Randolph, Fairmont, Mankato West, Farmington Top Baseball Rankings
Southern Minnesota dominates the latest Minnesota Baseball Coaches Association rankings of high school teams.
The Randolph Rockets sit atop Class A with defending State Champions Hayfield on their heels.
The Rockets are 17-1 overall following a 13-2 win over Schaeffer Academy in Rochester Friday and 7-0 win over Mayer Lutheran on the road today.
KDHL saw the Vikings pick up two no-hitters in a double header against Kenyon-Wanamingo Friday night. Senior Karver Heydt won the 7 inning Gopher Conference game that ended after 6 innings 12-1 and junior Ethan Pack threw a no-hitter in the 5 inning 15-1 second game.
Hayfield bested Class 3A Austin today in Packerland 9-5 to improve their record to 18-2.
Randolph and the Vikings are co-champions of the Gopher Conference. The Rockets defeated Hayfield in Rockets country 6-5 in 8 innings.
The Vikings have scheduled a playoff tune-up game with Class 3A state ranked Byron 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at home.
No secret why the two Gopher Conference teams are so good. Randolph has a team batting average of .339, on base percentage of .454.
The Rockets are averaging 9.5 hits, 10.7 runs per game. Their pitching has been equally impressive with a team ERA of 0.96, opponent batting average of .158.
Hayfield's team batting average is .329, on base percentage .440. They are averaging 8.9 runs, 9.1 hits each game.
Vikings pitching team ERA 0.87, opponent batting average .093.
The Fairmont Cardinals are atop the Class 2A rankings with Section 1 Chatfield #5.
Class 3A has Big Nine Conference Champions Mankato West on top and undefeated and Hiawatha Valley League Champions Byron #3.
The largest schools South Suburban teams Farmington and Rosemount are #1 and #7 respectively.
The complete listings are below:
4. New York Mills
6. New Ulm Cathedral
8. Legacy Christian Academy
9. Sleepy Eye
10. Sacred Heart
6. Southwest Christian Academy
1. Mankato West
6. Grand Rapids
8. Holy Angels Academy
3. Maple Grove
6. Eden Prairie
8. Saint Michael-Albertville
Playoffs begin this week with some Sections and SubSections avoiding Memorial Day play and others embracing it.
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