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  • July 24, 2013

    At one time Albany was baseball central

    BY HERMAN LENSINGStaff Writer

    AlbanySurrounded by a number of communities with amateur baseball teams, Albany has none.

    But at one time the community was a capital city of sorts for area amateur teams. Almost every year from 1926 until 1963, Albany fielded an amateur team. Most of those years they played with the Great Soo League (GSL). The league became legendary for its quality of play, and the Skeeters, as the Albany team was known, often contended with the best teams in the area. They sent a team to the state tournament in 1928. And its athletic field is remembered for its quality and crowds it drew.

    The grandstand held 250 to 300 people and there were people in the bleachers and along the fence, said Elmer Kohorst, who played with the Skeeters from 1950 to 53.

    Albanys diamond was located near the current Fleet Store. While baseball had been played in the area for a number of years, Albany became one of the initial teams in the Great Soo League in 1926. Other teams were Eden Valley, Holdingford, Paynesville, St. Anthony (of St. Cloud), St. Joseph, Waite Park and Watkins.

    The new league wanted towns to have hometown pride.

    The idea of the clubs in the Great Soo League will be to get away from any mark of professionalism the president (of the league) said It is for that reason that the team play at home gets all gate receipts and no players will be paid, in a story that ran in the Albany Enterprise when the league started.

    There was also a $25 fee for forfeiting a game.

    Some saw those as more guides than rules, and before the season was over the league ruled that Eden Valley had violated the rules regarding eligible players and had to forfeit a game. As a result, Albany qualified for the playoffs.

    The season went long then. The Albany team defeated St. Anthony at Richmond in the third game of the championship series in October of 1929. In the next nine years, Albany would claim the GSL championship six times. Those trophies were proudly displayed at the bank in Albany.

    Back then you played baseball, said Kohorst. There wasnt anything else.

    Kohorst, like many of his era, had his initial baseball training in back yards. Before he finished playing, he would earn All-American honors at Notre Dame and played in the Dodgers minor leagues. In 1955, Albany honored him with an Elmer Kohorst night.

    I was playing in Joe Overmans backyard and Tony Botz recruited me, said Kohost. He asked me to catch and I said ok.

    Kohorst was 13 or 14 at the time, and the next Sunday found himself playing for Freeport against New Munich and catching Marv Stearns. That was in the 1940s, and by then Albany was an established power in the Great Soo League. It built its team around a number of familiar baseball names.

    There were Blenkers, Jess, Netts and Baggenstosses, recalled Kohost.

    The name Kohorst would also become familiar to area baseball fans.

    Those families played ball, pointed out Rose Fuchs of Albany. Fuchs attended many of the Albany games as she worked the concession stand.

    Others names showed up regularly, such as Ray Lehner, who hit in the high .300s, and F. Young, another .400 hitter and a Wellenstein, a high .300 hitter.

    Lehner is a player Kohorst never really forgot.

    He could hit a ball nine miles, said Kohorst.

    Harvey Koglin, the only surviving player of the early Great Soo Leagues, was a fleet-footed, top-of-the-order batter.

    But one family name stands out from all others in the memories of both Kohorst and Fuchs. That name is Ebnet, usually associated with Holdingford.

    Lefty Ebnet was tough, said Kohorst. When you played against him you earned your hits.

    His abilities as a pitcher were so respected that one headline, from 1932, reads Albany takes 15 hits off Left Ebnet.

    Skeeter Ebnet left such an impression with Albany fans that in 1950 Albany called itself the

    The 1948 team won the GSL crown and reached the state tournament before bowing out. Members were (front) bat boy Gene Hanauska; (second row) John Callahan, Ralph Jesh, Graydon Baggenstoss, Louis Baggenstoss, Lloyd Baggenstoss, Julian Gasperlin, Chubby Ebnet, Marv Stearns, and Harvey Koglin; (back) Manager Mike Ebnet, Coach Matt Nett, Ben Baumgartner, Bill Blenker, Fred Blenker, Ambrose Ebnet, Norb Vos, Elmer Baltes. SUBMITTED PHOTO

    Skeeters.The Ebnets fielded ball players

    on different teams. In 1948, an all-Ebnet team defeated St. Martin 5-4 at Albany. There were members of three different teams playing with the Ebnet unit. That event is commemorated on the railroad car at the Lake Wobegon park in Holdingford.

    The 1932 Albany team was among the best, finishing 13-1 in the GSL and 16-7 overall.

    By that time the GSL was gaining a reputation of its level of play, and teams wanted to join. In 1934, the league expanded and added Melrose and Cold Spring to its membership.

    By taking Cold Spring and Melrose into the franchise, the league has accepted two of the best baseball towns that could be added, one article from the 1934 Enterprise pointed out.

    Even with those additions, Albany held its own and again claimed the championship. The team continued in the Great Soo until 1940, then sat out from 1941-1946. When it rejoined in 1946, the make-up was a bit different. Membership was composed of Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Farming, Holdingford, St. Joseph, Richmond and Rockville. Except for two seasons, 1953-54, Albany would stay with the GSL until 1963, winning two championships.

    In the 1950s, Albanys field gained reputation for its quality and because night games could be played there. Batters looked to the southwest when facing a pitcher. The distances for a home run were challenging, but not out of reach.

    It was about 320 on corners, then veered out, said Kohorst. It was about 350 in center. It wasnt that big but for amateur it was perfect.

    With its covered grandstand, the diamond was considered a gem among parks through the 30s and 40s. Fuchs noted that backers of baseball also understood the patrons of the game.

    My husband ran the concessions, she said. We served pop, peanuts, candy and beer.

    As today, people wanted cold refreshments and hot hot dogs. It was a challenge before electricity was brought to the park.

    We first heated hot dogs on a little campfire, she said. The beer we cooled with ice.

    That took a bit of logistics and travel to get the ice. The only place that kept big blocks was in Melrose.

    Getting the ice was generally not a problem. But one such trip, on a hot day, became an adventure for Fuchs.

    Usually there was someone there (at the ice shed), but one day there wasnt, she said. I worked the block out of the sawdust but had to get it into the trunk.

    She found a plank and was able to slide the ice block into the car. That slide was not exactly straight and she dented the car. As she was hurrying back to Albany, she noticed a car following her from Melrose. She then remembered she had forgotten about paying for the ice.

    They followed me to the ball park and I was wondering if anyone saw me take the ice (which was melting). The man came up to me and said lady I think you should know that your gas tank is, leaking.

    After May of 1948, however, she no longer had to worry about ice blocks, or campfires. On May 26, the park turned on the lights for its first night game.

    It was, according to reports, a celebration. Dr. Harvey Hockert served as master of ceremonies and thanked people for their efforts. Mayor F.H. Baumgartner welcomed the crowd and William Blenker, secretary of the athletic association, thanked the people for their support.

    Czar of baseball in Albany, Mike Ebnet, was greeted with a lusty cheer. Frank Young, president of the Great Soo League, recalled the days the games of the Great Soo League were played in pastures. Mayor Malachesky of St. Cloud commended the people of Albany for their beautiful park, reported the Enterprise.

    The night ended successfully, with Albany posting a 14-11 win over Melrose. The lead changed hands three times.

    The 1930 team won Albanys third GSL title and the second of four consecutive titles. Members of the team were (front) M. Huberty, J. Wellenstein, A. Jesh, Mike Ebnet, M. Nett, F. Young, and A. Hanauer; (back) J. Nett, J. Glatzmaier, Ray Lehner, O. Jesh, C. Glatzmaier, J. Reber. SUBMITTED PHOTO

    Memories of the Great Soo

    League

    GREAT SOO LEAGUEcontinued on page 8

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    The Rangers had problems sustaining momentum on offense, and finding another pitcher to go with Brent Heinen.

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    Veteran Brent Heinen is still an effective pitcher for the Rangers.

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    Spring Hill ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so%Shawn Schoenberg 44 10 13 11 2 0 0 6 7 1 2 10 5 0.295 0.446 0.341 8.8%Nate Terres 46 9 8 6 2 0 0 6 4 1 1 7 6 0.174 0.296 0.217 10.9%Corey Schoenberg 53 6 13 8 2 2 1 13 1 0 0 3 13 0.245 0.286 0.415 23.2%Cody Eichers 45 7 14 12 0 0 2 9 0 0 0 7 7 0.311 0.404 0.444 13.5%Jamie Terres 50 8 20 14 6 0 0 8 3 4 2 3 2 0.400 0.455 0.520 3.4%Chris Spanier 28 1 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 15 0.143 0.172 0.143 51.7%Brad Terres 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.125 0.000 12.5%Eric Schoenberg 34 8 8 7 1 0 0 3 3 2 0 9 12 0.235 0.395 0.265 26.7%Grant Schoenberg 31 4 6 4 2 0 0 6 2 0 3 3 7 0.194 0.324 0.258 18.9%Austin Schoenberg 22 3 4 4 0 0 0 5 1 1 1 1 2 0.182 0.250 0.182 8.0%Eric Terres 34 11 13 13 0 0 0 5 5 2 0 6 6 0.382 0.475 0.382 14.3%Brent Terres 5 1 2 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.400 0.400 0.600 40.0%Joe Welle 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0.000 0.250 0.000 12.5%Kyle Bertram 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 5 0.111 0.273 0.111 45.5%Ryan Barent 6 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.333 0.429 0.333 28.6%Jordan Welle 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0.333 0.500 0.333 25.0%Brandon Welle 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.500 0.333 25.0%Total 429 75 111 90 16 2 3 69 26 11 11 57 89 0.259 0.360 0.326 17.5%Player ip h r er bb so hp w l s er whip Brad Terres 27.1 20 11 3 8 9 0 1 1 0 0.99 1.02 Brent Terres 25.1 20 6 2 8 9 1 2 1 0 0.71 1.11 Shawn Schoenberg 15.1 22 9 7 2 3 0 1 2 0 4.11 1.57 Chris Spanier 23.0 20 13 12 12 13 1 1 1 1 4.70 1.39 Corey Schoenberg 16.1 13 8 3 4 14 3 2 1 0 1.65 1.04 Cody Eichers 2.0 2 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 9.00 2.50 Total 109.1 97 49 29 37 48 6 7 6 1 2.39 1.23

    Corey Schoenberg is always a threat to drive in runs in any at bat.

    While they struggled a bit this year, the Chargers are still a solid team that could enjoy a good run in the post season.

    Led by an experienced offense and defensive veteran core, the Chargers can score with a variety of weapons. They also have the defenders who can make plays that will break another teams

    Jamie Terres has developed into a fine infielder and good hitter with the Chargers.

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    The Flames did not have the year the team had hoped for, but they also showed they are better than its win-loss record.

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    Chad Mergen has become a pitcher the Flames count on to get them through innings.Flames continued on 6

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    The defense features Jamie Terres at shortstop,

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    St.Martin ab r h 1b 2b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so%Austin Arceneau 14 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.143 0.294 0.214 23.5%Bryan Schlangen 25 4 9 7 2 0 6 3 1 0 2 5 0.360 0.407 0.440 17.9%Chas Hennen 33 3 5 4 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 11 0.152 0.176 0.182 32.4%Jaylyn Arceneau 23 1 2 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 0.087 0.087 0.087 21.7%Jake Harrison 22 2 4 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 0 5 0.182 0.182 0.364 21.7%Josh Moscho 32 3 6 5 1 0 1 0 0 3 3 3 0.188 0.316 0.219 7.9%Josh Olmscheid 28 0 7 6 1 0 7 0 3 0 3 5 0.250 0.323 0.286 14.7%Justin Schmitt 10 0 3 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0.300 0.300 0.400 20.0%Josh Stangler 20 2 2 0 1 1 4 0 0 1 2 7 0.100 0.217 0.300 30.4%Jake Thelen 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.200 0.333 0.200 16.7%Kyle Lieser 25 6 8 7 1 0 4 1 0 0 5 3 0.320 0.433 0.360 10.0%Mike Schlangen 38 5 10 8 2 0 1 3 0 1 2 5 0.263 0.317 0.316 12.2%Matthew Schlangen 31 4 5 4 1 0 1 3 0 1 1 5 0.161 0.212 0.194 15.2%Nate Schlangen 17 5 10 7 2 1 6 0 0 0 1 1 0.588 0.611 0.882 5.6%Scott Schlangen 43 6 8 8 0 0 4 2 0 0 2 9 0.186 0.222 0.186 20.0%Team 366 45 82 64 15 3 44 13 5 6 26 71 0.224 0.286 0.290 17.6%Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Bryan Schlangen 1 2 5 1 5 3 0 0 0 0 9.00 7.00 Jaylyn Arceneau 48 43 19 14 19 41 3 3 1 0 2.62 1.29 Jake Harrison 7 9 9 9 5 9 4 1 1 0 11.57 2.00 Jordan Moscho 2.1 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.14 Josh Stangler 11 11 5 3 6 15 1 0 0 1 2.45 1.55 Kyle Lieser 0.1 1 6 5 3 0 3 0 1 0 135.14 12.01 Scott Schlangen 27 21 10 6 6 25 4 1 3 0 2.00 1.00 Team 96.2 89 54 38 47 93 15 5 6 1 3.56 1.41

    While still a young team, the Martins showed more than once they can play in tight games and pressure situations. The team handed Lake Henry its first loss of the year, when many thought the Lakers would go unbeaten.

    Despite their improved play, the Martins have not always been able to field what some consider their top line-up. Never-the-less some young players have continued to improve and the Martins have almost always been competitive.

    Jaylyn Arceneau has developed into a dependable starting pitcher and Scott Schlangen keeps his pitches around the strike zone.

    Speed has become a feature of the Martins offensively and defensively. Kyle Lieser is one of the best all-around young players with the speed to take extra bases, or get balls hit in the holes at shortstop. Bryan Schlangen combines speed with power to get extra-base hits. Scott Schlangen hits to all parts of the field and Nathan Schlangen has the speed for doubles and power for home runs.

    Defensively, the Martins have made few mistakes in their games. Playing alongside Lieser at the keystone position is Matthew Schlangen who has a good glove and good arm. Michael Schlangen can also fill in at

    shortstop. Jordan Moschos plays first base well and ha the glove work to handle the tough throws.

    Scott Schlangen is quick enough to handle the third base corner, and has the arm throw out batters from that position.

    In the outfield Austin Arceneau is one of the best young centerfielders. His play is complimented by Josh Olmscheid and Chas Hennen.

    The Martins are improved from last year and may be still building for the future, but the future might arrive this year in post-season play.

    Martins building for the future

    Arceneau, AustinArceneau, JaylynArceneau, KennyBlonigen, Trent

    Burg, KyleHarrison, Jake

    Martins RosterSchlangen, MichaelSchlangen, NathanSchlangen, Steve

    Schmitt, JustinStangler, JoshThelen, Jake

    Kyle Lieser is among the best young shortstops and all-around players in the SCL.

    Greenwald ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so%Brandon Worms 32 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 5 0.062 0.211 0.062 13.2%Cody Imdieke 24 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 0.042 0.080 0.083 32.0%Chad Imdieke 14 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.071 0.071 0.071 7.1%Chris Rohloff 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 100.0%Doug Imdieke 25 3 3 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 5 6 0.120 0.290 0.120 19.4%Derek Worms 36 3 12 11 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 7 0.333 0.368 0.361 18.4%Eric Primus 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 0.0%Jeron Braun 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 100.0%Kyle Fleischhacker 13 1 4 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 2 0.308 0.438 0.308 12.5%Mike Mayers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.000 0.500 0.000 50.0%Mike Schwieters 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0.111 0.200 0.111 9.1%Mitchel Worms 29 1 6 6 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 2 4 0.207 0.258 0.207 12.5%Nick Rademacher 35 1 6 6 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 2 4 0.171 0.275 0.171 10.0%Peter Lucken 30 3 5 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 10 0.167 0.219 0.333 31.3%Paul Lucken 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 50.0%Ryran Kraemer 34 6 8 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 0.235 0.297 0.294 24.3%Tim Hopfer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 33.3%Trent Primus 12 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 5 0.083 0.312 0.083 31.3%Tanner Schwieters 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 25.0%Tyler Thomas 18 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 6 0.111 0.238 0.111 28.6%Team 328 25 54 47 6 0 1 23 3 2 9 30 76 0.165 0.253 0.192 20.6%Pitcher ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Brandon Worms 17.0 22 17 14 5 14 6 0 4 0 7.41 1.59 Eric Primus 2.1 5 5 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 11.57 3.43 Kyle Fleischhacker 2.0 3 4 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 18.00 3.00 Mike Mayers 5.0 4 5 5 6 3 3 0 0 0 9.00 2.00 Nick Rademacher 39.2 61 34 27 6 10 4 0 4 1 6.13 1.69 Peter Lucken 13.1 14 9 8 4 9 2 1 1 0 5.40 1.35 Tim Hopfer 4.2 8 8 6 6 4 0 0 0 0 11.57 3.00 Team 82.2 117 82 67 33 42 17 1 9 1 7.29 1.81

    The Greenwald Cubs came into the year hoping for a better showing than the previous year.

    It didnt turn out that way, but it was not from a lack of effort.

    The one strength that we have had this year is that

    we have left it out on the field. They have showed up every week ready to play and everyone has gone hard, said manager Tim Hopfer.

    The Cubs struggled to find consistency on the mound but there were bright spots. Nick Rademacher showed he can start and go deep into games, or be a relief pitcher. Left-hander Brandon Worms has a good splitter and struck out batters with it. Peter Lucken saw a bit more action this year and mixes his

    Pitcher Nick Rademacher has done most of the pitching for the Cubs this year.

    Effort strong for this 13 Cubs

    Fleischhacker, KyleHopfer, Tim

    Imdieke, ChadImdieke, CodyImdieke, DougKraemer, RyanLucken, Peter

    Mayers, MichaelPrill, JordanPrimus, Eric

    Rademacher, NickSchwieters, Michael

    Worms, BrandonWorms, Derek

    Worms, Mitchell

    Cubs RosterCubs continued on 6

    Jaylyn Arceneau has emerged as the Martins ace. He was the first pitcher to top Lake Henry in SCL play this year.

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    Richmond ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so%Adam Backes 46 8 10 9 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 6 6 0.217 0.308 0.239 11.3%Andy Bauer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Aaron Greenlee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Aaron Schneider 11 2 4 3 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 6 0.364 0.562 0.455 37.5%Ben Rausch 35 5 9 8 1 0 0 6 3 0 1 5 12 0.257 0.366 0.286 29.3%Brent Ruegemer 39 6 11 9 2 0 0 4 1 4 1 4 9 0.282 0.364 0.333 18.8%Chuck Mackedanz 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.167 0.000 16.7%Cory Niewind 44 3 8 8 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 4 10 0.182 0.250 0.182 20.4%Cole Schmitz 33 10 11 6 4 0 1 9 0 0 2 16 3 0.333 0.569 0.545 5.9%Dusty Adams 38 9 10 9 1 0 0 2 1 2 2 6 0 0.263 0.391 0.289 0.0%Dylan Adams 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 50.0%Dylan Jude 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Derek Ruegemer 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.250 0.250 0.250 50.0%Garrett Feldhege 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 1.000 0.000 0.0%Kyle Budde 35 3 8 6 2 0 0 5 1 2 0 2 2 0.229 0.270 0.286 5.1%Kirby Hemmesch 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Luke Jokela 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Shane Rausch 30 7 13 5 7 0 1 14 3 0 3 1 5 0.433 0.500 0.767 14.7%Scott Ruegemer 37 7 14 10 4 0 0 4 1 2 1 2 2 0.378 0.425 0.486 4.8%Scott Schroeder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Tony Hoffman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.000 0.500 0.000 50.0%Team 371 64 99 74 23 0 2 57 10 12 10 55 62 0.267 0.376 0.345 13.8%Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Adam Backes 0.2 1 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 13.49 4.5 Andy Bauer 54.1 37 13 12 14 55 10 5 1 1 1.99 0.94 Luke Jokela 16.0 7 4 4 12 14 0 0 0 1 2.25 1.19 Scott Schroeder 25.2 28 17 12 19 24 2 1 3 0 4.21 1.83Team 96.2 73 35 29 47 94 12 6 5 2 2.69 1.24

    Andy Bauers pitching is a reason why Richmond is often favored in games this year.

    The Royals have all year been a team favored to do well. They could very well have a long post-season run.

    Led by Scott Ruegemer and Shane Rausch, Richmond frequently has batters getting on base. The bats of Cole Schmitz, Dusty Adams and Brent Ruegemer often get them home.

    The pitching staff, led by Andy Bauer, is capable of shutting down teams for an entire game. Bauer averages almost a strikeout an inning and he walked only 15 in 54 innings. Luke Jokela has emerged as an effective relief pitcher.

    When the pitching and hitting are working well Richmond is able to put up a number of runs quickly, and keep the opponents off the bases. Five of the teams wins have been by a margin of five or more runs.

    Royals pitching staff holds strong

    Adams, DustyAdams, DylanBackes, AdamBauer, AndyBudde, Kyle

    Engquist, JessEngquist, Josh

    Feldhege, GarrettGreenlee, Aaron

    Hemmesch, KirbyHoffman, Tony

    Kron, ScottNiewind, Cory

    Paczkowski, TimRausch, Ben

    Rausch, ShaneRuegemer, BrentRuegemer, DerekRuegemer, Scott

    Schmitz, ColeSchneider, AaronSchneider, ZachSchroeder, Scott

    Willenbring, Scott

    Clearly the best team in the Stearns County League regular season was Lake Henry.

    The pitching staff was among the most effective in the league. Josh Roelikes durability helped him go deep into games and his ability to spot pitches means he rarely gives up consecutive hits. Nathan Nietfeld has an above-average fastball, and combines that with two

    other pitches to keep batters off the bases. Jon Lieser has proven to be among the most effective relievers in the area.

    The Lakers feature a strong and varied offense that scores with home runs, bunts and aggressive base running. It is epitomized by lead-off batter Jon Lieser who is patient enough to draw walks and a good enough batter to have 24 hits in 14 games. Once on base, he is a threat

    to steal and get into scoring position. Corey Nietfield continues to be a reliable bat in the Lakers line-up. He combines good power with a good average and good speed; so too does Shane Kampsen. Nathan Nietfeld, now playing regularly, is a line drive hitter who generally puts the ball into play and Josh Kampsen usually finds a way to deliver in the clutch.

    Lakers emerge as top team in SCL

    Lakers continued on 7

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    Infielder Andy Backes plays his positions well, and also contributes to the Royals offense.

    Defensively, the team has a strong outfield with Ben Rausch, Scott Ruegemer and Dusty Adams; and dependable infield with

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    Cubs continued from pg. 4

    Brinkman, WestonHemmesch, NickKampsen, JasonKampsen, Shane

    Lieser, BrentLieser, Jon

    Lieser, JordanLieser, ScottLudwig, Tom

    Mackedanz, JustinMeyer, NathanNietfeld, Cory

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    With a defense that does not like to give up runs, and an opportunistic offense, the New Munich SilverStreaks are among the most entertaining and winning teams in the area.

    Solid throughout the defense, especially the third base-shortstop side, where Jon Gaebel and Chad Funk play, New Munich became a tough team to score on, allowing only 37 runs in the first 12 games in the SCL. A major part of that defense is the pitching of Jim Thull and Nick Stangler. Both kept runners off the bases and if batters did get on, they rarely came home.

    Offensively, from top to bottom, the SilverStreaks present a unit of batters that can get on base and are good enough to move around the bases. Chad Funk is among

    the best lead-off batters in the area. The team does not have a lot of powers, but its 11 sacrifices and 14 steals shows how they get into position to score.

    Chad Funk, Darin Funk, Joe Stangler, Adam Stangler, Grant Johnson and Gaebel all had at least 10 hits this year. They get on base, and move each other around to collect game-winning runs.

    The team also showed a number of times that it has the mental toughness to play in tight games in the late innings.

    The SilverStreaks style of play usually means they are creating situations to score runs. Their record shows they are getting the runs needed to win. Both those skills will only help them in the post season.

    New Munich ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so%Chad Funk 50 10 17 15 1 1 0 8 4 2 0 8 5 0.340 0.431 0.400 8.3%Darin Funk 44 9 13 11 2 0 0 8 2 1 1 7 6 0.295 0.404 0.341 11.3%Joe Stangler 40 6 10 6 3 0 1 7 1 1 5 3 6 0.250 0.375 0.400 12.2%Nolan Anderson 45 8 7 6 1 0 0 3 0 1 2 4 11 0.156 0.255 0.178 21.2%Adam Stangler 46 9 11 10 1 0 0 9 3 0 0 8 2 0.239 0.352 0.261 3.7%Grant Johnson 38 6 10 10 0 0 0 4 2 2 1 9 9 0.263 0.417 0.263 18.0%Jon Gaebel 39 4 10 6 4 0 0 4 2 1 0 6 12 0.256 0.356 0.359 26.1%Karl Funk 39 6 9 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 5 0.231 0.348 0.256 10.9%Todd Ostendorf 23 1 4 3 1 0 0 4 0 2 0 4 6 0.174 0.296 0.217 20.7%Craig Welle 17 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 0.118 0.211 0.118 5.0%Nick Stangler 10 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0.100 0.308 0.100 7.7%Ty Reller 11 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.182 0.182 0.182 18.2%Grant Rieland 6 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.333 16.7%Joe Hoppe 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 25.0%Mike Ostendorf 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.0%Andrew Gieske 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0%Paul Sand 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 0.333 0.000 33.3%Ross Uphoff 8 1 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.375 0.375 0.375 12.5%Jim Thull 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 0.0%Total 427 66 102 85 15 1 1 54 14 11 10 62 70 0.239 0.349 0.286 13.7%Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Andrew Gieske 14.1 13 7 5 4 9 1 3 1 1 3.14 1.19 N ick Stangler 34.1 29 14 8 15 25 1 3 1 1 2.10 1.28 J im Thull 41.0 36 11 11 7 17 3 3 0 0 2.41 1.05 R oss Uphoff 10.0 5 4 1 9 5 2 0 0 0 0.90 1.40 T y Reller 7.1 5 0 0 4 8 1 0 0 1 0.00 1.23 G rant Johnson 7.0 2 1 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 0.00 0.29 Total 114 90 37 25 39 68 9 10 2 3 1.97 1.13

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    Anderson, NolanFunk, ChadFunk, DarinFunk, Karl

    Gaebel, JonGieske, Andrew

    Silver Streaks RosterHoppe, JoeKlasen, Kyle

    Ostendorf, MikeOstendorf, Todd

    Reller, TySand, Paul

    Stangler, AdamStangler, JoeStangler, Nick

    Thull, JimUphoff, RossWelle, Craig

    Durable and dependable, Jim Thull has anchored the staff at New Munich.

    Grant Johnsons play on defense has been a big reason for the teams success this year.

    Bokinskie, BrandonEhlinger, KazzFourre, CodyHoffarth, Ian

    Holthaus, GregKlein, Craig

    Kotten, MikeLieser, KyleLinn, Josh

    Mergen, BradMergen, BrentMergen, ChadMergen, JeffMergen, NickNett, Aaron

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    Schirmer, MasonSchleper, Eric

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    The Lakers have the right combination for a good post-season run and could reach the state tournament.

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    The Cubs lost some close contests this, but they also scored some of the tough pitchers in the league. The season ended with them out of the SCL-North playoff picture.

    Lake Henry ab h 1b 2b 3b hr hb sf bb so bi r sb ave obp slg so%Nietfield, Nathan 23 10 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 6 7 4 0.435 0.519 0.435 11.1%Nietfield, Corey 48 18 12 2 1 3 3 1 10 8 14 12 6 0.375 0.508 0.646 12.9%Kampsen, Shane 62 23 20 3 0 0 2 1 10 13 14 22 18 0.371 0.473 0.419 17.3%Lieser, Jon 67 24 18 5 0 1 2 0 12 5 14 22 8 0.358 0.469 0.478 6.2% Kampsen, Jason 51 13 8 5 0 0 0 0 9 16 6 12 1 0.255 0.367 0.353 26.7%Lieser, Scott 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.250 0.250 0.250 50.0%Kampsen, Josh 49 12 6 3 0 3 1 1 5 9 13 11 3 0.245 0.321 0.490 16.1%Spooner, Colin 25 6 6 0 0 0 1 4 8 2 3 1 0.240 0.345 0.240 26.7%Hadley AJ 47 12 11 1 0 0 0 6 8 7 11 6 2 0.255 0.345 0.277 11.5%Meyer, Nathan 45 10 8 1 0 1 1 2 1 5 7 8 4 0.222 0.245 0.311 10.2%Lieser, Brent 49 10 9 1 0 0 2 0 7 6 8 6 0 0.204 0.328 0.224 10.3%Roelike, Josh 41 8 5 3 0 0 0 2 3 15 9 4 1 0.195 0.244 0.268 32.6%Brinkman, Weston 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 3 3 0 0.182 0.438 0.182 25.0%Lieser, Jordan 22 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 4 2 3 0 0.182 0.280 0.182 14.8%Hemmesch, Nick 13 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1 2 1 0.154 0.313 0.154 50.0%Lieser, Joel 19 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 2 6 0 3 0 0.105 0.292 0.105 25.0%Team Totals 576 157 124 24 1 8 15 16 85 119 110 124 49 0.273 0.389 0.359 17.2%Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Jason Kampsen 11.1 9 4 3 2 20 1 1 0 0 2.38 0.97 Jon Lieser 6.2 4 0 0 3 11 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.05 Jordan Lieser 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 0.00 Josh Roelike 44.2 34 13 11 5 26 1 5 0 0 2.22 0.87 Nathan Meyer 11.1 7 3 3 3 9 0 0 1 1 2.38 0.88 Nathan Nietfeld 19.0 14 2 2 3 18 1 3 0 0 0.95 0.89 Weston Brinkman 4.0 0 3 3 4 5 4 0 0 0 6.75 1.00 Team 96.2 68 25 22 20 89 7 10 1 1 2.05 0.91

    A good second baseman, AJ Hadley is a key part of the Lakers batting order.

    Lakers continued from pg. 5___________________

    Brinkman, WestonHemmesch, NickKampsen, JasonKampsen, Shane

    Lieser, BrentLieser, Jon

    Lieser, JordanLieser, ScottLudwig, Tom

    Mackedanz, JustinMeyer, NathanNietfeld, Cory

    Nietfeld, NathanRoelike, JoshSpanier, Cory

    Spanier, TrevorSpooner, ColinWeidner, BertWeidner, Dan

    Wendlandt, Justin

    Lakers Roster

    Jon Lieser is among the best all-around players in the area. He can play a variety of positions and is effective in hitting and running the bases.

    All year long the Grovers have been in contention for top spot in the SCL-North.

    Do not be surprised if the team reaches regionals or claims first in the SCL-North playoffs.

    The team has learned to manufacture runs from anywhere in the line-up as it slapped out singles and regularly put down bunts or stole bases. Matt Imdieke, batting fourth, had 11 RBI in the first nine games, primarily because Jaron Klaphake, Tanner Klaphake, and Eric Marthaler, who was batting .400 through the first nine games of the regular season, and others regularly reached base ahead of him. The lower part of the teams order, led by Shawn Meyer, also reaches base, allowing Tanner Klaphake to pick up 11 RBI. Klaphakes stealing ability puts him in position to score runs and Imdieke, who has the power and speed to get doubles, rarely strikes out. Throughout the line-up, the Grovers are hitting better than in the recent past, and have learned to choose their pitches. Jaron Klaphake and Marthaler both have good on-base percentages and Shawn Meyer, is a good contact hitter who is tough to strike out.

    The teams defense not only makes the routine play, but also has players who can come through with great plays when they need it. That defense is started by the pitching staff. Most of the pitching is done by Matt Imdieke, Jacob Imdieke and Ryan Klaphake. Klaphake can pitch a lot of innings using a fastball and curve ball to retire batters. Jacob Imdieke uses a fastball to effectively strike out batters and Matt Imdieke can go deep into games, using a slider to keep batters in check.

    Defensively, the Grovers again feature a solid outfield with Tanner Klaphake, Shawn Meyer and Eric Marthaler patrolling the area. Up the middle, Jaron Klaphake and Ryan Meyer have developed into a very good combination at short and second. Third baseman Jacob Imdieke has the quickness and arm strength to play third base and first baseman Kyle Marthaler has learned to hand almost anything thrown to him.

    Behind the plate, Josh Meyer has learned to call a good game and had a rare errant pitched and get passed him.

    The Grovers came through the competitive SCL-North with a winning record,

    Name ab h 1b 2b 3b hr r bi sb bb hp sf so ave slg obp so%Elliott, John 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0.250 0.250 0.500 16.7%Imdieke, Jacob 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 33.3%Imdieke, Matt 33 13 8 5 0 0 6 11 1 4 0 3 4 0.394 0.545 0.447 10.0%Klaphake, Jaron 39 13 10 3 0 0 11 7 2 4 1 1 5 0.333 0.410 0.409 11.1%Klaphake, Ryan 11 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 0.182 0.364 0.250 33.3%Klaphake, Tanner 36 13 12 1 0 0 12 6 10 5 5 1 5 0.361 0.389 0.500 10.6%Leukam, Tyler 6 2 1 1 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 0 4 0.333 0.500 0.333 66.7%Marthaler, Eric 39 17 16 1 0 0 9 5 0 2 2 0 6 0.436 0.462 0.488 14.0%Marthaler, Kurt 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 0.125 0.125 0.222 40.0%Marthaler, Kyle 26 4 4 0 0 0 5 5 0 6 1 3 6 0.154 0.154 0.324 16.7%Meyer, Doug 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 #DIV/0!Meyer, Josh 32 8 7 1 0 0 7 7 0 2 7 0 7 0.250 0.281 0.415 17.1%Meyer, Kurt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 #DIV/0!Meyer, Ryan 30 8 7 1 0 0 3 9 0 0 1 3 5 0.267 0.300 0.265 14.7%Meyer, Shawn 34 10 9 1 0 0 9 5 2 2 3 1 2 0.294 0.324 0.385 5.0%Wehlage, Aaron 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 100.0%Welle, Alex 16 6 6 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 1 1 1 0.375 0.375 0.412 5.6%Welle, Andrew 5 3 3 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0.600 0.600 0.600 20.0%Totals 325 101 85 16 0 0 73 64 17 28 22 15 58 0.311 0.360 0.397 14.9%Name ip h r er bb so hp era whip w l s Imdieke, Jacob 16.0 5 4 3 15 18 2 1.688 1.25 1 0 1 Imdieke, Matt 26.0 30 20 14 8 17 1 4.846 1.46 0 1 0 Klaphake, Jaron 8.1 10 4 4 4 11 1 4.322 1.68 2 1 0 Klaphake, Ryan 29.0 14 5 4 16 26 2 1.241 1.03 4 0 0 Welle, Alex 2.0 3 2 2 3 2 0 9 3 0 0 0 Totals 81.1 62 35 27 46 74 6 2.988 1.33 7 2 1

    Frieler, MikeImdieke, JacobImdieke, Matt

    Klaphake, JaronKlaphake, Ryan

    Klaphake, TannerKlaphake, Tyler

    Grovers RosterLeukam, DustinLeukam, TylerLieser, NathanMarthaler, EricMarthaler, KurtMarthaler, Kyle

    Meyer, Doug

    Meyer, JoshMeyer, KurtMeyer, Ryan

    Meyer, ShawnSchneider, Cory

    Welle, AlexWelle, Andrew

    Best known for his pitching, Matt Imdieke is also a good hitter and base runner.

    Grovers stay in contention

    Flames continued from pg. 3

    Eric Marthaler was hitting over .400 in the teams first nine games.

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    It wasnt only Albany teams that used the field. The park became a destination for make-up games, exhibition games and at least once hosted the House of David, a skilled barn-storming team.

    The last year the Skeeters would claim a GSL title was 1952. Before the end of the decade, interest began to wane. There were various reasons given: travel became easier, television brought Major League games and college sports into living rooms, golfing grew in popularity, loss of interest in youth programs, and rise of followings for high school sports. For whatever reason, towns such as Albany, Melrose, Sauk Centre and Little Falls began to see attendance drop. In the case of Albany, the team also struggled to find wins.

    After a loss to Paynesville in August of 1963 ended the Skeeters season, a sports writer with the Enterprise posed the question: Was Boysie Thelen the last batter for the Skeeters for some time to come? Seven months later in the March 26, 1964 issue of the Enterprise it was reported there would not be a team.

    The GSL concluded its run two years later. It was by then a four-team league composed of Cold Spring, St. Joseph, Dassel and Paynesville. Only Paynesville and St. Joseph had clubs in the first and last year of the league. The last game was played in 1965.

    Now the ballpark at Albany is gone, the Skeeters a footnote in Albany sports history, and the GSL is part of the history of amateur ball in the area. In some homes, a scrapbook, photograph or old piece of equipment, remained from those years when the GSL, Albany and its park were high points of area baseball. It was an era that produced teams and memories fans can be proud of, and their legacy of being above average lasted beyond the final game.

    A few years ago a veteran of the former Green-Grove team recalled an exhibition game his team played against Melrose in the 1950s in Albany. He recalled the Albany diamond very favorably, and was happy to report that Green-Grove upset Melrose.

    When asked how good the Melrose team was he said. They played in the Great Soo League. That alone, he felt, said how good a team was.

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    Nathan RonningNeil Manthe

    Randy LockridgeReed Voit

    Rick HendricksonRiley Voit

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    With a veteran line-up, the Lakers overcame some pitching problems and finished with a winning record in the Victory League-South this year.

    The experience showed as the team excelled at clutch hitting and base running. The team has nine players hitting over .300 and a team average near that mark They also move around the bases, recording 20 steals in10 games

    Centerfielder Ricky Hendrickson brings a .333 average to the lead off position and is leading the team in steals and runs scored. Shortstop Neil Manthe has a team-leading .407 average to the plate. Taylor Holthaus.395 has produced a slugging percentage of .658 as he leads the team in RBIs. Veteran third baseman Matt Meyer has an average of .333 and leads the team in OBP with .487. Add in Adam Harlander, Dave Kalthoff, Luke Manthe, and Reed Voit and Avon is one of the more feared line-ups in the Victory League.

    That offense has helped overcome some problems with pitching. Avons top three pitchers have been injured, but others have had to step into different roles. Even with a nagging injury, Kyle Collins remains one of the best pitchers in central Minnesota. He has thrown 19 innings and given up two earned runs for an ERA of

    0.96. Collins has struck out 25 with an over-powering fastball and slider. Collins is also Avons most consistent pitcher, only walking two hitters. Tony Schoenberg is entering his second year as an Avon Laker and is already being heavily relied upon. He leads the team with two wins. Not one to waste time, Schoenberg keeps the defense on their toes with his quick approach on the mound. He also fields his position extremely well and has good control, walking only four hitters. First-year players Scott Litchy and Cody Stich are quickly making a name for themselves. Through a combined 19 innings, Litchy and Stich have a combined ERA of 1.10 and a record of 1-0.

    Defensively, the team has jelled with Catcher Nate Ronning, Carter Holthaus and Dave Kalthoff splitting that duty. Reed Voit is a good target at first base and Luke Manthe and Neil Manthe give the Lakers a solid second base-shortstop duo. Matt Meyers play at third is consistent and his hard work and leadership extend to the whole game.

    The outfield not only has speed with Taylor Holthaus, Hendrickson and Tony Harlander, but all have good arms keeping opponents from taking extra bases.

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    While the club did struggle this year, no one ever took them lightly. The Black Sox have just too much going for them. In the 13 game regular season, Chad Hess, Carter Sawyer, Eric Eveslage, Lincoln Haugen and Troy Frieler all had at least 10 hits. While Frieler, Grant and Chad Hess have reputation for power, the team is not adverse to playing small ball as the speed of Sawyer, Haughen and Eveslage make Freeport r h bi bb 1b 2b 3b hr sb sf hpBen Bruggeman 4 9 0 1 9 0 0 0 4 1 0Carter Sawyer 7 12 7 6 11 1 0 0 4 0 3Chad Hess 7 11 4 1 8 1 0 2 0 0 1Craig Meyer 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0Eric Evaslage 11 16 11 5 11 3 0 2 3 1 1Eric Meyer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Erik Freeman 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0Grant Hess 4 9 10 2 4 4 0 1 0 0 1Jason Tschida 7 6 2 5 6 0 0 0 2 0 1Josh Vorpahl 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Lincoln Haugen 5 13 7 8 12 1 0 0 2 1 1Mike Frericks 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0Mitch Reller 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nate Klaphake 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0Nate Mettenburg 2 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Nate Winter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Peter Burg 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Rob Mettenburg 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Ryan Tschida 2 7 5 3 5 1 1 0 2 1 0Troy Frieler 5 19 7 6 16 3 0 0 0 0 0Relller,Mitch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Trevor Sawyer 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0Pitching ip h r so bb hp w l s Nate Winter 33.2 38 16 19 15 3 3 2 0 Craig Meyer 9.0 10 6 8 2 0 0 1 0 Ben Bruggeman 21.2 11 2 21 10 3 2 0 0 Peter Burg 26.0 47 19 26 10 1 1 2 0 Frericks, Mike 4.1 7 0 5 4 0 0 1 0Vorpahl, Josh 1.0 2 0 22 1 0 1 0 1Tschida, Ryan 2.0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0Klaphake, Nate 2.1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0Rob Mettenburg 2.0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

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    The pitching staff has had some excellent moments this year. Newcomer Ben Bruggeman held Nisswa to three hits and in 12 innings for relief Josh Vorpahl has not given up a run going into the post-season. Veteran Nate Winter has two wins to his credit and Pete Burg struck out 26 in his first 26 innings pitches.

    While they finished in the middle of the pack of the VL-North, the Black Sox are not a team anyone should overlook. They could very well enjoy a good post-season run this year.

    Carter Sawyer has become a valuable member of the Black Sox potent offense and a fine outfielder.

    Ben Bruggeman has added his name to the pitching tradition of the Black Sox.

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    Victory League-North Cuyuna Range Miners While they did not have a winning season, Cuyuna made it rough on some teams that did. Behind the bats of Kylan Hill, John Holder, Brian Burman and Lance Herbst, the Rangers showed they could score runs off of some of the better pitch-ers in area. Playing in the VL-North/South, they were often going against some best teams in the league, or among the most improved. AJ Harthorn, Evan Fer-delman and Jaron Brezinsky did most pitching for team with Harthorn winning two games and getting a save in another one. Ft. Ripley Rebels From the start of the sea-son, the Ft. Ripley Rebels were among the elite of the VL-North teams. Powered by an offense consistently gets hits, and supported by a good pitching staff and defense, the Rebels were never out of a game this year. Ray Austin, Rhett Willi-manson, Bill Sather and Brett Kramer are always a threat to score a run, or drive one in. The team does have some power as it hit five homeruns, it also has the speed to create runs. The Rebels made use of their 15 doubles, 12 steals and eight sacrifices to get people into scoring position. Kramer remains one of the better pitchers in the area with 30 strike outs in 22 in-nings and Logan Kalis had 31 strikeouts in 29 innings. The Rebels rarely ran overtime this year but more often than not when the game concluded the team had the most runs. They may very well continue that in the post season. Nisswa Lightning With 24 home runs this year, the Nisswa Lightning are always a threat to score and score bunches of runs. Those home runs come from

    Around the Horn

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    Black Sox shining in more ways than one

    AJ Harthorn has been the pitcher which Cuyuna counts on.

    the bats of Jason Roepke, Aaron Jenkins, Drew Boland, Adam Hardy, Jeremiah Piep-korn, Tyler Wittwer, Luke Schumer, Morgan Shephard, Bronson Shephard and Dave Brendgen. Except for Ro-epke, who had six, nobody had more the three. The team not only has power, but also hits consis-tently as its .319 team aver-age shows. Its pitchers are equal to the task of making sure teams do not outscore the Lightning as they posted a 12-6 record prior to the play-offs. St. Mathias Devils St. Mathias topped both Nisswa and Freeport this year, but could not sustain that momentum. Jake Francis and Blake Thiesse are both solid hitters. Josh Haberman and William Aamodt were the workhorses of the pitching staff.

    Victory League-East Buckman Billygoats The Billygoats have the hitters needed to score runs, and the pitches needed to pre-vent them With Shawn Laners, Travis Kahl, Ben Boser, Jer-emy Payne, Jeremy Monson, Brady Dorn and Cory Eagan in the line-up Buckman can score off almost any pitch-ing staff. In the VL-East/West contests this year, only the Upsala Blue Jays prevented them from scoring a run. Lan-ners, with 20 hits, also had 11RBI. Monson and Mark Kahl are the workhorses of the pitching staff. Both threw over 35 innings. Lanners also pitched frequently for Buck-man. Harding Dinosaurs Harding finish 5-8 on the regular season, they rallied to qualify for the VL-East play-offs. Mitch Woitalla, Curt Caughey and Josh Boser pro-vide offensive punch. Mitch Dorn is a dependable pitcher striking out 71 in 65 innings.

    Lastrup Lakers At 10-3 the Lakers were the toast of the VL-East and qualified for Region 8C play-offs. The team won by blow out margins and some nail bit-ers, including a 9-8 10 inning win over the Pierz Brewers. Brandon Lochner provides the team with a consistent get on batter. He is backed up by Rick Schlieman, Nathan Jan-son and Reggie Litke. Chad Weiss and Jason Sadlovsky both have a knack of hitting with men on base. Scott Jason, who earned four wins this year, and Chad Weiss are the workhorses of the pitching staff. Led by those two, the Laker pitchers combined to allow only 27 runs in 76 innings. Pierz Brewers The Brewers, while fin-ishing 5-8 in the VL-West are a team few overlook. The hit-ting of Logan Meyer, Jerron Boser, Eric Boser, Micheal Weber and Greg Pohlkamp can put runs on the score-board. Pitcher Mike Poser showed his durability this year by pitching 18 in one game. He and Meyer did most of the pitching winning five games between them. Pierz Bulldogs The Bulldogs often found they were finishing with the lower score this year, but they always found a way to keep playing the game. Generally they would play with teams until the late innings, and then one bad inning would take them out of the game. Pete and Paul Herman and Preston Loidolt did most of the pitching. Pete Herman, who has good control, com-bined a fastball with a knuck-le curve to keep batters off stride. Loidolt often worked ahead in the count and Paul Herman places pitches well and often has batters guessing which pitch and where he will throw it. The defense is anchored by catcher Jon Hansen, who has good arm, and first base-man Ben Watercott, whose fielding ability to scoop low throws makes him a favorite with other infielders. Loidolt is a solid shortstop that makes the unexpected play while Paul Herman has good range

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    Preston Loidolt (left) and Pete Herman provided solid hitting for the Pierz Bulldogs this year.

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    Pitchers spark Saints

    Lastrup Lakers At 10-3 the Lakers were the toast of the VL-East and qualified for Region 8C play-offs. The team won by blow out margins and some nail bit-ers, including a 9-8 10 inning win over the Pierz Brewers. Brandon Lochner provides the team with a consistent get on batter. He is backed up by Rick Schlieman, Nathan Jan-son and Reggie Litke. Chad Weiss and Jason Sadlovsky both have a knack of hitting with men on base. Scott Jason, who earned four wins this year, and Chad Weiss are the workhorses of the pitching staff. Led by those two, the Laker pitchers combined to allow only 27 runs in 76 innings. Pierz Brewers The Brewers, while fin-ishing 5-8 in the VL-West are a team few overlook. The hit-ting of Logan Meyer, Jerron Boser, Eric Boser, Micheal Weber and Greg Pohlkamp can put runs on the score-board. Pitcher Mike Poser showed his durability this year by pitching 18 in one game. He and Meyer did most of the pitching winning five games between them. Pierz Bulldogs The Bulldogs often found they were finishing with the lower score this year, but they always found a way to keep playing the game. Generally they would play with teams until the late innings, and then one bad inning would take them out of the game. Pete and Paul Herman and Preston Loidolt did most of the pitching. Pete Herman, who has good control, com-bined a fastball with a knuck-le curve to keep batters off stride. Loidolt often worked ahead in the count and Paul Herman places pitches well and often has batters guessing which pitch and where he will throw it. The defense is anchored by catcher Jon Hansen, who has good arm, and first base-man Ben Watercott, whose fielding ability to scoop low throws makes him a favorite with other infielders. Loidolt is a solid shortstop that makes the unexpected play while Paul Herman has good range

    at second base. Third base-man Zach Watercott rarely missed throws to first and outfielders Craig Luberts, Mike Anderson and Jeff Riley all have good arms and play a steady all-around game.

    Paul Herman, a lead off batter who tries to make things happen, and Zach Watercott provide offensive punch and, along with the play of others, give hope for next year.

    Victory League-West Flensburg Falcon The Falcons won their fi-nal two games of the year in a double header. For most of the year the Falcons played better than their record indicated. Four of their losses were by two runs or less. Paul Krebs, Ed-die Wenzel, Bryan Majerus and Anthony Arnold all hit well for the Falcons. The bulk of the teams pitching has been done by Wenzel and Lu-cas Thoma and Krebs. Krebs struck out 26 batters in 27 and one-third innings.Randall Cubs Jason and Kyle Peter-schick helped the Cubs reach the VL-West playoffs this year.

    Jason, along with Dusty Parker, Rick Drew and Matt Otremba, hit well and pushed runs across the plate. Kyle Peterschick was counted on to pitch in a number of games as Randall finished at 8-6 in the VL-West regular season.Royalton Riverdogs The Riverdogs put to-gether a nice season and fin-ished third in the VL-West standings. Zach Lanners, Nate Benusa, Emil Trutwin and Aaron Trutwin earned respect for their hitting. Lan-ners had seven doubles on the year. Matt Gottwalt proved to be a durable pitcher. Emil Trutwin and Peter Glein-ser also saw regular action as pitchers. Flensburgs Tony Arnold has earned the respect of op-posing pitchers and team for his hitting ability.

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    Few teams played as many close games as the Saints did this past year.

    A good corps of dependable pitchers kept opponents in check while its offense would find ways to get runs across and keep games close. Of the teams seven regular season losses four were by two runs or less, and only St. Mathias team scored more than 10 runs on the team.

    Pitching sparked the team. Brandon Hellmann keeps the ball low helping to create groundouts. He is the pitcher St. Wendel looks to. Grant Pierskalla and Kyle Jarnot also have given quality innings in recent weeks. Bryce Feia has displayed a good assortment of pitches and Calvin Becker has shown he can keep batters off stride.

    Offensively the team has been pesky, as it just kept finding ways to get round the bases. Ben Schwanberg, a .400 hitter, Brent Van Heel, Jordan Van Heel and John Pogatchnik have all delivered clutch hits after Feia would get them into scoring position.

    The defense has also backed its pitchers in holding down opponents runs. Catcher Trevor Van Heel knows his pitchers, and when changes need to be made. John Pogatchnik at shortstop and Brent Van Heel at second base provide solid defense as does third baseman Jason Slivnik. All benefit from the play of Schwanberg at first base. In the outfield, the speed of Jordan Van Heel, Maciej and Feia has resulted some brilliant defensive plays. Second baseman Brent Van Heel gives the Saints a dependable

    infielder guarding the keystone bag.

    St.Wendel ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hb bb ave obp slgAthmann, Cody 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.000 1.000 0.000Becker,Calvin 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.111 0.000Brown, DJ 17 2 3 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 0.176 0.364 0.176Feia, Bryce 19 3 4 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 0.211 0.400 0.211Jarnot, Kyle 9 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.222 0.300 0.222Maciej Beau 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000Maciej,Lee 35 3 8 5 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0.229 0.250 0.314Pierskalla, Grant 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0.000 0.429 0.000Pogatchnik, Greg 19 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.158 0.333 0.158Pogatchnik, John 37 3 7 6 1 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0.189 0.250 0.216Schwanberg, Ben 17 4 8 7 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 0.471 0.500 0.647Slivnik, Jason 25 1 6 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0.240 0.296 0.320Van Heel, Brent 25 2 8 5 3 0 0 5 0 0 0 3 0.320 0.393 0.440Van Heel,Jordan 26 3 5 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 0.192 0.276 0.192Van Heel, Trevor 31 3 8 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 8 0.258 0.425 0.258Van Heel, Riley 8 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0.250 0.333 0.250Bloomer,Ryan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000Team 284 29 64 54 9 0 1 21 6 0 10 36 0.225 0.333 0.268Player ip h r er bb so hb era whip w l s Becker,Calvin 9.1 7 2 2 7 1 0 1.93 1.50 2 0 0 Feia, Bryce 5.2 7 5 5 7 5 0 7.94 2.47 0 2 0 Hellmann, Brandon 20.0 21 8 6 4 14 0 2.70 1.25 0 1 0 Jarnot, Kyle 15.2 16 10 9 10 8 0 5.17 1.66 1 0 0 Pierskalla, Grant 20.0 32 18 15 13 11 1 6.75 2.25 0 2 0 Bloomer,Ryan 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 1.00 0 0 0 Team 71.2 83 43 37 42 39 1 4.65 1.74 3 5 0

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    Upsala managed to go unbeaten at home and finished the regular season 11-2 tied for first in the VL-West (Sobieski was awarded first through a tie-breaker).

    Pitching depth was a reason for the success of the season. Upsala has nice one-two punch with veteran starters John Fuchs and Matt Swanson. Fuchs has good movement and control of multiple pitches and Swanson is a hard throwing lefty with good off speed. They were aided by the good young arms of Chris Ripplingner, Brock Cichon and Brandon Welinski.

    The teams offense was also productive. With 159 hits it scored 119 runs. Joe Bartkowicz emerged as the teams clean-up and power hitter and Brady Burggraff has a .500 on base percentage Swanson came into the playoffs with over 20 hits and 19 rbi. Younger players such as Brandon Welinski, Eric Lampert and Brock Cichon all contributed to the teams offense.

    Defensively the Blue Jays have forged a solid team with Ben Burggraff, the veteran catcher controlling the game from behind the plate. First baseman Adam Gerads

    and third baseman Brady Burggraff bring experience to their positions. Up the middle the combination of Justin Lampert and 18-year-old Brock Cichon at second has developed into a good defensive combination.

    The outfield has experienced players such as Swanson, Bartkowicz and Dustin Biniek and the arm strength when Brandon Welinski is there.

    Defensively it allowed only 65 runs.

    Upsala ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sf hp bb so ave opb slg so%Dustin Biniek 42 13 8 7 1 0 0 2 6 0 3 6 6 0.190 0.333 0.214 11.8Matt Swanson 63 16 21 14 2 1 4 19 1 0 0 8 5 0.333 0.408 0.587 7.0Brady Burggraff 49 15 18 16 2 0 0 7 3 1 4 21 8 0.367 0.581 0.408 10.7Brock Cichon 53 11 18 16 2 0 0 8 1 2 1 6 5 0.340 0.410 0.377 8.1Adam Gerads 47 6 13 10 2 1 0 9 0 4 2 3 9 0.277 0.340 0.362 16.1Joe Bartkowicz 52 16 18 11 4 0 3 20 9 0 5 2 5 0.346 0.417 0.596 8.5John Fuchs 47 11 15 9 4 0 2 12 0 1 1 3 6 0.319 0.365 0.532 11.5JustinLampert 48 9 15 10 5 0 0 9 0 1 3 2 2 0.312 0.370 0.417 3.7Ben Burggraff 34 6 10 7 1 0 2 6 0 2 1 7 7 0.294 0.429 0.500 15.9Eric Lampert 23 5 7 5 2 0 0 4 0 1 2 1 2 0.304 0.385 0.391 7.4Scott Biniek 18 1 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 3 3 0.167 0.273 0.167 12.5Brandon Welinski 38 8 9 7 1 1 0 6 5 0 0 5 6 0.237 0.318 0.316 14.0Justin Cichon 9 2 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 0.333 0.455 0.333 27.3Chris Ripplinger 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 33.3BJ Lange 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.667 20.0Total 529 119 159 118 27 3 11 107 25 11 22 69 69 0.301 0.399 0.425 10.9Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Matt Swanson 48.2 31 16 16 24 41 3 5 1 1 2.96 1.13 John Fuchs 52.1 38 24 19 13 32 8 6 2 0 3.27 0.97 Brock Cichon 9.0 16 12 10 6 8 1 0 1 0 10.00 2.44 Chris Ripplinger 13.0 14 8 6 8 10 1 1 1 0 4.15 1.69 BJ Lange 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.33 Brandon Welinski 3.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3.00 1.33 Eric Lampert 4.0 7 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.75 Brady Burggraff 1.0 1 2 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 18.00 2.00 Total 134.0 111 65 56 53 96 15 12 5 2 3.76 1.22

    The Blue Jays showed their high number of wins in the VL-West was no fluke as they topped Sobieski. The

    team could very well upset some others in the post season.

    Brock Cichon has developed into one of the best young players in the area.

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