The Metro Minny’s regular season may have come to an end, but for three of its best teams, the excitement may continue for a few more weekends.
The Coon Rapids Redbirds, Isanti Redbirds and Forest Lake Brewers have advanced through sectional tournaments to play in this weekend’s super sectionals. Each of the four super sections sends two teams to the Minnesota Baseball Association’s state tournament.
Coon Rapids finished the regular season 13-5 in league play, in a three-way tie for second with Forest Lake and the Blaine Fusion. The Redbirds advanced though Section 8 by defeating Rogers and Elk River to win pool one, then beat Albertville and St. Micheal twice in the seeding bracket to earn the right to be a home team in Elko this weekend, starting Friday at 8:30 pm against Sauk Rapids.
Coon Rapids was 37-9 overall, was second Metro Minny in runs scored with 116 and first in runs allowed with 53. Kyle Moody (Osseo High School) led the league with a .431 batting average, Patrick O’Donnell (Andover High School) finished third at .408.
Redbirds pitching was led by Taylor Nelson (Anoka) who finished the season 9-1, 1 save, and a 1.67 ERA. He also hit .386. Andrew Dreissen (Champlin Park High School) went 7-2 with 56 Ks and an ERA of 2.07.
The Isanti Redbirds, last season’s MBA Class C champions, finished first in the metro Minny with a 16-2 record (32-7 overall).
Isanti’s top-ranked offense (163 runs) was led by Packy Lind’s .375 average. Lind scored 40 of the team’s runs, and had 22 RBI. Wyatt Sedorquist hit .366.
Redbirds pitching was led by “Batman” Adam West, who went 9-1 with a 1.36 ERA.
Isanti will play its super section games in Chaska, first game Friday at 6 pm. Isanti finished first in Section 2 playoffs.
Forest Lake finished second in Section 2, and will play its super sections in Elko starting with Dundas at 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Brewers were led this season by Tyler Henderson and Brent Kolbow, who hit .375 and .366 respectively.
Forest Lake’s pitching is led by Travis Evgen’s 7-1 record and 1.86 ERA.
I believe Coon Rapids has the talent and experience to win its super section and advance to the state tournament.
Forest Lake is pretty good, but doesn’t have the horses to get past Dundas or Sauk Rapids.
I believe Coon Rapids and Dundas will escape Elko and head to St. Cloud.
Isanti certainly has experience after winning last season’s Class C title. They also have fabulous starting pitching, and these season-ending tournaments are all about pitching depth.
Isanti should win the super section, and the home team Chaska Cubs will be runners up.
Of course, Cheap Seats will be there for most of the next three weekends. Some games will be live at www.cheapseatsmn.com, check there for live game schedules.
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