Class C rankings: June 18

Posted on June 18, 2015 by CJ Siewert

* games played prior to June 17 taken into consideration

Andy Johnson – Stewartville-Racine

1. Nisswa – won 6 straight, including a win over Victoria

2. Green Isle – nice wins over Savage, Waconia, and Plato – 2 more league losses keep them out of the top spot

3. Sobieski – only losses to the 2 teams above them

4. Sartell Muskies – only loss to Isanti

5. Fergus Falls – only a close loss to Morris – beat Victoria

6. Jordan – 9 straight wins

7. Blue Earth – only loss to SD state champs – beat St. Louis Park

8. Maple Lake – hot right now with 11 straight wins

9. New Ulm Brewers – a couple close losses moves them down but not out

10. Waconia – they replaced Brownton in my rankings by beating them

Jason Kuerschner – Cologne

1. Sartell Muskies – Off to an 11-1 start, looking to continue strong start into July

2. Green Isle Irish – 13-3 just pulled out two tough wins against Plato and Waconia in league play.

3. Nisswa Lightening – 13-1 to start and looking good.

4. Blue Earth Pirates – 9-1 to start, but haven’t lost to a Minnesota team. Looked strong in the Tiger Town Classic in Belle Plaine.

5. Maple Lake Lakers – 13-2, champs of the Hwy 55 Tourney, riding an 11-game winning streak.

6. Sobieski Skis – 9-2 to start the season, never hurts to be the defending state champs, but that bulls eye gets much bigger as the season moves into July.

7. Fergus Falls Hurricanes – 7-1 to start.

8. Jordan Brewers – 12-5 but playing a tough schedule of “B” opponents.

9. New Market Muskies – 13-7 so far and playing a tough non-league schedule

10. Lastrup Lakers – 11-3 to start their season, looking to compete in the Victory with Nisswa and Sobieski.

Anonymous ranker – Southern Metro

1. Maple Lake (13-2) Have rattled off 11 wins in a row which most recently includes beating Fairmont and Champlin on their way to winning the Hwy 55 Tournament.  Lakers have won their last 10 games by a combined 86-10.  No reason to let a couple of shutout losses in May allow you to think less of these guys, still maybe the team to beat.

2. Sartell (11-1) Their lone loss was in the championship of their own tournament (Omann Invitational) to Isanti.  My biggest concern with this team would be a lack of arms, but even when working down their rotation in the tournament their loss to Isanti was a 2-0 pitcher’s duel.  Nice win over Sauk Rapids last week.

3. Nisswa (13-1) Continue to win games against great teams.  Have added wins over Victoria and Bird Island in the past few weeks.  Biggest worry for this team is that they are capable of giving up a lot of runs.  But they play plenty of games so are using quite a few pitchers, and their offense never seems to slow down.  Have scored 6 or more runs in 12 of 14 games this season and are averaging just shy of 10 per game.

4. Sobieski (9-2) Quality wins over Kimball, Jordan and Upsala.  Neither of their losses have been true 9-inning games.  Lost to Green Isle in a 7-inning tournament game and lost to Nisswa in a 5-inning rain shortened game (both by 1 run).  Not bad losses against a couple of top-notch teams.

5. Green Isle (13-3) Suffered a rough 10-1 loss to Winsted Tuesday night (Kley struckout 17 overmatched GI hitters).  I have had this squad ranked at the top all year, but have now suffered losses to Brownton, Carver and Winsted.  The Carver loss isn’t a pretty one and recently got hammered by Winsted.  Very week schedule coming up should allow them to roll off 7 or 8 in a row at least.

6. Luverne (8-1) Nothing really of note since last time.  Have won all three contests, none really of note.  But can’t drop a team I had in the 6-spot in last poll if they took care of business.

7. Blue Earth (9-1) Wins over Jackson and St. Louis Park, lone loss was to Renner (SD) in the Tiger Invitational in Belle Plaine.  Another run-in with the Bulls of Jackson and the Austin Greyhounds will be telling over the next 10 days.  Record can be deceiving as they play against some league teams that are not near their level.

8. New Ulm Brewers (10-4) Giving these guys one more week.  Have had setbacks recently to St. James and Searles.  Will have a few games that could test them – but won’t play any elite state competition until July 11th when they showdown with Chanhassen.  Need them to to go almost scot-free over the next three weeks to keep them in mind as a top-tier team.

9. Jordan (12-5) Riding a 9-game win streak after early offensive struggles.  While Jordan has been finding the win column, it hasn’t been the most impressive run with 4 of the games being by just one run and 7 of the 9 by three runs or less.  That being said, wins over Moorhead Brewers and St. Peter have been of note.

10. Winsted (8-4) Had a modest start to the year and Kley was working through a sore arm, but since have answered the bell.  Wins over Plato and Green Isle are of note including the 17-K performance against Green Isle.  It is widely known that there are major questions when Kley isn’t on the mound.  A healthy Kley means a dangerous Winsted.

On the Radar: Raymond (16-3), Mora (7-1), Waconia (8-2), Delano (8-2), Fergus Falls (7-2)

CJ Siewert – St. Peter

1. Sartell – The Muskies have continued to ride the arm of Adam Wenker, who holds seven of their 11 wins. Their lone loss was a 2-0 shutout against Class B Isanti in late May. Not a whole lot of competition coming up until July 1 when they face St. Cloud Beaudreau’s.

2. Nisswa – The Lightning have recent highlight wins over Victoria, Bird Island and the Minneapolis Angels. They are now 13-1. Over the next week they have games against Upsala and Cold Spring, which will continue to test their already tough schedule.

3. Maple Lake – The Lakers’ only two losses were in May and have since won 11 in a row. They have a few more tests coming up with Howard Lake this week and the Hinckley tournament next weekend. Top two pitchers in Jeremy Schmidt and Mitch Wurm have 0.24 and 0.25 ERAs, respectively, and are a combined 8-1.

4. Green Isle – The Irish recently beat Savage, Waconia and Plato, but then lost big to Winsted against a premier pitcher in Tony Kley, which drops them from my top spot. It will be tough for GI to move back up in my rankings with a weak schedule ahead.

5. Sobieski – The Skis are 9-2 and haven’t seen much competition since the Stearns County Classic a few weeks back. Sobieski faces Cold Spring June 27 in a matchup of last season’s Class B and C state champions, which is their only true test before playoffs, in my opinion.

6. New Ulm – Setbacks against St. James and Searles drop them down a few spots from the last rankings, but they did have a stretch of six games in seven days, which may have something to do with those losses. Big Tomahawk East matchup Sunday against Sleepy Eye will determine if they stay where they are at in my rankings.

7. Jordan – The Brewers have won nine straight after a mediocre 4-5 start. Recent highlight wins over Moorhead and Chanhassen, and barely snuck by St. Peter on a lucky bounce in the ninth inning. In other ranking news, Paul Buss wins the unofficial town team beard title. I think he has either a bird’s or squirrel’s nest somewhere in there.

8. Fergus Falls – The ‘Canes lone loss was to a quality team in Morris at the Mike Johnson Memorial, but went on to beat the Moorhead Bulldogs and Victoria. They play in the Nimrod Invite next weekend, which will give us another good look at their depth.

9. Blue Earth – The Pirates are 9-1 with wins over Jackson and St. Louis Park. Good tests coming up against Austin and Jackson once again, but they play in a weaker league, which won’t give us much to look at until playoffs. In mid July they have non-league contests against Jordan, Cold Spring and Moorhead.

10. Raymond – The Rockets are off to a 16-3 start and are the team to beat in the Corn Belt League. They won the consolation bracket of the Hwy. 55 tourney after a first round loss to Champlin. 

Overall Class C rankings: June 18

1. Sartell Muskies 36

2. Nisswa Lightning 35

3. Green Isle Irish 31

4. Maple Lake Lakers 27

5. Sobieski Skis 25

6. Blue Earth Pirates 17

7. Jordan Brewers 14

8. Fergus Falls Hurricanes 13

9. New Ulm Brewers 10

10. Luverne Redbirds 5

Others receiving votes: New Market Muskies 2, Waconia Lakers 1, Lastrup Lakers 1, Winsted Wildcats 1 and the Raymond Rockets 1

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