Class B rankings: The King is Dead? New No. 1 emerges for first time since 2019

By Nick Gerhardt

ScoreMonster Contributor

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The question bears repeating again in this round of rankings: Believe the hype? Rochester’s body of work has our pollsters believing nearly unanimously yes after the Royals received three of the first-place votes in this round of rankings. It marks the first time four-time defending Class B champion Chanhassen has ceded the spot since 2019. Before that Miesville ruled the roost for the better part of 2018 and before. 

The Red Birds shared the No. 1 spot in the last poll with Blaine, but Chanhassen didn’t slip far, just down to the No. 2 slot while the Fusion dropped to No. 4.

Those who took advantage of the shakeup include: Cold Spring, going up from No. 5 to No. 3. Chaska cracked the top 10 for the first time this season, coming in at No. 6. The aforementioned Mudhens, they dropped to No. 5.

Champlin Park went down a notch to No. 7 and Moorhead stayed put at No. 8. The No. 9 spot saw a logjam of Northfield, New Market and Young America.

Aldon Severson — Northfield Knights

1. Rochester Royals — 17 wins is tied for the most in the state and they’ve paced Section 1B all season. 

2. Chanhassen Red Birds — Don’t let a handful of losses fool you, the Red Birds will be favorites come August. 

3. Cold Spring Springers — 13-2 to start the season for a motivated group of Springers. 

4. Blaine Fusion — Blaine continues to rack up lopsided victories. 

5. Champlin Park LoGators — The LoGators have hit their stride after a slow start. Should be fun to watch them battle Blaine for the Section 4B crown. 

6. New Market Muskies — New Market’s revitalized roster continues to impress. 14-5 overall, they’ve faltered in Section 1B matchups. 

7. Chaska Cubs — The Cubs are sitting atop Section 3B with a record of 16-5. 

8. Moorhead Brewers — Although they’ve only played nine games, the Brewers appear to be their usual selves in ’22. 

9. Northfield Knights — Currently sitting in third place, the Knights have a big week of Section 1B matchups ahead that could make or break their playoff spot. 

10. Sobieski Skis — Currently 11-2 in their first year back in Class B. Will be exciting to see them make a run to state. 

Honorable Mention: Miesville Mudhens, Young America Cardinals, Anoka Bucs 

Matt Marek — Champlin Park LoGators

1. Rochester Royals (17-3) — Royals end June with an 8-2 mark and atop the crowded Section 1 standings. Matt Meyer and Matteo Finocchi a solid 1-2 punch on the mound, with a balanced lineup that is hitting .305 as a team.

2. Chaska Cubs (16-5) — Maybe we slept on Chaska a bit this year after a slow start coupled with a so-so year in 2021 due to injuries. Fast forward to July 5, and Chaska has rattled off a 13-2 stretch highlighted by a win over Chanhassen going into the July 4 break.

3. Chanhassen Red Birds (12-5) — When was the last time Chanhassen lost three of four? The Red Birds sputter into the break with losses to Young America, Victoria and Chaska. Gone are Spitzcak, and Livorsi (Indy Ball), while Justin Anderson and Michael Jurgella, and Riley Johnson have been virtual no-shows in the lineup.

4. Miesville Mudhens (12-6) — Another team that has seen some significant losses affect the record. Gone are Jake Dickmeyer and Nate Hammes, while several contributors from last season have seen limited or no time at all. Riley Ahearn hasn’t thrown much either, moving several pen arms to the rotation. With all that being said, they have won seven of their last eight games with quality wins over Blaine, St. Anthony and several section wins. The St. Thomas connection has proved fruitful on the roster, but remains to be seen which new additions will be around come playoff time.

5. Cold Spring Springers (13-2) — The schedule to-date isn’t the strongest, but location kind of dictates that for the Springers. Give them credit for scheduling and beating several high quality C teams with wins over Champlin and St. Anthony to boost the resume. A much stronger  second-half schedule should tell us a little bit more about the Springers.

6. Champlin Park LoGators (17-6) — Gators end June on a 10-1 streak and sit on top of the Section 4 standings heading into July. Gators lose newcomer Andrew Hanson to indy ball, but have been picked up by a balanced lineup and Sam Riola at the top. Jerry Gooley and Jack Haring have been the leaders on the mound while Dylan Wilson has had a nice rebound season after battling injury in 2021, hitting .327 and striking out 36 in 27 innings (2.30 ERA) on the hill.

7. Blaine Fusion (16-5) — The Fusion are 5-5 over their last 10 heading into the break. The last time Blaine had a 5-5 stretch? You’ll have to go back to 2016 to find one.

8. Moorhead Brewers (7-2) — Feels weird to have them this low, but the body of work isn’t quite there yet. Similar to Cold Spring, the second half of the season will tell us more about the 2022 version of the Brewers.

9. Northfield Knights (11-4) — Northfield has taken care of business in the “games you should win” category outside of a wild 19-17 loss to Dundas. Nice rebound season for the Knights thus far.

10. Anoka Bucs (11-6) — Bucs have rattled off eight in a row (if you don’t count the protested, to-be-replayed game vs. Coon Rapids) with wins over Champlin and Blaine in the league. The pitching depth remains the obstacle to going further in the postseason.

Honorable Mention — New Market Muskies, Dundas Dukes, Young America Cardinals, Burnsville Bobcats.

Kelly McMonagle — Moorhead Brewers

  1. Chanhassen Red Birds — Even though the Red Birds have dropped a couple of games to Section 3B opponents as of late I will still have to put them at the top of the rankings. They have three Section games this week including a road game at Burnsville followed by home games against Prior Lake and Chaska.
  2. Rochester Royals — The Royals sit atop the always tough Section 1B with a 5-1 record but they will be tested this week with games against Northfield and Miesville. Their lefty ace has been putting up big strikeout numbers.
  3. Blaine Fusion — The Fusion have been up and down the last two weeks trading wins and losses but they should start racking up W’s again. Big rematch with Champlin next week looking to avenge the loss to the LoGators earlier this season.
  4. Miesville Mudhens — The Mudhens have started hitting their stride as of late putting big numbers up against New Market on Friday. They will try to get closer to the top of Section 1B hosting Rochester on Sunday.
  5. Cold Spring Springers — Springers have started out nicely this season winning 13 of 15. Big Section 2B game on the horizon with the Brewers stopping by Cold Spring on Saturday.
  6. Champlin Park LoGators — The LoGators are at the top of Section 4B with a 7-1 record only losing to Anoka a couple weeks ago. 
  7. Moorhead Brewers — Not a whole lot of games to go by with this group that usually plays a more aggressive schedule but will see where they are after the trip to Cold Spring on Saturday.
  8. Northfield Knights — The Knights will have something to say after the dust settles in Section 1B with an offense throwing up softball like numbers. They have split with Miesville and will attempt a season split with Rochester visiting on Friday.
  9. New Market Muskies — Yet another Section 1B team in the rankings. The Muskies are 14-5 on the season including a 3-3 record in Section 1B. After consecutive losses to Rochester and Miesville it doesn’t get easier this week with top tier Class C St. Patrick and Northfield visiting this coming weekend.
  10. (tie) Burnsville Bobcats/Young America Cardinals — the Bobcats beat the Cardinals back in mid June but I imagine these 2 teams will be looking to earn spots out of Section 3B.  Young America does have a win over Chanhassen and Burnsville hosts the Red Birds this week.

Jon Sands — Victoria Vics

  1. Rochester Royals 
  2. Chanhassen Red Birds 
  3. Miesville Mudhens 
  4. Chaska Cubs 
  5. Young America Cardinals 
  6. Cold Spring Springers 
  7. Blaine Fusion
  8. Champlin Park LoGators
  9. Moorhead Brewers 
  10. Sobieski Skis 

Others: Victoria Vics, Burnsville Bobcats 

Class B rankings (As of July 6)(Pts)(Previous)

1. Rochester Royals (39)(4)

2. Chanhassen Red Birds (36)(T1)

3. Cold Spring Springers (25)(5)

4. Blaine Fusion (23)(T1)

5. Miesville Mudhens (22)(3)

6. Chaska Cubs (20)(NR)

7. Champlin Park LoGators (19)(6)

8. Moorhead Brewers (12)(T8)

9. New Market Muskies (7)(T8)

9. Northfield Knights (7)(7)

9. Young America Cardinals (7)(10)

Also receiving votes: Burnsville Bobcats, Sobieski Skis, Anoka Bucs, Dundas Dukes

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