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Class 1A baseball state tournament story lines

By Star Tribune, 06/10/15, 10:36PM CDT


Three story lines as the Class 1A tournament gets underway.

Three 1A story lines


1. Eagles back for another run


Defending state champion New Life Academy (19-2) is looking to win back-to-back crowns in its second state tournament appearance. The top-seeded Eagles have a team batting average of .414 and a team earned-run average of 1.68. They scored 16 runs in their three state tournament games a year ago. The Woodbury school’s softball program won the Class 1A state championship last week.


2. Running wild on the base paths


If you want to see a running game put in motion, check out No. 2-seeded Springfield. The Tigers (21-3) average nearly five stolen bases per game. They have swiped 114 bases after setting the state record of 167 a year ago. The Tigers, who have won at least 20 games each of the past three seasons, won the consolation championship last year.


3. Double-digit losses


Three schools in the eight-team field already have suffered at least 10 losses. They are No. 5-seed Lewiston-Altura (15-11), Deer River (14-11) and Kimball Area (13-14). A fourth team, Red Lake County (16-9) will reach that mark if it drops one game in the state tournament. Lewiston-Altura and Kimball Area are both making their first state tournament appearances.


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