Class B rankings: June 2

Posted on June 2, 2015 by CJ Siewert 

Matt Marek – Champlin

1. Cold Spring (4-2) – It will take a lot for me to knock them out of my top spot.

2. Blaine (4-1) – Something tells me this could be their year. 

3. Elko (11-1) – Disappointed we (Champlin) couldn’t get enough guys for that game. Despite that, averaging over eight runs per game will probably win you your fair share of games.

4. Dundas (9-1) – Would be in consideration for #1 spot if they had beat Elko, Still, great start by the Dukes

5. Victoria (4-0) – Despite the mass exodus, still a lot to like about this club.  

6. Forest Lake (4-1) – Solid start, great team. Shutting out Lyons Pub was impressive!

7. Moorhead (0-0) – Bumping them down only because they haven’t played yet. Great team, year-in and year-out.

8. Chaska (6-2) – Can’t believe I forgot about these guys in the preseason poll. Won’t make that mistake again. Heard they added some guy named ?Hentges? that should help. Young, D-1 catchers are pretty nice to have as well. 

9. Shakopee (5-2) – They will get better as the season goes on. Thumping Jordan was a step in the right direction.

10. Coon Rapids (3-2) – Adding Mrosla to replace Matt Smith is huge. I fully expect them to have a better regular season and be in the mix for another state tournament.

Honorable Mentions: Eagan, Miesville, Austin Greyhounds-Saw your FB post after the last rankings, here’s a little love for ya :)-, Champlin

Jamie Heipel – Blaine

1. Victoria – Sample size start at 3-0 but no matter who the competition they have scored a bunch of runs, given up quite a few also but wins are wins. Not sure about long term viability but rankings are based on now, not potential or their lack of. With building Chanhassen Redbirds they are still potent.

 2. Blaine – Top notch pitching staff has allowed a modest 4-1 start with very few regulars because of extended college seasons. Some huge additions should start to pay dividends. Not afraid to play a lot of games (5 rainouts so far), which means not always having their best.

3. Elko – Great start, talented lineup and will continue to get better. Is not afraid to play a lot games which means not always having your best.

4. Cold Spring – Slower start but when you have won two straight the bulls eye gets pretty big. Early season games mean markers for opponents and Springer’s have been there done that. There will games later in season that mean much more than now.

5. Dundas – Solid start with veterans who lead by example. Always have a winning attitude especially early.

6. Forest Lake – Great start again, this time winning lower scoring games which bodes well for an offense that is waiting to explode.  They will and cab count on it !

7. Shakopee – Slower start but rounding into form, just ask one of the best teams in Class “C” who they put an absolute beat down too.  Olson and the boys know how to win.

8. Moorhead – Tougher to gauge this early, can’t find much out.  They are always good and state qualifier. Might be way to low, probably way too low.

9. Chaska – Talented line-up, no question. Very good team in an extremely competitive league. They always add big time names to their roster, will it finally pay off?

10. Champlin – Nice start at 7-3. Tough to gauge with a couple of bad losses, but very solid team that added top line pitcher who can only help if healthy. Fill in game with hours of notice puts them in my top 10, not afraid to lose an exhibition game without their best.

Kelly McMonagle – Moorhead

‪1. Cold Spring – back to back champs looking for a three-peat‬

‪2. Blaine – key additions to an already stacked squad will have them looking to challenge for a State title‬

‪3. St. Cloud Beaudreaus – young talented team made a run to the title game last year‬

‪4. Victoria – dangerous hitting lineup top to bottom‬

‪5. Moorhead – new additions to solid core group should have them in the mix ‬

‪6. Forest Lake – not the showing they wanted at the State tourney so will look to rebound this year‬

‪7. Shakopee – contender every year but will have to get through that meat grinder that is Section 3B‬

‪8. Elko – young talent lineup should have them in the mix‬

‪9. Dundas – pitching is their strength ‬

‪10. Coon Rapids – solid lineup throughout will have them looking to break through come tourney time‬

Aaron Olson – Shakopee

1. Cold Spring — still have that big target on back with being two-time defending champs

2. Blaine — Bushland is big pickup

3. Chaska — ton of new players

4. Dundas — always have a good team and off to fast start

5. Moorhead — haven’t played much yet

6. Victoria — still have solid vets

7. Elko — very talented team

8. Shakopee — short on players this year, but have nucleus

9. Forest Lake — very good hitters

10. Miesville — picked up some nice players I heard

Eric Kraushar – Chaska/Chanhassen

1. Elko – kudos to the Express for finding the time to play 12 games already this season. Sure, many against Class C teams, but are 3-0 against Region 1B teams. They might not be the best team in Class B, but for early June, they get my nod for trying to be.

2. Victoria – these guys can still hit (40 runs in wins over Rochester and Henderson). Also put up 13 on St. Patrick and 10 on Arlington. 4-0 start. Young arms in Binger and Sweeney, both playing at Nebraska-Omaha, will be looked upon more. Interesting to see if Rollie Lacy, All-Big East with Creighton, pitches.

3. Chaska – Nice 6-2 start for the Cubs, who didn’t make my top-10 to begin the season, but addressed one of their needs in getting younger with pitching. Ryan Zimmerman and Chase Hentges give Cubs two power arms behind Pete Ohnsorg and Austin Lubinsky. Losses to Minnetonka and Plato (faced Cody Hallahan).

4. Blaine – expecting this to be Blaine’s breakout season once they get everyone on board. A team with a lot of potential. Should be fun to watch.

5. Cold Spring – State champs off to 4-2 start, nice wins over Hutchinson and Sauk Rapids. They are the Blackhawks of MBA – turn it on when they need to.

6. Forest Lake – Offense wasn’t an issue last year and is their strength again, off to a 5-1 start. The team has allowed five runs in last four games as well.

7. Dundas – Dukes suffer first loss of the season to Elko in 1-0 battle. Nice 9-1 start for Dundas

8. Champlin – my newcomer of the year award for 2014, the LoGators are no longer a team to watch. They are for real. Seven wins in 10 games in May isn’t too shabby.

9. Moorhead – excited to see them play Chaska here in June.

10. Beaudreau’s Saints – modest 2-0 start. Let’s see what they do in June

Class B overall rankings: June 2

1. Cold Spring Springers 43

1. Blaine Fusion 43

3. Victoria Vic’s 37

4. Elko Express 33

5. Dundas Dukes 26

6. Forest Lake Brewers 22

7. Moorhead Brewers 21

7. Chaska Cubs 21

9. Shakopee Indians 13

10. St. Cloud Beaudreau’s 9

Others receiving votes: Champlin LoGators 4, Coon Rapids Redbirds 2 and Miesville Mudhens 1

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