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2019 all-tournament teams revealed

By Paul Patane, SportsEngine, 06/11/19, 12:15PM CDT

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Maple Grove won the Class 4A title, but it's players from the Suburban East Conference who dominate this year's large-school list.

ast Ridge's Grace Bennett, who made the Class 4A all-tournament team, helped lead the Raptors to their first appearance at state. Bennett is one of six Suburban East Conference players to receive all-tourney honors. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

East Ridge's Grace Bennett, who made the Class 4A all-tournament team, helped lead the Raptors to their first appearance at state. Bennett is one of six Suburban East Conference players to receive all-tourney honors. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

Maple Grove fended off a Stillwater rally in the seventh inning en route to claiming a 3-2 win on June 7 to clinch this year’s Class 4A state title. The Crimson got the hardware, but it’s Suburban East Conference players who congregate this season’s big-school all-tournament list.

Grace Bennett, a junior from East Ridge, is one of the Suburban East standouts who made the Class 4A all-tourney team. Bennett, the very first Raptor to receive all-tournament honors, produced for an East Ridge team coming off its first appearance at state, going 3-for-6 at the plate with a pair of runs.

Other players chosen from the Suburban East include Stillwater’s Cat Smetana, Torri Chute and Allison Benning, along with Forest Lake’s Lindsey Johnson and Bailey Dunaski. Smetana was prolific from the plate throughout the tourney, going 7-for-10 with two doubles and two RBI. Chute, meanwhile, slugged two home runs, had three RBI and smacked four hits.

Maple Grove tied Stillwater for the most honorees in Class 4A with three. Ava Dueck, an outfielder and pitcher, threw a complete game against the Ponies, giving up seven hits, two runs, two walks and she struck out four. Crimson teammates Sophie Culhane and Mavis Sachs also made the team.

In Class 3A, Northfield made its first trip to state count. The Raiders beat Big 9 Conference foe Mankato West 8-3 on June 7 to win their first state title, with Jillian Noel, Anne Fossum, Brynn Hostettler and Payton Fox being awarded for their efforts. Noel swung with precision during the tournament, launching two home runs and four singles.

Presented by the Minnesota State High School League and Wells Fargo, the all-tourney teams were chosen by a panel of coaches who attended the tournament.

View the tables below to see who made the teams from each respective class.

Class 4A

Player Position School
Elle Potts Third Base St. Michael-Albertville
Grace Bennett Pitcher/Infielder East Ridge
Lindsey Johnson Outfielder Forest Lake
Bailey Dunaski Outfielder Forest Lake
Ava Dueck Outfielder/Pitcher Maple Grove
Sophie Culhane Catcher Maple Grove
Mavis Sachs Outfielder Maple Grove
Torri Chute Catcher Stillwater
Allison Benning Pitcher/Infielder Stillwater
Cat Smetana First Base/Catcher Stillwater

Class 3A

Player Position School
Corrie Weise Pitcher/Infielder Becker
Dana Jones Outfielder Cloquet
Kiana Bender Shortstop Cloquet
Abbi Stierlen Pitcher Mankato West
Bri Stoltzman Catcher Mankato West
Lauryn Douglas Pitcher Mankato West
Jillian Noel Infielder Northfield
Anne Fossum Infielder/Pitcher Northfield
Brynn Hostettler Pitcher/Infielder Northfield
Payton Fox Infielder Northfield

Class 2A

Player Position School
Emmarie Yeager Infielder Annandale
Alexa Rogalla Pitcher Thief River Falls
Adrianna Johnson Pitcher Pipestone
Abby Mackenthun Infielder Norwood-Young America
Audrey Steinhagen Outfielder/Infielder Norwood-Young America
Sadie Erickson Pitcher/Infielder Norwood-Young America
Anna Taylor Pitcher/Outfielder Rochester Lourdes
Elizabeth Pike Infielder/Catcher Rochester Lourdes
Linda O’Connell Outfielder Rochester Lourdes
Alyssa Ustby Shortstop Rochester Lourdes

Class 1A

Player Position School
Lauryn Franta Outfielder New Ulm Cathedral
Tiffany Thompson Pitcher New York Mills
Morgyn Otte Pitcher Randolph
Megan Erickson Catcher Randolph
Mariah Christian Shortstop/Pitcher Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
Lauren Kvien Pitcher Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
Ella Heggedal Pitcher Badger/Greenbush-Middle River
Gabby Buckridge Pitcher Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian
Jazzy Prins Infielder Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian
Sierra Van Dyke Pitcher Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian

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