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Updated state rankings: April 26

By Luke Hanlon, SportsEngine , 04/27/17, 3:00PM CDT


Wayzata has started the season a perfect 5-0, earning the defending Class 4A champion this week's top slot.

Class 4A

Wayzata, the defending 4A champion, has climbed to the top in the Associated Press poll after starting the season 5-0. Its pitching has been dominant, allowing only two runs in five games. Senior Will Oberg has stood out, racking up 26 strikeouts and allowing no earned runs in the 17 innings he’s pitched this season. The Trojans' ranking will be tested this week when they play No. 2 Minnetonka (5-1). 

After losing 8-2 in its first game of the season against Shakopee, Lakeville North has won seven games in a row and moved up four spots in the rankings this week. The Panthers (7-1) have had a run differential of plus-20 during their winning streak. 

No. 5 Stillwater (6-2) moved up two slots to round out the top five. Last week’s second-ranked team, Champlin Park (4-2), fell all the way to No. 10 after narrowly defeating No. 16 Eden Prairie (2-4) 2-1 and losing 1-0 to No. 8 Centennial (4-1) last Friday.

Class 3A

New Ulm has climbed into the top spot in Class 3A, and like Wayzata, the Eagles are perfect this season, touting a 6-0 record. No. 2 Waconia  (7-0) has outscored its opponents an impressive 51-14 but will face No. 8-2A Holy Family Catholic next Monday, giving the Wildcats an opportunity to face off against another top-10 team to solidify its ranking.

No. 3 St. Cloud Tech (6-0), fourth-ranked Bemidji (3-0), and No. 5 Mahtomedi (5-2) round out the top five.

Class 2A

The top of the rankings remains static, with No. 1 Belle Plaine (7-0) and No. 2 Minnehaha Academy (8-1) staying at the top, but the rest of the top five saw some big movement.

Third-ranked Pierz has had an undefeated 6-0 start, resulting in a climb from No. 7. 

Cannon Falls (6-1), ranked fourth, has jumped all the way from No.17. Senior Liam Franken has been a force at the plate, leading the team with 7 RBI and an OPS of 1.161. 

Rounding out the top five is Maple Lake, rising from the No. 12 spot after winning its last three games. 

Class 1A

Springfield (3-1) holds the top slot, despite losing 13-7 to Sleepy Eye St. Mary's last week.

No. 2 Parkers Prairie (5-1), third-ranked Legacy Christian (7-1), No. 4 BOLD (7-2), which had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Tuesday, and No. 5 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (4-0) round out the top five.

Click to view full rankings: http://www.mnbaseballhub.com/page/show/295233-rankings 


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