State Board decides to keep state tournament format the same

Posted on Nov. 23, 2014 by CJ Siewert

Many fans, players and management of Class B teams around the state had differing opinions of the new section and state tournament format implemented for the 2014 season. The 16-team single elimination state format was new, along with the elimination of the Super Sections.

During the annual meeting in October, the Class B Section commissioners in attendance were equally divided on keeping the new format or moving back to the previous Super Section format followed by an eight-team double elimination state tourney.

Representatives from the two teams that have combined to win the past three Class B titles voiced their opinions to the Board during the regular meeting Nov. 22.

Victoria manager Mike Poppitz said he felt the 16-team single elimination format was a “failed experiment” and that he would like to see double elimination incorporated into the state tournament at some point.

Drew VanLoy of the Cold Spring Springers echoed Poppitz’ statements and said he would favor having the 16-team format include single elimination for the first round followed by double elimination.

Despite hearing the opinions of the Class B representatives at the meeting the Board unanimously approved the 2015 state tournament format to remain the same as 2014 for both Class B and C.

“We would look real wishy-washy if we, as a board, changed the state tourney format after one year,” said Board member Joe Kreger.

Although the state format remains the same, Class B Sections have been realigned.

Board member Fred Roufs made a point that forming sections by geography has worked best in the past. With that in mind, the Board approved the following Section assignments:

Section 1 – Dundas, Elko, Hasings, Miesville, Northfield and Red Wing

Section 2 and 5 (Metro Minny League will make a recommendation on splitting the teams into two sections) – Anoka, Blaine, Champlin, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Big Lake, Forest Lake, Andover (new team), Elk River (new team), Isanti and St. Francis

Section 3 – Chaska, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Victoria and Mankato

Section 4 – Austin Greyhounds, Austin Blue Sox, Rochester, Burnsville, Eagan and Savage

Section 6 – Bemidji, Duluth Dukes, Duluth Express, Grand Rapids, Hibbing, Moorhead and Twin Ports

Section 7 – Brainerd, Cold Spring, Marshall, Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud Beaudreau’s Bar

Section 8 – Albertville, Rogers, St. Michael, Hamel, Ramsey, Monticello and Elk River Pioneers

Other topics discussed during the Nov. 22 meeting include:

• Dan Phelps, a representative of Rawlings, discussed the quality concerns with the new low-seam baseball. Kreger said the main complaint was the durability.

“The quality of the balls used at the 2014 state tourney will be the same in 2015,” Phelps said. He also said there may have been some quality issues with early shipments, but the most recent baseballs were up to standard.

• Cold Spring and Watkins officials gave updates on field improvements for the 2015 state tournament and everything is going smoothly at both parks.

• Class C playoff rosters have been increased from 20 to 25 players.

• A lengthy argument on the college player radius rule was made by one individual at the meeting, but no changes were made to the rule.

• The 10-year rule between state tournament hosting one time to the next moved to only five years. 

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