Who: Winona Chiefs (21-15) vs. Fergus Falls Hurricanes (23-6).
When: 8:30 p.m. today at Bird Island, Minn.
Format: Single-elimination for the first two rounds, then double-elimination after the 32-team field is pared down to eight.
On tap: The Hurricanes boast 11 players with at least 13 RBI, and their top starter, Casey Kowalski, was 6-2 with a 2.15 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 67 innings. Their Region 16C MVP was Mic Johnson, who batted .688 (11-for-16) with 8 RBI, 5 runs, 2 doubles and a homer.
Outlook: Should Winona defeat Fergus Falls, it would face either the Big Lake White Caps (21-14) or Sartell Muskies (24-9) at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 at Wilmar. Big Lake (1B seed), batted .296 as a team behind Dave Burkholder's team-best .471 average, four homers and 16 RBI. Sartell (10A seed) last appeared in the tournament in 2006 and won it in 1992.