Top-ranked Mustangs lead conference halfway through the schedule

The nine baseball teams in the Suburban East Conference reached the midway point of the conference schedule last week and eight of them are looking up in the standings at Mounds View. The two-time defending Class AAA state champion holds a one-game lead in the chase for the conference crown.

Mounds View started the season with a seven-game winning streak and that vaulted the Mustangs into the top spot in the Class AAA state rankings released last week.

The day after the rankings were released, Mounds View suffered its first loss of the season. Woodbury halted the Mustangs' streak on Friday with a 7-5 victory.

Mounds View bounced back from the loss by blanking Osseo 10-0 on Saturday.

The Mustangs have four games on the schedule this week, but only two are conference games. They host Stillwater on Wednesday and travel to Forest Lake on Friday.

On Tuesday, Mounds View and Park Center square off in a non-conference tilt at CHS Field, the new St. Paul Saints ballpark in Lowertown in downtown St. Paul. The Mustangs visit Centennial on Thursday.

Irondale

The Knights are slowly adjusting to playing in the Northwest Suburban Conference this spring. The have only one victory on the season, but showed a bit of promise in a one-run loss to Blaine last week.

Irondale's lone victory so far was an 11-9 win over Park Center on April 17.

There are four games on the schedule this week, including back-to-back road games against Coon Rapids on Wednesday and Totino-Grace on Thursday. Irondale returns home to Rogers in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon.

St. Anthony Village

The Huskies are looking for some consistency as the calendar transitions from April to May this week. St. Anthony opened the season with a pair of losses, rebounded to win three in a row, but enter this week on another two-game losing streak.

During the winning streak, St. Anthony's offense unloaded to the tune of 35 runs in three games, but that productivity came to a screeching halt late last week. DeLaSalle stopped the winning streak by shutting out the Huskies 7-0 on April 23 and St. Paul Highland Park made it two scoreless games in a row with a 2-0 win on April 24.

St. Anthony looks to get back to its winning ways this week with games against Columbia Heights, Fridley, Minnehaha Academy and St. Agnes. Minnehaha Academy enters the week ranked fifth in Class AA.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


Top 10 Class AAA state baseball rankings (released April 23)

1 — Mounds View
2 — Lakeville North
3 — Cretin-Derham Hall
4 — Chaska
5 — Eden Prairie
6 — Mahtomedi
7 — Chanhassen
8 — Maple Grove
9 — Minnetonka
10 — St. Michael-Albertville
 

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