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Bluejays poised for another run at state title
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their ticket to the Region 7C Tournament.
The Bruins were the only low seed to win
their series as they knocked off the No. 8
The Carver and Cologne series also had
some drama down the stretch. After the
Black Sox cruised to a 12-0 win in game
one, the Hollanders gave the Black Sox
everything they could handle and more in
The Hollanders picked up three runs in
the ﬁrst inning to take an early lead, but the
Black Sox chipped away with single runs
in the ﬁrst, ﬁfth, and seventh innings to tie
With the game tied heading to the ninth
inning, the Hollanders pushed the go-ahead
run across in the top of the ninth to take a
4-3 lead. The Black Sox were able to answer back in the bottom of the ninth and
forced the third extra inning game of the
ﬁrst round of the playoffs.
After both teams went scoreless in the
10th, once again the Hollanders pushed the
go-ahead run across in the top of the 11th
thanks to an RBI double by Travis Peterson.
After the Hollanders settled for one, the
Black Sox rallied once again and pushed
two runs, the winning run coming via a sac
ﬂy by Adam Fredericks in the bottom of the
11th, to complete the comeback and series
sweep and advance to the Region 7C Tournament.
The top four ﬁnishers in this year’s Region 7C Tournament will secure a spot in
the Class C state tournament, held this year
in Dassel, Hutchinson, and Litchﬁeld.
The following is a look at all eight teams
in the tournament.
#1 Plato (22-3 overall, 17-1 in
There’s no doubt the Bluejays are a contender once again for the Class C state
tournament. After winning the state title in
2015, the Bluejays have the arms and bats to
make a run as repeat champs once agian.
The Bluejays, as a team, led the way in
the CRVL this year with a team batting average of .354. Matt Odegaard, who should
be an easy choice for Player of The Year,
led the league in average, doubles, triples,
home runs, runs scored, and RBI this season.
The Bluejays also have ﬁve of the top 10
leaders in batting average, including Matt
Odegaard with a .493 average, Nolan Lepel
with a .469 average, Tyler Lang with a .383
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average, and Chris Odegaard and Kyle Panning with .375 averages.
Pitching for the Bluejays has also been a
huge part to their success this season. Chris
Odegaard led the league in wins with seven, and Cody Hallahan was third in ERA
with an earned run average of 1.00 in 27
The Bluejays won the CRVL regular
season title with a 17-1 record. Their lone
loss came to Green Isle back on May 22.
Since the loss, the Bluejays have been red
hot, picking up 18 straight wins, including
a win at Green Isle. The Bluejays come into
the Region 7C Tournament hot, and look to
be a favorite.
Plato opens its tournament run against
the No. 8 seed Brownton. The Bluejays
went 2-0 against the Bruins this past season, and hold a 9-1 record against tournament teams.
#2 Waconia (15-5 overall, 15-2
The Waconia Lakers come into the Region 7C Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
After beating Green Isle 9-4 July 14, the
Lakers won the tie breaker with Irish to
earn the No. 2 seed and get a bye into the
The Lakers also have a great chance to
make a run in the tournament. With a great
balance of pitching and hitting, the Lakers
will make it tough on opponents.
The Lakers have multiple pitchers who
can throw quality innings. Kodey Simon
leads the charge. He thew 40 innings and
posted a 2.03 ERA while picking up ﬁve
wins this season. Ryan Naughton and Eric
Olson also will be looked on to provide
solid innings for the Lakers.
Offensively, the Lakers have a nice balance. They have seven players hitting over
.300 on the season. Ronnie Olson has
been the RBI guy so far this season for the
Lakers and he also leads the team in runs
scored. Chris Bullis is the power threat for
the Lakers and as has hit two home runs
The Lakers get the No. 7 seed Glencoe
Brewers in their ﬁrst round matchup. The
Lakers defeated the Brewers 11-3 in their
only meeting during the regular season.
The Lakers hold a 5-2 record against
teams in the tournament.
#3 Green Isle (21-6 overall, 16-2
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MBA Class C Rankings
No. 1 - Plato Bluejays
No. 2 Sartell Muskies
No. 3 Nisswa Lightning
No. 4 Blue Earth Pirates
No. 5 Jordan Brewers
No. 6 Green Isle Irish
No. 7 New Marker Muskies
No. 8 Morris Eagles
No. 9 Fort Ripley Rebels
10. Lamberton Long Sox
Others receiving votes:
Milroy Yankees, Raymond
Rockets, Sobiesky Skis, Waconia Lakers.
Upcoming Class C state tourney sites
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• 2016 – Hutchinson, Dassel, Litchﬁeld
• 2017 – Norwood, Green Isle, Hamburg
• 2018 – Shakopee, New Prague
• 2019 – Delano, Maple Lake
• 2020 – New Ulm
Upcoming Region 7C tourney sites
• 2017 – New Germany
• 2018 – Waconia
• 2019 – Carver