Class C rankings: New No. 1s? Two teams claim top spot

By Nick Gerhardt
nickgerhardt@mnbaseball.org

So far this season it seems like rain is winning as a slew of games have gotten washed out through May. With that said, some teams have gotten in games while others have struggled. As such, we didn’t see a lot of movement in the latest Class C rankings, but we do have a new No. 1…a couple of them, actually.

Buckman’s early success and Delano’s shooting out of the gate caught the attention of our pollsters enough so that they claimed the No. 1 spot together this time. They supplanted Bird Island, which had the top spot. The Billygoats climbed one spot while the Athletics jumped two in this poll. The Bullfrogs didn’t go too far, they took the No. 3 spot.

Defending champion Maple Lake still didn’t claim the No. 1 ranking despite an 8-1 start. The Lakers stayed put at No. 4. Jordan also saw no movement and retained the No. 5 spot.

We saw two new teams crack the top 10. The Watertown Red Devils have gone undefeated in eight games and shot up to No. 6 in the poll. Webster jumped two spots to pull in the No. 7 ranking.

Nisswa fell two spots to No. 8 while New Ulm also dropped a spot to No. 9. St. Martin took the final spot despite several teams vying for that spot. Check out how the rankings shook out.

Kip Kovar — Herald Journal

1. Bird Island Bullfrogs

2. Jordan Brewers

3. Buckman Billygoats

4. Delano Athletics

5. Watertown Red Devils

6. Maple Lake Lakers

7. Nisswa Lightning

8. Webster Sox

9. New Ulm Brewers

10. Raymond Rockets

Aaron Worm — Mankato

1. Maple Lake Lakers — Lost their opener to Class B Lyons Pub and have gone 8-0 since

2. Delano Athletics — Outscored their first two opponents 21-3 off to a 3-0 start.

3. Buckman Billygoats — Off to a fast start in the Victory League including scoring 10 runs in victories over Fort Ripley and Upsala.

4. Jordan Brewers — 6-0 to start the season.

5. Webster Sox — Off to a 4-1 start in the DRS, led by ace Peter Tveite who struck out 15 in a win.

6. Bird Island Bullfrogs — Last year’s state runners-up have played just one game so far and are 1-0.

7. Nisswa Lightning — Looks like it will be Nisswa and Buckman battling again for the top spot in the Victory.

8. Watertown Red Devils — Off to a 5-0 in the Crow River.

9. New Ulm Brewers — 2-0 in the Tomahawk East.

10. Plato Blue Jays — Lead the South Division of the Crow River League with a 7-0 record

Tom Elliott — West Central Tribune, Willmar

1. Maple Lake Lakers — So far, so good for the Lakers, who are 2-0 in North Star League play..

2. Bird Island Bullfrogs — The Bullfrogs are just getting going. Note that they’ll be without one of their better pitchers for a while. Aidan Elfering, who plays for the University of Dubuque, is playing for the Northwoods League’s Waterloo Bucks.

3. Buckman Billygoats — The Billygoats are off to a 4-0 start in the Victory League.

4. Jordan Brewers — The Brewers have beaten Chaska 4-2 and Hutchinson 9-2 in their most recent games.

5. Delano Athletics — The Athletics are off to a 1-0 start in the North Star League with the Metro Knights coming to Delano on Saturday for the A’s home opener.

6. St. Martin Martins — The Martins are 6-0 in the Stearns County League South, just ahead of 6-1 Richmond.

7. Kimball Express — The Express are off to a 5-1 start in the Central Valley League. they’re experienced and always a team to watch for a state-wide poll.

8. Avon Lakers — The Lakers are 6-1 and playing well.

9. St. Joseph Joes — The Joes are 5-0 in the Sauk Valley League and 6-2 overall. Lost to the Class B Cold Spring Springers, 17-9.

10. Raymond Rockets — The Rockets are off to a good start while waiting for all their college players to get back. Like Bird Island, one of their top pitchers is in the Northwoods League. Ian Koosman, who plays for Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona, is playing for the Willmar Stingers.

Chad Knutson — Heron Lake Lakers

1. Delano Athletics — 3-0 start, with wins over Chaska and Cokato.

2. Watertown Red Devils — 8-0. Offense is red hot for the Devils, outscoring their opponents 95-12 with four shutouts.

3. Buckman Billygoats — 6-0 have only allowed four runs and scored 61, four shutouts.

4. Bird Island Bullfrogs — Only played one game so far, a win over Wabasso Jaxx 4-1.

5. Jordan Brewers — 6-0 includes wins over good Hutchinson and Chaska teams.

6. Maple Lake Lakers — 8-1, won eight in a row since loss to Lyons Pub, and a big win over an 11-win Clearwater River Cats team 15-5.

7. Luverne Redbirds — 3-1, pitching has been good in their wins, lost a high-scoring game with Milroy Irish 16-13.

8. Plato Blue Jays — 7-0 undefeated in the Crow.

9. New Ulm Brewers — 4-1 start, only loss to Stark 8-7.

10. Clearwater River Cats — 11-3, most games played and most wins in the state and it is not even June yet. Good wins over Luxemburg and Sartell Muskies.

Honorable Mention
Kimball Express, St. Martin Martins, Webster Sox, Hutchinson Huskies, Cold Spring Rockies, Fairmont Martins, New Prague Orioles, St. Joseph Joes, Nisswa Lightning, Avon Lakers, Young America Cardinals, Foley Lumberjacks, Spring Hill Chargers, Red Wing Aces, Courtland Cubs, Paynesville Pirates, Union Hill Bulldogs, Clinton Cards, Princeton Panthers, New York Mills Millers, Dassel-Cokato Saints, St. Peter Saints, Richmond Royals.

Class C rankings (As of June 4)(Pts)(Previous)
1. Buckman Billygoats (32)(2)

1. Delano Athletics (32)(3)

3. Bird Island Bullfrogs (31)(1)

4. Maple Lake Lakers (30)(4)

5. Jordan Brewers (29)(5)

6. Watertown Red Devils (18)(NR)

7. Webster Sox (9)(9)

8. Nisswa Lightning (8)(6)

9. New Ulm Brewers (6)(8)

10. St. Martin Martins (5)(NR)

Also receiving votes: Plato Blue Jays, Kimball Express, Avon Lakers, St. Joseph Joes, Raymond Rockets, Luverne Redbirds, Clearwater River Cats, Hutchinson Huskies, Cold Spring Rockies, New Prague Orioles, Young America Cardinals, Foley Lumberjacks, Spring Hill Chargers, Red Wing Aces, Courtland Cubs, Paynesville Pirates, Union Hill Bulldogs, Clinton Cards, Princeton Panthers, New York Mills Millers, Dassel-Cokato Saints, St. Peter Saints, Richmond Royals.

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