Top-seeded St. Louis Park set for playoff matchup with Orioles

The second season is here! After a long summer schedule St. Louis Park (34-7 overall; 13-1 RvL) finished atop the Riverview League standings with just one loss. That lone defeat came at the hands of defending state champion Minnetonka Millers (33-7; 12-2) on July 15.

Next up for the regular season winner is a playoff matchup with the Northwest Orioles. The winner of the best-of five series earns a trip to the MBA Class A State Tournament at Palm Field.

In their two head-to-head matchups this season St. Louis Park won 11-1 (June 3) and 17-4 (July 13).

At the center of the St. Louis Park offense is Adam Seaman, who led the team in hits (66), average (.512), doubles (13), home runs (11), and RBI (56). The former Augsburg catcher went 4-for-9 with four RBI in the two matchups with the Orioles this season.

Offense is never lacking for Park with several players driving in at least 20 runs or more. Tony Manville batted .344 with eight home runs and 40 RBI while Austin Ledin finished the regular season with a .368 average, ninne homers and 39 RBI.

Other top hitters: Donald Blunt (.303 avg, 33 RBI), Joe Pierce (.364 avg, 30 RBI), Jake Mangler (.331 avg, 28 RBI) and indy ball veteran Jimmy Heck (.321 avg, 20 RBI).

On the mound St. Louis Park has two of the best in the league in former Bethel RHP Michael Bohlke who went 9-0 in nine starts. Bohlke led the team in strikeouts with 84 in 51 innings pitched to go along with a stellar 1.24 ERA.

Chris Odegard (5-2) also made nine starts during the season striking out 45 in 43 innings. He ended the regular season with a 3.77 ERA.

Other arms to keep an eye out for include Rian Heaslip (2.76 ERA in 29.1 innings), Andy Davis (1.63 ERA in 38.2 innings) and Matt Bohlke (3.09 ERA in 32 innings. Matt was second on the team in strikeouts with 51.

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