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2019 all-tournament teams unveiled

By Paul Patane, SportsEngine, 06/24/19, 12:00PM CDT

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Three Duluth Marshall players received honors after helping the Hilltoppers win their first state championship since 1950.

Duluth Marshall pitcher Ben Pedersen made this year's Class 2A all-tournament team in addition to winning a state title. He was one of three Hilltoppers to make the squad. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Duluth Marshall pitcher Ben Pedersen made this year's Class 2A all-tournament team in addition to winning a state title. He was one of three Hilltoppers to make the squad. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine

Last Thursday four baseball teams became state champions in downtown Minneapolis and 48 players — 12 from each class — were honored for their standout performances during this year’s tournament.

Duluth Marshall, which won its first baseball state championship since 1950 with a 4-2 victory over Minnehaha Academy at Target Field on June 20 to claim this season’s Class 2A title, trailed 2-0 until the top of the sixth inning, when the Hilltoppers broke through to plate their first run of the game. In the top of the seventh, they scored three more runs en route to the victory.

Three Duluth Marshall players made the Class 2A all-tournament team, including senior pitcher Ben Pedersen.

A Missouri commit, Pedersen is a 6-foot-5 right-hander who was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 38th round of the MLB draft earlier this month. In the state championship game, Pedersen struck out nine batters, gave up five hits and allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings thrown. He finished the tourney with a 2-0 record, 22 strikeouts and a 2.84 ERA in 12 1/3 innings.

Joining Pedersen from the Hilltoppers is catcher Carter Sullivan and outfielder Charlie Kleinschmidt. Sullivan went 4-for-10 from the plate during the tournament, scoring two runs and tallying three RBI. Kleinschmidt hit .333.

Despite losing to Duluth Marshall, Minnehaha Academy also had three players make the all-tourney team. The Redhawks, who have played in five of the last six Class 2A state tournaments, are represented by third baseman Bennett Theisen, shortstop Noah Dehne and second baseman Dylan Kiratli.

Players from the Suburban East Conference govern the Class 4A all-tournament team, with East Ridge, Stillwater and Mounds View combining for six of the 12 selections. East Ridge upset top-seed Stillwater 6-5 in the semifinal round, then knocked off New Prague 7-2, leading to the Raptors claiming their first state title in their first tournament appearance.

Raptors pitcher Ryan Thelen, catcher/outfielder Roman Newinski and infielder Ben North were instrumental in guiding East Ridge to prominence. Thelen threw 12 innings in two tournament starts, striking out 12 and giving up six earned runs. Newinski and North combined for seven hits and five RBI.

Minnesota Twins draftee Drew Gilbert also received honors. A senior left-handed pitcher and center fielder from Stillwater, Gilbert was chosen by the Twins in the 35th round. Gilbert, who will play for Oregon State next year, threw five innings against Eden Prairie in the quarterfinal round, striking out 10. He surrendered no hits or runs, and walked just one batter in the 11-0 win.

Presented by the Minnesota State High School League and Wells Fargo, the 2019 all-tournament teams were selected by a panel of coaches and media specialists attending the tourney.

Scroll through the tables below to see all the selections.

Class 2A

Name Position Player
Carter Mulcahy Catcher Perham
Drew Beier Shortstop/Pitcher Foley
Andy Regner Pitcher/Infielder St. Peter
Tyson Sowder Catcher/Infielder St. Peter
Grady Fuchs Catcher/Pitcher Paynesville
Luke Johnson Shortstop Paynesville
Dylan Kiratli Second Baseman/Pitcher Minnehaha Academy
Noah Dehne Shortstop/Pitcher Minnehaha Academy
Bennett Theisen Third Baseman/Pitcher Minnehaha Academy
Ben Pedersen Pitcher/Infielder Duluth Marshall
Charlie Kleinschmidt Outfielder Duluth Marshall
Carter Sullivan Catcher Duluth Marshall

Class 4A

Name Position School
Wyatt Nelson Pitcher/Outfielder Hopkins
Robert Hogan Outfielder/Pitcher Mounds View
Garrett McLaughlin Pitcher/Infielder Rogers
Carter VanEngen Catcher Rogers
Drew Gilbert Pitcher/Center fielder Stillwater
Ben Borrman Pitcher/Infielder Stillwater
Collin Dorzinski Outfielder/Catcher New Prague
Joe Weiers Outfielder/Catcher New Prague
Cade Pavek Designated Hitter New Prague
Ben North Infielder East Ridge
Roman Newinski Catcher/Outfielder East Ridge
Ryan Thelen Pitcher East Ridge

Class 3A

Name Position School
Nicholas Macchio Catcher/Outfielder Marshall
Jack Schwartz Pitcher/Outfielder Hill-Murray
Teyghan Hovland Infielder Austin
Nathan Murphy Infielder Austin
Jason Axelberg Outfielder Monticello
Ethan Bosacker Pitcher/Third Baseman Monticello
Blake Mahmood Pitcher Benilde-St. Margaret's
Jonny Woodford First Base Benilde-St. Margaret's
Dylan Drees Pitcher Benilde-St. Margaret's
Duke Coborn Pitcher/First Baseman St. Thomas Academy
Carter Henry Outfielder St. Thomas Academy
Joseph Goulet Pitcher/Outfielder St. Thomas Academy

Class 1A

Name Position School
Brady Nelson Infielder/Pitcher Hayfield
Mason Tapp Shortstop/Pitcher Hayfield
Alex Call Outfielder/Pitcher Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Weston Gjerde Shortstop/Pitcher Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Evan Sczepanski Outfielder/Infielder Sacred Heart
Oscar Ortiz Pitcher/Infielder Sacred Heart
Caden Roberts Infielder/Pitcher New York Mills
Derin Gaudette Infielder/Pitcher New York Mills
Dylan Fischer Infielder/Catcher New York Mills
Jordan Sagedahl Catcher/Infielder BOLD
Luke Ryan Outfielder/Pitcher BOLD
Hayden Tersteeg Infielder/Pitcher BOLD

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