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Amateur Baseball Guide
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Summer 2013

At one time Albany was baseball central
Memories of the Great Soo League
BY HERMAN LENSING

Albany–Surrounded 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. Albany’s 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.

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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 allEbnet 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 19411946. 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, Albany’s 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 wasn’t 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 The 1930 team won Albany’s third GSL title and the second of four consecutive titles. Members of the team was a challenge before electricity were (front) M. Huberty, J. Wellenstein, A. Jesh, Mike Ebnet, M. Nett, F. Young, and A. Hanauer; (back) J. was brought to the park. Nett, J. Glatzmaier, Ray Lehner, O. Jesh, C. Glatzmaier, J. Reber. SUBMITTED PHOTO 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 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 wasn’t anything else.” Kohorst, like many of his era, had his initial baseball training in back yards. Before he finished playing, he would earn AllAmerican 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 Overman’s 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.

“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 wasn’t,” 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.

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Elrosa ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so% Austin Imdieke 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 0.000 0.071 0.000 25.0% Austin Jaeger 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0.0% AaronVogt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.000 0.400 0.000 40.0% Brandon Roelike 33 3 9 9 0 0 0 10 0 0 3 1 4 0.273 0.351 0.273 10.8% BradyWeller 14 1 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 3 0.214 0.353 0.214 17.6% Dustin Breitbach 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0.000 0.143 0.000 12.5% Edwin Martin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 1.000 0.000 0.0% EthanVogt 41 5 13 10 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 6 12 0.317 0.404 0.390 25.5% James Boogard 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 50.0% James Kuefler 26 6 8 8 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 5 0.308 0.379 0.308 16.1% Jon Olmscheid 30 3 8 6 2 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 5 0.267 0.312 0.333 14.7% Kevin Kuefler 48 10 13 12 0 0 1 9 3 3 2 5 8 0.271 0.364 0.333 13.8% Matt Bauer 23 3 6 5 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 6 0.261 0.292 0.304 23.1% Matt Middendorf 40 10 10 9 1 0 0 2 2 1 2 4 4 0.250 0.348 0.275 8.5% Matt Schmitz 45 5 8 7 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 2 3 0.178 0.213 0.200 6.1% Pat Illies 35 7 13 10 3 0 0 6 1 1 1 12 1 0.371 0.542 0.457 2.0% Steve Mueller 32 1 8 8 0 0 0 4 0 5 3 2 3 0.250 0.351 0.250 7.1% Team 392 57 100 88 11 0 1 46 9 21 16 41 62 0.255 0.350 0.291 13.2% Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip AaronVogt 6.2 6 5 3 4 5 1 0 1 2 4.05 1.50 BradyWeller 28.0 29 14 10 18 22 1 3 1 0 3.21 1.68 EthanVogt 67.0 43 19 11 14 62 5 4 1 0 1.48 0.85 Kevin Kuefler 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0.00 1.00 Matt Middendorf 5.0 4 6 4 7 4 3 1 1 0 7.20 2.20 Team 107.2 82 44 28 44 95 10 8 4 3 2.34 1.17

A good infielder, Kevin Kuefler is also counted on for hits in Ethan Vogt emerged as one of the area’s toughest pitchers the Elrosa line-up. this season, striking out over a batter an inning.

Saints Roster
Barten, Dustin Bauer, Matt Breitbach, Dustin Illies, Mike Illies, Pat Illies, Ryan Imdieke, Austin Kuefler, James Kuefler, Kevin Lieser, Kyle Mages, Andy Middendorf, Matt Mueller, Steve Olmscheid, Jon Roelike, Brandon Vogt, Aaron Vogt, Ethan Wander, Darren Weller, Brady Whittemore, Mike

Elrosa gained a reputation of being stingy this past season. For the most part, they allowed just over three runs a game; at one point they allowed only two in three games. Part of that came from the pitching corps of Ethan Vogt, Brady Weller and

Weller emerges to join Vogt brothers on elite staff
Aaron Vogt. All of them mix their pitches well and throw strikes. Ethan Vogt struck out 52 in his first 58 innings. When the pitching was backed by a strong defense, teams just did not get that many chances to score against the Saints. Offensively, the team has a tough line-up featuring Matt Middendorf, Brandon Roelike, Pat Illies, Ethan Vogt and James Kuefler, and Saints get quality at bats from the rest team. They don’t strike out that often and usually put the ball in play. Defensively the team features Brandon Roelike behind the plate. He took over the catching duties

and has displayed a good arm and defensive skills, and veteran Pat Illies is at first base. The shortstopsecond base combination of Matt Middendorf and Matt Schmitz is among the better in the areas, and Kevin Kuefler has the range and arm to play third base. The outfield varies depending on who is pitching,

but Ethan Vogt, Austin Imdieke, Jon Olmscheid and James Kuefler have the speed and arms needed to be good outfielders.

The Saints have the right combination of players to advance beyond the SCLNorth playoffs, but will need to play good ball to do so.

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Roscoe ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh Anthony Poepping 37 3 12 9 3 0 0 2 1 0 Brent Heinen 31 2 9 7 2 0 0 6 0 0 Ben Moser 34 0 7 5 2 0 0 3 0 2 Brandon Schleper 19 1 4 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 Clayton Mackedanz 7 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 Cory Schmitt 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Chris Vanderbeek 45 2 8 7 1 0 0 2 0 0 Devon Savage 28 3 5 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 Jordan Roos 24 2 5 4 1 0 0 2 1 0 Jordan Schleper 38 2 10 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 Lee Schleper 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1000.0% Nick Dingman 19 3 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 Russ Leyendecker 43 6 9 7 2 0 0 3 1 1 RJ Leyendecker 35 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 Trent Gertken 24 3 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 Tanner Harder 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Team 392 31 82 66 16 0 0 27 3 6 Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s Brent Heinen 23.0 30 22 17 7 15 4 0 4 0 Ben Moser 22.1 31 23 20 8 10 7 0 3 0 Jordan Roos 14.0 10 2 2 6 3 1 1 1 0 Jordnm Schleper 10.2 3 5 4 11 7 2 0 0 0 Russ Leyendecker 31.0 29 23 22 19 26 2 0 3 0 Tanner Harder 1.0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 team 101.3 105 77 65 51 62 16 1 11 0

hp bb so ave obp slg so% 1 4 4 0.324 0.405 0.405 9.5% 1 5 1 0.290 0.405 0.355 2.7% 0 2 13 0.206 0.250 0.265 34.2% 0 0 5 0.211 0.211 0.211 26.3% 0 0 2 0.286 0.286 0.429 28.6% 0 1 3 0.000 0.167 0.000 50.0% 1 4 9 0.178 0.260 0.200 18.0% 0 1 9 0.179 0.207 0.214 31.0% 0 1 6 0.208 0.240 0.250 24.0% 1 0 7 0.263 0.282 0.263 17.9% 0 0 2 0.000 0.000 0.000 0 1 3 0.211 0.250 0.263 14.3% 2 4 9 0.209 0.306 0.256 18.0% 0 3 9 0.057 0.132 0.057 22.5% 0 4 6 0.208 0.321 0.292 21.4% 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0% 6 30 88 0.209 0.276 0.250 20.3% era whip 6.65 1.61 8.06 1.75 1.29 1.14 3.37 1.31 6.39 1.55 0.00 2.00 5.77 1.54

Rangers Roster
Block, Chris Heinen, Brent Hommerding, Nick Leyendecker, RJ Leyendecker, Russell Mackedanz, Chuck Mackedanz, Dale Mackedanz, Jacob Moser, Ben Plantenberg, Josh Poepping, Anthony Rothstein, Trent Savage, Devon Schleper, Brandon Schleper, Jordan Schleper, Lee Schmitt, Cory Schmitz, Zach Vanderbeek, Chris Wolters, Kyle

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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 team’s

Despite struggles, Chargers could be playoff spoiler
momentum Jamie Terres and Eric Terres provide the spark for getting on base, while Shawn Schoenberg, Nate Terres and Corey Schoenberg have the power to get them around and score. They constantly find ways to get on base and are always a threat to score. The defense features Jamie Terres at shortstop, Nate Terres behind the plate and Shawn Schoenberg in centerfield. Few teams are that strong up the middle. On the mound Brad and Brent Terres have become dependable pitchers, rarely

allowing runners on, and even less often, letting them score. If the Chargers’ pitching holds up and their offense can deliver clutch hits, they The Flames did not have should do well in the post the year the team had hoped season. for, but they also showed they are better than its win-loss record. Craig Klein and Derrick Roush are two players opponents respect offensively, and Chris Wehseler delivered hits with men in scoring position. Newcomer Randy Lockridge also brought a Chad Mergen has become a needed punch to the line-up. pitcher the Flames count on to get them through innings. Flames continued on 6

Squad flickers through regular season

Player ab h r so bb 1b 2b 3b hr sb bi hp ave obp slg so% Nick Mergen 13 8 1 1 1 7 0 1 0 0 3 0 0.615 0.643 0.769 7.1% Aaron Eiynck 5 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.600 0.667 0.600 0.0% Craig Klein 21 10 6 1 3 7 2 0 1 2 5 0 0.476 0.542 0.714 4.2% Derrick Roush 36 12 5 6 2 8 4 0 0 0 2 0 0.333 0.368 0.444 15.8% Randy Lockridge 30 8 1 7 3 6 2 0 0 0 3 0 0.267 0.333 0.333 21.2% Aaron Nett 5 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.200 0.333 0.200 33.3% Zach Posterick 31 6 3 7 3 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.194 0.265 0.226 20.6% Kazz Ehlinger 23 4 2 7 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.174 0.208 0.174 29.2% Erik Schmitt 12 2 2 8 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.167 0.231 0.167 61.5% Craig Rausch 26 4 4 5 4 3 0 0 1 0 3 0 0.154 0.267 0.269 16.7% Ian Hoffarth 33 5 4 7 3 4 1 0 0 2 2 0 0.152 0.222 0.182 19.4% Chris Wehseler 36 4 2 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 6 0 0.111 0.158 0.139 13.2% Chad Mergen 21 1 0 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.048 0.091 0.048 31.8% Cody Fourre 4 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.200 0.000 60.0% Dale Schroeder 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0% Josh Linn 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 33.3% Kyle Lieser 6 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 50.0% Mike Kotten 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 28.6% Mitchell Thelen 5 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.286 0.000 42.9% Zach Koltes 3 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.250 0.000 75.0% TOTALS 321 68 31 78 30 54 11 1 2 6 28 0 0.212 0.279 0.271 22.2% Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Brent Mergen 2.0 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00 Cody Fourre 4.2 2 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.86 Dale Schroeder 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.75 Craig Rausch 30.2 26 12 11 10 18 0 1 3 0 3.23 1.17 Kazz Ehlinger 2.1 3 6 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 3.86 3.43 Chad Mergen 23.0 37 35 17 12 23 0 0 3 0 6.65 2.13 Zach Posterick 10.1 17 12 9 5 7 1 1 1 0 7.84 2.13 Randy Lockridge 4.1 5 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 12.47 2.54 Craig Klein 0.2 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 26.87 2.99 Derrick Roush 0.2 3 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 80.60 7.46 Ian Hoffarth 0.1 2 5 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 136.36 15.15 TOTALS 80.1 98 86 57 47 57 1 2 7 0 6.39 1.81

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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

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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

Martins building for the future

Effort strong for this ‘13 Cubs
The Greenwald Cubs came into the year hoping for a better showing than the previous year. It didn’t turn out that way, but it was not from a lack of effort. “The one strength that we have had this year is that

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

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
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Cubs Roster
Fleischhacker, Kyle Hopfer, Tim Imdieke, Chad Imdieke, Cody Imdieke, Doug Kraemer, Ryan Lucken, Peter Mayers, Michael Prill, Jordan Primus, Eric Rademacher, Nick Schwieters, Michael Worms, Brandon Worms, Derek Worms, Mitchell

Martins Roster
Arceneau, Austin Arceneau, Jaylyn Arceneau, Kenny Blonigen, Trent Burg, Kyle Harrison, Jake Hennen, Chas Lieser, Carl Lieser, Kyle Moscho, Jordan Olmscheid, Josh Rothstein, Luke Schlangen, Matthew Schlangen, Michael Schlangen, Nathan Schlangen, Steve Schmitt, Justin Stangler, Josh Thelen, Jake

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

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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

Greenwald ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so% BrandonWorms 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% DerekWorms 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% MitchelWorms 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% TylerThomas 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 BrandonWorms 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

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Royals pitching staff holds strong
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 team’s wins have been by a margin of five or more runs.

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 Roelike’s 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

Lakers emerge as top team in SCL
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 leadoff 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.
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Adam Backes, Brent Ruegemer, Kyle Budde and Corey Niewind. That unit committed only 11 errors in the first 11 games.

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 1.83 Team 96.2 73 35 29 47 94 12 6 5 2 2.69 1.24

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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

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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 Grant Johnson’s play on defense has been a big reason for the are getting the runs needed team’s success this year. to win. Both those skills will only help them in the post season.

The Flames lost some tough contests this year, but also had some exciting wins. They are hosting this year’s Region 15C tournament.

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% CraigWelle 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% JimThull 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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Flames Roster
Bokinskie, Brandon Ehlinger, Kazz Fourre, Cody Hoffarth, Ian Holthaus, Greg Klein, Craig Kotten, Mike Lieser, Kyle Linn, Josh Mergen, Brad Mergen, Brent Mergen, Chad Mergen, Jeff Mergen, Nick Nett, Aaron Posterick, Zack Rausch, Craig Roush, Derrick Schirmer, Mason Schleper, Eric Schleper, Ryan Schmitt, Erik Schroeder, Dale Theis, John Thelen, Mitchell Thorpe, Ben Wehseler, Chris

Silver Streaks Roster
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pitches well. The team also struggled at the plate, as only Derek Worms had at least 10 hits in the first 10 games. Worms consistently made good contact and usually hit the ball hard. Ryan Kraemer and Rademacher both have shown they can get on base. Mitch Worms came though
Durable and dependable, Jim Thull has anchored the staff at New Munich.

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Grovers stay in contention

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 A good second baseman, AJ Hadley is a key part of the Lakers’ batting order. season, and others regularly The team has developed reached base ahead of him. one of the better defenses The lower part of the team’s around with Jon Lieser behind order, led by Shawn Meyer, the plate. His experience also reaches base, allowing makes him a valuable asset Tanner Klaphake to pick up to the pitchers and few teams 11 RBI. Klaphake’s stealing try to run on him. AJ Hadley, ability puts him in position second base, and Jason to score runs and Imdieke, Kampsen, shortstop, provide who has the power and speed one of the best keystone to get doubles, rarely strikes combinations in the area out. Throughout the line-up, and they are good at turning the Grovers are hitting better double plays. than in the recent past, and The outfield, with Corey have learned to choose their Nietfeld, Brent Lieser and pitches. Jaron Klaphake and Shane Kampsen, covers a Marthaler both have good onlot of ground, regularly back base percentages and Shawn each other up and can quickly Meyer, is a good contact get a ball into the infield. hitter who is tough to strike The Lakers have the right out. combination for a good postThe teams defense not only makes the routine play, eseason run and could reach nthe state tournament. Jon Lieser is among the best all-around players in the area. but also has players who The team might have He can play a variety of positions and is effective in hitting can come through with great plays when they need it. ebeen better. Pitcher Scott and running the bases. That defense is started by oLieser signed with the the pitching staff. Most of hMilwaukee Brewers and is LakeHenry 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% currently playing in Arizona. the pitching is done by Matt e Nietfield, Corey 48 18 12 2 1 3 3 1 10 8 14 12 6 0.375 0.508 0.646 12.9% Imdieke, Jacob Imdieke and Kampsen, Shane 62 23 20 3 0 0 2 1 10 13 14 22 18 0.371 0.473 0.419 17.3% t Lieser, Jon 67 24 18 5 0 1 2 0 12 5 14 22 8 0.358 0.469 0.478 6.2% Ryan Klaphake. Klaphake f Kampsen, Jason 51 13 8 5 0 0 0 0 9 16 6 12 1 0.255 0.367 0.353 26.7% can pitch a lot of innings 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% using a fastball and curve 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% ball to retire batters. Jacob Meyer, Nathan 45 10 8 1 0 1 1 2 1 5 7 8 4 0.222 0.245 0.311 10.2% Imdieke uses a fastball to Brinkman, Weston 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% Hemmesch, Nick effectively strike out batters Brinkman,Weston 11 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 3 3 0 0.182 0.438 0.182 25.0% Kampsen, Jason and Matt Imdieke can go deep Lieser, Jordan 22 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 4 2 3 0 0.182 0.280 0.182 14.8% Kampsen, Shane Hemmesch, Nick 13 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 1 2 1 0.154 0.313 0.154 50.0% into games, using a slider to Lieser, Joel 19 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 2 6 0 3 0 0.105 0.292 0.105 25.0% Lieser, Brent keep batters in check. TeamTotals 576 157 124 24 1 8 15 16 85 119 110 124 49 0.273 0.389 0.359 17.2% Lieser, Jon Player ip h r er bb so hb w l s era whip Defensively, the Grovers Jason Kampsen 11.1 9 4 3 2 20 1 1 0 0 2.38 0.97 Lieser, Jordan Jon Lieser 6.2 4 0 0 3 11 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.05 again feature a solid outfield Lieser, Scott Jordan Lieser 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 0.00 with Tanner Klaphake, Shawn Josh Roelike 44.2 34 13 11 5 26 1 5 0 0 2.22 0.87 Ludwig, Tom Nathan Meyer 11.1 7 3 3 3 9 0 0 1 1 2.38 0.88 Meyer and Eric Marthaler Mackedanz, Justin Nathan Nietfeld 19.0 14 2 2 3 18 1 3 0 0 0.95 0.89 patrolling the area. Up the Meyer, Nathan 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 middle, Jaron Klaphake and Nietfeld, Cory Nietfeld, Nathan Ryan Meyer have developed Roelike, Josh into a very good combination Spanier, Cory at short and second. 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Frieler, Mike Imdieke, Jacob Imdieke, Matt Klaphake, Jaron Klaphake, Ryan Klaphake, Tanner Klaphake, Tyler Leukam, Dustin Leukam, Tyler Lieser, Nathan Marthaler, Eric Marthaler, Kurt Marthaler, Kyle Meyer, Doug Meyer, Josh Meyer, Kurt Meyer, Ryan Meyer, Shawn Schneider, Cory Welle, Alex Welle, Andrew

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“At one time it was considered to be the best-lighted park in Minnesota,” said Kohorst.” Albany’s baseball success was also good at that time. In 1948 they were not only the GSL champions, but also won the Region championship and advanced to the state tournament before the season ended. It wasn’t 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.

Great Soo League Champions
1926: Albany 1927-28: Watkins. 1929-32: Albany 1933: Avon 1934: Albany 1935: Avon 1936: Holdingford 1937: Watkins 1938: Holdingford 1939-40: St. Joseph 1941-45: No Record 1946-47: St. Joseph 1948: Albany 1949: Cold Spring 1950: Albany 1951: Cold Spring 1952: Albany 1953: No Record 1954: St. Joseph 1955: Cold Spring 1956-61: St. Joseph 1962: Cold Spring 1963: St. Joseph 1964: No League 1965: Cold Spring.
Elmer Kohorst and Rose Fuchs recently reviewed a scrapbook of information on Albany and the Great Soo League. PHOTO BY HERMAN LENSING

Great Soo League Membership
(Compiled from a scrapbook on Albany and the Great Soo League by Paul and Roxanne Ebnet)
1926-28: Albany, Eden Valley, Holdingford, Paynesville, St. Anthony (St. Cloud), St. Joseph, Watkins, Waite Park. 1929: Albany, Avon, Eden Valley, Freeport, Holdingford, St. Joseph, Watkins, Waite Park. 1930-33: Albany, Avon, Eden Valley, Freeport, Holdingford, New Munich, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1934-35: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Freeport, Holdingford, Melrose, New Munich, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1936: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Holdingford, Melrose, New Munich, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1937: No membership listed. 1938-40: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Holdingford, Melrose, New Munich, Richmond, Rockville, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1941: Avon, Cold Spring, Holdingford, Melrose, New Munich, Richmond, Rockville, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1942: Avon, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Paynesville, St. Cloud, St. Joseph. 1943-44: Avon, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Farming, St. Cloud, St. Joseph. 1945: Avon, Belgrade, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Farming, St. Cloud, St. Martin, St. Joseph. 1946-49: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Farming, Holdingford, Richmond, Rockville, St. Joseph. 1950: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Freeport, Holdingford, Richmond, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1951: Albany, Avon, Cold Spring, Holdingford, Kimball, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1952: Albany, Cold Spring, Holdingford, Kimball, Richmond, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, Watkins. 1953: No Record 1954: Avon, Holdingford, Pierz, St. Joseph. 1955: Albany, Cold Spring, Freeport, Melrose, New Munich, Pierz, Richmond, St. Joseph, Sauk Centre. 1956: Albany, Cold Spring, Freeport, Melrose, New Munich, Richmond, St. Joseph, Sauk Centre. 1957: Albany, Cold Spring, Freeport, Foley, Melrose, New Munich, Richmond, St. Joseph, Sauk Centre. 1958: Cold Spring, Freeport, Foley, Melrose, New Munich, Richmond, St. Joseph, Sauk Centre. 1959-61: Albany, Cold Spring, Freeport, Foley, New Munich, Richmond, St. Joseph, Sauk Centre. 1962-6: Albany, Cold Spring, Freeport, Richmond, St. Joseph. 1964: No League. 1965: Holdingford, Melrose, Paynesville, St. Joseph.

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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. Avon’s 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 Avon’s 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 Besides being a solid infielder, Luke Manthe has contributed Manthe and Neil Manthe give to the Lakers’ offense this year. the Lakers a solid second baseshortstop duo. Matt Meyer’s 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 Adam Harlander taking extra bases. Anthony Schoenberg

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Black Sox shining in more ways than one
The new lights on their field are not all that shines brightly at Freeport this year. Freeport’s depth at all positions, and even in its batting order, makes the team a formidable opponent. 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
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Pitchers spark Saints
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 team’s 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 Second baseman Brent Van Heel gives the Saints a dependable brilliant defensive plays. infielder guarding the keystone bag.

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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. Flensburg Falcon The Falcons won their final 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, Eddie Wenzel, Bryan Majerus and Anthony Arnold all hit well for the Falcons. The bulk of the team’s pitching has been done by Wenzel and Lucas Thoma and Krebs. Krebs struck out 26 batters in 27 and one-third innings. Randall Cubs Jason and Kyle Peterschick 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 together a nice season and finished third in the VL-West standings. Zach Lanners, Nate Benusa, Emil Trutwin and Aaron Trutwin earned respect for their hitting. Lanners had seven doubles on the year. Matt Gottwalt proved to be a durable pitcher. Emil Trutwin and Peter Gleinser also saw regular action as pitchers. Flensburg’s Tony Arnold has earned the respect of opposing pitchers and team for his hitting ability.

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Lastrup Lakers At 10-3 the Lakers were the toast of the VL-East and qualified for Region 8C playoffs. The team won by blow out margins and some nail biters, 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 Janson 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 finishing 5-8 in the VL-West are a team few overlook. The hitting of Logan Meyer, Jerron Boser, Eric Boser, Micheal Weber and Greg Pohlkamp can put runs on the scoreboard. 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, combined a fastball with a knuckle 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 baseman 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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Upsala managed to go unbeaten at home and finished the regular season 11-2 tied for first in the VLWest (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 team’s offense was also productive. With 159 hits it scored 119 runs. Joe Bartkowicz emerged as the team’s 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 team’s 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

Manager Brad Czech (15) heads one of the best teams in the area with the talents of Riley Hirsch (20) and Cole Jendro (12) to build around.

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

and third baseman Brady Burggraff bring experience to their positions. Up the middle the combination of Brandon Welinski Joe Bartkowicz Adam Gerads Justin Lampert and 18-yearBrock Cichon Joe Biniek Alex Griffith old Brock Cichon at second Chris Ripplinger John Thomas Fuchs Andy Nelson has developed into a good Darrin Gerads Justin Lambert B.J. Lange defensive combination. Dustin Biniek Kylar Pekarek Ben Burggraff The outfield has Eric Lampert Matt Swanson Ben Nelson experienced players such Scott Beniek Brady Burgraff as Swanson, Bartkowicz and Dustin Biniek and the arm strength when Brandon The Blue Jays showed team could very well upset Welinski is there. their high number of wins in some others in the post Defensively it allowed the VL-West was no fluke as season. only 65 runs. they topped Sobieski. The

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With an ability to pitch and play defense, the Skis were able overcome not consistently hitting with runners in scoring position. While that shortcoming puts a little more pressure on the pitching staff, the Skis pitchers rose to the challenge. Tyler Jendro has worked very hard to improve his game, and the results show that.  He’s given quality starts every outing and is still a dominating pitcher. He struck out 55 in his first 43.2 innings. Beau Hanowski also threw well putting in 26 innings.

Pitching and defense key for Skis

Offensively the team made a few changes during the year as they sought to increase run production. Jendro and Hanowski helped their own causes with 23 hits across 15 games and Riley Hirsch added 18 more. Jon Czech drove in 13 runs with his 19 hits. The team uses speed to take the extra base, but also had 10 home runs last year. The Skis defended their regular season championship in the VL-West and could do well in the Region 8C tournament.

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 11.8 Matt Swanson 63 16 21 14 2 1 4 19 1 0 0 8 5 0.333 0.408 0.587 7.0 Brady Burggraff 49 15 18 16 2 0 0 7 3 1 4 21 8 0.367 0.581 0.408 10.7 Brock Cichon 53 11 18 16 2 0 0 8 1 2 1 6 5 0.340 0.410 0.377 8.1 Adam Gerads 47 6 13 10 2 1 0 9 0 4 2 3 9 0.277 0.340 0.362 16.1 Joe Bartkowicz 52 16 18 11 4 0 3 20 9 0 5 2 5 0.346 0.417 0.596 8.5 John Fuchs 47 11 15 9 4 0 2 12 0 1 1 3 6 0.319 0.365 0.532 11.5 JustinLampert 48 9 15 10 5 0 0 9 0 1 3 2 2 0.312 0.370 0.417 3.7 Ben Burggraff 34 6 10 7 1 0 2 6 0 2 1 7 7 0.294 0.429 0.500 15.9 Eric Lampert 23 5 7 5 2 0 0 4 0 1 2 1 2 0.304 0.385 0.391 7.4 Scott Biniek 18 1 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 3 3 0.167 0.273 0.167 12.5 Brandon Welinski 38 8 9 7 1 1 0 6 5 0 0 5 6 0.237 0.318 0.316 14.0 Justin Cichon 9 2 3 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 0.333 0.455 0.333 27.3 Chris Ripplinger 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.000 0.000 0.000 33.3 BJ Lange 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.667 20.0 Total 529 119 159 118 27 3 11 107 25 11 22 69 69 0.301 0.399 0.425 10.9 Player 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

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Sobieski ab r h bi 1b 2b 3b hr sb sf hp/bb so ave obp slg so% Josh Wenzel 13 2 6 1 6 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0.462 0.500 0.462 5.9% Joey Hanowski 54 13 17 6 14 3 0 0 2 1 9 1 0.315 0.413 0.370 1.6% Jon Czech 45 9 19 13 12 2 0 5 0 1 6 5 0.422 0.490 0.800 9.6% Isaac Smieja 44 7 11 9 7 3 0 1 0 2 4 7 0.250 0.313 0.386 14.0% Andrew Gurbada 45 8 10 5 8 2 0 0 0 2 7 5 0.222 0.327 0.267 9.3% Tyler Jendro 50 18 23 12 18 3 0 2 3 1 14 2 0.460 0.578 0.640 3.1% Beau Hanowski 58 12 23 16 19 2 0 2 0 5 7 1 0.397 0.462 0.534 1.4% Nate Olson 26 2 4 5 3 1 0 0 0 1 8 5 0.154 0.353 0.192 14.3% Collin Eckman 25 4 10 3 9 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 0.400 0.464 0.440 3.3% Riley Hirsch 42 12 18 4 15 3 0 0 0 2 8 3 0.429 0.520 0.500 5.8% Aaron Hennes 30 6 6 4 4 2 0 0 2 1 7 8 0.200 0.351 0.267 21.1% Andrew Lange 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 33.3% Spencer Fenske 20 2 6 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.300 0.300 0.300 10.0% Joe Rydeen 19 4 5 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0.263 0.333 0.263 14.3% Brad Czech 3 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 0.0% Simon Waltman 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0.0% Totals 484 101 161 82 129 22 0 10 8 22 76 47 0.333 0.423 0.440 8.1% Pitching ip h r er bb k w l s era whip Tyler Jendro 43.2 21 0 0 6 55 6 0 1 0.00 0.62 Cole Jendro 8.1 7 5 3 8 15 0 0 0 3.24 1.80 Andrew Lange 1.1 27 9 7 6 17 4 0 1 47.26 24.76 Beau Hanowski 26.1 21 7 7 13 24 3 2 1 2.39 1.29 Riley Hirsch 6.1 6 2 2 2 11 0 0 0 2.84 1.26 Joey Hanowski 2.0 3 6 6 4 2 0 0 0 27.00 3.50 Nate Olson 5.0 7 1 1 0 4 0 0 1 1.80 1.40 Spencer Fenske 2.0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 1.50 Totals 95.0 94 30 26 40 129 13 2 4 2.46 1.41

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Clearly the most improved team in the area from 2012 was Holdingford Express. From the first game of the season they showed they were coming to play and could not be over looked. Derek Thielen’s pitching kept the Express in most games as he held batters in check with 57 strike outs in 59.1 innings. Offensively the team’s young players showed they are learning to play in the VL-South. Jeremy Springer and Thielen led the team in hits. They were backed up by veteran Derek Biniek. Young players such a Jake Klein and Jon Springer also made their presence felt. While they were eliminated for the VL-South playoffs, the Express were still in the playoff hunt until the final week of the season. Among the teams they defeated were VLNorth champions Ft. Ripley and VL-South champions St. Stephen.
Holdingford r h bi bb 1b 2b 3b sb sf hp Springer, Jeremy 4 11 3 3 11 0 0 1 3 0 Konz, Nick 5 6 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 4 Thielen,Travis 2 5 0 4 5 0 0 1 0 0 Thielen, Derek 2 13 6 5 13 0 0 0 0 1 Biniek, Derek 7 9 1 2 9 0 0 1 1 4 Klein, Jake 3 9 3 1 6 2 1 1 0 0 Barrett,Wade 1 4 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 1 Fiea, Blaine 0 3 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 Springer, Jon 2 8 1 2 7 1 0 0 0 1 Gerads, Brent 2 2 1 4 1 1 0 2 0 0 Milbrant,Tayler 2 6 0 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 Klein, Jeremy 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 Stegora, Mike 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Klein, Joel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Dockendorf, Ryan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Team 31 79 17 27 71 7 1 7 5 11 Pitching ip h r so bb hp w l s Thielen, Derek 59.1 56 35 57 22 3 3 4 0 Springer, Jon 34.1 35 30 24 21 7 1 3 0 Konz, 2.1 7 6 3 4 0 0 0 0 Thielen,Travis 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 Springer, Jeremy 7.0 9 10 3 5 0 0 1 0 Team 103.3 108 81 87 53 10 4 9 0

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Opole ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sf so bb hp ave slg obp so% John Pilarski 33 11 12 9 2 0 1 4 5 12 6 11 5 0.364 0.515 0.571 9.8% Jin Muehlbauer 33 11 10 6 4 0 0 3 0 0 4 9 1 0.303 0.424 0.465 9.3% Keaton Gustin 34 10 16 11 3 0 2 10 0 0 5 7 3 0.471 0.735 0.591 11.4% Nick Bialka 40 2 7 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 4 5 1 0.175 0.175 0.283 8.7% David Bialka 29 2 6 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 2 1 0 0.207 0.207 0.233 6.7% Sam Butler 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.143 0.143 0.333 0.0% Zack Bialka 29 1 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0.172 0.172 0.200 13.3% Max Posch 43 4 13 10 3 0 0 7 2 1 5 1 0 0.302 0.372 0.318 11.1% Scott Binek 14 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 0.071 0.071 0.235 5.9% Tim Huls 34 9 9 7 2 0 0 4 0 1 2 3 2 0.265 0.324 0.359 5.0% Dan DeZurek 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0% Corey Huls 36 8 9 9 0 0 0 2 1 1 8 3 1 0.250 0.250 0.325 19.5% Jake Nelson 6 0 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.667 0.667 0.667 0.0% Total 340 63 93 76 14 0 3 42 8 15 41 46 13 0.274 0.341 0.381 9.9% Pitching ip h r so bb hp w l s Max Posch 56.0 87 42 44 20 3 3 4 0 Tim Huls 1.2 2 4 2 5 1 0 0 0 Zach Bialka 10.3 11 9 8 5 1 0 2 1 Brad Heitzman 12.0 14 7 3 3 0 1 0 0 Bialka, Dave 3.0 6 5 1 0 0 0 1 0 Eichten, jake 8.0 7 7 4 2 2 1 0 0 Butler, Sam 3.0 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 Jake Nelson 6.0 6 3 1 5 0 0 1 0 Team 100.0 135 77 64 42 7 5 8 1

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The team lost some of its offense punch when Aaron Tschumperlin hurt his ACL. But others step up to make up the difference. Steady consistent offensive play from Travis Phelps, a .400 hitter, who often hit with men on base, as well as Adam Tschumperlin the team leader in RBIs and home runs; Ben Omann, whose hits seem to come with men in scoring position; Paul Schumer, who

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With steady pitching and a good balance offense, Sauk Centre finished tied for second in the Resorters League-East this season. The team finished the regular season at 7-6, but was seeded third through tiebreakers. Opponents learned to respect the hitting of Andrew Rousslange who had 18 hits, 12 runs and 12 rbi in 12 games. He combines power with speed. Speed is also a key part of the hitting of Derek Holm who had 16 hits and seven steals and Josh Buschette, Defensively, the team has improved with Rousslange catching, Adam Marthaler at first, Ethan Meyer at second, Buschette at short and Justin Scheierl at third base. Jeremy Mellen, Derek Holm and Adam Lubbers played in the outfield. The year was one which saw both Holm and Buschette playing their first year and do well. The team benefited from the pitching of Shane Trattles, until he was asked to play in a college wood bat league. His control helped him strike out 22 batters in 29 innings. Meyer and Rousslange both have effective fastballs.

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Sauk Centre ab r h 1b 2b 3b hr bi sb sh hp bb so ave obp slg so% Adam Froseth 9 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.111 0.200 0.111 30.0% Adam Lubbers 32 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0.031 0.114 0.031 25.7% Adam Marthaler 25 4 4 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 2 9 7 0.160 0.417 0.200 18.9% Andrew Primus 23 6 4 4 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 5 5 0.174 0.321 0.174 17.9% Andrew Rousslange 38 12 18 9 4 3 2 12 6 0 3 4 9 0.474 0.556 0.895 20.0% Brock Zenzen 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0.000 0.714 0.000 14.3% Derek Holm 42 7 16 14 1 1 0 3 7 0 2 6 6 0.381 0.480 0.452 12.0% Ethan Meyer 23 3 5 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 8 0.217 0.438 0.261 25.0% Isaac Uphus 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.000 0.000 0.000 100.0% Jeremy Mellen 29 3 6 5 1 0 0 5 0 0 2 9 6 0.207 0.425 0.241 15.0% Josh Buschette 33 7 7 5 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 13 0.212 0.235 0.273 37.1% Justin Scheierl 24 1 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 10 0.083 0.154 0.083 37.0% Logan Stepan 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.200 0.333 0.200 66.7% Louis Van Beck 12 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.167 0.231 0.167 23.1% Nick Hinnenkamp 12 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 5 0.083 0.267 0.083 33.3% Shane Trattles 31 5 5 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 4 8 0.161 0.297 0.161 21.1% Shawn Kulzer 10 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0.200 0.333 0.200 50.0% Shawn Rieland 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 0.000 0.375 0.000 37.5% Tyler Schwinghamer 11 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 0.091 0.167 0.091 46.2% Total 369 58 76 60 10 4 2 39 16 5 16 64 115 0.206 0.347 0.271 25.3% Player ip h r er bb so w l s era whip Ethan Meyer 19 28 15 11 8 16 1 1 0 5.21 1.89 Shane Trattles 29.1 35 25 12 7 22 1 2 0 3.68 1.43 Nick Hinnenkamp 15.2 15 5 5 8 7 2 0 0 2.87 1.47 Louis Vanbeck 17.1 17 20 12 11 4 0 4 0 6.23 1.62 Andrew Rousslange 6 3 1 1 4 7 0 0 0 1.5 1.17 Adam Lubbers 1.1 3 9 9 6 0 0 0 0 60.77 6.75 Josh Buschette 4 1 5 1 6 5 0 1 0 2.25 1.75 Total 92.2 102 80 51 50 61 4 8 0 4.95 1.64

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Carlos Cougars Carlos went unbeaten in the Resorters League-East with a dominating offense and some very quality pitching and defense. Led by Jay Schuler, Gideon Burnham and AJ Anderson the team scored 102 runs on 148 hits. It has power, hitting four home runs; and speed , picking up four triples, 20 doubles and 28 steals. The pitching and defense limited Resorters League opponents to 23 runs. Mark Hillesheim (5-0) struck out 45 batters in 34 innings. Jay Schuler recorded 36 strikeouts in 28 innings. The team finished with a 1.30 ERA. Clarissa Flyers Led by the offensive abilities of Austin Kaiser and Tim Zastrow, Clarissa posted seven wins against league opponents. In Mike Blom the Flyers have a power hitter who hit three home runs. Pitchers Taylor Kaiser, Austin Host and Mitch Held each struck out at least 20 batters this year. All threw over 20 innings. Long Prairie Predators The Long Prairie Predators finished 4-9 in the league’s regular season this year. Playing a team composed entirely of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle graduates the club is young, but improving. Offensively, Duane Mueller, Zack Miller and Codi Paszek earned the respect of opponents. The team prides itself on its defense with catcher Jordan Long setting the tone. First baseman Zach Miller is a solid fielder as well as good hitter and second baseman. Tyler Schultz is consistent at his position and when batting. Schultz combines former St. Cloud Tech player

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Duane Miller in defending up the middle . At third base Mitchell Hinnenkamp and Jack Mechels, both still in high school, alternation holding down the hot corner. Speed is a trademark of the outfield. Kyle Middendorf, Ted Gray have experience and Alex Lemke, a sophomore in high school, has shown potential. Lemke has also shown some power with the bat. Pitching duties have been shared by primarily Ted Grey, whose control and experience helps to get batters out, Sean Colton, who is effective with off speed pitches and Duane Miller who has the velocity to the ball past batters. Swanville Swans Swanville earned a 5-1 win taking its final game in the regular season. The Swans finished 1-12, the Resorters East, the new team, learned to compete in that circuit. Ashby A’s Ashby struggled in Resorters West this year. The season started promising with wins over Long Prairie and Clarissa and a 10-0 shut over Swanville, but other games proved tougher. The A’s were outscored 82-62 in their first 12 games, but in only two of them did they give up 10 or more runs. They also had three one run losses. Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs A solid offense and good defense established the Bluedogs as the top team in the Resorters West this year. Led by Ryan Hendrickson, Monte Hinzmann, Chris Shea and Collin Modahl, Bluedogs have formidable array of hitters. The pitching of Shawn Krueger and Modahl keeps opponents in check.

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Kensington Norsemen The Norsemen finished fifth in the Resorters-West this year. Joey Bruss emerged as a top hitter with team. The team used a number pitchers with Sam Long and Aaron Geise throwing the most innings. Osakis Hawks The Osakis Hawks finished their regular season with a winning record of 7-6 and in third place in the Resorter’s West. Among their victories was a win over league leading BrandonEvansville. Urbank-Parker’s Prairie Bombers At 10-3 the UrbankParkers Prairie Bombers claimed the runner-up spot in the Resorter’s West. The team is lead offensively by Eli Gessell’s .436 average and Joe Snaza’s 13 hits. The Bomber outscored their opponents 9140 in Resorter’s League play. Nick Petro led the team in innings pitched and strikeouts. He struck out 32 in 43 innings.

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St. Martin-When the St. Martin Martins put on a lateseason surge to qualify for the Stearns County League (SCL)-South playoffs, one of the key figures was infielder/ pitcher Kyle Lieser. He has been no small part of the improved play by the Martins this year. That is not completely unexpected. His family has a tradition of playing at St. Martin. His dad, Carl, has managed for a number of years and Kyle, like his dad, came through the Little League and Legion program before playing for the Martins. Kyle is aware of that tradition and noted that many SCL players share that experience. His was still a bit different. “That tradition, I think that goes for every player. In fact, my first year of amateur I was on all three teams. But it’s definitely pretty cool to play all the way up the system,” said Kyle. Lieser has been in a Martins uniform since he was an

eighth grader, his last year of Little League. He played with a Big Dipper Legion championship team. He saw and played with the amateur team when it dominated the SCLSouth and regularly qualified for regions. Last year, however, the Martins were in a rebuilding year and they struggled to find wins. The team soon learned it had lessons to learn about the game. “I think we learned that even though we were young, we were right there at the end of the year. We just lacked experience,” he said. “When things didn’t go our way, we sort of fell apart. Hopefully we can learn from that and continue to compete.” By the end of year, the team appeared to have learned those lessons. Its pitching stabilized and the offense showed confidence in its abilities. “Jake Harrison threw two awesome games at the end of the year and we started to hit the ball around,” said Lieser. “The whole year we had problems with striking out, and we finally put the ball in

Kyle Lieser plays for St. Cloud State University in the spring, was a star at Albany High School, and has been playing for the St. Martin Martins since hew was in eighth grade.

play and put some pressure on the defense.” This year they have continued to improve in those problems. The team has

played even with most of its opponents, Jaylyn Arceneau has come around as pitcher and the team is hitting better. Still, a big part of the im-

provement is Kyle Lieser. He is hitting .333 and defensively he is a strong shortstop. “I like shortstop just because you are in charge of the whole field. It’s what I’ve been playing my whole childhood. But I really do enjoy pitching. That’s one thing I wish I was a lot better at.” He did pitch 23 innings last year, recording 20 strikeouts and a 1-1 record. One of his favorite memories of last year involved him pitching. “We beat Roscoe in 10 innings to force a playoff game with them to make the postseason. I threw all 10 innings and Ken Arceneau lifted us with a homerun in the top of the 10th.” He’s also played a few other positions, as does one of the players he looks up to. “Growing up, the St. Martin Martins had some pretty outstanding players that I always-and still do-look up to,” he said. “But besides them I’d have to say one guy from the league that I always tried modeling my game after was Jon Lieser from Lake Henry.”

He plays college ball at St. Cloud State University. He believes that playing on the amateur and college level helps create a better ball player. “Playing with a lot of really high-caliber players has really helped me to work harder and to strive to get better,” he said. “In college you have a lot more time and practice to work on some things that you normally wouldn’t do in amateur ball. The atmosphere of the whole league has helped me with staying calm. I’ve played in front of some pretty huge crowds in playoffs and in regions.” Lieser is hoping to help the Martins to again be playing at that level. His favorite memories ever from his career with St. Martin was not against the SCL team. “We beat Lamberton in 13 innings at State. We won on a suicide squeeze by Luke Rothstein and it was one moment I won’t ever forget,” he said. He’d like to help his teammates have similar moments.

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