By Nick Gerhardt
State slots stayed the same from all of the regions though there are new teams entering a handful of regions after Saturday’s Minnesota Baseball Association Board of Directors meeting in St. Cloud.
The Sauk Valley League will add three teams for the 2019 season with Monticello, Big Lake and Rogers moving down from Class B but it will remain paired with the Central Valley League in Region 11C with three state tournament slots. Some discussion had taken place about reshuffling Region 11C, Region 15C and Region 4C but nothing came to fruition.
Region 1C added the Isanti Redbirds, Ramsey Renegades and the Hibbing Miners after all three fell below the criteria number for Class B. The region will, however, remain with just two state slots. There was a slight change with Princeton moving to the south division of the Eastern Minny to make room for Hibbing in the north division. Ramsey and Isanti slid into the south division.
Elsewhere, Region 4C added Wabasso, a new team in 2019, to the Corn Belt League, Austin, which dropped to Class C will compete in Region 5C, as will Hastings, which also dropped from Class B to Class C for the 2019 season.
The 13-60 League added St. Clair for the 2019 season and will stay paired with the River Valley League in Region 6C, which will still get three state spots.
Over in Region 7C, the Crow River Valley League teams remain but Norwood will field a team after being inactive for the past few years.
Region 8C is made up of Victory League teams but the number teams is down to 18 for 2019. Cuyuna Range will not have a team. Also of note, Lastrup has become the Pierz Lakers.
Class B sections remain largely the same. Section 1 has six teams after Austin and Hastings moved to Class C. Section 2 added Sobieski, Section 3 is the same and Section 4 has just eight teams this season after Ramsey, Isanti, Rogers, Big Lake and Monticello moved to Class C.
Check out the complete section/region breakout here.