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St. Peter second baseman Joey Baron turns a double play as Zack Berndt of Le Sueur-Henderson attempts to break it up. (Pat Beck/St. Peter Herald)

St. Peter baseball qualified for the Minnesota State High School League state tournament and kicks off Thursday June 13 at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud.

Quarterfinals

Glencoe-Silver Lake (19-5) vs. No. 1 Marshall School, Duluth (23-1), 10 a.m.

No. 5 Paynesville Area (21-2) vs. No. 4 Perham (22-2), 12:30 p.m.

La Crescent-Hokah (21-5) vs. No. 2 Minnehaha Academy (18-4), 3 p.m.

St. Peter (19-5) vs. No. 3 Foley (24-3), 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14

At Joe Faber Field, St. Cloud

Consolation semifinals --- 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.

Consolation final --- 3 p.m.

At Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud

Championship semifinals --- Noon, 2:30 p.m.

Third place --- 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 20

At Target Field

Championship --- 1 p.m.

St. Peter is ending a state tournament dryspell that extends to 1982. Senior outfielder Hunter Wilmes hits .419 for the Saints. Foley came through the losers’ bracket and had to defeat Pierz twice in the Section 6AA tournament to reach the state tournament for the first time. The Falcons have a team ERA of 1.97.

Glencoe-Silver Lake, a Class AA runner-up in 2007, is back for the sixth time. Senior infielder/pitcher Chandler Glaser has 12 home runs. Marshall School, Duluth, was the runner-up in 2018, losing to Maple Lake in the championship game. The Hilltoppers bat .414 as a team and hold opponents to a .137 clip.

Paynesville Area returns for the third time in the past four seasons. Junior pitcher Grady Fuchs is 7-1 with 87 strikeouts. Perham is making its ninth state tournament appearance and first since 2013. Sophomore pitcher Noah Rooney is 6-1 with 83 strikeouts and junior infielder Maddux Kovash is batting .438.

La Crescent-Hokah is making its first appearance as this co-op. Senior infielder Sam Wieser is batting .438 for the Lancers. Minnehaha Academy is a seemingly annual entrant in the state tournament. The Redhawks, a two-time Class AA champion, is making its fifth consecutive appearance. Senior shortstop Noah Dehne is batting .358 with four homers for Minnehaha Academy, which won the consolation final in 2018.

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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