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Eagles baseball heads to State, again

The Class A state-champion Eden Valley-Watkins Eagles are headed to State tournament this year. (Last year they beat Sebeka 7-4 and finished their season 27-0.) This marks their fourth appearance in the State tournament. The Eagles have won three Central Minnesota Conference titles in a row.

In this season, EV-W is 20-2. The team has scored 184 runs and has a.390 batting average while limiting opponents to 73 runs and an average of.523 with 34 RBI on 35 hits. Four of their players are hitting.400 or more. Senior Matt Geislinger (11-0) was the top pitcher for EV-W; he had 70 strikeouts over 52 innings, and his ERA is 1.40.

The Eagles will face on the Lions of Providence Academy (in Plymouth). This is the Lions' debut tournament appearance.

The Lions are 17-5 for the season. They hit.352 as a team and outscored their opponents 124-78 this year. Senior Nicholas Krueger (6-2, 1.64 ERA, and 43 strikeouts) and sophomore Jacob Braun (5-1, 0.61 ERA, and 20 strikeouts) see the most mound time. Sophomore Max Baird and Braun boast the highest batting averages of.489 and.482, respectively. Three of their players are hitting better than.400: Max Baird (.489, 9 RBI), Jacob Braun (.482, 21 RBI), and Nick Krueger (.431, 11 RBI).

Their match-up is at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Mini Met in Jordan.

Quarterfinals, championship semifinals, and third-place game will be played Thursday and Friday, June 16-17, at the Mini Met; consolation semifinals and consolation championship will be played at Joe Schleper Stadium in Shakopee.

The six teams that advance to title games will compete at Target Field in Minneapolis Tuesday, June 21. All three games will be Webcast live on Prep45.KSTC45.com. The Class A title game will begin at noon, followed by the Class AA championship game at 3 p.m. The Class AAA title game is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Eagles will face either Red Lake County Central (19-6) or Wabasha-Kellogg (20-6) Friday: at 2:30 p.m. in Jordan if EV-W wins, or at 10 a.m. in Shakopee if they lose.