The Region 5C Finals tournament field to determine the region’s three Class C state tournament representatives is set. Play will start at John Burch Park in Cannon Falls on Saturday and Saturday and will finish in Red Wing next Friday and Saturday, August 12-13.
The Hastings Hawks, Lake City Serpents and Dodge County Diamondbacks advanced out of this last weekend’s preliminary tournament. The Hawks won it to earn the No. 6 seed, while the Serpents will be the No. 7 seed and the Diamondbacks No. 8.
The top five seeds in the finals tournament – three from the Twin Rivers League and two from the Classic Cannon Valley League – bypassed the preliminary tournament. Those teams are the No. 1 seed Stewartville-Racine Sharks, No. 2 Red Wing Aces, No. 3 Wanamingo Jacks, No. 4 Austin Greyhounds and No. 5 Cannon Falls Bears.
In the first round, with all games to be played at John Burch Park, Stewartville-Racine will face Dodge County, Red Wing will play Lake City, Austin and Cannon Falls will match up and Wanamingo will face Hastings.
Second-round and first consolation-round games will be played in Cannon Falls on Sunday. The championship, consolation semifinals and third-place games are in Red Wing next Friday and Saturday, the 12th and 13th.
In the Region 5C Preliminary tournament, Dodge County beat Owatonna 14-4 in the first round, Lake City defeated PEM 8-1, Pine Island edged out Rochester 4-3 and Hastings 10-runned Winona 10-0. In the semifinals, Lake City beat Dodge County and Hastings defeated Pine Island. Owatonna beat PEM in the first consolation round before losing to Pine Island while Rochester defeated Winona but then fell to Dodge County. Hastings beat Lake City for the No. 6 seed which stuck the Serpents with the No. 7 and Dodge County beat Pine Island for the final spot in the finals tournament.
The top three teams from the Region 5C Finals tournament advance to the Class C state tournament hosted by Miesville, Dundas and Faribault. Games are played the weekends of Aug. 19-21, Aug. 26-28 and Sept.2-5.