Class B rankings: Preseason edition

By Nick Gerhardt

Scoremonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

A blizzard won’t dampen our spirits on the upcoming baseball season and though it appears the season’s start seems a little farther away, we’ll get things started in the right direction with preseason rankings for Class B.

Without much surprise the top three ranked teams are without question by our esteemed group of pollsters. Two-time defending champion Miesville lays claim to the top spot while last year’s runner-up Chanhassen takes the second spot. Perennial contender Moorhead locked up the No. 3 ranking while another annual top-five team Dundas stays put in the top five with the No. 4 ranking. After that a mix of teams fit into the rankings, most notably Northfield rising to the No. 5 spot after a tremendous state tournament run last season in its first trip to the tournament since 2004. The Knights spent years chasings the likes of Dundas, Elko and Miesville for one of two state slots until Class B expanded state slots for Section 1B to four last season.

Elko cracked the top 10 at No. 9 while Cold Spring, the 2013 and 2014 champion comes in at No. 6. Blaine ranks No. 7 to start the season while Forest Lake comes in at No. 8 and Chaska rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

Kelly McMonagle – Fargo/Moorhead

1. Miesville 
2. Chanhassen  
3. Moorhead 
4. Cold Spring  
5. Blaine 
6. Northfield 
7. Dundas 
8. Elko 
9. Chaska 
10. Shakopee 

Matt Marek – Champlin

1. Miesville
2. Chanhassen
3. Moorhead
4. Dundas
5. Northfield
6. Cold Spring
7. Forest Lake
8. Blaine
9. Chaska
10. St. Cloud Beaudreau’s

Eric Kraushar – Chaska

1. Miesville – have to beat them to claim this spot
2. Chanhassen – only getting stronger each year
3. Moorhead – always there in the end
4. Dundas – the pedigree to be top-five every year
5. Northfield – turned heads in 2017
6. Forest Lake – breakout year
7. Cold Spring – they’ll be back
8. Blaine – another team that is ready for next step
9. Chaska – aging, can they keep it going?
10. Shakopee – if everyone comes home, watch out

Aaron Olson – Shakopee

1. Miesville — Defending champs.

2. Chanhassen — very good ball club that is getting more experience

3. Moorhead — Veteran group that always adds a couple young college players

4. Blaine — had a solid year before getting beat by Northfield in State

5. Cold Spring — Femrite and crew will be around again

6. Northfield — made a good run at state

7. Dundas — tough team that continues to make state

8. Elko — good team with some solid ball players

9. Shakopee — getting back a few injured players this year and added a few young kids

10. St. Cloud Beaudreau’s — Solid team depending on if they add or lose any players

CLASS B RANKINGS

Tiebreaker goes to team with highest single vote

1. Miesville (40)

2. Chanhassen (36)

3. Moorhead (32)

4. Dundas (22)

5. Northfield (22)

6. Cold Spring (20)

7. Blaine (19)

8. Forest Lake (8)

9. Elko (6)

10. Chaska (6)

Others receiving votes: Shakopee, St. Cloud Beaudreau’s

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