Randolph Softball Class A Top Seed at State
The Randolph Rockets are one of three undefeated teams to compete in the MSHSL Class A State Tournament at Caswell Park in North Mankato starting Tuesday. The tournament coaches proceeded with the ranking on Saturday. The coaches distribute all the teams except themselves,
Randolph (24-0) has been ranked No. 1 among smallest schools in the state since the start of the season. POWER 96 Radio, 95.9 FM and the free POWER 96 app will cover the Rockets at the State Tournament with Roy Koenig on call. They open Tuesday in a match scheduled for 3:00 p.m. against the Sebeka Trojans (18-6).
The first trick is do or die. If Randolph wins, they play again at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night. If they lost this game, they would play for 3rd place on Wednesday at 10:00 am. If the Rockets are victorious in the semifinals, they would play for the state championship on Wednesday at noon.
Randolph enters the state tournament with a tagging average of 0.397 and a tagging average of 0.62 while the Trojans have an average of 0.307 and an earned-run average of 2.52. Sebeka has 27 stolen bases in 29 attempts while the Rockets are 10 for 10 in this department.
The No. 2 seed Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Gators (26-0) faces the Springfield Tigers (19-5) at the same time. All Class A first round games have scheduled start times at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Gators batting average is 0.462, ERA 0.69. They are 44 of 45 in stolen bases with 15 triples and have a total of 11 errors this season. Badger-Greenbush-Middle River dominated their opponents 268-28.
The Tigers hit .302 with a 3.17 ERA. They are 29 of 32 in stolen bases and have 23 errors.
Seed number 3, the Browerville Tigers (23-0) reach 0.308 as a team. The average of races won is 0.12. They are 34 out of 35 in stolen bases and according to their statistics have 2 errors all year round.
The Tigers face Section 1A champion Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons (15-11) who beat Waterville-Elysian-Morristown twice to advance to the state tournament. The Falcons are hitting .392 with a 3.59 ERA. They are 24 of 28 in stolen bases with 16 errors.
No.4 seed Edgerton Southwest MN Christian Flying Dutchmen (19-3) didn’t provide any stats. They face the Cherry Tigers, No. 5 (21-3), also without statistics.
In class 2A, LeSueur-Henderson (21-1) was seeded first most of the year and received the first seed. The Giants open against the Hawley Golden Nuggets (24-2) and the two teams don’t have full stats online. All first round 2A matches are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.
The No. 2 seed went to the Irish Maple Lake (23-3) with 0.367 with a team ERA of 0.97. They have 17 home runs, 61 doubles, 29 of 31 in stolen bases. The Irish face the Pipestone Area Arrows (25-3) with a batting average of 0.389 and ERA of 0.73.
Section 1AA champion St. Charles Saints (22-4) beat some softball titans en route to this year’s MSHSL State Tournament in Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Winona Cotter. The Saints enter the tournament with a tagging average of 0.328, a tag team ERA of 2.14, 67 goals stolen, 28 errors and they had 11 double plays.
The Mounds Park Academy Panthers (19-0) were not seeded and will face St. Charles in the first round. The batting average for the St. Paul School team is 0.443, ERA 2.14. They are 23 out of 25 in stolen bases with 6 errors on their stats sheet.
The No. 4 seed Greenway Raiders of Coleraine (25-0) did not have full stats online. Their draw was the Annandale Cardinals (23-2) also with no full stats found.
In class 3A, the Big Nine conference has won the class since classes were expanded to 4. Northfield won in 2019, Faribault in 2018. Winona in 2017, Mankato West in 2016.
The two Big Nine teams and the two South Suburban teams are in the same range, so they will not be competing for a state title. Seeded Mankato West Scarlets (20-5) opens with North Branch (15-8). Class 4A games scheduled for 11:00 a.m. start Tuesday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
The Scarlets did not have updated stats online. They open with the North Branch Vikings (15-8) also with no stats located online.
The St. Anthony Village Huskies (23-1) have mingled with Benilde-St. Marguerite (17-6).
The Huskies reach 0.391 with an ERA of 0.94. They have 55 stolen goals, 73 extra hits including 17 home runs and are reporting 7 errors all season.
The Red Knights are at .328, ERA is 2.17 with 55 more hits including 13 homers. They have 25 stolen bases.
The number 3 seed of the Becker Bulldogs (17-8 faces the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders (11-12). The Purple Raiders do not appear to have any updated stats online. Becker has a batting average of .346, a 2.22 ERA with 20 stolen goals, 17 homers, 58 extra hits and 39 errors.
No.4 seed Winona Winhawks (19-5) is hitting 0.414 with a 1.82 ERA, 86 more hits, including 16 homers. They report 43 errors.
The Winhawks will start with the Sartell St. Stephen Sabers (21-2). No statistics found online.
Class 4A starts at 9:00 am with the # 1 Stillwater Area Ponies (23-1) playing the Forest Lake Rangers (22-4). The ponies hit .379 with 25 homers and 55 more hits. They have a Team ERA of 1.39 with 4 errors reported and 29 bases stolen.
The Rangers are hitting .342 with a Team ERA of 1.58. They have 79 more hits with 16 homers. A whopping 106 bases stolen and report making 37 mistakes,
Second seed Centennial Cougars of Circle Pines (21-1) reached 0.331 with an ERA of 0.98. They have 37 stolen goals, 10 homers with 13 errors.
The Cougars face the Hopkins Royals (20-4) with a 0.343 GPA and 2.04 ERA. They have 26 home runs, 22 stolen goals and report 3 errors all year round.
The No.3 seed Rosemount Irish (21-1) opens with another member of South Suburban, the Lakeville North Panthers (17-6). The Irish clubbed to a .365 clip with a 0.76 ERA. They have 21 circuits. Panthers stats don’t appear to be updating online.
No.4 seed Chanhassen Storm (21-2) reached 0.349 with a 1.45 ERA. They have 26 home runs, 38 stolen goals. The No. 5 seed Elk River Elks (20-3) is Chanhassen’s opponent in the first round.
The Elks are hitting .352 with a 1.80 ERA, 28 goals stolen, 33 errors.
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