Mesabi Range 2018 Baseball Preview

Mesabi Range 2018 Baseball Preview

Head Coach l Years at Mesabi Range l Overall W-L

Chris Vito l 2nd year at Mesabi Range l 17-25

Assistant Coach

Dave Kunz

Top Returners:

Tanner Richey, Duluth, MN, SS; Manny Rangel, Nogales, AZ, 2B; David Ochoa, Nogales, AZ, C/1B; Rhys Morris, Winnipeg, Manitoba, RHP.

(Tanner Richey)

Key Incomers:

Taylor Allen, Duluth, MN, C/RHP; Cody Brown, Duluth, MN, RHP; Kody Lindgren, Virginia, MN, LHP; Christian Houle, Cloquet, MN, Utility

Coach Vito's Expectations on Norse Pitching for 2018 Season:

"We're returning only one pitcher from last season. We will be very young on the mound this season."

 (Manny Rangel)

Coach Vito's Expectations on Hitting and Offence for 2018 Season:

"We return three position players including Tanner Richey, who hit .271 (28 for 101) last season. We will need our freshman to step up early."

Coach Vito's Quote on Norse's Upcoming Season:

"We have a lot of new faces with 16 freshman out of 20 players. We are looking forward to our spring trip and seeing what the season holds for us."


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About baseball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference:

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference boasts a strong tradition in America's pastime; over fifty years of collegiate competition has prepared student-athletes in the MCAC to pursue careers at four year college programs as well as professional ranks.

Currently the MCAC Baseball squads compete in a three-division set-up.  Northern Division teams include Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College.  The Central Division is home to St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Central Lakes College,  Ridgewater College, M State Fergus Falls and  Northland Community & Technical College.   In the Southern Division, Anoka-Ramsey CC, Minnesota West CTC, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community & Technical College and Western (WI)Technical College compete for a divisional title.

Beginning with the 2018 spring season, MCAC Division Champions and Divisional runner-up teams will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III Regional Tournament.  Additionally, a seventh playoff slot will be allocated to the highest ranked MCAC team as designated by the 2018 Region XIII which did not earn a championship or runner-up finish in divisional play.

Baseball in the MCAC features athletes from over 20 states and five countries.  Our campus environments include the opportunity to attend college and compete in a variety of Minnesota State System colleges, from the urban hubs of the Twin Cities, Rochester, St. Cloud and La Crosse, and the picturesque college towns ranging from Thief River Falls to Ely, Worthington to Brainerd.  Learn more at:

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Industrial Mechanical Technology students get high wage jobs throughout the United States.
With campuses in Eveleth and Virginia in the heart of beautiful northeastern Minnesota, Mesabi Range College has small class sizes that lead to personal attention and interaction with other students. The Virginia campus offers semi-furnished apartments on campus. The college is part of the Northeast Higher Education District, a consortium of five state colleges: Hibbing, Itasca, Mesabi Range, Rainy River and Vermilion.


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About the Minnesota College Athletic Conference

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is the organizational body for NJCAA-affiliated two-year technical and community college athletic programs in the Minnesota State system.  The mission of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference is to advance intercollegiate athletics by providing an engaging and supportive environment for success of our student athletes and competition among member institutions.  The MCAC is committed to the guiding principles of encouraging the development and success of student athletes, promoting the integrity, honesty and loyalty to member schools as well as upholding the sustainability of conference athletic programs.

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