The amateur baseball season officially gets underway this weekend.
This year's goal for the state's Class B and C teams is the Granite City. St. Cloud is host to the annual state tournament in August, and who gets there and how has radically changed from 2011.
More teams will be advancing to the State Class C Tournament because of a new rule rewarding certain Regions additional berths to state based on attendance. The new format for 2012 will see the addition of 16 teams for a total field of 48. The additional teams will be rewarded to leagues or regions that have held a steady or above average attendance over the past 10 years. Here is a breakdown on how many teams each region will send to state:
(#1 - 2), (#2 - 4), (#3 - 4), (#4 - 3), (#5 - 2), (#6 - 3), (#7 - 4), (#8 - 4), (#9 - 2), (#10 - 2), (#11 - 3), (#12 - 4), (#13 - 3), (#14 - 2), (#15 - 4), (#16 - 2).
The Class C State Tournament will also be single-elimination.
Drafting also has changed. In Class C, only pitchers may be taken and they can no longer hit. There is no drafting of catchers or pitchers from other teams in your league and region in Class B.
The complete story is available on the St. Cloud Times site
Here is the regional breakdown for the teams in our area:
Detroit Lakes Angels
New York Mills Millers
Wadena/Deer Creek Shockers
Lake & Pine South
Long Prairie Predators
Urbank-Parkers Prairie Bombers
Lake & Pine Northeast
Cass Lake Reds
Nevis North Stars
Lake & Pine North
Red Eye Countryboys
Wolf Lake Wolf Pack
Fergus Falls Hurricanes
Pelican Rapids Lakers