After helping Mounds View win its second consecutive Class AAA state baseball championship, Kellen Rholl turned his attention to an all-star game appearance. Rholl spent the weekend after the state tournament participating in the All-Star Series.
The Mounds View Mustangs earned their second consecutive Class AAA state championship June 17 at Target Field in Minneapolis. (photos courtesy of Larry Carnahan)
Pitching is the foundation of any championship baseball team and the Mounds View High School squad showed why during the state tournament. The Mustangs gave up just one run over 21 innings to claim their second consecutive state title.
Mounds View’s Sam Hentges delivers a pitch during the Class AAA state championship game at Target Field in Minneapolis on June 17. Hentges threw a complete-game, five-hit shutout to help lead the Mustangs to their second consecutive state title. (photos courtesy of Larry Carnahan)
State tournament notebook
For the second straight year, Target Field was a hospitable host to the Mounds View High School baseball team. The Mustangs have played there twice and are 2-0 on the major league diamond.
This year’s team won the Class AAA state title with a 9-0 victory over Eden Prairie. A year ago, the Mustangs beat Rocori 8-0 to claim the crown.
Mounds View senior Ryan Plasencia (12) gets the ball as Elk River’s Ben Johnson safely steals second base in the sixth inning. The Mustangs won the Class AAA state quarterfinal 4-0 June 12. (photos by Linda Baumeister/Review)
Sophomore Jeff LeMay (22), pinch running for the Mustangs, tags up to score in the third inning.
The formula for the Mounds View High School baseball team this spring has been strong pitching plus solid defense plus timely hitting equals success.