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Taking my ball and leaving

Ready with Ball

Unless something strange happens, this will be my last post on Northern Sun Baseball.  It was a good run.  I enjoyed learning about blogging and am grateful for the response from readers and coaches.  While my son had a very good summer playing baseball (starting pitcher in Townball CCVL vs. CVL All-Star game) I believe his desire to play college baseball is over and with it ends any desire I have to continue blogging about the Northern Sun Baseball Conference. 

So I’m taking my ball and leaving the baseball blogging world.  I’ll get my writing fix by continuing to blog about real estate and life in Dakota County Minnesota here – http://www.dakotacountyproperties.com/

Thanks one last time to the regulars who made it hard to leave last year.  Your continued patronage was appreciated.

Best wishes and may your love of baseball continue.

Bill Wallace

Northern Sun Baseball Blog

Northern Sun 2010-2011 Offseason Thread

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m leaving this thread up if any Northern Sun or D2 College Baseball fans want to use the comments to chat about developments leading up to the 2011 season.

Have a great summer & fall!

Northern Sun Blog On Break

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As was reported this past January, I’ve been operating this blog the past 2 seasons with the anticipation that my son would be playing in the Northern Sun Conference in 2010.  That didn’t happen but I kept the blog running for another year to see how it played out.  While he’s making noise about playing competitively next year it won’t be in the Northern Sun.

The June – December time period is extremely slow in college baseball anyway but this blogger will be taking a complete break for the time being.  The 2011 season and beyond for this blog is definitely in doubt as well.  I guess we will see what my thoughts are come January.

I do want to thank those readers that have provided positive feedback and encouragement over the past 2 years.  That response was certainly a big reason for staying on this year and helped me reach a goal of 100,000 visits.  Thank You for your support!

Finally, I will be making 1 last post as a place for Northern Sun fans to place comments if they want to communicate or share banter during the offseason.

My contact information can be found in the About page if anyone really wants to reach me.

Best regards – Bill Wallace

Minnesota State Eliminated From College World Series

The Minnesota State Mavericks lost their 2nd straight game at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series yesterday and have been eliminated from the Tournament.  While it was a disappointing way to end their season, the 6-2 loss to #13 Franklin Pierce doesn’t diminish what was a very successful season.  The Mavs finished the year with a 44-16 record, the most wins in school history.  They also won the Northern Sun Regular Season Title, the Northern Sun Postseason Tournament and the Central Region Tournament. 

Other Games

In other games yesterday, Southern Indiana beat Kutztown 7-1 in a Bracket 2 battle of unbeatens and now is 1 game away from the Championship Game.  Kutztown will face Franklin Pierce today for the opportunity to try and beat Southern Indiana twice. 

Today’s other game will feature a Bracket 1 elimination game between Central Missouri and Georgia College.

Day 4 NCAA D2 Regionals – Minnesota State vs. St. Cloud State

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The Northern Sun Conference will have a team represented at the 2010 NCAA Division 2 College World Series this year as Minnesota State will face off against St. Cloud State in the Central Region Championship Game.  The Mavericks hold the advantage as they are undefeated and just need to win once while the St. Cloud State Huskies must win 2 straight games.  In addition, St. Cloud had to play an extra game to get to this spot so they have used up more pitching.

The 2 teams played yesterday morning in the winners bracket and the Mavericks pulled out a 11-10 victory by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 9th inning.  All of their offense came with 2 outs.  Mavericks Score 4 in Ninth

The Huskies came back late yesterday with a 12-8 win over the Regions top ranked team, New Mexico Highlands.  St. Cloud’s Joey Benke and Jordan Smith, the #3 & 4 hitters, continue to destroy all pitching.  For the Tournament Benke is 10-17 with 10 runs scored & 5 RBI’s.  Smith is 12-18 with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI’s including 4 doubles, a triple and a homer. Huskies To Play on Sunday

Around The NCAA Regionals

The other NCAA Regional Tournaments are also narrowing to the final teams:

Atlantic – #2 Seed, West Chester, is undefeated and #1 seed Kutztown must beat them twice in the Championship Game.

East – #1 Seed, Southern Connecticut State is in the Championship Game and will face a 1 loss Franklin Pierce, the #2 seed.

Midwest – Yet another 1/2 matchup in the final as #2 Grand Valley State came through the winners bracket and #1 Southern Indiana must beat them twice.

South – Nationally ranked #2, Tampa, beat Southern Arkansas in the winners bracket and advances to the Championship Game.  This Regional won’t be final until Monday as the 8 team format adds a day.  The Rollins/Florida Southern winner will face Southern Arkansas to make it back to face Tampa on Monday.

Southeast – #3 seed, Georgia College, advances without a loss to the Championship Game and will play the Regionals #1 seed, Francis Marion. 

South Central – The first weather issues impacted a Regional where all of Saturday’s games were washed out and will be played today.

West – In this 4 team Regional, UC – San Diego, the nations #1 ranked team, has qualified for the Division 2 College World Series for the 2nd straight year.

Day 3 – 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments

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The 2010 Division 2 NCAA Regional Baseball Tournaments are about halfway done and the weather continues to hold up in all 8 locations.  The Northern Sun Conference is in a great position to send one of its teams to the NCAA D2 College World Series.  Here’s your recap of where each of the Regions stands with 2 days to go –

Central

Minnesota State and St. Cloud State are both undefeated and meet this morning to go to the championship game.  The winner will be in the drivers seat to make it to Cary, NC.  The Mavericks will likely be starting Daktronics/Rawlings, Central Region Pitcher of the Year, Blake Schwartz.  That said, St. Cloud just faced him in the NSIC Playoffs and put up 8 runs.  Winona State and Nebraska Kearney have been eliminated.

Atlantic

#2 Seed, West Chester, remains the only undefeated team left in the bracket as only #5 Mansfield has been eliminated so far.

East

#1 Southern Connecticut State and #2 Franklin Pierce are both undefeated and face off against each other while Stone Hill and CW Post try and make it back through the losers bracket.

Midwest

Another bracket where #1 (Southern Indiana) will face #2 (Grand Valley State) in the winners bracket with Northern Kentucky and Indianapolis facing off in the elimination round.

South

Yet another bracket holding to form as #1 Southern Arkansas battles #2 Tampa as the only 2 undefeated teams left.  Only Albany State and West Florida have been ousted and 4 other teams will fight through the 1 loss side of the bracket.

Southeast

Georgia College is the only school with no losses as 5 teams remain in contention in the Southeast.  Catawba was the first school to qualify for the D2 Regional Tournament and one of the first eliminated.

South Central

#1 seed Central Missouri faces off against #4 Incarnate Word to go to the championship game.  Last year’s NCAA D2 National Runner-up, Emporia State, was eliminated by Central Missouri.

West

UC-San Diego, the #1 team in the country, is already in the championship game in this 4 team bracket.  The winner of the Cal State – Dominguez Hills vs. Hawaii Pacific game will need to beat them twice.  Cal State – Chico is out of the Tournament.

Day 2 – 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regionals

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The first day of the 2010 NCAA Division 2 Baseball Regional Tournaments is in the books and fortunately, there were no weather issues.  For links to all of the Regions go to our preview post – 2010 NCAA D2 Baseball Regionals

Central

The Northern Sun Conference teams went 2-1 yesterday as conference champion, Minnesota State, beat Nebraska Kearney 6-1 and 6th seeded St. Cloud State manhandled the Tourney’s #1 seed and tournament host, New Mexico Highlands by a score of 11-2.  David Deminsky pitched 8 strong innings and NSIC Freshman of the Year, Jordan Smith, went 4-5 with 4 RBI’s to pace the offense.  Mesa State did upend Winona State 12-8.  The pivotal spot in the game came in the bottom of the 6th inning with Winona holding onto a 5-3 lead.  Warriors pitcher Tony Mueller hit a batter to load the bases and Daktronics Central Region 2nd Team catcher, Brett Nigbur, hit a 2 out grand slam to turn the score around.

Other Regions

In addition to New Mexico Highlands, #1 seeds Kutztown (Atlantic) and Francis Marion (Southeast) also lost.  The powerful South Region held to form with the top 4 teams all winning as did the West with #1 ranked UC San Diego easily beating Hawaii Pacific 12-0.

Eliminations start today.

2010 Rawlings/Coaches Central Region Gold Glove Teams

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The 2010 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Teams were announced today.  They named First and Second Teams for the Central Region.  The Northern Sun Conference got 6 of the 9 First Team members including Blake Schwartz who was earlier named Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was joined by teammates Matt Odegaard (1B) and Danny Miller (OF).  Wayne State’s John Plasha Jr. (C), Augustana’s Deryk Marks (3B) and NSIC Freshman of the Year from St. Cloud State, Jordan Smith (OF) were also named to the First Team.

Only a pair of NSIC players made the 2nd Team – Tyler Erickson (SS) and Will Dahlgren (OF) both of Minnesota Duluth.

The Rawlings/ABCA Central Region First and Second Team was also announced yesterday and can be found here – Rawlings/ABCA 2010 Central Region Awards

2010 Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Team Announced

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The Daktronics NCAA Division 2 All Central Region Teams were announced today.  The honors are spread across the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference which make up the Central Region.

Overall, the Northern Sun did quite well with the Central Region Pitcher of the Year (Blake Schwartz), 7 of the 10 First Team fielders and 4 of the 5 First Team pitchers.  Minnesota State showed particular strength taking 3 of the 5 First Team pitching honors.

The Northern Sun continued getting more than its share of spots with 7 of the 10 Second Team fielding positions and all 5 of the Second Team pitching awards.

The Daktronics All-Central Region team was voted upon by sports information directors throughout the Central Region. Each of the 15 first-team all-region selections will now be listed on the Daktronics Division II Baseball All-American ballot, with the announcement of those All-American teams expected Friday, May 22.

Minnesota State Wins Northern Sun Tournament

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For the 2nd straight year, Minnesota State has won the Northern Sun Conference post season Tournament.  This win gives the Mavericks both the regular season and post season trophies along with an automatic bid into the NCAA Division 2 Central Region Tournament. 

The team beat Southwest Minnesota State by a score of 6-5 to earn the title and will await the announcement of the 6 teams to make the Central Region Tournament tonight.  It’s expected that Winona State and St. Cloud State will also make the NCAA Tourney as representatives from the NSIC.  The selection show can be watched live at 9pm Central here – NCAA Selection Show.  The biggest suspense may be where the Central Region games will be located.  The NCAA has a nice Division 2 baseball recap posted here – NCAA Division 2 – Final Countdown

Minnesota State’s Zach Rowles (Junior – Shortstop) was named Tournament MVP. 

All-Tournament Team
1B – Andrew Kinney, SMSU
2B – Matt Kuchenbecker, MSU
3B – Orry Enebretsen, UMD
SS – Zach Rowles, MSU
OF – Derick Swenson, SMSU
OF – Joey Benke, SCSU
OF – Aaron Berner, MSU
C – Brian Burman, UMD
P – Bret Mitchell, MSU
P – Jared Pick, SMSU
DH – Pat Dockendorf, MSU

3 For 1

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There are 3 teams left battling for the top spot in the Northern Sun Tournament.  Southwest Minnesota State will play Minnesota Duluth at 11am today with the winner facing off against top seeded Minnesota State for the Tourney Title and an NCAA automatic bid.

We got to this point as Minnesota State won a pair of games yesterday, eliminating Winona State 20-4 and giving Duluth their first loss by a score of 7-6 in 11 innings.  Meanwhile, Southwest Minnesota State knocked St. Cloud State out of the tournament with a 5-3 win. 

In a strange twist, the St. Cloud State Huskies will now be best served by rooting for the Mavericks to win the Tourney giving them the clearest path to an at-large bid to the NCAA Tourney.

RMAC Update

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The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is holding their postseason tournament this weekend as well.  The top 3 seeds are left in contention with #1 seed, New Mexico Highlands, needing just 1 more win to capture the automatic NCAA bid –

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With St. Cloud State in the region’s 5th spot and Nebraska Kearney in the 6th spot, most Northern Sun fans should be rooting for Kearney to get knocked out of their next game against Mesa State.  That might allow the NSIC to get 4 of the 6 spots in the NCAA Central Region Tourney if Minnesota Duluth can win the Tourney and gain the Northern Sun’s automatic bid.


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