Class C rankings: New Ulm brewing up a run through the rankings

By Nick Gerhardt

ScoreMonster Contributor

news@mnbaseball.org

There wasn’t a lot of new blood entering the top 10 in the latest poll. Instead several teams jockeyed for position and we saw some big gainers and one drop.

Watertown garnered three first-place votes to remain atop the rankings while Delano remained entrenched in the No. 2 slot for the second straight week. 

New Ulm, behind an undefeated run in the Tomahawk East, rose to the No. 3 spot after gaining two second-place votes. The Brewers climbed from the No. 7 slot in the last poll.

St. Patrick sneaked up a spot to claim No. 4 after sitting at No. 5 in the previous rankings. Jordan lost favor with our pollsters despite an impressive resume. The Brewers dropped from the No. 3 spot to No. 6 after getting just two votes this time.

St. Martin rose from No. 9 to No. 7 as it continues an impressive run through the Stearns County League. 

Watkins dropped once again after holding the No.1 spot for one poll to now occupying the No. 9 slot.

Our two new entries include Luverne and Minnesota Lake, which share the final spot in the top 10. 

Aaron Worm — Albert Lea

1. Watertown Red Devils

2. St. Patrick Irish

3. Waconia Lakers

4. Delano Athletics

5. New Ulm Brewers

6. Waterville Indians

7. St. Martin Martins

8. Fort Ripley Rebels

9. Windom Pirates

10. Hutchinson Huskies

Tom Elliott — Willmar

1. Delano Athletics (14-2) — Delano stays in the top spot by going 6-1 since the last poll.

2. New Ulm Brewers (11-0) — New Ulm is 11-0 in the Tomahawk East, no small feat.

3. Watertown Red Devils (11-1) — Perhaps the top team in the Crow River Valley, not to mention the state.

4. Minnesota Lake Royals (10-1) — A new team (for me) in the rankings.

5. Isanti Redbirds (10-1) — Isanti is the top team in the Eastern Minny League’s Central Division and tends to get overlooked despite being a regular at state.

6. Sauk Centre Titans (9-1) — One of their non-Resorters League wins is over the Jordan Brewers.

7. Milroy Irish (12-1) — The Irish lead the Gopher League.

8. St. Martin Martins (8-1) — St. Martin’s lone loss in the Stearns County League South Division is to Richmond. Elrosa, which leads the Stearns County North, is a team to watch, too.

9. Raymond Rockets (8-1) -— Raymond sits atop the Corn Belt League.

10. St. Stephen Steves (8-2) — St. Stephen has the best record in the Victory League’s South/West Division, with losses to Fort Ripley and Nisswa, both teams in the North/East Division.

Kip Kovar — Howard Lake1. Watertown Red Devils — Dropped their first game of the season in a tough one. They’ve shown some vulnerability lately allowing 10 runs in two of the last three games but bounced back from their first loss with wins on the road over Brownton and Cologne. Still in control of the CRVL North and the top spot in Region 7C. 
2. Watkins Clippers — At 11-4 overall, Watkins remains one of the best teams in Class C. The Clippers are coming off a tough 2-1 loss to Luxemburg, a perennial state tournament team.                
3. Jordan Brewers — On an impressive roll the past week and change. The veteran squad seems to be clicking right now. Chance to really show how good they are this weekend by hosting a tournament with several perennial state tournament teams.               
4. Delano A’s — The beat has gone on for the A’s who still sit atop the North Star League standings at 14-2. Delano bounced back from a Hutchinson loss with wins over Dassel-Cokato, Buffalo, and Tempe, Arizona. The A’s still have a dangerous offense that can become one of the top teams in the state if the pitching staff performs well.
5. New Ulm Brewers — A perfect record in the Tomahawk East League warrants attention. The Brewers are back as the top dog in the TEL and look to be poised for another state tournament run.
6. St. Patrick Irish — Sit atop the DRS standings. An experienced and talented team playing in a tough league. The Irish are starting to shine. 
7. Waconia Lakers — Look to be the biggest challenger for Watertown in the CRLV. It’s been business as usual for the Lakers in recent action as the wins keep coming. Derek Martin has helped the bats get going and Waconia has the pitching and experience to go with it.
8. St. Martin Martins — One of the best teams in the Stearns County League. A team to watch the rest of the way.
9. Windom Pirates — Continue to play well. The Pirates could be a team that’s on the rise as the rest of the regular season plays out. 
10. Hutchinson Huskies — Remember these guys? Well, they’re on a roll and all of a sudden sit in second place in the North Star League. The Huskies have turned the corner and have been one of the hottest teams in the state and are coming off a big win over Delano.   

Chad Knutson — Heron Lake

1. Watertown Red Devils — Big wins over Delanio and Waconia, lost an 11-inning game to Carver, lead the Crow with an 11-1 record, still my team to beat.

2. New Ulm Brewers — 19-1 and 11-0 in the Tomahawk, veteran pitching staff and solid lineup, Springfield , Stark and Courtland right behind them. 

3. Delano Athletics — On top of the good North Star league at 14-2, just lost to Hutch. It’s going to be another battle in the league and region, lots of good teams.

4, Luverne Redbirds — 15-2 overall and 13-2 in the Gopher after avenging loss to Milroy Irish, Birds have pounded the ball around the yard, outscoring opponents 208 to 57 and pitching has been dominant as well, allowing only 57 runs, five shutouts and only three games where they gave up more than five runs.

5. Jordan Brewers — 17 7 record, five losses to B teams, a win over Chanhassen.

6. St. Patrick Irish — 11-2 in the DRS, and 10-game winning streak and outscored opponents 152-40 … Good road team. mostly home games under their new lights down the stretch run. 

7. Waconia Lakers — 13-5, close 1-0  loss to state runner-up, they play a tough schedule and will be playoff ready.

8. Waterville Indians — Lead the 13/60 at 12-0 and just beat second place Minnesota Lake, who is also having a good season.

9. Luxemburg Brewers — Swept the season series vs Watkins 5-1 and 2-1, playing really well, lead the Central Valley South.

10. Raymond Rockets — Leading the Corn Belt at 8-1, putting up lots of runs and pitching has been very good, some nice young players to join the veteran players.

Honorable Mention: Watkins Clippers, Hutchinson Huskies, St. Joseph Joes, Springfield Tigers, Hastings Hawks, Atwater Chuckers, Windom Pirates, St. Martin Martins, Bluffton Braves, Elrosa Saints, Isanti Redbirds, Bemidji Blue Ox, Plato Blue Jays, Monticello Polecats, St, Stephen Steves, Wanamingo Jacks, Alexandria Black Sox, Fort Ripley Rebels, Minnesota Lake Royals, St. Clair Wood Ducks, Minneota Mudhens, Dilworth Raildogs, Dumont Saints, Pierz Lakers, Litchfield Blues, Princeton Panthers, Kimball Express, Montgomery Mallards, Quamba Cubs, Courtland Cubs, Maple Lake Lakers, Stark Longhorns, Bird Island Bullfrogs.

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

1. Watertown Red Devils (38)(1)

2. Delano Athletics (32)(2)

3. New Ulm Brewers (30)(7)

4. St. Patrick Irish (19)(5)

5. Waconia Lakers (16)(6)

6. Jordan Brewers (14)(3)

7. St. Martin Martins (10)(9)

8. Watkins Clippers (9)(4)

9. Waterville Indians (8)(NR)

10. Minnesota Lake Royals (7)(NR)

10. Luverne Redbirds (7)(NR)

Also receiving votes: Fort Ripley Rebels, Windom Pirates, Isanti Redbirds, Sauk Centre Titans, Milroy Irish, St. Stephen Steves, Luxemburg Brewers, Hutchinson Huskies,St. Joseph Joes, Springfield Tigers, Hastings Hawks, Atwater Chuckers, Bluffton Braves, Elrosa Saints, Bemidji Blue Ox, Plato Blue Jays, Monticello Polecats, Wanamingo Jacks, Alexandria Black Sox, St. Clair Wood Ducks, Minneota Mudhens, Dilworth Raildogs, Dumont Saints, Pierz Lakers, Litchfield Blues, Princeton Panthers, Kimball Express, Montgomery Mallards, Quamba Cubs, Courtland Cubs, Maple Lake Lakers, Stark Longhorns, Bird Island Bullfrogs.

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