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17 more teams qualify for the Minnesota high school state baseball tournament

New Ulm needed 11 innings to beat Mankato West.

The field for the 2018 Minnesota high school baseball state tournament is nearly set after a busy day of section finals on Thursday. 

Fourteen teams qualified for State with section championships Tuesday-Wednesday and another 17 advanced to the the tourney with clinching victories on Thursday. 

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Here's what happen in a class-by-class breakdown of Thursday's action. 

Class 1A

  • Heritage Christian came out of the loser's bracket and beat Randolph twice to advance from Section 4. 
  • Sleepy Eye took down top seed BOLD (for a second time) 3-2 to take the Section 2 crown. 
  • Sacred Heart enters State on a seven-game win streak after beating Fosston 3-1 in Section 8. 
  • Hinckley-Finlayson is in after rolling over Pine River-Backus 9-3 to win Section 5. The Jaguars have won 13 straight while outscoring their opponents 105-21. 
  • The Wabasso Rabbits swept through Section 3 to get to state, wrapping things up with a 5-0 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg. 
  • South Ridge is headed to State for the first time in school history after defeating Carlton 3-1. 

Class 2A

  • Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton improved to 22-2 on the season a 6-5 win over Wadena-Deer Creek to advance from Section 8. 
  • Maple Lake crushed Glencoe-Silver Laker 13-3 for its 14th straight win. They enter the state tournament with a record of 22-2. 
  • Section 6 goes to St. Cloud Cathedral after they beat Pierz 4-3 on a game-winning double in the bottom of the seventh inning. 
  • Luverne forced a second game Thursday but Paynesville won 7-4 to take Section 3. 
  • Duluth Marshall had to beat Esko twice to win Section 7 and they did, winning the second game 23-1. 
  • Jordan beat Belle Plaine 8-2 in a Hwy. 169 rivalry final in Section 2. 

Class 3A

  • Grand Rapids, which started the season 1-9 and entered the section tourney as the six seed, crushed Chisago Lakes 11-5 to win the Section 7 title. 
  • Minnehaha Academy went 5-0 in Section 4 while outscoring opponents 64-4, with the finishing touches being a 9-1 win over New Life Academy. 
  • New Ulm avenged a 10-run loss to Mankato West in the regular season with a 11-inning, 2-1 win to advance to state out of Section 2. 
  • Make it five straight Section 5 titles for Mahtomedi as they upset top seed Fridley 1-0 in the section final. 

Class 4A

  • Brainerd needed to beat St. Michael-Albertville twice. They won the first game but then lost 10-0 in five innings, giving the Knights a Section 8 title. 

Note: New York Mills and Parkers Prairie play in the Section 6 final Friday at 5 p.m. It's the only game in the state Friday. The official state tournament brackets will be released Saturday. 

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