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April 22, 2015

Long-time Black Sox player inducted into SMSU Hall of Fame
by HERMAN LENSING
STAFF WRITER
Cold Spring - Those
who watched 1992 Melrose
Area High School graduate
Chad Hess play baseball
locally in high school and
later with the Black Sox,
were not surprised he was
inducted into the Southwest
Minnesota State University
(SMSU) hall of fame for his
baseball skills.
Hess was inducted into
the SMSU hall of fame Saturday, Jan. 31, in Marshall.
Interestingly, he was never
recruited to play baseball in
college.
“I actually didn’t get
that many recruitment letters for baseball. I got more
for football,” said Hess. “I
went to SMSU for a campus visit. I met with the
coach and played there five
years (he was red-shirted
his freshman year). I knew
some of the players there.
There were Beiers from Regal, Tim Lieser from Lake
Henry and Tim Knapper of
Raymond. For four years
Chad Funk from New Munich, and I played together.”
Those players and others, as well as Hess, played
some pretty solid baseball.
During his four years on
the varsity, the team won
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC)

season championships twice
and won the NSIC tournament in 1997.
He also had impressive
numbers as an individual.
When he graduated in 1997
he was third in school history with 171 hits, third in
school history with 33 doubles, fourth in school history
with 23 home runs, second
in school history with 149
RBIs and third in school
history with 277 total bases
and was MVP in 1994.
As at Melrose and with
the Black Sox, he was an
outstanding catcher and
had a chance to catch some
very good pitchers. A few of
them, Knapper, Lieser, and
Mike Beier, earned reputations on the local amateur
level. There was one, however, who stood out.
“Chris Pack from
Lamberton was the best I
caught,” he said. “I caught
him for three years.”
Pack, too, has been inducted into the SMSU hall
of fame. Hess is quick to
point out the various awards
and honors he earned in
college came because he
was able to play with good
players and teammates. He
also credits coaches Jim Devenan and Paul Blanchard,
and current athletic director Chris Hmielewski, with
helping make those years
successful.
“We played a lot of

games,” he said. “We had
a 10-game spring trip, then
came back to play 33 games
in the spring,” he recalled.
Springtime baseball in
Minnesota can be challenging, and although Hess grew
up playing baseball in April
and May, the experience
at Milroy one season was
unique.
“We had to play the
game at Milroy because our
diamond wasn’t ready,” said
Hess. “I shoveled snow before we could play. There
was snow along the outfield
fence.”
Milroy holds a good
memory of something else.
While he was playing for
SMSU, former Dutchmen
and fellow Black Sox teammate, the late Kurt Langer
,became head baseball
coach at Milroy.
“I would go there and
help with that program. He
became head coach at Rocori, the same year I moved to
St. Cloud, so I started helping there.”
Hess, who now lives in
Cold Spring, still helps out
with coaching and teaching
baseball. He volunteers to
help at Rocori and works
with the Solid Foundations
baseball program at Rockville. The latter was founded by former Major Leaguer
and current Atwater resident
Mike Kingery. Teaching the
game, and passing on what

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he learned has been pretty
much part of his entire life.
Hess is the oldest of
four sons of Herb and Mary
Kay of Melrose. He can’t
really remember a day when
baseball was not at least a
part of his life – especially
in the summer.
“My work ethic, that
came from at the house,”
he said. “We played a lot
of baseball. It was almost
every night. When supper
was done, and the dishes cleaned, we went outside with dad and my three
younger brothers and played
ball.”
Those backyard lessons
were life long.
“Dad played softball
into his 40s,” said Hess. “He
always said swing hard.”
He wasn’t the only one
of that group to learn to play
well. All four Hess brothers,
Chad, Nathan, Tyler and

SUBMITTED PHOTO

Former Dutchmen and long-time Black Sox player
Chad Hess was recently inducted into the SMSU Hall
of Fame.

HALL OF FAME
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ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave ip so w l s
era
Aaron Vogt
7 0 0
0 0
0
0
.000 7.1 4 0 0 0 1.27
Austin Imdieke 21 1 3 1 0
0 0
.143 9.0 3 1 1 0 4.00
Austin Jaeger
3 1 1
0 0
0
0
.333 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Brady Weller
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ### 31.1 21 2 2 0 3.47
Brandon Roelike 41 2 8 1 0
0 0
.195 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Dalon Bitzan
5 0 1
0 0
0
0
.200 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Ed Martin
1 0 1
0 1
0
0
1.000 1.0 1 0 0 0 18.00
Ethan Vogt
50 7
16
17 4
3
2
.320 81.2
71 5 3 1 1.33
James Boogaard 1 0 0
0 0
0
0
.000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
James Kuefler 48 4
15 6 3
0
0
.313 0.2 2 0 0 0 45.00
Jon Olmscheid 40 6 7 4 0
0 0
.175 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Kevin Kuefler 54 8
12 1 1
0
1
.222 1.2 1 0 1 0 30.00
Matt Bauer
2 0 0
0 0
0
0
.000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Matt Middendorf
48
10
15 2 1
0
2
.313 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Matt Schmitz 54 5
20 7 1
0
1
.370 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Pat Illies
38 7
10 5 3
0
0
.263 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Ryan Illies
0 1 0
0 0
0
0 ### 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Steve Mueller 42 4 8 4 0
0 0
.190 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Team
455
56
117
48
14
3
6
.257
132.2
103 8 7 1 2.48

Eichers should also be
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to share duties with player-manager Pat Illies at
first base. The defense is
solid at all nine positions.
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and good defense and Steve
Mueller provides leadership. Schmitz and Hadley,
are smart, fundamentally
sound second basemen,
and always seem to be in
the right place. Shortstop
Matt Middendorf is among
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James Kuefler at third base A reliable infielder, Matt Middendorf provides offense
is quick, smart and has a with his bat, along with baseball knowledge.
knack for reading bunts.
In the outfield, Kevin
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Olmscheid have good speed
and strong arms.
The team is also blessed with having good dugout
leaders in Aaron Vogt and
Mueller.
Elrosa should be ready
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and a year of experience for
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(Above) James Kuefler’s hits regularly find the gaps in his team in home runs, douthe outfield, allowing him to take extra bases.
(Below) Outfielder Kevin Kuefler has provided key hits bles and RBIs. His offenfor the Elrosa Saints. He is also a fast and knowledgeable sive abilities are matched
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April 22, 2015

Flames looking for breakout season

This could be a breakout year for Farming. The
team has proven it can hit
and get people on. It has a
reliable defense, and one of
the best pitchers in area in
Brad Mergen.
While his time on the
mound was limited last year,
he was effective when he
pitched. He was among the
few to strike out 50 batters
last year and finished with a
1.84 ERA. Drafted by Lake
Henry and Spring Hill he
finished with 64 strikeouts
on the year.
Chad Mergen can also
help the team’s pitching. He
earned two of the Flames’
wins during the year.
The offense should
provide a bit more support
for its pitchers this year. It
showed last year it has the
potential to score the runs
needed for a win. Veterans
Craig Klein and Chris Wehseler can deliver key hits
and are solid batters. Kazz

Ehlinger hit over .400. Nick
Mergen is a one of the
young reliable hitters with
the club, and along with
Aaron Eiynck and Greg
Holthaus, had over 10 hits
for the Flames.
This year with experience gained from previous
years, the Flames should
also have the hitters needed to push runs across the
plate. Klein, Wehseler and
Randy Lockridge showed
they can hit for extra bases
and Eiynck, Mergen and

Greenwald Cubs looking
forward to new year

Klein all run the bases well.
Defensively, the Flames
have a nice mix on veterans
in the infield, such as Wehseler at first and Klein at
third. Second base is guarded by second baseman Nick
Mergen and Mitch Thelen,
the shortstop.
In the outfield are Eiynck, Taylor Fourre and
Cody Fourre.
Farming struggled to
play consistently last year,
but this year it should be a
year it starts to come around.

Tyler Thomas showed his
potential while recording
nine hits last year for
Greenwald.
For the Greenwald
Cubs, the 2014 season is
one they want to forget. It
Infielder Nick Mergen (left) has proved his worth was difficult to find a bright
spot.
offensively and defensively to the Flames.
“We were 0-13. Honestly, we are trying to forget
about last year. That’s the
h bi 2b hr sb ave ip so w l s era
best thing we can do, focus

FARMING FLAMES

Farming
ab r
Aaron Eiynck
47 7 10 3 2 0 1 .213 1.1 1 0 1 0 20.26
Aaron Nett
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3.0 3 1 0 0 3.00
Brad Mergen
27 3 7 3 0 0 0 .259
29.1 50 1 2 1 1.84
Brent Mergen
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 5.1 3 0 1 0
11.81
Chad Mergen
14 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
34.1 16 2 4 0 4.46
Chris Wehseler 46 4 14 6 4 0 2 .304 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Cody Fourre
29 2 4 2 0 0 0 .138
11.1 11 0 0 1
10.32
Craig Klein
47 8 16 7 4 1 4 .340 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Craig Rausch
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2.2 2 0 0 0 0.00
Derrick Roush 35 4 8 6 1 1 0 .229 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Erik Schmitt
15 0 4 1 0 0 0 .267 2.0 1 0 0 0 0.00
Greg Holthaus
41 5 13 5 3 0 0 .317 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Kazz Ehlinger
44 6 18 5 4 0 0 .409 8.0 2 0 0 0 4.50
Kyle Lieser
4 1 1 0 1 0 0 .250 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Kyle Zierden
8 1 2 0 1 0 0 .250
14.2 11 0 1 0 6.75
Matthew Mergen 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Mike Kotten
4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Mitchell Thelen 11 3 1 1 0 0 1 .091 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Nick Mergen
46 4 13 3 0 0 1 .283 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Randy Lockridge 23 2 5 2 0 0 0 .217 2.0 1 0 0 0 0.00
Taylor Fourre
3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Zach Koltes
7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Total
456 54 118 44 20 2 9 .259 114.0 101 4 9 2 4.89

GREENWALD CUBS

limiting their RBI chances.
Defensively, the team
could look different than
most of last year. Kegan Stueve, while young,
showed late in the year he
could play at shortstop. He
can get to the balls and to
his position and with a year
of experiences should be
improved there.
The Cubs do have
some proven players at the
corners. Doug Imdieke is
a solid third baseman and
provides leadership on the
field. At first base, Jordan
Prill and Pete Lucken have
shown they can handle the
position. At second base,
Kraemer has played infield
for a few years for Greenwald. Late last year a revamped outfield showed a
bit of promise.
Catching will be done
by Tyler Thomas and Kyle
Fleischhacker. Those two
faced a pitching staff that
has often been called on
to throw extra pitches, and
rarely was able to go deep
into the game. Rademacher
rarely walks batters and is
always around the plate. Peter Lucken can be effective
when healthy. It is expected
Cody Imdieke will see more
action this year.
Promise
was
also
shown in Tyler Engelmeyer,
Corey Ahrens and Christian
Rohloff.
If that talent comes
together to play as a team,
Greenwald could very well
make its fans forget about
last year.

Kegan Stueve showed he is ready to play defense for
Greenwald in the SCL.

Greenwald
ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave ip so w l s era
Brandon Worms 35 3 8 1 2 0 1 .229
28.0 11 0 5 0 5.46
Chad Imdieke
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Chris Klaphake
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2.1 0 0 0 0
15.43
Christian Rohloff 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Cody Imdieke
39 4 9 1 0 0 1 .231 8.0 3 0 0 0 4.50
Cory Ahrens
10 0 1 0 0 0 0 .100 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Derek Worms
25 0 1 3 0 0 0 .040 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Doug Imdieke 35 3 4 0 1 0 0 .114 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jordan Prill
17 0 3 0 1 0 0 .176 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Kegan Stueve
12 0 2 0 0 0 0 .167 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Kyle Fleischhacker 28 2 8 1 0 0 1 .286 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Michael Mayers 18 1 4 3 2 0 0 .222 4.0 4 0 0 0
15.75
Mitchell Worms 14 1 3 0 0 0 0 .214 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Nick Rademacher 50 4 12 4
1
0
2 .240 44.2
11
0
4
0 3.63
Paul Lucken
5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 8.0 12 0 1 0 9.00
Peter Lucken
39 1 5 3 1 0 0 .128 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Ryan Kraemer
47 3 12 2 2 1 2 .255 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Tanner Schwieters 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Tim Hopfer
3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333
15.0 4 0 3 0
13.20
Tyler Thomas
33 3 9 2 1 0 0 .273 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###

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Greenwald struggled in
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Toward the end of the year,
the team juggled the line-up
and had some success with a
revamped defense.
All that said, Greenwald has players who can
play well. Nick Rademacher, who does a bit of everything for the team, is a
steady hitter, picking up 12
hits in the team’s 13 games.
He and Ryan Kraemer, who
also had 12 hits, were the
only Cubs with more than
nine hits. Cody Imdieke
and Tyler Thomas had nine
hits.
The bats of Peter Lucken, Kraemer and Jordan
Prill can provide some power, but teams were able to
pitch around them last year,

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team leaders in innings pitched and hit.

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Lucken looks at
SCL history

m by HERMAN LENSING
n
STAFF WRITER
Rural Greenwald eGreenwald’s Pete Lucken
combined his interest in hisotory, amateur baseball and a
rhomework assignment into
ea research paper at Southwest State University in
eMarshall.
e
Lucken, a 2014 gradusate of Southwest State, and
dcurrently a student teacher
eat St. Cloud Apollo and St.
nCloud Tech, made the Steaerns County League (SCL)
ethe subject of a paper for his
,history class. A condensed
dversion of the paper appears
-in this issue on page 21.
It actually led him to a
agreater appreciation for the
SCL, the league he plays in
ewith the Greenwald Cubs.
His connections with that
SCL team go back a numtber of years. He played in
nthe team’s Little League
dand Legion programs before
pjoining the amateur team.
rHe also played for Melrose Area High School and
-with Central Lakes College
ein Brainerd (2010-2012).
dBaseball came to mind for a
major research paper.
e
“When thinking about
what to write for my senior
oseminar capstone. I wanted to write a paper that I
enjoyed researching and
something that had inforsmation readily available
,for research. I have played
lbaseball for many years and
tStearns County has a proud
and unique history and I just

wanted to expand on that
idea,” he said. “I was already very interested in the
subject.”
The paper actually took
a couple of months to research, and had him interview former players, coaches, high school coaches and
reporters. He also made
visits to the Stearns County
Historical Society.
“My starting point was
the history of the Stearns
County League on the SCL
website. There was a lot
of really good research on
there done by David Schneider (former Meire Grove
player and manager),” he
said. “The primary focus
was to show some of the
uniqueness of the League.
To showcase the aspects
that make the Stearns County League different from all
of the other Minnesota amateur baseball leagues.”
As with researching any
project Lucken found a lot
of what people know is so,
isn’t always just so. While
stability has marked the last
decade or so of the SCL, its
history has been one of adaptation and change.
“When I started my
research I had no idea how
much changing the SCL has
gone through in the years it
has been together. The most
I knew about was the Greenwald and Meire Grove
being one team,” he said.
STEARNS COUNTY
LEAGUE HISTORY
Continued on page 6

Solid pitching and offense give Lakers high hopes
Lake Henry combines
a dependable pitching staff
with solid offense.
Shane Kampsen is the
standout hitter with the
team hitting at a .429 average with 27 hits and 11 runs
last year. He is a threat to
score anytime he comes to
the plate.
Others in the line-up,
such as Cory Nietfeld, .393,
and Mathew Quade, 16 hits,
provide the support to drive

in runs. Nietfeld had 25
RBI last year.
The Lakers have a
strong tradition of pitching, and should again be
solid. While Nathan Meyer
regularly won four games
last year, Josh Roelike also
pitched often and finished
with three wins.
The Lakers have a long
and proud tradition of fielding quality teams. This year
should be no exception.

Josh Roelike had three wins for Lake Henry and was
also an effective closer.
(Right) A .333 hitter with a
bit of pop in his bat, Josh
Kampsen can spark Laker
rallies.

LAKE HENRY LAKERS

A good defender, Mathew
Quade
also
provides
offensive punch for Lake
Henry.

Lake Henry
ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave
ip
so
w
l
s
era
AJ Hadley
61 4 16 4 3 0 0 .262 0.2 0 0 0 0 26.99
Bert Weidner
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Cory Nietfeld
56 13 22 15 6 2 3 .393 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Colin Spooner 15 2 4 1 0 0 0 .267 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Josh Fenske
14 0 1 0 0 0 0 .071 2.0 1 0 0 0
27.00
Josh Kampsen
66 8 22 5 3 1 3 .333 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jon Lieser
74
21
25 6 3 0 6 .338
19.0 12 2 2 0 1.42
Joel Lieser
17 3 5 2 0 0 0 .294 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Josh Roelike
55 4 13 9 4 0 0 .236 49.1 22 3 4 1 4.56
Michael Ludwig 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Mathew Quade 70
12
16 7 4 1 1 .229 3.0 6 0 0 0 0.00
Mitch Weidner
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 2.1 2 0 0 0 3.86
Nick Hemmesch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Nathan Meyer
52 7 13 8 3 0 0 .250 71.2 49 4 1 0 1.51
Shane Kampsen 63 11 27 11 2 2 3 .429 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Weston Brinkman 43 7 9 1 1 0 0 .209 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
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STEARNS COUNTY LEAGUE HISTORY continued from page 5_____________________________________
“But there was so much
more, including the paying
players aspect, I had never
heard of before. Many of
these stories about paying
players came from interviewing the players that
played in the SCL.”
Occasionally, he came
across information that he
had a personal connection
to. He knew, he had relatives
that played with Greenwald
and Richmond and a host of
friends, classmates and high
school teammates who play
in the SCL, but he hit a personal gem when looking at
teams from the 1950s.
“The part of the research I enjoyed most was
going to the Stearns History
Museum and seeing all of

the documents and newspaper clippings. A lot of them
had names that I recognized.
I found the stat sheet from
when my grandpa (Cletus
Lensing) played for GreenGrove and I thought that
was amazing.”
Lucken briefly considered writing on more
than the SCL, but time
constraints and the amount
of information he found
caused him to narrow the focus. He was also impressed
by how much he found. The
idea that the SCL might be
a unique league to write
about came while he played
at Central Lakes College
(CLC).
“I talked to a lot of people about amateur baseball

“Ithasgivenmeamuchbiggerappreciationfor
everythingthatwentintocreatingtheleague…
at CLC. Many of the players played in that league
on teams like Nisswa and
Fort Ripley (of the Victory League-North) and they
were all surprised by the
six-mile radius and the fact I
only needed to travel a max
of 30 minutes to any game,”
he said.
The paper presents
some interesting information on the how the six-mile
radius rule, a hallmark of the
SCL, has helped the league

develop a solid following.
More than reading of past
years, by-law changes and
games, the project gave him
a chance to get in touch with
people who also found local
baseball history interesting.
“Everybody was so
helpful, Ken Picha (former
Melrose Area High School
coach) offered some great
information on the high
school aspect. Herman
Lensing added background
information on the league.

Al Luetmer (formerly Meire
Grove player and manager)
added some great information and stories about what
it was like getting paid in
the League. They were great
people to interview.”
The paper also includes
some interesting stories
from people memories not
always found in record
books or achieves. Some
talked of why they consider
a certain town “their team,”
others about how they han-

dled tensions when relatives
face each other.
The paper was an assignment, but it did lead
Lucken to a sense of the tradition he is part of when he
takes the field in an amateur
game.
“It has given me a
much bigger appreciation
for everything that went into
creating the league and what
it has taken to keep it going,
especially with the six-mile
radius rule,” he said. “Also
in general, everything that
goes into the formation of a
league.”
He also noted he received an A- on the project.

Defense and hitting to spark Grovers
The Grovers returned to
the Region 15C tournament
last year using timely hitting
and some good defense.
Something that the
Grovers used very effectively was their team speed.
The team has a lot of players with above-average
speed. Using that to steal
bases, to take the extra base,
and execute hit and runs, the
Grovers can put pressure on
opponents’ defenses.
Offensively, their speed
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The Grover managers
would like to see improvement on the defense and
they have the players that
can play their positions.
All three pitchers were
helped by the catching of
Brandon Sawyer. He is effective at blocking the plate
and keeping the ball in front
of himself.
Around the horn, the
Grovers are also solid.
Kyle Marthaler, at first, has
a knack for scooping up
low throws; second baseman Andrew Welle can
turn the double play; Jaron Klaphake, at shortstop,
quickly gets rid of the ball
and is an accurate thrower;
Jacob Imdieke, the third
baseman, has the arm needed to get the ball to first
base.
In the outfield, the team
has speed with Alex Welle
and Tanner Klaphake. They
will have to find a replacement for Eric Marthaler,
who has announced his
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Former Laker throwing for Brewers

Florida - Throughout
the course of amateur play,
there are occasionally former professional-level players on an amateur team.
Almost annually, some
young player is pointed to
as somebody who could go
into the proranks, but few
do. So it is with a bit of
pride that Lake Henry fans
can point to Scott Lieser,
currently in the Milwaukee
Brewers organization, as
an alumnus. A graduate of
Browerville High School
(2009) and St. Cloud State
University (2013), Lieser
pitched with Lake Henry
in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
He was familiar with Lake
Henry from his youth. His
parents, Steve and Doris,
had moved to the Brower-

ville area in 1980. His connection with area baseball
went a bit farther than just
Lake Henry. His brother,
Brent, is currently athletic
director at Royalton, and he
and his brothers were part of
the Clarissa Flyers.
“My dad and mom
moved to the family farm
after I graduated in 2009,”
he said. “I’ve had many relatives play for Lake Henry.
All my uncles, dad, Steve
(who was the manager the
last two years) my brothers,
(Brent and Joel) cousins (including Jon). I kind of got
in with my brother, Brent.
He played with the amateur
team and then Tom Ludwig
asked me to play with the
Legion team. So for three
years I drove over every

Tuesday and Thursday to
play with them.”
The connections with
the Stearns County League
didn’t stop there. When he
was a junior, current Elrosa Saint Matt Middendorf
became a coach at Browerville.
“I had co-head coaches.
Matt Middendorf and Paul
Jenkins were for my last
two years,” he said.
He had a previous connection to successful amateur teams.
“I learned to play from
my dad and my brothers.
My three brothers, Brent,
Joel, and Mitch, all started
our amateur careers playing
SCOTT LIESER
Continued on page 11

New Munich to build off success

If the 2014 Regional
playoffs were any indication, the New Munich Silverstreaks may be ready to
take the top spot in the SCLNorth.
It was not only that the
Silverstreaks won enough
games in that region to reach
state, but who delivered for
them in key moments.
While the veteran corps
of Jim Thull, Chad Funk,
Darin Funk, Jon Gaebel,
and Nick and Joe Stangler
Veteran Chad Funk is one of the best lead-off batters Ty Reller has emerged came through, at key moand shortstops in the local area.
as one of the best young ments younger players such
pitchers in the area.
as Nolan Anderson, Will
Funk, Ty Reller and Jacob
Hinnenkamp delivered key
hits or had big defensive
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Darin Funk
69 7 12 8 2 0 .174 0 0 0 0 0 ###
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Grant Johnson
93 13 28 16 5 4 .301 14.0 4
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Grant Rieland
19 2 2 2 1 0 .105 0 0 0 0 0 ###
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Jacob Hinnenkamp 75 11 17 10 0 2 .227
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Jim Thull
7 1 4 2 1 0 .571 75.0 23 5 3 0 2.64
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Joe Hoppe
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Joe Stangler
77 11 15 13 3 3 .195
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Jon Gaebel
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Karl Funk
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Nick Adams
46 5 13 3 1 1 .283 7.2 8 1 1 0 5.00
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Nick Stangler
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Nolan Anderson 78 9 17 8 1 0 .218 0 0 0 0 0 ###
Paul Sand
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Nick Stangler with 26.
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Defensively, the team
has one of the best thirdbase sides of the infield with
Gaebel and shortstop Chad
Funk, and the outfielders,
Nick Adams Anderson,
Hinnenkamp, and Darrin
and Karl Funk are solid.
Jim Thull gives the Silverstreaks a veteran pitcher
who can still go long innings, 75 last year with five
wins, but Ty Reller also had
59 innings and won three

games. Andrew Gieske and
Nick Stangler can come in
and do the job as well.
The Silverstreaks have
been one of the consistent teams in the SCL for a
number of years. They have
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phase of sorts, but always
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April 22, 2015

Royals determined to reach state tournament
Perhaps no area team
has more desire to reach the
state tournament than Richmond.
They have played there
for the past three years, and
could do so again – and they
wouldn’t have to travel all
that far.
“We’d of course love to
get back to state this year.
Who wouldn’t? Especially with the location of this
year’s tourney right in our
backyard. I feel like everybody’s gonna be gunning
for a chance to play in Cold
Spring or Watkins in August,” said manager Kirby
Hemmesch.
The Royals’ success
came last year while they
were in a bit of a rebuilding mode. Nevertheless,
they produced a team that
learned to win big games.
In the playoffs, Andy Bauer, threw a no hitter in a 1-0
win over Roscoe. In the Region 15C tournament, they
found ways to win enough

game to qualify for state.
Bauer could emerge at
the ace of the team, as Ben
Schroeder has opted to play
with St. Martin and Scott
Schroeder will be playing
in Detriot Lakes. Bauer is
a good pitcher and earned
four wins last year pitching
65 innings. He can pitch
deep into games and consistently throws strikes.
Adam Backes is an offensive threat for the Royals. He consistently finds
ways to get on base and get
around to score runs. Cole
Schmitz, besides being a dependable hitter, often comes
through in the clutch for the
Royals. Line-drive hitter
Scotty Ruegemer had 22
hits last year, as did Brent
Ruegemer.
Someone that will be
missed from last year is
Aaron Schneider, who will
be playing at Regal. The
team should have players
who can step up and fill that
gap.

Defensively, the Royals
rarely made costly mistakes,
another reason they won 11
games last year. The bulk
of their defensive unit is
returning. Cole Schmitz’s
experience as a catcher will
help the pitching staff, and
few teams have a first baseman the quality of Cory
Niewind. Backes, the shortstop, captains the infield
and few get to slow rollers
as quickly as he does. At
second base veteran Brent
Ruegemer has few peers.
Third baseman Kyle Budde
showed at regionals he can
play that position. The outfield has Dusty Adams, Alex
Budde and Scotty Ruegemer. All of them get good
jumps on the ball and make
the correct throw. Budde
is among the best young
talents in the area. Other
young players to watch with
the Royals include Jordan
Neu and Jordan Torberg.
The Royals do have
some holes to fill this year,

but if history is an indication, they will be do so
– and they very well could
play in their neighborhood
at the state tournament.

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Royals.

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Corey Niewind 77 5 15 2 2 1 0 .195 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Brent Ruegemer 75 9 22 6 4 1 2 .293 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Cole Schmitz
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Dusty Adams
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Adam Backes
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Kyle Budde
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Scott Ruegemer 71 7 22 6 2 0 2 .310 1.0 1 0 1 0 9.0
Shane Rausch
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Aaron Schneider 46 5 7 2 2 0 0 .152 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Ben Schroeder
8 2 3 0 0 0 0 .375
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Dylan Adams
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Andy Bauer
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Derek Ruegemer 2 0 2 1 0 0 0
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Kirby Hemmesch 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
1.000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Alex Budde
23 3 4 1 0 0 2 .174 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Scott Schroeder 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
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Roscoe looks to build from successful season

Roscoe qualified for
league playoffs last year for
the first time since 2007.
It made them hungry
for more.
“It was a great experience to play in the Stearns
County League playoffs and
our goal this year is to make
the region tournament,” said
manager Lee Schleper.
They could do so. The
team is young. It may start
four high schoolers at times,
and should only improve.
Those youngsters have
some veterans with them
that know how to play.
Brent Heinen is best
known as a pitcher who
is routinely drafted for regional play, but he is also a
good hitter. Lead-off batter
Russ Leyendecker is often
on base and Devon Savage
makes contact with the ball.
There are others who
also hit well. Brandon
Schleper just missed qualifying for the top 10 list
with his .417 average. He
also has some power and

can deliver RBI hits. Jordan
Schleper gave the team 13
hits on the year.
The
team’s
youth
should help with the defense. Catcher Nick Dingman has a strong arm, Jordan Schleper, at 6-5, is a big
target at first base and second baseman Savage covers a lot of ground. RJ Leyendecker has shown over
the years he can make the
routine plays at shortstop
and Trent Gertken can make
the throw from third base to
record put outs.
Heinen, Russ Leyendecker and Brandon
Schleper handle outfield duties well. The team will not
have the defensive abilities
of Anthony Poepping, who
had decided to not play this
year.
The pitching staff will
have a changing of the guard
of sorts. While Heinen can
still expect to see action, last
year others emerged, to help
with the Rangers mound
duties. The team had both

Russ Leyendecker is a top hitter with the Rangers and a
batter few teams can overlook.
Jordan Roos’ infield play and pitching should help
Roscoe this year.
Heinen and Jordan Roos, young with possibly four
drafted for regional play last high school kids still in our
year. Roos emerged as a de- starting lineup,” conceded
pendable pitcher, finishing Lee Schleper.
“Until Jordon Roos
with a 1.64 ERA and with 33
innings. Russ Leyendecker comes back from college we
threw 34 innings and Jordan will need other pitchers to
step up early in the season.
Schleper 31 innings,
We also need consistent
Roscoe will still be experiencing some of the is- hitting and the ability to get
sues that come with a young the big hit.”
But the Rangers have
team. Most of them are recentl high school graduated talent to do so. A chunk of
and a few others have yet to that young talent played
with the Big Dipper Chamgraduate.
“We are still very pions last year.
(Left) Brandon Schleper is a solid hitter and consistent
fielder for the Rangers.
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Anthony Poepping
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Brandon Schleper 24 2 10 5 1 1 1 .417 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Brent Heinen
43 3 11 5 1 0 1 .256 21.0 7 1 1 1 2.14
Chris Vanderbeek 48 6 9 6 1 0 0 .188 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Clayton Mackedanz 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 6.1 5 1 0 0 4.43
Cody Mackedanz 12 0 1 0 0 0 0 .083 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Cory Schmitt
2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Dale Mackedanz 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Devon Savage
41 6 11 4 5 0 0 .268 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jordan Roos
27 0 3 2 0 0 0 .111
33.0 15 2 2 0 1.64
Jordan Schleper 51 4 13 6 3 1 0 .255 31.0 17 0 3 0 3.19
Justin Mackedanz 19 2 1 0 1 0 0 .053 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Nick Dingman 37 4 7 6 1 1 0 .189 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
RJ Leyendecker 31 6 2 0 0 0 0 .065 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Russ Leyendecker 54 9 14 4 2 0 2 .259 34.2 15 1 3 0 7.11
Tanner Harder
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Trent Gertken
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April 22, 2015

Spring Hill posts powerful offense
Simply put, Spring Hill
was an offensive juggernaut
last year.
For most of the season, in game after game, the
team kept finding ways to
pound the ball, score runs,
and generally come out on
top. They out-scored opponents 167-78 as they finished with a 21-5 record
and finished the year at the
state tournament. The team
not only regularly put men
on base, but they had power and hit 14 home runs as
a team.
Some of that home run
power will be gone as Cody
Eichers, who hit five home
runs and 23 RBI, has left
the team. Spring Hill still
has a potent offense. Eric
Terres had 41 hits with the
team and Shawn Schoenberg 35. Jamie Terres came
through with 33 hits, 11 of
them doubles. All together,
Spring Hill had six players
with at least 20 hits.
Those hits produced
runs for the team and runs
led to wins. Protecting the
leads for Spring Hill is a
deep, varied and balanced
pitching staff. While Jordan
Welle’s 38.2 innings led the
team, he was not the only
one doing a lot of pitching.
Corey Schoenberg had 37.0
innings and Chris Spanier finished with 30.0. Two
others had over 20 innings.
That staff was also effective and finished with a 2.48
ERA.

Defensively, the team
has meshed into a solid
unit that not only has talent
at each position, but their
players know how to play
their positions.

For the past few years,
the Chargers have been
among the top teams in the
SCL. There is no reason to
think they will not be there
this year.

Jordan Welle was one of
a group of pitchers who
helped Spring Hill control
opponents.

Shawn Schoenberg is one of the feared batters in the
SCL and provides Spring Hill with the potential for a
run each time he comes up.

Eric Terres was the top hitter with the Spring Hill Chargers last year and should help them remain a strong
team this year.

SPRING HILL CHARGERS

Spring Hill
ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave
ip
so
w
l
s
era
Austin Schoenberg
21 4 6 3 3 0 2 .286 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Brad Terres
7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Brandon Welle
5 1 1 0 0 0 0 .200 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Brent Terres
8 1 1 0 0 0 0 .125
21.1 8 2 0 0 2.53
Chris Spanier
71
10
15 2 3 0 0 .211
30.0 11 5 0 0 2.40
Cody Eichers
89 14 27 23 7 5 2 .303 31.1 17 4 0 0 2.59
Corey Schoenberg 79 17 25 21 8 3 3 .316 37.0 24 3 2 3 2.43
Eric Terres
99
29
41 7 3 1 11 .414 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Eric Schoenberg 75 7
15
11 6 0 0 .200 5.0 1 1 0 0 0.00
Grant Schoenberg 29 7 6 4 2 0 2 .207 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jamie Terres
94 25 33 18 11 2 4 .351 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jordan Welle
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
38.2 11 3 1 0 1.16
Kyle Bertram
31 4 5 3 2 0 3 .161 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Louie Opatz
43 5 12 6 3 0 1 .279 28.1 25 1 1 0 5.08
Nate Terres
88 17 27 19 8 1 7 .307 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Ryan Barten
13 1 1 0 0 0 0 .077 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Shawn Schoenberg 94 24 35 22 6 2 9 .372 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Tyler Revermann 10 1 2 4 1 0 0 .200 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Ethan Vogt-d
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ###
25.1 10 2 0 0 1.78
Mergen, Brad-d 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ### 4.2 5 0 1 0 3.86
Team
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“The experience has
been awesome! My job is
to play and I love it. I get
paid to play a game I love.
What’s better than that?” he
asked.
Still, Florida is not central Minnesota in the summer time
“It’s real hot and muggy. It’s about the same every
day. A little rain and then it
stops and gets muggy,” he
said.
Something else that has
made his experience in the
minors a good one has been
his willingness to learn from
his coaches.
“They have a great
group of coaches right now
and they put a lot of emphasis on throwing a lot of
strikes and that plays into
how I pitch,” he said.
Something he did learn
was the need to develop his
lower body as well as his
arm.
“College and amateur
guys know that you need
to use your legs a lot. I just
wasn’t using my push-off
leg enough. This will help
with my velocity and later

movement on my pitches,”
he said.
The minor leagues have
also introduced him to a different level of baseball, than
his high school, college or
amateur competition did.
“The hitters one to
nine are all good hitters and
you can’t take any of them
lightly,” he said. “You really have to work hard day in
and day out. There isn’t a lot
of off days so mentally you
have to be tough.”
Lieser was an impact
player when he was with
the Lakers. He competed in
the regionals at Greenwald
in 2010. That regional, and
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April 22, 2015

St. Martin reloads team

St. Martin is no longer
rebuilding, but it may well
be reloading.
“We had a great year,
played the beginning of the
year without Kyle Lieser
but we had a lot of guys fill
in good for him. We played
very good defense and
pitched well,” said manager
Carl Lieser. “With what the
guys learned in the regions
and at state last year, I hope
we improve on offense with
another year of experience.”
The Martins will be
playing without Kurt Schlangen, who was one of the
best catchers in the area
last year. They have however, picked up another top
performer. Ben Schroeder,

who played no small part
in Richmond’s season last
year, will be pitching with
the Martins. He joins a
staff of pitchers that had the
depth to win three games in
one day last year to win the
Region 15C crown.
Scott Schlangen hit his
spots well and has good
control. Jaylyn Arceneau
mixed in a good curveball and fastball, and Josh
Stangler has good control.
Those three combined for
178 innings and over 100
strikeouts as St. Martin finished at 17-8 and played
in state. With Schroeder
joining them, the Martins
should be even tougher to
score on. He struck out 79

in 85 innings for Richmond
last year. Jake Harrison has
also returned to the team.
The team will miss the
fielding and hitting of Kurt
Schlangen, but Bryan Schlangen is also a good catcher and a good hitter. He and
Kurt led the team in batting
averages last year. The rest
of the defense is back and
has proven itself.
Jordan Moscho has a
long reach and good glove
at first base; Nate Schlangen has the range and arm
to play second base. Kyle
Lieser, one of the best shortstops in the area, will also
be there. At third base,
Scott Schlangen and Arceneau come with strong arms

ST. MARTIN MARTINS

St. Martin
ab r h bi 2b sb ave
ip
so
w
Austin Arceneau 67 4 14 5 5 3
.209 1.0 0 0
Bryan Schlangen 81 10 28 19 3 9 .346 14.0 13
2
Carl Lieser
1 0 0 0 0 0
.000 0.0 0 0
Chas Hennen
52 5 17 4 1 1
.327 0.0 0 0
Jake Thelen
2 0 1 0 0 0
.500 0.0 0 0
Jaylyn Arceneau 22 2 4 2 1 0
.182 65.1 42 4
Jordan Moscho 93 5 22 6 0 0
.237 0.0 0 0
Josh Olmscheid 36 2 4 3 2 0
.111 12.0 7 1
Josh Stangler
25 1 3 0 0 0
.120 36.0 13 3
Kurt Schlangen
80 16 26 12 6 4 .325 14.0 12
2
Kyle Lieser
56
15
16 5 4 5
.286 0.0 0 0
Matthew Schlangen
90
10
16 3 2 5
.178 0.0 0 0
Michael Schlangen 78 9 17 5 1 7
.218 0.0 0 0
Nathan Schlangen 77
11
18 9 4 2
.234 0.0 0 0
Scott Schlangen 90 7
16
12 2 5
.178 76.2 46 4
Shane Olmschied 6 3 0 0 0 0
.000 0.0 0 0
Brent Heinen-d 0 0 0 0 0 0
### 18.2 7 1
Jon Lieser-d
0 0 0 0 0 0
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and third base.
The outfield is very well
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Something Carl Lieser
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Amat eu r Bas eball - Vict ory Leagu e

Lakers excited about upcoming season
The Lakers struggled
last year, but still finished
with a winning season. The
team should do better this
year.
The team has proven
and effective pitchers. Last
year, Adam Harlander did
most of the pitching, but
Kyle Collins is also effective.
Offensively, the team
has a bevy of proven hitters led by Rick Hendrickson’s 30 hits. He was one
of five players with at least
20 hits on the year. Those
hits, however, didn’t always
translate into runs, and the
Lakers rarely had an easy
win during the year.
That situation could
turn around this year. Offensively the team has consistent hitters Luke Manthe,
Matt Meyer and Taylor
Holthaus. Riley Voit regularly reaches base and Carter Holthaus showed he has

the power to drive them in.
Cody Stich, who hit .370,
is also a player opponents
have to respect.
Defensively, the team
is also solid and rarely
hurts itself with fielding or
throwing errors. The play-

ers know how to play and
where to throw the ball.
The Lakers did have a
down year, but there were
injuries that limited some of
the playing time, and there
was an overall improvement
in the play of most Victory

League-South teams.
With a healthy line-up,
and the knowledge that other teams are ready to play
with them, the Lakers could
once again be on top in the
VL-South.

The infield play of Riley Voit has helped the Lakers’
defense turn double plays. He is also a solid hitter with
the club.

Luke Manthe is among the most productive batters in
the Lakers line-up, driving in 10 runs last year.

Centerfielder Rick Hendrickson had 30 hits last year
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ab r h
bi
2b hr sb ave ip so w l s era
Adam Harlander 16 1 2 0 0 0 0 .125 37.2 29 3 2 0
1.91
Carter Holthaus 47 5 13 6 4 0 0 .277 5.0 5 0 0 1
3.60
Cody Stich
27 3 10 1 1 1 0 .370 28.2 12 1 1 0
5.65
Dave Kalthoff
16 0 1 2 0 0 0 .630 0.0 0 0 0 0
###
Dylan Panek
7 1 2 0 0 0 0 .286 22.7 10 1 1 0
2.38
Jacob Schoenberg 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 ### 18.1 15 0 1 2
10.80
Jeff Swenson
47 7 12 3 0 0 0 .255 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jonathan Harlander 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 .250 2.0 1 1 0 0
4.50
Kyle Collins
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ### 20.2 24 2 1 0 .87
Luke Manthe
70
12
20
10 1 0 0 .286 0.0 0 0 0 0
###
Matt Meyer
79
10
20 9 3 0 0 .253 4.0 2 0 0 1
9.00
Neil Manthe
20 1 0 1 0 0 0 ### 0.0 0 0 0 0
###
Reed Voit
77 7 14 9 1 0 0 .182 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Rick Hendrickson 92
20
30 3 2 2 0 .326 0.0 0 0 0 0
###
Riley Voit
68 7
19
12 2 1 1 .279 5.0 2 1 0 0 .00
Scott Litchy
79
15
25
14 2 0 2 .316 31.2 22 1 2 1
4.27
Taylor Holthaus 75
16
22
10 6 0 2 .293 0.0 0 0 0 0
###
Tony Harlander 27 7 5 3 0 0 0 .185 2.0 0 0 0 0
18.04
Tony Schoenberg 22 2 5 2 1 0 0 .227 10.2 5 1 0 0
5.06
Troy Wunderlich 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 ### 13.0 5 1 3 0
4.85
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April 22, 2015

Amat eu r Bas eball - Vict ory Leagu e

Holdingford looking to make a statement
After a few years of
rebuilding, the Holdingford
Express should have a say
in the Victory League-South
season.
“I was proud of the
guys we had last year. Us
playing together another
year will help a lot. If we
get that unity and chemistry going we can win a lot
more games and hopefully
get into the playoffs,” said
Wade Barrett, manager.
The team has players
who know how to get on
base. Left-hitting Derek
Thielen consistently puts
the ball in play and can go
to the opposite field. Jon
Springer can be counted on
to make contact with the

ball and Travis Thielen rarely strikes out.
Add to that mix the
power of Barrett, and Justin
Szymanski, as well as the
speed of Jeremy Springer,
Ryan Szymanski, and Jon
Springer, and the team has a
good foundation for a team
that can score runs.
Defensively, the team is
sound players, with Travis
Thielen behind the plate. He
blocks errant pitches well
and consistently keeps the
ball in front of him. More
than one runner has found
he has the arm to throw
them out. At first base Barrett has long been a stalwart
defender and pulls in anything close. He has 21 years

as a member of the Express.
Shortstop Jeremy Springer
has the quickness and arm
to turn double plays and
third baseman Jake Klein
has shown he gets to the
balls and knows where to
throw to get put-outs.
In the outfield, Taylor Milbrandt, Blaine Feia,
John Springer and the Szymanskis all have the speed
and arms to get to fly balls
and to keep runners on honest.
The pitching, which
featured the durable Derek
Thielen in the last few years,
also had some quality innings for Ryan Szymanski.
The staff should be helped
out by Brandon Hellman,

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Holdingford
ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave ip
Austin Gerads
8 1 1 0 0 0 0 .125 0.0
Blaine Feia
10 0 2 0 0 0 0 .200 0.0
Brandon Kiel
21 7 11 6 2 1 2 .524 16.0
Brent Gerads
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0
Derek Thielen
40 2 9 3 1 0 0 .225 51.0
Dylan Carlson
5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0.0
Ian Hoffarth
27 1 7 2 0 0 1 .259 4.0
Isiah Folsom
7 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143 0.0
Jake Klein
30 2 4 3 1 0 0 .133 0.0
Jeremy Klein
8 0 1 0 0 0 1 .125 0.0
Jeremy Springer 40 3 6 3 1 0 0 .150 0.0
Joel Klein
19 2 4 1 0 0 0 .211 0.0
Jon Springer
37 3 8 2 1 0 0 .216 10.0
Justin Szymanski 27 1 5 2 1 0 1 .185 5.6
Mike Stegura
20 3 4 1 0 0 0 .200 0.0
Ryan Szymanski 26 2 1 0 0 0 7 .038 23.3
Taylor Milbrandt 31 2 6 2 1 0 0 .194 0.0
Travis Thielen
38 2 7 2 0 0 0 .184 0.0
Wade Barrett
14 2 4 0 0 0 0 .286 0.0
Team
410 34 81 27 8 1 12 .198 109.9

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The team will also
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Blue Jays have right mix for good year
The Blue Jays have
all the elements needed for
another good season.
Their hitting, pitching
and defense can keep them
in most games. They have
the right mix of youth and
experience, and they are
prepared for other good
year.
We have a good mix
of veteran players, along
with a few young players that can contribute as
well,” said manager BJ
Lange. “Pitching has always been a strength, but
defense and hitting needs
to improve to reach our
potential.”
Last year that potential showed as the team
competed, and won, most
games. With the likes
of Matt Swanson, Justin Lambert and Dustin
Biniek in the line-up,
the Blue Jays rarely go
through an inning without
getting runners on base.
Swanson hit over .350 last
year. Lambert’s .379 average earned him the respect

of opponents and Biniek
reached the .435 mark before the season ended. They
are not the only Upsala players opponents have to worry about. Brady and Ben
Burggraff both provided
extra base hits and Brandon
Welinski and Erik Lampert,
along with Swanson, give
the Blue Jays speed on the
base paths.
Swanson is also a proven power pitcher who can
get strikes when needed,
and got deep into games. He
leads a staff that also features John Fuchs, who offers
a nice change of pace from
Swanson, and Chris Ripplinger, who used changes
of speeds to get people out.
Some of those players
help create a good defense
for Upsala. Guarding the
infield up the middle are
shortstop Justin Lampert
and second baseman Brock
Cichon. Both are dependable fielders who catch
anything within their range.
First baseman Adam Gerads
has pulled in a lot of throws

that may have gone wide and
at third base Eric Lampert is
quick, snares almost everything and has a strong arm.
Catcher Ben Burggraff is a
good all-around catcher. Besides his defensive abilities,
he knows what his pitchers
can do.
In the outfield, Swanson, Welinski and Biniek Matt Swanson is a leader
cover ground, throw well from the mound and at the A .435 hitter who had 30 hits last year, Dustin Biniek
and are always in position to plate for Upsala.
(stealing) can also steal bases.
record putouts or cut down
balls hit into the gaps.
The departure of Joe
Bartkowicz means the loss
Upsala
ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave
ip so w l s era
Adam Gerads
67 10 14 9 4 1 0 .209 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
of a solid hitter and outfieldBen Burggraff
60 8 13 9 0 0 0 .217 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
er. The Blue Jays have playBJ Lange
2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 3.0 1 0 0 0 6.00
ers who will have to step up
Brady Burggraff 83 13 23 9 5 2 2 .277 15.1 16 1 1 1 7.75
to fill that gap. Among some
Brandon Welinski 63 11 20 3 4 0 3 .317 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
of their young prospects are
Brock Cichon
46 4 14 3 0 0 1 .304 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Justin Cichon, a fundamenChris Ripplinger 10 4 4 2 1 0 0 .400 24.1 13 1 1 2 3.73
tally-sound young player,
Dustin Biniek
69 17 30 18 4 0 4 .435 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Eric Lampert
76 8 17 9 0 1 0 .224 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Tyler Evans and Myron
Joe Bartkowicz 66 10 22 13 2 3 6 .333 1.0 0 0 0 0 9.00
Ripplinger.
John Fuchs
43 6 10 4 0 0 0 .233 57.2 35 7 1 2 2.19
The Blue Jays have
Justin Cichon
19 3 5 2 1 0 1 .263 1.0 0 0 0 0 9.00
been a contender in the VLJustin Lampert 29 5 11 3 3 0 0 .379 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
West for the past few years.
Matt Swanson
85 16 30 16 2 2 1 .353 59.0 65 5 3 1 3.20
As their younger players
Myron Ripplinger Jr 2 2
1 0
0 0
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come around, they will conTyler Evans
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Team
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The Bears have the
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While young, they nevertheless have shown they
can play a good game. With
a year of experience, they
should do better than last
year. The offense features
the veteran Keaton Gustin.
He and John Pilarski both
hit well and often. Also a
consistent batter is David
Bialka, who had 11 hits and
Max Posch has some timely
hits.
Where the team had
problems last season was in
finding ways to consistently
follow that quartet. It does
have potential in the younger players as almost everyone on the team had a hit.
The team counts on
the pitching talents of Sam
Butler, Posch and Gustin,
but Zack Bialka and Jake
Nelson also saw some work
last year. When the team

played together, it had some
great moments, including a
victory over region-bound
St. Stephen and a close 11-9
loss to eventual state champions Sobieski.
This years as the team
matures, it may well be
boasting a few more wins.
Flensburg Falcons
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around late last year and
hope to build off their playoff wins this year.
In the playoffs they upset both Opole and Randall
before the season ended.
There really was no secret
to what the Falcons did in
those games.
“Coming together and
playing a whole nine-inning game of baseball. To
not let our youth outweigh
our seasoned vets. To have
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aggressive and smart pitchers who like to get ahead
on the count. Helping them
from behind the plate is Arnold.
Defensively, the infield
has good arms at all positions, with Evan Athmann
and Kevin Johnson at first
base, Stump and Halberg
at second; the Thomas,
Krebs or Braden Backowski at third; and Justin Jenks
at shortstop. Krebs, Gabe
Ploof, Cody Waldvoget,
Krebs and AJ Jenks have
the speed and arms to handle the outfield.
The team is young,
but has a good core of raw
talent. Some of that will
have to develop quickly to
replace the departed Russ
Fellbaum. A young player
to watch is Kevin Johnson,
who has a history of hitting
well and pitching.
If the talent matures as
expected, Flensburg will not
have to wait for playoffs to
notch its first win.
Randall Cubs
The Cubs feature one of
the top pitchers in the Victory League-West in Kyle Peterschick. When he pitchers,
the Cubs are capable of defeating most teams the face
in the Victory League. He

was one of three pitchers to
throw for Sobieski in they
state tournament.
He is also one of the
top batters in a line-up that
includes Dusty Parker, Ed
Wenzel, Ricky Drew and
Peter Herman. The latter
had four home runs last
year.
Parker also pitched
a number of innings and
picked up four wins.
Sobieski Skis
Sobieski is the defending State Class C champion.
Tyler Jendro became
the story at state but it was
a team that won the trophy.
“We had dedication of
all our guys throughout the
playoff run,” said manager
Brad Czech. “The commitment that guys show can rub
off on others. It’s important
that the older guys set the
tone for the younger guys as
to how we do things. That
keeps the traditions strong
over time.”
The Skis fans have a
strong core of veterans mixing with younger players
this year. Nate Olson (20
years), Aaron Hennes (18
years), Isaac Smieja (14
years) and Jake Kluver (10
years) have all opted to retire this year.

The 2014 Class C Champions were the Sobieski Skis. Team members were (from left to right) Gabe Hirsch (bat
bay), Josh Wenzel, Riley Hirsch, Jake Kluver, Beau Hanowski, Joey Hanowski, Collin Eckman, Thomas Miller,
Simon Waltman, and Andrew Lange; (back) Nick Krippner (draftee from the St. Stephen), Brad Czech, Jon Czech,
Aaron Hennes, Andrew Gurbada, Nate Olson, Isaac Smieja, Cole Jendro, Tyler Jendro, Kyle Boser (draftee from
the Randall), and Kyle Peterschick (draftee from the Randall).
“It’s impossible to put
into words what those guys
have meant to our franchise
over the past 20 years. The
contributions that they made
will be remembered forever,” said Czech. “I know
that they can hold their
heads high as they head into
retirement from this great
game.”
The Skis will have a
formidable team taking the

field. Beau Hanowski, an
above-average centerfielder, hits .390 as a lead-off
batter. Andrew Gurbada hits
at a .390 level and delivers
clutch hits. Third baseman
Joey Hanowski’s a good hitter and runs the bases well.
The pitching staff also
includes Riley Hirsch as
closer and Joey Hanowski.
The pitchers have learned to
trust the catching instincts

of Hirsch, one of the best
defensive catchers in central
Minnesota.
The play of veterans
Jon Czech, first base, and
Collin Eckmann, shortstop,
and the speed of outfielder
Josh Wenzel help keep opponents from scoring much.
The team will miss the
play of Nate Olson at second base, but has talent to
draw from. Thomas Miller,

State MVP was an easy choice
Sobieski’s Tyler Jendro was named the Class C
State Tournament MVP last
year.
Few players in the history of the tournament, that
goes back to 1924, have
been more deserving. Local
fans have known for a few
years how he could dominate a game.
“Over the past the seasons, Tyler has a 36-3 pitching record, with 318 2/3 inning pitched, 323 strikeouts,
45 walks, 189 hits allowed,
and an ERA of 0.78,” said
Sobieski manager Brad
Czech.
In the spotlight of
Sobieski’s Tyler Jendro
was the face of the Skis
during the state run.

the state tournament, he
showed a number of people what he could do. In the
2-0 win over Hanska in the
first round, he went the distance. In the second round
he went the distance in a 3-1
win over Maple Lake. In the
third-round 4-0 win he nohit New Market.
He came to the mound
in the ninth inning of a
tied game and threw three
scoreless innings to get a
4-1 win over Fergus Falls
in the quarter-finals. In the
semi-finals (concluded on
Labor Day because of rain
the day before,) he came
on in the seventh, pitched

scoreless relief, and drove
in the game-winning hit as
Sobieski won 2-1.
That sent Sobieski
against New Ulm later on
Labor Day, where he pitched
nine innings to win 2-0 in
the championship game. In
the state run, he finished
6-0, with 41.2 innings, 44
strikeouts and a .22 ERA in
six games. He set records
for the most innings pitched
and wins. He also hit .391 in
the tournament.
While most of the Skis’
games at state were nail biters – the decision of MVP
was easy.

a 16-year-old, who hit .436
last year is with the team.
They will also benefit from
the experience of former
Avon Lakers Scott Litchy.
Little Falls high schoolers Daniel Marod, Austin
Weisz, and Chris Reller
have also joined.
A lot of teams are waiting to play the Skis this
year. Few will defeat them.

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Young Steves ready to play like veterans
The Steves were young
last year and it showed.
What also showed was they
learned to play and by the
end of the year they were a
competitive team at the Region 8C tournament.
“We are hoping to take
a season with some ups and
downs and play more like a
veteran team,” said manager
Ben Omann.
An above average hitting team, the Steves feature 20-hit players, Blake
Guggenberger, Ben Omann,
Cody Wolhart and Brandon
Waldvogel, in their line-up.
Blake Guggenberger’s hitting is a strong point with the Guggenberger, who led the
Steves’ offense.
team in hits and average,
is a top-of-the-order type
hitter who puts the ball in
play and has some pop in
the bat. Omann also has the
ability to put the ball in play
consistently. Waldvogel and
Wolhart both had delivered
hits with men on base. All of
them, as well as Sam Neeser
run the bases well.
The Steves, while
young, do have a proven
pitching staff. Nick Krippner is a left hander who
performs well in big games;
John Schumer, another
Nick Krippner is one of the better pitchers in the lefty, keeps the team in the
VL-South and is capable of shutting down many teams. game every outing; and

Paul Schumer, is a solid relief man. The staff is helped
out by the experience and
dependable play of Ben
Omann behind home plate.
The defense of the team
clearly developed last year.
Waldvogel, at first base,
can be relied on to handle

that position and Austin and
Blake Guggenberger developed into a nice short/second base combination. Jason Slivnik has held his own
at third base.
In the outfield, the
range and arms of Wolhart,
Sam Neeser, Paul Schumer,

Alex Oman and Dylan Hollenkamp make it hard for
teams to get easy hits.
The Steves still have
some challenges that come
with having a young team,
but overall they should be
ready to play and win in the
Victory League-South.

ST. STEPHEN STEVES

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h bi 2b hr sb
ave
Alex Omann
32 2 6 2 0 0 2 .188
Alex Wolhart
14 1 2 2 1 0 0 .143
Austin Guggenberger
59 6 16 6 1 0 0 .271
Ben Omann
73 11 21 6 4 1 2 .288
Blake Guggenberger
83 15 29 12 3 2 5 .349
Brandon Waldvogel
72 14 21 15 3 1 0 .292
Charlie Slivnik
6 1 1 0 0 0 0 .167
Cody Wolhart
74 7 20 6 2 0 4 .270
Dylan Hollenkamp 55 4 13 4 4 0 0 .236
Jason Slivnik
66 6 16 6 1 1 0 .242
John Schumer
41 5 9 7 0 0 1 .220
Nick Krippner
28 2 4 2 1 0 0 .143
Paul Schumer
64 10 14 8 3 0 0 .219
Peter Schumer
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sam Neeser
9 0 1 1 0 0 0 .111
Troy Monson
30 2 8 3 1 0 0 .267
Team
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0 0 0 ###
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Pitching and defense will make
St. Wendel competitive
The Saints can get players on and into scoring position, but last year it didn’t
always get them in.
“We had issue trying
to get the offense going at
times,” said manager Ronald Pogatchnik. “Our defense and pitching is what
kept us in games now if we
can only provide some more
offense we can take the next
step as a team.”
The pitching staff features Kyle Jarnot, a left
hander who can either start
or come in relief always reliable and keeps the team in
games. Calvin Becker has a
good curveball and is very
durable. Grant Pierskalla
has proved himself more
than once pitching in clutch
situations.
Defensively the Saints
have the talent to keep themselves in game. In the outfield the versatile DJ Brown
has earned respect for his
accurate throws. Beau Maciej also has a strong arm.
The infield corners are
guarded by third baseman
Lee Maciej, who can make
any play at third base, and
either Greg Pogatchnik or
Ryan Bloomberg at first
base. Both of them field
their position well and consistently make the routine
plays.
Up the middle shortstop John Pogatchnik covers the ground needed to

Kyle Jarnot is expected to be pitching for the Saints this
year.
make tough plays and also
makes the routine plays.
He is paired with either
Brent Van Heel, a quick
player who can cover a lot
of ground; or Taylor Nitch,
who is very good at turning
double plays.
Catching for the team
is Trevor Van Heel who
has consistently thrown out
runners and also blocks the
plate well.
The team does have
some offensive spark plugs
who can set the table for
the team. Lee Maciej, who
hit .352 was almost always
on base. Brent Van Heel’s
is another who can spark

the offense with line drive
hits. John Pogatchnik hits to
all fields. All three of them
demonstrated some power in
their bats last year. The team
also has some good runners
with Brent Van Heel, Riley
Van Heel and Maciej able to
get round the bases.
The team does have
some questions caused by
Jordan Van Heel decided to
not play, and Brandon Hellman going to Holdingford,
but overall the Saints cannot
be overlooked. As the learn
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Mix of players give Black Sox a balanced team

It has traditionally taken a good team to defeat the
Black Sox.
That should hold true
this year. There is a good
mix of seasoned veterans
and talented youngsters in
Freeport’s line-up and few
teams can overlook them.
That’s what Freeport wants
as it begins another year of
Black Sox baseball.
“Last year’s team kind
of started a bit of a transition
to get younger and we hope
to build on that with some
new faces this year,” said
manager Nathan Klaphake.
“The goal is to transition
without sacrificing wins and
set us up for a solid foundation for years to come.”
Fans have already seen
the potential displayed by
Nate Mettenburg, who will
be playing more second
base this year. They also
saw Mitch Reller become a
prominent part of the pitching staff. There may be a
few young players who will
be asked to step up.
“We have always had
a ton of pitching and that
is no different this year, but
we are not set up that well
in the field to withstand an
injury, which is why we are
looking to get younger and
build that depth,” Klaphake
noted.
The Black Sox are
blessed with pitching. Nate
Winter is reliable and effective and threw over 40 innings last year and finished
with a 1.55 ERA. Reller

ALL

is the leading edge of the
younger pitchers and did
most of the pitching finishing with 54 innings and
striking out 54 batters. Peter Burg not only has the talent, but he also knows how
to pass on that knowledge.
He is the pitching coach at
the College of St. Thomas.
Josh Vorpahl, Rob Mettenburg and Carter Sawyer all
had over 10 innings and
Craig Meyer finished with
nine.
That staff has traditionally benefitted from a supportive offense and a strong
defense. While there will be
a few new faces, the Black
Sox have the core of a good
defensive unit returning.
Lincoln Haugen remains
one of the best catchers
in the area. He knows his
pitchers, opposing batters,
and has the arm needed to
throw out runners. First
baseman Troy Frieler has
time and again proven his
worth by fielding his position. Mettenburg is a very
dependable second baseman
and should work well with
Eric Eveslage, the team
shortstop. Some consider
Eveslage the best shortstop
in the victory league. Third
basemen Chad Hess makes
the correct plays and is a
smart defender. In the outfield, Carter Sawyer, Grant
Hess and Ryan Tschida are
all fast, get good reads on
the ball and all have strong
arms.
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Sawyer, six, Eveslage, five,
and Haugen, five, along
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players in scoring position.
They also have the hitters to
get those runners across the
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The team will miss the
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see the Black Sox again
winning in the VL-South.
Last year, Freeport
was unbeaten in VL-South
games. Three of the teams
that defeated them reached
state a and fourth team
reached regionals. The
Black Sox survived some
close games to reach regionals last year, and broke
a curse of sorts to win one
game at that level.
They could very well Eric Eveslage is among the best shortstop in the area
have a repeat season, and and is a consistent batter with the club.
who knows, they may have
a better season.

FREEPORT BLACK SOX

Freeport
ab r h bi 2b hr sb ave
ip so w l s era
Carter Sawyer
64 8 12 8 1 0 6 .188 17.0 15 2 0 0 4.24
Chad Hess
67 11 24 18 5 1 0 .358 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Craig Meyer
40 3 7 5 0 0 0 .175 9.0 6 0 2 0 4.00
Eric Eveslage
79 18 17 9 6 0 5 .215 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Grant Hess
63 13 17 6 0 2 4 .270 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Jason Tschida
63 10 19 12 3 0 2 .302 14.0 13 0 0 1 3.21
Josh Vorpahl
5 0 0 1 0 0 1 .000 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Lincoln Haugen 63 13 16 13 7 0 5 .254 0.0 0 0 0 0 ###
Mike Frericks
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1.0 3 0 0 0 0.00
Mitch Reller
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 54.0 52 6 4 0 2.67
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Ryan Tschida
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Trevor Sawyer
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Around the Horn
with the Victory League East
A team-by-team look...

Lastrup looks to top Victory League East
Lastrup Lakers
The Lakers will be
tough to defeat in the VLEast this year.
With the likes of Jason
Sadlovsky, Paul Herman,
Rich Schlieman and Reggie Litke in the line-up, the
Lakers can score on any
team.
Chad Weiss is among
the better pitchers in the
area and Scott Janson can be
counted on for a lot of good
quality innings. Reggie Litke and Jason Gross provide
depth for the staff.
The Lakers sometimes
struggle early in the year,
but when the season ends,
they are usually one of the
teams to beat.

Buckman Billygoats
The Billygoats are a
team opponents will have to
respect this year. The team
qualified for the Region 8C
tournament last year and
should be a force again in
the VL-East this year.
Led by Jeremy Payne,
Corey Egan, Noah Boser
and Shawn Lanners, all who
hit above .350, the Billygoats have the potential to
score at almost any time of
the game. The team knows
how to get runners across
the plate once they reach
base. At the end of their 11-7
season last year, the Lakers
had seven players with at
least 10 RBI. Lanners, who
had 22 hits, had 19 RBI.

The team can also
run, as its 26 stolen bases
showed.
Jeremy Monson was
among the durable pitches
in the area last year, throwing 73 innings and finishing
6-4 on the year. Mark Kahl
and Egan also threw for
quality innings.
Buckman has an established tradition of playing
and winning in the Victory
League. They should continue to do so this year.

Pierz Brewers
The Brewers had six
wins last year and may have
more this year.
The team has good hitters in Joshua Boser, Eric
Boser and Greg Pohlkamp.
Pohlkamp also has some
power in his bat.
The pitching staff is
built around Mike Poser
who had three wins last
year. Mitchell Dorn pitched
over 20 innings.
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Pierz Bulldogs
The Bulldogs showed
they could play with almost
every team in the VL-East.
This year they could win
some of those contests.
The defense can handle
the routine balls in the infield and get to most balls in
the outfield as well.
With a consistant offense, the Bulldogs may be
a team to watch.

Royalton Riverdogs
The Riverdogs came
together late in the year and,
despite a tough regular season, they won two elimination games in the VL-East
playoffs.
The team has some
solid hitters, led by Zach
Lanners. Also hitting well
are Ryan Snyder and Adam
Synder.
Matt Gottwalt leads the
pitching staff. Also called on
regularly to pitch are Matt
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Around the Horn
with the Victory League North
A team-by-team look...

Nisswa looks to take power into the postseason

Nisswa Lightning
Few teams will match
the power output of the
Nisswa Lightning. Last
year they finished with a
team total 40 home runs.
Jason Roepke had 14 and
Jeremiah Piepkorn had 12.
The Lightning had four others collect at least 30 hits.
Roepke, Brett Cloutier and
Brett Jenkins all had ERAs
below 2.00.
Nisswa was one of the
few teams to defeat Class
C champion Sobieski last
year.
Cuyuna Range Miners
The Range Miners had
it tough last year. Two of
the teams in their division
qualified for state. The team
does have some good hitters
in Dean Lynn, Luke Zontelli
Lastrup’s Rick Schliemann is among the best hitters in and Lance Alan Herbst, who
had 17 hits.
the area.

HALL OF FAME continued from page 2____________
Grant, played in college.
Tyler came to SMSU the
year after Chad graduated.
“For eight years there
was a Hess in the starting
line-up,” he said.
At every level, he
learned more of the game
and how to refine his play.
He credits Melrose coaches
Daryl Oja and Ken Picha
with being major influences.
“Daryl
Oja
(who
coached him in football and
basketball), taught me how
to play games smart and
with more than just athletic
ability. If you are where you
are supposed to be, things
will work out. Ken Picha
was good at organizing and
getting players to come out
and getting them to play.”

He also noted that at
a very young age, he was
exposed to just what level
college players played at.
He was the first catcher in
a Melrose Black Sox game.
“I was playing amateur
when I was 15 years old,”
he said. “It didn’t hurt my
skill level that I played my

Pitcher Jeron Brezinsky pitched 33 innings last
year and Jake Lynn went
21.1 innings.
Ft. Ripley Rebels
The Ft. Ripley Rebels
reached the final weekend
of the season last year. They
hope to build on that and return to state.
The team has a good
mix of power, speed and
consistency led by Brett
Kramer, Logan Kalis and
Rhett Williamson. Besides
those three, Brian Skluzacek
can create havoc on the base
paths. They are part of a
team that averaged .247 and
scored 176 runs while going
17-10 last year.
The pitching staff has
a strong core in durable
lefthander Ethan Branum
and the right-handed offerings of Kalis and Kramer.
The team is solid defensively and should only be improved by the play of utility
infielder Logan Jonas.
The Rebels showed last
year they can play with anyone. They defeated eventual
Class C champion Sobieski
in the Region 8C playoffs. If
they stay healthy, this year
could again be a banner year
for the Rebels.

Jason Roepke (left) and Jeremiah Piepkorn combined to
hit 26 home runs last year.
St. Mathias Devils
St. Mathias played in
some close games last year,
and should again be in most
of the game they play.
The
Devils’
Josh
Haberman is among the
most reliable pitchers in the

VL-North, finishing with
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Offensively,
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Among those present when Chad was inducted to the
Hall of Fame was his first instructor in baseball, his
father, Herb Hess.
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One person who was
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was to be inducted was Hess
himself. It was not something he really thought of.
“There were a lot of
good players from those
years,” he said. “Some great
ones. They have not been
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The Titans may just be
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the Resorters League-East.
They finished 6-12 in
league play last year, but
were fielding a team that
was young and inexperienced.
“It was hard to field
a consistent lineup. Guys
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of reasons. This year we
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guys who are always there,”
said manager Adam Marthaler. “We showed a lot
of improvement as the year
went on. Last year we could Player/manager Adam Marthaler looks forward to this season based on the
improvements the team made last year.
play with anyone for short
periods, but our inexperience would catch up to us.
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Andrew Rousslange 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 5.0 9 0 1 3.60
have the experience and
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adding a couple of veterans
Derek Holm
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who know how to play will
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help.”
Ethan Meyer
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One of those will be
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Josh Buschette 31 5 9 6 1 0 6 .290 27.1 24 2 1 4.28
Ben Bruggeman. A veteran
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Logan Stepan
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Around the Horn
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A team-by-team look...

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Alexandria Black Sox
A new team in the Resorters League last year, the
Black Sox snuck up on a
few people and played some
exciting games.
Featuring a nice mix
of seasoned veterans and
talented high school players, the Black Sox averaged about six runs a game
and finished the year with
10 wins against Resorters’
League opponents.
Carlos Cougars
Armed with good hitters like Aaron Noetzelman,
Matt Hoelscher and Justin
Steidl, the Cougars are a
threat to score on anyone.
The team also has
the pitching, with Mark
Hillesheim, Jay Schueler
and AJ Anderson, to hold
their own in the Resorters
contests. They will have to
find someone to replace Ben
Bruggeman, but there are
others waiting their chance
to play.
The team reached the
regional playoffs last year
and won two games before
seeing their season end.
Long Prairie Predators
The Predators served
notice they are a team to
contend with in the Restorers’ League as the reached
the Class C state tournament
as a Region 14C Champions.
The team has the players to do so again. CoMVPs Duane Miller and
Logan Riedel both hit over
.400 last year. Miller finished at the .500 level and

led the team with 25 runs.
There were others hitting
well behind them, as Riedel
finished with 21 runs and
Cody Steward with 22 runs.
Steward, named defensive player of the team for
his versatility, including
catching, was also a pitcher
and finished with a 3-0 record. Riedel also pitched
and finished with two wins.
Most of the games were
won with Ted Grey on the
mound. His 8-1 record came
with a 1.97 ERA.
The Predators had a
lot to smile about last year.
They were 17-7 last year
and could finish just as well
this year.
Swanville Swans
The Swans struggled
last season, and finished
at 1-13 in the Resorters
League. That is not to say
the team can be readily
overlooked. Kyle Sieben,
Brent Barthel and Shawn
Barthel were all consistent
and regular hitters.
Ben Jordan and Chris
Baum both showed they
have some power in their
swing.
Baum and Brent Barthel also provided good defense to help the pitching
staff. Mitch Hedin has been
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Swans and James Petit also
contributed to the pitching
staff. Barthel, one of the
better all-around players
defensively and offensively,
is a good commander of the
infield.

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following, or feeling of ‘our
boys’ that the Stearns County League (SCL) generates.
In the SCL summer
Sunday afternoons have traditionally been baseball day.
The ten-team SCL is made
up of towns ranging in population size from 1,400 to
less than 50, and the two
farthest teams are about 30
miles from each other. Every town in the league has
its own baseball diamond,
and its own history of great
games and victories. These
games and victories that
form a sense of identity, that
is passed on through generations. Every player desires
to uphold the tradition of
great baseball in rural Minnesota and pass on that institution. It is because of this
desire and the closeness and
locality of the towns that
Stearns County, and specifically the SCL, has been
able to foster great amateur
baseball.
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Minnesota since the mid19th century. The formation of the State Amateur
Baseball Tournament in
1924, by the Association of
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Freeport later replaced Elrosa. In 1959, Freeport and
Green Grove left the league
and Greenwald and Meire
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was an eight-team league
until 1983, when Elrosa and
Spring Hill were admitted
and a two-division league
was created (North and
South).
The SCL is geographically smaller than most
leagues. With the teams being so close fans can easily
follow their team to another
site to enjoy a game. Another unique aspect of the SCL
is its player eligibility limits.
The eligibility radius for the
MBA is 30 miles. The SCL
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the league amended that to
allow three players from up
to 15 miles away and allowing a player, whose father
played with a team, to play
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classes led to hiring players
from communities other
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Payments of $500 were not
unheard of. Many Class
A teams moved to Class
B. The exodus of teams
to lower classes began in
the 1950’s and the Minnesota Baseball Association
(MBA), successor to the
AMABL, restructured to
Class A, B, and C and prohibited paying players.
People were playing
baseball in Stearns County before the 20th century,
but the first SCL appears in
1934. St. Martin and Richmond were the only two
current members of the
league and the league lasted
just two seasons. In 1939,
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Around the Horn 2015 Boys of Summer Schedule
with the Resorters League West
A team-by-team look...

Ashby As
When the Ashby As’
offense is clicking, they win
games. In each of their seven Resorters League wins
last year the team scored
over seven runs.
But they also gave up
runs in bunches, as they finished 7-8 on the year. The
team did qualify for league
playoffs and won one game
in the post season.
Brandon-Evansville
Blue Dogs
The Blue Dogs are a
strong offensive team. Hitting .333 as a team, they almost always have someone
on base. Nate Meissner’s
.433 average led the team,
while Adam Johnson his
.400 and Shawn Krueger
finished with a .392.
The team had seven
players with over 20 hits
last year and Krueger had
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driving in 15 runs. Adam
Johnson and Nate Meissner
both hit over .400 this year.
Collin Modahl, Mike
Bruns, Krueger, Johnson
and Matt Bruns did the bulk
of the pitching. That quintet
combined to strike out 172
batters.
Kensington Norsemen
Mike Anderson, Dustin
Helmick, Erik Paulzine and
Aaron Geise all hit well and
often for the Norsemen last
year, but the team had problems getting them across the
plate.
As a result wins were
hard to come by for the
team.
Eric Elbe did the bulk
of the pitching and struck
out 39 in 39 innings.

Osakis Hawks
The Osakis Hawks
came within one game
of reaching regionals last
year. Coming into the Resorters’-West playoffs with
a 9-6 record, the Hawks
reached the final qualifying
playoff game before their
season ended.
Ben Anderson was the
player few opponents shut
down last year and he had
support from Derek Waldvogel, Drew Fearing and
Colter Fortenberry. Derek
and Dennis Waldvogel did
most the pitching.
This year the team
could do better than their
9-6 record last year.
Millerville Millers
Millerville was involved in some exciting
games in 2014. They were
involved in five games that
were decided by two or fewer runs.
While the team often held opponents to low
scores, it didn’t always
score enough to win. With
one season under its belt,
the team could cause some
problems to some opponents this year.
Urbank-Parker’s
Prairie Bombers
The Bombers’ offensive abilities are a reason
the team came within one
game of reaching state last
year.
Led by the hitting of
Connor Kerr, Casey Kowalski, Jamie Thonnes and Joe
Snaza, the Bombers scored
over eight runs a game
Their pitching staff, led
by Kowalski, Nick Petro
and Trey Thompson, threw
well enough that few teams
scored many runs on them.
Kowalski finished the year
striking out 89 in 68.2 in-

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VICTORY LEAGUE

Game
Richmond at St. Martin
Roscoe at Meire Grove
New Munich at Spring Hill
Elrosa at Greenwald
Farming at Richmond
St. Martin at Roscoe
Greenwald at Lake Henry
Meire Grove at New Munich
Elrosa at Spring Hill
Roscoe at Farming
Richmond at Lake Henry
Elrosa at St. Martin
Greenwald at New Munich
Spring Hill at Meire Grove
New Munich at Elrosa
Farming at St. Martin
Lake Henry at Roscoe
Meire Grove at Greenwald
New Munich at St. Martin
Roscoe at Spring Hill
St. Martin at Meire Grove
Farming at Greenwald
Richmond at Elrosa
Spring Hill at Lake Henry
Elrosa at Farming
Greenwald at Roscoe
Meire Grove at Richmond
Richmond at Spring Hill
Lake Henry at St. Martin
Roscoe at Richmond
Farming at New Munich
Elrosa at Meire Grove
Greenwald at Spring Hill
Lake Henry at Elrosa
Spring Hill at St. Martin
Greenwald at Richmond
Meire Grove at Farming
New Munich at Roscoe
Lake Henry at Farming
St. Martin at Richmond
Farming at Lake Henry
New Munich at Greenwald
Meire Grove at Spring Hill
All-Star Game
Elrosa at Roscoe
Lake Henry at New Munich
Greenwald at Elrosa
Roscoe at St. Martin
Richmond at Farming
Lake Henry at Meire Grove
Spring Hill at New Munich
Spring Hill at Elrosa
Farming at Roscoe
Lake Henry at Richmond
St. Martin at Greenwald
New Munich at Meire Grove
Meire Grove at Elrosa
Roscoe at Lake Henry
St. Martin at Farming
Richmond at New Munich
Spring Hill at Greenwald
St. Martin at Lake Henry
Richmond at Roscoe
Farming at Spring Hill
Greenwald at Meire Grove
Elrosa at New Munich

South
Avon
Freeport
Holdingford
St. Stephen
St. Wendel

Resorters League
West
Ashby
Brandon-Evansville
Kensington
Osakis
Millerville
Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
East
Alexandria
Carlos
Long Prairie
Sauk Centre
Swanville

Victory League
North
West
Cuyuna
Flensburg
Ft. Ripley
Opole
Nisswa
Randall
St. Mathias
Sobieski
Upsala

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Holdingford @ Freeport 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 03, 2015
St. Stephen @ Avon 1:30 PM
Nisswa @ Cuyuna 1:30 PM
Pierz Brewers @ Freeport 1:30 PM
Holdingford @ Pierz Bulldogs 1:30
PM
Opole @ Sobieski 1:30 PM
Fort Ripley @ St. Mathias 1:30 PM
Royalton @ St. Wendel 1:30 PM
Randall @ Upsala 1:30 PM
Buckman @ Lastrup 4:30 PM
at Pierz Legion Park

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Cuyuna @ Sobieski 1:30 PM
Avon @ St. Stephen 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Holdingford 7:30 PM
at Pierz Legion Park

Sunday, May 31, 2015
Pierz Brewers @ Buckman 1:30 PM
St. Mathias @ Fort Ripley 1:30 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Flensburg @ Opole 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Pierz Brewers 1:00 PM
Upsala @ Randall 1:30 PM
Randall @ Flensburg 1:30 PM
Freeport @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Sobieski @ Fort Ripley 1:30 PM
Pierz Bulldogs @ St. Wendel 1:30 PM
St. Wendel @ Holdingford 1:30 PM
Sunday, June 07, 2015
Upsala @ Opole 1:30 PM
Freeport @ Avon 1:30 PM
Avon @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Buckman 1:30 PM
Nisswa @ St. Mathias 1:30 PM
Cuyuna @ Fort Ripley 1:30 PM
Freeport @ St. Stephen 1:30 PM
Pierz Brewers @ Holdingford 1:30 PM
Buckman @ Pierz Bulldogs 4:00 PM
Randall @ Opole 1:30 PM
Pierz Bulldogs @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 02, 2015 Upsala @ Sobieski 1:30 PM
Nisswa @ Flensburg 1:30 PM
St. Stephen @ St. Wendel 1:30 PM

2015 League Groupings
Stearns County League
North
Elrose
Greenwald
Meire Grove
New Munich
Spring Hill
South
Farming
Lake Henry
Richmond
Roscoe
St. Martin

Sunday, April 19, 2015
Buckman @ Holdingford 1:30 PM
St. Wendel @ Pierz Brewers 1:30 PM
Pierz Bulldogs @ St. Stephen 1:30 PM
Royalton @ Lastrup 4:30 PM at Pierz Legion Park

East
Buckman
Lastrup
Pierz Brewers
Pierz Bulldogs
Royalton

Sunday, June 14, 2015
Pierz Bulldogs @ Avon 1:30 PM
Randall @ Cuyuna 1:30 PM
St. Stephen @ Pierz Brewers 1:30 PM
Buckman @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Sobieski @ St. Mathias 1:30 PM
Holdingford @ St. Wendel 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 09, 2015 Flensburg @ Upsala 1:30 PM
St. Stephen @ Lastrup 7:30 PM
at Pierz Legion Park
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Flensburg @ Sobieski 1:30 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2015
St. Wendel @ Freeport 7:30 PM
Pierz Brewers @ Avon 1:30 PM
Upsala @ Nisswa 7:30 PM
St. Wendel @ Buckman 1:30 PM
Flensburg @ Cuyuna 1:30 PM
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Upsala @ Fort Ripley 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Avon 1:30 PM
St. Mathias @ Opole 1:30 PM
Pierz Bulldogs @ Buckman 1:30 PM
Freeport @ Pierz Bulldogs 1:30 PM
St. Stephen @ Holdingford 1:30 PM
Holdingford @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Cuyuna @ Nisswa 1:30 PM
Nisswa @ Sobieski 1:30 PM
Royalton @ Pierz Brewers 1:30 PM
Opole @ Randall 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 St. Mathias @ Upsala 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Freeport 6:00 PM
Pierz Bulldogs @ Lastrup 7:30 PM
at Pierz Legion Park
Friday, June 26, 2015
Avon @ Freeport 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2015
St. Wendel @ Avon 1:30 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
St. Mathias @ Cuyuna 1:30 PM
Pierz Brewers @ Lastrup 7:30 PM
Opole @ Flensburg 1:30 PM
at Pierz Legion Park
Buckman @ Pierz Brewers 1:30 PM
Fort Ripley @ Randall 1:30 PM
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Royalton @ St. Stephen 1:30 PM
St. Stephen @ Buckman 1:30 PM
Freeport @ Holdingford 1:30 PM
Saturday, May 23, 2015 Randall @ Nisswa 1:30 PM
Freeport @ St. Wendel 1:30 PM
Sobieski @ Opole 1:30 PM
Royalton @ Pierz Bulldogs 1:30 PM
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Avon @ St. Wendel 1:30 PM
Royalton @ Buckman 1:30 PM
Cuyuna @ Upsala 1:30 PM
Opole @ Cuyuna 1:30 PM
Flensburg @ St. Mathias 1:30 PM
Sobieski @ Flensburg 1:30 PM
Nisswa @ Fort Ripley 1:30 PM
Friday, July 03, 2015
Avon @ Holdingford 1:30 PM
Fort Ripley @ Nisswa 7:30 PM
St. Wendel @ Lastrup 1:30 PM at Pierz Legion
Park
Sunday, July 05, 2015
St. Mathias @ Randall 1:30 PM
Holdingford @ Avon 1:30 PM
Lastrup @ Pierz Bulldogs 4:30 PM
Fort Ripley @ Opole 1:30 PM
Pierz Bulldogs @ Pierz Brewers 7:30 PM
Pierz Brewers @ Pierz Bulldogs 1:30 PM
St. Stephen @ Freeport 8:00 PM
Flensburg @ Randall 1:30 PM
Cuyuna @ St. Mathias 1:30 PM
Monday, May 25, 2015
St. Wendel @ St. Stephen 1:30 PM
Avon @ Buckman 1:30 PM
Sobieski @ Upsala 1:30 PM
Fort Ripley @ Flensburg 1:30 PM
St. Mathias @ Nisswa 1:30 PM
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Sobieski @ Randall 1:30 PM
Fort Ripley @ Cuyuna 1:30 PM
Pierz Brewers @ Royalton 1:30 PM
Upsala @ Flensburg 1:30 PM
Holdingford @ St. Stephen 1:30 PM
Opole @ Nisswa 1:30 PM
Opole @ Upsala 1:30 PM
Randall @ Sobieski 1:30 PM
Buckman @ Freeport 7:30 PM

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MOST STEALS
18 Rhett Williamson-Ft. Ripley
14 Derek Holm-Sauk Centre
13 Brett Kramer-Ft. Ripley
11 Eric Terres-Spring Hill
9 Shawn Schoenberg-Spring Hill
9 Taylor Holthaus-Avon
8 Jay Schuler-Carlos
8 Ben Boser-Buckman
7 Three Players

2014 statistical leaders
TOP BATTING AVERAGE
34 Appearances Needed
.537 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
.500 Duane Miller-Long Prairie
.489 Aaron Noetzelman-Carlos
.450 Noah Boser-Buckman
.444 Jeremy Payne-Buckman
.436 Thomas Miller-Sobieski
.435 Dustin Biniek-Upsala
.433 Nate Meissner-Brandon-Evansville
.429 Shane Kampsen-Lake Henry
.414 Eric Terres-Spring Hill

TOP SLUGGING PERCENTAGE
34 Appearances Needed
.910 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
.841 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
.786 Jeremiah Piepkorn-Nisswa
.683 Jeremy Payne-Buckman
.644 Aaron Noetzelman-Carlos
.636 Hunter Arnold-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
.633 Nate Meissner-Brandon-Evansville
.608 Shawn Krueger-Brandon-Evansville
.607 Cory Nietfeld-Lake Henry
.604 Brett Kraemer-Ft. Ripley
TOP ON BASE PERCENTAGE
34 Appearances Needed
.616 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
.556 Shane Kampsen-Lake Henry
.551 Thomas Miller-Sobieski
.542 Duane Miller-Long Prairie
.521 Drew Boland-Nisswa
.519 Nate Meissner-Brandon-Evansville
.513 Dustin Biniek-Upsala
.513 Chad Hess-Freeport
.511 Ryan Severson-Carlos
.510 Adam Johnson-Brandon-Evansville
MOST HITS
43 Jeremiah Piepkorn-Nisswa
41 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
41 Aaron Jenkins-Nisswa
41 Eric Terres-Spring Hill
39 Beau Hanowski-Sobieski
36 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
35 Shawn Schoenberg-Spring Hill
35 Riley Hirsch-Sobieski
35 Brandon Lochner-Lastrup
35 Conner Kerr-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie

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NEWS

MOST DOUBLES
14 Logan Kalis-Ft. Ripley
13 Jeremiah Piepkorn-Nisswa
11 Jamie Terres-Spring Hill
10 Jeremy Payne-Buckman
8 Seven Players

MOST WALKS
27 Rhett Williamson-Ft. Ripley
25 Brett Kramer-Ft. Ripley
25 Aaron Jenkins-Nisswa
23 Luke Schumer-Nisswa
23 Tyler Wittner-Nisswa
22 Eric Eveslage-Freeport
21 Chad Funk-New Munich
20 Paul Krebs-Flensburg
20 Grant Hess-Freeport
18 Nick Stangler-New Munich

MOST TRIPLES
2 Jason Tschida-Freeport
2 Brandon Kiel-Holdingford
2 Brett Kramer-Ft. Ripley
2 Rick Hendrickson-Avon
2 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
2 Shawn Schoenberg-Spring Hill
1 Several Players
MOST HOME RUNS
14 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
12 Jeremiah Piepkorn-Nisswa
6 Aaron Jenkins-Nisswa
5 Cody Eichers-Spring Hill
5 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
4 Luke Schumer-Nisswa
4 Brett Kramer-Ft. Ripley
4 Rick Schlieman-Lastrup
3 Six Players

MOST RUNS
39 Luke Schumer-Nisswa
38 Jeremiah Piepkorn-Nisswa
37 Rhett Williamson-Ft. Ripley
34 Brett Kramer-Ft. Ripley
33 Aaron Jenkins-Nisswa
31 Brett Jenkins-Nisswa
30 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
29 Eric Terres-Spring Hill
28 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
27 Brett Wittwer-Nisswa

MOST RBI
56 Jeremiah Piepkcorn-Nisswa
40 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
37 Aaron Jenkins-Nisswa
36 Logan Kalis-Ft. Ripley
32 Ray Austin-Ft. Ripley
28 Joe Snaza-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
26 Rick Schlieman-Lastrup
26 Lee Nelson-Brandon-Evanville
25 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
24 Nate Meissner-Brandon-Evansville

MOST HIT BY PITCH
12 Joe Stangler-New Munich
12 Gideon Burnham-Carlos
9 Eric Lampert-Upsala
9 Morgan Shepard-Nisswa
8 Drew Boland-Nisswa
7 Jamie Terres-Spring Hill
7 Grant Schoenberg-Spring Hill
7 Rhett Williamson-Ft. Ripley
7 Dan Saehr-Lastrup
6 Two Players

MOST SACRIFICES
14 Riley Hirsch-Sobieski
8 Nate Terres-Spring Hill
7 Joey Hanowski-Sobieski
7 Dusty Adams-Richmond
6 Adam Marthaler-Sauk Centre
6 Jered Freudenberg-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
5 Eight Players
BEST ERA
26 IP Needed
0.84 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
1.16 Jordan Welle-Spring Hill
1.36 Riley Hirsch-Sobieski
1.41 Ben Schroeder-Richmond
1.43 Ethan Vogt-Elrosa/Spring Hill
1.51 Nathan Meyer-Lake Henry
1.55 Nate Winter-Freeport
1.64 Jordan Roos-Roscoe
1.82 Ethan Branum-Ft. Ripley
1.82 Jason Roepke-Nisswa

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26 IP Needed
0.69 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
0.71 Corey Egan-Buckman
0.82 Nate Olson-Sobieski
0.84 Ben Schroeder-Richmond
0.84 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
0.87 Nathan Meyer-Lake Henry
0.92 Ethan Branum-Ft. Ripley
0.93 Jordan Welle-Spring Hill
0.99 Nate Winter-Freeport
1.00 Ethan Vogt-Elrosa/Spring Hill

MOST INNINGS PITCHED
107.0 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
107.0 Ethan Vogt-Elrosa/Spring Hill
99.0 Ethan Branum-Ft. Ripley
89.2 Ben Schroeder-Richmond
89.1 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
76.2 Scott Schlangen-St. Martin
75.0 Jim Thull-New Munich
72.0 Nathan Meyer-Lake Henry
71.2 Kyle Schaible-Nisswa
71.2 Kyle Peterschnick-Randall/Sobieski

MOST STRIKEOUTS
107 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
107 Ethan Vogt-Elrosa/Spring Hill
101 Ethan Branum-Ft. Ripley
81 Ethan Vogt-Elrosa/Spring Hill
75 Ben Schroeder-Richmond
68 Casey Kowalski-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
66 Brett Kramer-Ft. Ripley
65 Matt Swanson-Upsala
64 Brad Mergen-Farming/Lake Henry/Spring Hill
60 Collin Modahl-Brandon-Evansville
MOST WINS
14 Tyler Jendro-Sobieski
10 Ethan Branum-Ft. Ripley
9 Jason Roepke-Nisswa
7 John Fuchs-Upsala
7 Ben Schroeder-Richmond
7 Casey Kowalski-Urbank-Parker’s Prairie
7 Ethan Vogt-Elrosa/Spring Hill
6 Mitch Reller-Freeport
6 Brett Jenkins-Nisswa
6 Jeremy Monson-Buckman
MOST SAVES
4 Josh Roelike-Lake Henry
3 Corey Schoenberg-Spring Hill
3 Andrew Gieske-New Munich
3 Logan Kalis-Ft. Ripley
2 Jacob Schoenberg-Avon
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