• The hard-throwing righthander's fastball hits the low 90s on radar guns. He was 6-0 with a 0.80 ERA despite being slowed because of a muscle strain in his back. He struck out 51 in 432/3 inning. His WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) was 0.89. Shore also can hit for power. He has verbally committed to Florida.
• Arends has been a four-year starter for the Lakers. He covers a lot of ground in center field and can hit for power. The stellar student-athlete hit back-to-back two-run homers against state tournament entrant Eastview. He was in the top 2 percent of his graduating class with a 4.105 grade-point average.
• Boldt's stock continues to rise on a yearly basis. Like Shore, Boldt is one of 144 players from around the country who was invited to try out for the under-18 Team USA squad. The Nebraska recruit is a five-tool center fielder who hits lefthanded. He batted .423 with three home runs and 27 RBI in helping the Wingers to a 22-1 season.
• A three-year starter for the Crimson, Collins caught the attention of Division I coaches in his final year. He batted .415 with four home runs and 26 RBI while striking out only four times for the Northwest Suburban Conference champions. "He is one of our all-time clutch performers," Maple Grove coach Darby Carlson said.
• Spartans coach Mike Brown isn't at a loss for words when it comes to describing his standout player. "Matt could play for any team in the state and his numbers would be the same," Brown said. Those numbers are a 7-1 record with one save and a 0.23 ERA on the mound to go along with a .547 average at the plate. "He is an incredible leader on and off the field," Brown said.
• There might not be another player who meant more to his team than Poppitz. The senior righthander went 10-2 (the Trojans finished 16-10) with a 1.31 ERA in the tough Lake Conference. He recorded 76 strikeouts while walking 13. "He collected a lot of big wins for us," Wayzata coach Bobby DeWitt said.
• "He comes from good stock with the Quinlan name," Pioneers coach Bill Lechner said. The Classic Suburban Conference player of the year hit .423 with 22 RBI and 22 runs scored. Quinlan made only two errors in the Pioneers' 25 games. "Cory is a stickler to detail. He is always pushing himself to improve," Lechner said.
• Ralston is as versatile as they come and is solid both offensively and defensively. The Indiana recruit is hitting .365 with six home runs and 32 RBI heading into the state tournament. On the mound, Ralston posted a 7-0 record with a 0.67 ERA. He struck out 93 in 52 innings.
• The Bradley recruit had an outstanding final season. Stong posted a 6-2 record with a 1.34 ERA, striking out 94 in 521/3 innings. The lefthander's two losses were 3-1 to Maple Grove and 1-0 to Coon Rapids, in which he had a no-hitter through five innings. Stong, a Lions All-Star game selection, also hit over .300.