Local section tournaments set with games starting June 1

Alexandria goes to Bemidji as the fifth seed, while second-ranked Ashby sits in the same subsection as top-ranked New York Mills.

Brandon-Evansville senior Kyle Schaffran talks with first-base coach Trent Hintermeister during a game against Ashby early in the 2021 season. Schaffran and the Chargers got the fourth seed in the South subsection of Section 6A and hosts fifth-seeded Browerville-Eagle Valley (5-13) on June 1 at 5 p.m. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

Section playoffs are set for area baseball teams with the regular season wrapping up late this week.

Here is how the local playoff picture looks heading into postseason play in early June.

Section 8-3A

Alexandria won seven of its last eight games of the regular season to finish 12-8 overall.

That still wasn’t enough for the Cardinals to climb any higher than the fifth seed in a talented six-team Section 8-3A field.

Alexandria will go to second-seeded Bemidji (14-6) on June 1 for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch. The second-seeded Lumberjacks beat the Cardinals twice on May 4 in 5-2 and 10-0 games.


Sartell-St. Stephen (17-3) is the No. 1 seed in the field and hosts Little Falls (8-12) in the first round. Third-seeded Detroit Lakes (18-2) hosts fourth-seeded Rocori (12-8) in the final game of the first round.

Second round games in Section 8-3A are scheduled for June 3.

Section 6A

Ashby (19-1) is the No. 2 ranked team in all of Class A through the QRF on, but the Arrows are not even the first seed in their subsection.

That’s because New York Mills (17-2) also resides in the North half of Section 6A. The Arrows and Eagles did not meet during the regular season.

Ashby, whose only loss is to 17-2 Upsala-Swanville Area, is seeded second in the North. New York Mills is the first seed with its regular-season losses coming to Brandon-Evansville (14-6) and Class AA’s Wadena-Deer Creek (18-2).

New York Mills got a bye in the first round games set for June 1. Ashby opens up against seventh-seeded Hillcrest Lutheran (1-13) at home. Brandon-Evansville got the fourth seed and hosts fifth-seeded Browerville-Eagle Valley (5-13).

Parkers Prairie (8-10) is the third seed and hosts sixth-seeded West Central Area (5-14). All of those games start at 5 p.m. Second-round games are scheduled for June 3.

Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (17-0) is the top seed in the South half of the 6A field. Upsala-Swanville Area is seeded second, while Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (8-10), Border West (10-8), Hancock (9-8), Ortonville (5-11) and St. John’s Prep (2-12) round out the South.


The Section 6A championship is scheduled for June 10 at 4:30 p.m. in New York Mills, according to MSHSL brackets.

Section 6AA

Osakis (5-12) was seeded 13th in the 18-team Section 6AA bracket.

The Silverstreaks travel to fourth-seeded Pierz (13-6) for a 7 p.m. first pitch on June 1. The Silverstreaks lost 4-0 against Pierz on May 14.

Foley (20-0) is the No. 1 seed in Section 6AA. Albany (17-3) is seeded second, Royalton (16-4) third and Melrose (12-6) is fifth.

The Section 6AA championship is scheduled for June 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Putz Field in St. Cloud, according to MSHSL brackets.

Section 3AA

Minnewaska is the third seed in the North half of Section 3AA.

The Lakers (11-8) played sixth-seeded Redwood Valley (5-14) in the first round on May 29 in Paynesville. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

The winner of that game plays the winner of second-seeded Paynesville (14-6) and seventh-seeded New London-Spicer (4-16) at 3:30 that same day.


Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (17-2) is the No. 1 seed in the North. Luverne (18-3) is the top seed in the South half of the bracket.

The Section 3AA championship is scheduled for June 10 at 5 p.m. at a location yet to be determined.

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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