.

2. Moorhead (24-5) – Another team rounding into form for playoffs. 16-1 over last 17 games.

3. Miesville (25-6) – A lot of teams are getting really hot and Miesville was no exception. 15 straight wins and 16 out of 17 to finish their regular season (with Minnetonka and Prescott as tune-ups before playoffs).

4. Elko (36-5) – Responded with nice win over Savage after dropping three of four last week.

5. Blaine (31-9) – 9-1 since last poll. In a dead heat with Coon Rapids for Metro Minny title. 

6. Shakopee (23-10) – Starting to pull away from the jumble that is Section 3B. 

7. Coon Rapids (25-11) – Pitching has been the story for the Birds. Steve Schroer’s last 4 starts: 35 IP, 2 ER, 35 K, 4 BB, 0.51 ERA.

8. Savage (18-6) – Rattled off 13 straight wins until I jinxed them on Twitter asking how long their streak was. 

9. Dundas (25-9) – 9-2 over last 11 with a six-game win streak mixed in. 

10. Chaska (21-14) – Heated up in July with two wins over Victoria, and wins over Shakopee, Chan and Savage since last poll. Loss to Prior Lake Sunday prevents them from moving up further. 

HM

Eagan – In the driver’s seat in 4B. Don’t overlook the Bandits!

Beaudreau’s – Seven straight wins for the Saints. 

Mankato & Chanhassen – Fell victim (in the polls) to the meatgrinder that is their section. 

Forest Lake – Two losses to Champlin and one to Isanti drops them out. Took 2 of 3 from the St. Paul Capitals this season with win on Tuesday. 

Eric Kraushar – Chaska/Chanhassen

1. Cold Spring (28-6) – Hard to argue with a team that went 11-2 in July, beating Maple Lake and Blaine in recent games. Finish with 10-1 record against Region 7 opponents.

2. Moorhead (24-5) – 16 wins in last 17 games, having dropped a championship decision to Minnetonka in the Coors Light Classic in July. Shutout Maple Lake 8-0 with wins over Jordan, Coon Rapids, Victoria and a split with Cold Spring.

3. Miesville (25-6) – 13 straight wins in July and 14 wins in the last 15 games moves Miesville high up the charts. The Mudhens are the top team in Region 1B into the post-season. Big wins over Blaine, Elko, Moorhead, Faribault, and St. Paul Capitals this season. I missed the boat in previous rankings with Miesville.

4. Elko (35-5) – Recent losses to Miesville, Dundas and Northfield drops the Express into the No. 2 seed in Region 1 behind Miesville. Nice wins over Shakopee and Prior Lake in recent weeks.

5. Shakopee (23-10) – Indians beginning to separate themselves from stacked Region 3B line-up. In last eight days has beaten Mankato 9-0, Prior Lake 6-5, Victoria 16-11 and Chaska 6-5. Also have wins over Minnetonka, Coon Rapids and Eagan on resume.

6. Blaine (31-9) – All of the Fusion are back and they are rolling, winning nine in a row in league play and have pulled even with Coon Rapids, which they just defeated 2-0, at 14-3 in the Metro Minny.

7. Coon Rapids (25-11) – Tied with surging Blaine at “press time,” but the Fusion did just shutout the Red Birds, so the Birds are one spot back. Coon Rapids also had a loss to Isanti last week.

8. Chaska (21-14) – Went 5-0 against Region 3B opponents as well as 10-runned Savage in July, but August hasn’t been as kind for the Cubs, which have dropped contests to Prior Lake and Shakopee. They’re always there in the end.

9. Chanhassen (21-11) – After a great start (6-1) against Region 3B teams, Chanhassen has dropped four of the last five with the offense slumping a bit. Still a solid line-up with a couple of good arms.

10. Savage (17-5) – Seven wins in nine contests in July, getting the job done in Region 4. The Outlaws are the No. 1 seed.

Overall Class B rankings: Aug. 6

1. Cold Spring Springers 49

2. Miesville Mudhens 43

2. Moorhead Brewers 43

4. Blaine Fusion 30

4. Elko Express 30

6. Shakopee Indians 28

7. Coon Rapids Redbirds 16

8. Savage Outlaws 11

9. Chaska Cubs 9

10. Chanhassen Red Birds 7

Others receiving votes: Forest Lake Brewers 4, Mankato Twins 3 and the Dundas Dukes 2

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