John's Journal
Class 4A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Park
1. Forest Lake
3. Maple Grove
4. Lakeville North
5. Chanhassen
6. Shakopee
7. Centennial
7. Farmington
9. Stillwater
9. East Ridge
Others receiving votes: Elk River, Eastview, Rosemount, New Prague, Champlin Park, North, Rogers, Woodbury.
Class 3A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Mankato West
2. Faribault
3. Northfield
4. Chisago Lakes
5. Winona
6. Rocori
7. Hill-Murray
8. Benilde-St. Margaret's
9. Waconia
9. Mahtomedi
Others receiving votes: Mankato East, Cloquet, Rogers, North Branch, New Ulm, Delano, Mound Westonka, Detroit Lakes, Alexandria, Becker.
Class 2A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Maple Lake
2. Rochester Lourdes
3. Pipestone Area
4. Cotter/Hope Lutheran
5. Zumbrota-Mazeppa
6. Park Rapids Area
7. Chatfield
7. Norwood-Young America
9. Thief River Falls
9. Annandale
9. Le Sueur-Henderson
Others receiving votes: Esko, St. Peter, St. Cloud Cathedral, Moose Lake/Willow River, Sauk Centre, St. Agnes, Virginia.
Class 1A Softball Rankings4/29/2019
1. Randolph
2. New York Mills
3. Sleepy Eye Saint Mary's
4. Cherry
5. NCE/UH Titans
6. New Ulm Cathedral
7. Badger/GB-MR
8. Edgerton/SW MN Christian
9. Hayfield
10. Kimball Area
Others receiving votes: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, Carlton, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Brandon-Evansville, Sebeka, Browerville, Cleveland, Wabasha-Kellogg, Red Lake Falls.
Early-Season Baseball, Softball Stars Stand Out4/29/2019
A baseball hitter from Litchfield, a pitcher from Wadena-Deer Creek and a softball pitcher from Browerville/Eagle Valley are making headlines as the MSHSL spring seasons begin to heat up with April turning to May.

Litchfield senior Owen Boerema (pictured) had two hits in a recent 10-2 victory over Kimball, which gave him a state-record streak with hits in 34 consecutive games. The previous record had stood for 36 years; 33 games by Deer River's Tim Gullickson.

On the mound, Wadena-Deer Creek senior Justin Dykhoff opened the season by throwing three no-hitters in his first four starts. Through those four games Justin allowed only one hit and zero runs in 24 1/3 innings, while also picking up one save as the Wolverines got off to a 7-0 start.

And in softball, Browerville/Eagle Valley sophomore pitcher Marissa Callahan had a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a two-hitter with 29 total strikeouts in three wins last week. She hasn't given up a run in 24 innings.

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