Region 5C Review

Posted on August 2, 2012 by CJ Siewert

Region 5C review courtesy of Brandon Wolf (Owatonna Aces)


#1 Mankato (Southern Minny 1)

#2 Stewartville-Racine (Twin Rivers 1)

#3 Owatonna (Southern Minny 2)

#4 Kasson (Twin Rivers 2)

#5 Winona (Twin Rivers 3)

#6 Zumbrota (Twin Rivers 4)

1st round Saturday, August 4th (in Wanamingo)

11:00 Game 1: #1 Mankato vs #6 Zumbrota

1:30 Game 2: #2 Stewartville-Racine vs #5 Winona

4:00 Game 3: #3 Owatonna vs #4 Kasson 

2nd round Sunday, August 5th (in Owatonna)

1:00 Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2 (loser eliminated)

3:30 Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs Loser Game 3 (possible elimination)

6:00 Game 6: Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3 

After the 2nd round, there are 2 scenarios in regards to number of teams remaining. The scenarios are:

A) Winner of Game 1 also wins Game 5. In this scenario, 4 teams remain.

B) Loser of Game 3 wins Game 5. In this scenario, 5 teams remain.

#1 Mankato Mets

The Mets finished the season 15-6 and earned the top seed in Region 5C by defeating the Owatonna Aces and Waseca Braves. All six regular season losses came at the hands of top-10 Class C teams or top-10 Class B teams. The Mets have a balanced lineup with speed and power, and rely on the arms of LHP Ashton Phillips and RHP Darrin Hendley.

#2 Stewartville-Racine Sharks

The Sharks swept through the Twin Rivers playoffs by defeating St. Charles, Winona, and Kasson to earn the second seed. Stewartville-Racine posted an impressive 19-9 record overall and a 15-3 record in the Twin Rivers. Offensively, the Sharks are led by Joe Magee (.402, 7 HR, 29 RBI), Ryan Manske (.391, 2 HR, 23 runs) and Josh Benson (.347, 4 2B, and 19 RBI). Jade Boettcher and Tom Bendzick were the horses on the hill for the Sharks. Boettcher was 5-3 on the season in 66 IP while striking out 63 and an ERA of 2.18. Bendzick went 7-2 with 67 Ks in 64.2 IP while sporting an ERA of 3.20.

#3 Owatonna Aces

Owatonna finished the regular season and league playoffs with a 25-6 record and to earn the 3rd seed in the region. The Aces won the Highway 55 Tournament and the Arlington/Gaylord tournament during the regular season. Offensively, Owatonna is led by Neil Eddie (.387, 2 HR, 19 RBI), Erick Hoberg (.315, 2 HR, 23 runs) and Brian Simon (.315, 2 HR, 14 RBI).  On the hill, the Aces are lead by Cody Johnson, Derek Eddie and Josh Smith. Johnson finished the season with a 6-1 record while striking out 53 over 60 IP and a miniscule ERA of 0.30. Derek Eddie finished with a 5-2 record while throwing 48.1 innings and an ERA of 2.61. Josh Smith finished 4-1 and struck 44 batters in 37 IP.

#4 Kasson Coyotes

Kasson earned the fourth seed by defeating Hayfield and Zumbrota before losing to Stewartville-Racine in the Twin Rivers Championship game. The Coyotes finished the regular season 7-11 in the Twin Rivers League before making their playoff run.

#5 Winona Chiefs

Winona earned the fifth seed in the Region by defeating the Rochester Roadrunners, losing to eventual league champ Stewartville-Racine, beating Hayfield and defeating Zumbrota, 5-4. Winona sports a 19-7 overall record heading into the Region tournament. Offensively, the Chiefs have five guys batting over .360; and are lead by Brandon Beech (.500, 25 runs, and 18 RBI), Lance Jensen (.395, 3 HR, 31 RBI), and Matt Ellinghuysen (.389, 8 2B and 19 runs). Jesse Van Brunt anchors the pitching staff with a 5-0 record in 39.2 IP while fanning 43, walking 2 batters and has an ERA just under 1.00. Ryan Meyers and Brad Bjerke also have thrown over 30 IP apiece while striking out 38 and 43, respectively.

#6 Zumbrota Tigers

Zumbrota finished 2-2 in the Twin Rivers playoffs and earned the 6th seed in Regions. The Tigers are in their first season of amateur baseball after not having a team since the 1970s. On the season, Zumbrota tallied 16 wins and had only 6 losses. Offensively, the Tigers are led by AJ Yusten (.420, 28 runs and 24 RBI), Sean Wingfield (.403, 22 runs and 27 RBI) and Eric Swiggum (.395, 6 HR and 35 RBI). Noah Grove and Chuck Ohm are a solid 1-2 punch for the Tigers on the hill. Grove has a 4-2 record with 49 Ks in 54 IP and a 2.11 ERA. Ohm finished 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA on the season.

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