Class B rankings: Moorhead on the move

By Nick Gerhardt

There was little doubt among our pollsters as to who should reign as the No. 1-ranked team in Class B, though not everyone was totally convinced. 

Two-time defending Class B champion Chanhassen remained at No. 1 even though the Red Birds didn’t get all four first-place votes.

Pollsters took notice of Moorhead’s impressive run and the Brewers vaulted to the No. 2 spot after starting the season at No. 4.

Miesville remains a threat and is just two years removed from repeating as champions. The Mudhens drop to No. 3 this time but face an increasingly tougher Section 1B.

Blaine dropped a spot to No. 4 in this poll but some pollsters think the Fusion are poised for big things following last season when they came up a game shy of reaching the championship twice.

Chaska got off to a hot start before dropping its first game of the season Tuesday 2-0 to Waconia and the Cubs moved up two spots to claim the No. 5 ranking. 

Dundas dropped one spot to No. 6 but the Dukes always seem to be a threat in the postseason. 

Coon Rapids garnered some attention and entered the top 10 for the first time at No. 7 while Cold Spring remained at No. 8, though the Springers share that spot with Eagan. 

Northfield slipped from No. 6 in the previous poll all the way down to No. 10. 

Aldon Severson — Northfield Knights

1. Moorhead Brewers (15-2) — Impressive victories over Blaine, Champlin and Dundas.

2. Chanhassen Red Birds (3-1) — The Redbirds have gone 1-1 against section rival, Eagan, but remain elite.

3. Chaska Cubs (3-0) — The Cubs season is just getting started, but they remain undefeated.

4. Miesville Mudhens (4-1) — Another strong start for the Mudhens including a 3-1 record atop Section 1B.

5. Blaine Fusion (8-2-1) — As usual, the Fusion squad is looking strong. They’ve already scored double-digit runs in five games.

6. Eagan Bandits (3-1) — Strong start for the Bandits including victories over Chanhassen and Hampton.

7. Cold Spring Springers (4-1-1) — The Springers’ only loss came to Northfield in the Coors Light Classic.

8. Elko Express (5-3) — The Express are climbing the Section 1B standings with victories over Dundas and Miesville.

9. Coon Rapids Redbirds (4-2) — Wins against Class A powerhouses Minnetonka Millers and Minneapolis Cobras.

10. Dundas Dukes (3-2) — The Dukes share a lead in Section 1B. They’ve beaten Hampton, New Market and Northfield and only lost to Moorhead and Elko.

Honorable Mention: Champlin Logators (9-6)

Kelly McMonagle — Moorhead Brewers

1. Chanhassen Red Birds

2. Miesville Mudhens

3. Moorhead Brewers

4. Blaine Fusion

5. Dundas Dukes

6. Cold Spring Springers

7. Chaska Cubs

8. Coon Rapids Redbirds

9. Victoria Vics

10. Northfield Knights

Eric Kraushar — Chaska

1. Chanhassen Red Birds — Lone loss came in 5 1/2 innings without many starters.

2. Moorhead Brewers — Leads state with 15 wins (17 games played).

3. Blaine Fusion — Fusion’s year?

4. Elko Express — Beat Miesville and Dundas.

5. Dundas Dukes — 3-1 record in stacked Section 1.

6. Miesville Mudhens — 3-1 record in stacked Section 1.

7. Northfield Knights — 4-7 are all interchangeable.

8. Eagan Bandits — Section 3’s next group after Chanhassen are all right there as well.

9. Chaska Cubs — See No. 8.

10. Victoria Vics — See No. 8

Matt Marek — Champlin Park 

1. Chanhassen Red Birds

2. Moorhead Brewers

3. Miesville Mudhens

4. Blaine Fusion

5. Coon Rapids Redbirds

6. Cold Spring Springers

7. Rochester Royals

8. Chaska Cubs

9. Eagan Bandits

10. Elko Express

Class B Rankings

1. Chanhassen Red Birds (39)

2. Moorhead Brewers (36)

3. Miesville Mudhens (29)

4. Blaine Fusion (28)

5. Chaska Cubs (17)

6. Dundas Dukes (13)

7. Coon Rapids Redbirds (11)

8. Cold Spring Springers (10)

8. Eagan Bandits (10)

10. Northfield Knights (5)

Also receiving votes: Victoria Vics, Elko Express, Rochester Royals.

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