Elliott column: Crusader signs with Beavers

Elliott column: Crusader signs with Beavers

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Elliott column: Crusader signs with Beavers

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Count St. Cloud Cathedral Bo Schmitz as another area player headed to Bemidji State.

Schmitz confirmed Friday that he has signed an NCAA letter of intent to play baseball for the Beavers next year.

Schmitz and Cathedral beat Little Falls 7-2 Friday to win the Section 6-2A title at Dick Putz Field.

It gives the Crusaders their third straight state berth.

Playing for Little Falls on Friday was shortstop Collin Eckman, who also is headed to Bemidji State for baseball. Rocori’s Mac Mueller, a fine baseball player, will be a football player for the Beavers.

In basketball, Albany’s Scott Litchy, another great baseball player, is headed to Bemidji State, as is Sartell’s Patrick Fischer.

There may be others. They all can carpool and save some gas.

Schmitz said he gave Bemidji State a verbal commitment three weeks ago and signed his letter of intent earlier this week.

“Bemidji was always talking to me,” said Schmitz, who primarily has been a designated hitter for Cathedral this season but also is a fine catcher. He is recovering from a knee injury suffered during football season.

“They kind of impressed me. And, I love the campus.”

He also considered Wisconsin-Stout, talked to North Dakota and contemplated going to several junior colleges before choosing Bemidji State.

He’s undecided on a major, but leaning toward a business field. He says he enjoys the outdoors, which is key in Bemidji.

“A lot of people wouldn’t say I am, but I like fishing and hunting,” he said.

Right now, he’s more excited about the Crusaders’ chances at the state tournament.

Desk clearing

* Cathedral and Rocori find out their respective seeds today in the state baseball tournament.

Cathedral, ranked No. 1 and returning after taking second last year, is likely to get a top seed, based on the latest QRF rankings released Friday.

Cathedral was No. 1. Little Falls was fifth and Albany ninth. Those three are in the same East Sub-Section 6-2A.

Also in the state Class 2A tournament are: No. 3 Delano (17-2), No. 4 Minnehaha Academy (17-5), No. 6 Hermantown (20-3), No. 7 Kasson-Mantorville (22-6), No. 12 Luverne (19-4), No. 15 Perham (16-5) and No. 24 Watertown-Mayer (16-8).

“I don’t know what to expect,” Cathedral head coach Bob Karn said.

Cathedral beat Minnehaha Academy during the year. Watertown-Mayer is in the same section as Holy Family Catholic, last year’s state 2A champ.

* Rocori didn’t fare as well in Class 3A.

The Class 3A QRF ratings of state tournament participants: No. 1 Minnetonka (21-6), No. 2 Coon Rapids (17-3), No. 3 Lakeville North (19-4), No. 6 Forest Lake (18-5), No. 7 Mounds View (17-6), No. 8 Wayzata (15-6), No. 24 Rocori (16-8) and No. 30 Rochester Mayo (12-10).

Rocori coach Jeff Illies said he was optimistic about getting a top-five seed. Of course, the Spartans were seeded seventh in their Section 8-3A.

“Good point,” Illies said.

Coaches submit seeds at 7:15 a.m. today. They then learn of their pairing between 9 and 10 a.m. today. Teams not in the top five of the seedings are randomly selected.

* St. Cloud is host to the 2A tournament, with game times Thursday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. If Cathedral gets a No. 1 seed, it would play at 10 a.m.

The 3A tournament is at Midway Stadium in St. Paul with the same times.

* Cathedral is host to the Class 2A state tournament banquet at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $11.50 per person. Call John Wilkens at 763- 497-3072.

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