Men’s Class B baseball playoffs start this week

Eagan, Burnsville meet in Section 3 series

Luke Chinn of the Burnsville Bobcats pitches against Chaska in a River Valley League East game last week. Burnsville and Eagan meet in a Section 3B playoff series this week. Photo by Mike Shaughnessy

Three local teams are looking to join the field of 16 for the state Class B men’s amateur baseball tournament later this month.

On Friday, the Eagan Bandits and Burnsville Bobcats are scheduled to begin a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the state tournament and the loser getting a second chance for a state berth by playing losing teams in other first-round Section 3B series.

Eagan, 14-7 overall, received the No. 2 seed in Section 3B, which consists of the seven River Valley League East teams. The Bandits were 8-3 in the league during the regular season. Burnsville (6-10 overall, 4-7 RVL East) is the sixth seed. The teams played once during the regular season on June 5 with Eagan winning 9-3.

The first game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Alimagnet Park. The second game will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Eagan High School. The third game, if necessary, is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Alimagnet Park. If Thursday’s game is rained out, it would be played at 3 p.m. Saturday at Eagan High School or as the first part of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Sunday, also at Eagan High.

In other Section 3B series, No. 1 seed Chanhassen will face the winner of a play-in series between sixth-seeded Victoria and seventh-seeded Prior Lake. Third-seeded Chaska will play No. 4 seed Shakopee in another best of three. The section will send four teams to the state tournament.

In Section 1B, Elko received the No. 3 seed and will play sixth-seeded Red Wing in a best-of-three series beginning Friday, with the winner qualifying for the state tournament.

Elko, 25-13 overall and 11-5 against Section 1B opponents, will be at home in the first game at 8 p.m. Friday. Red Wing (6-10 in the section) will be host of the second game at 2 p.m. Sunday. If a third game is necessary, it would be at Elko at 8 p.m. Friday.

Miesville, the No. 1 team in the Class B state rankings and defending state champion, is the top seed in Section 1. Dundas is ranked fifth in the state and seeded second in the section. Elko is 10th in the Class B state rankings. Four of the nine teams in the Section 1 playoffs will advance to the state tournament.

The Class B state tournament begins the weekend of Aug. 18-20 in Hamburg, Green Isle and Norwood. First-round state games are single elimination, with the eight winners advancing to the double-elimination portion of the tournament beginning the weekend of Aug. 25-27. The championship game will be Sept. 4 in Hamburg.