Starters Baseball Weekend Recap (Sept. 18, 2018)
It was a busy and warm weekend for our Starters fall teams. Although we saw a few tough losses, we also saw some very impressive performances out of a few of our teams. This was highlighted by one of our teams scoring over 40 runs in their two games as well as throwing a no-hitter! Keep reading to find out more!
Starters 11U Dalton
This past weekend we faced off against the Blizzard South team and the Nevers Larkin teams.
During our first game vs. Blizzard South we put up a good fight only dropping the game 7-1. Our defense in this first game was the best of the year so far as we only committed 2 errors. The only thing that has been hurting us in our games this year has been giving up walks and not finishing the innings. In the game vs. Blizzard we only gave up 5 walks while our defense kept the baseball in front. Our communication throughout the game was very strong since every time the ball was hit in play our players were calling for where to go with the baseball.
Our second game got away from us a little bit after we started the game taking the lead in the top of the 1st inning. Unfortunately, our defense seemed to falter throughout the game committing 6 errors and walking 5. Our team defense was strong every inning up until we get two outs and that’s when it seems we lose focus. When we have two outs in an inning that’s when it’s even more important to keep our bodies in front of the baseball and prevent our pitchers from having to throw extra pitches. It’s something that we will focus on moving forward because in the last two weekends we have tended to lose focus once we get two outs.
We will continue to improve and prepare for our next games this upcoming Thursday at 5:30 PM on Neill. We will take on Northstar Navy at 9:30 and 11:30 at JCRPW #2 (Same field we played on the last two weekends.)
Starters 12U Dorgan
The 12U team dropped both games this weekend. Plays that stood out were Jack Hohn throwing a would be base stealer out at 3rd base, Ted Hohn’s deep double to right field, and Luke Voll’s blocking behind the dish.
Starters 13U Johns
The Starters 13U Johns team lost both games this weekend by scores of 8-1 and 11-10.
Game 1 We came out ready to play. The energy was good. We faced a good pitcher and got down in the count a lot. We need to be aggressive and be in attack mode. Our pitchers did a good job of throwing strikes. Defensively we weren’t as good as usual. Need to slow the game down and play loose.
Game 2 Our bats came alive. Great hitting all around. We were more aggressive and it showed. We ran the bases very well. We stayed aggressive and had great anticipation. All of our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes. We hit the ball to opposite field extremely well.
Things to work on: Energy in the dugout. Too much joking around. Staying positive when we don’t get the results we want. Short term memory. Confidence playing defense.
What we did well: Base running and leads were great. Aggressive hitting in Game 2. Energy in the field. Pitchers threw strikes Opposite field hitting
Starters 14U Nagel
Starters 14U lost game one of a doubleheader with NorthStar, 9-4. The Starters offense was led by Ryan Hackett, Johnny Checheris & Andy Johnson who combined for 6 hits and 3 of the 4 Starters runs.
In game 2 Starters tied NorthStar 12-12. Starters was down 10-5 early but scored 7 runs in the top of the last inning to take a 12-10 lead. Starters pounded out 7 extra base hits, led by Tyus Smith 2-4 (3B, 2 RBI) and Brady Baur 1-3 (2B). Baur also led Starters on the mound (2.2inn 0ER 2K)
Starters 14U Hochmuth
Game 1: 12-6 loss. Pitching was better than the score would indicate, we just made a few defensive mistakes that hurt us. We put together quality at bats throughout the whole game and we were able to make the game competitive throughout.
Game 2: 20-3 loss. After a quick first inning, MASH jumped on us and we were never able to climb our way back. Defensive miscues and walks hurt us, but we continued to compete throughout the game. I was really impressed with our baserunning throughout the game and it allowed us to get a couple runs that we otherwise wouldn't have.
Starters 15U Elite
Starters 15U Hageman
Starters 15U-Hageman completed the two-game sweep of Great Lakes 6-2 and 8-2.
In Game 1, Anders Dean completed five perfect innings on an efficient 26 pitches. He finished the day with one run allowed on two hits. Blake Cramer threw the final two innings to close it out. The pitchers registered only two strikeouts meaning the defense was active and executed flawlessly in the field. Brady Schroeder, Henry Bushey and Dean combined to retire 10 on ground balls. Offensively, Asher Giese went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in the sixth and would later score on Brady Schroeder's RBI ground out.
Game 2 witnessed Asher Giese, Tommy Hanson and Dayne McNaughton combine for a 2-run, 3 walk, 12 strikeout performance over seven innings. In Asher's final inning of work, he allowed four consecutive Great Lakes hitters to reach base but settled down to strikeout two of the last three batters he faced, stranding two runners and keeping the score 4-2. Henry Bushey (3-for-3, 2 RBI, R), Blake Cramer (2-for-3, RBI, R), Brady Schroeder (2-for-4, RBI, R) and Sam Donahue (2-for-3, 2 R) led the offense with multi-hit afternoons.
Lessons learned: Coming off of last week's 15 walks issued, Starters pitching staff took advantage of a generous strike zone and limited the opposition to just three walks on the day. The staff worked quickly, pumped strikes and got Great Lakes to swing early, keeping the defense involved on at a melter of an afternoon. On the other hand, while facing an expanded strike zone, the Starters bats struck out five times looking on pitches within the confines of a normal strike zone. An emphasis will be placed on being aggressive early and defensive with two-strikes in the upcoming practice.
Starters 16U Elite
Game one, 17-0. Luke Muilenberg throws a no-no. One HBP from a perfect game as well as hit a bases clearing triple. Game two, 24-1. Bats absolutely came alive! Good ABs to get on base and extra base hits were a plenty. Sparrow 1 hit through 3. Valiton cleaned up the last inning.
Starters 17U Elite
The 17U Elite team dropped two games this weekend while battling the absence of a few players. Quite a few games on the upcoming schedule for the 17U squad as they look to bounce back against the MASH this weekend.
Starters 17U Kunik
It was another tough weekend for the Starters 17U Kunik baseball team this weekend against Northstar Neon. For the most part, the 17U Kunik boys spent another weekend doing a good job pitching and showed consistent play in the field that would keep us in the close games. Unfortunately, for the second straight weekend, our offense stayed in its rut and we weren't able to scrape across enough runs to take home a W.
In game one, we took the lead very early in the first inning courtesy of Jacob Sonnek and battled hard behind another strong start from Mitch Shambour. Unfortunately, negative regression would catch up to us in the 4th inning with 4 texas-league bloop singles that would plate runs for Northstar. Zach Benson would come in relief to get the 17U's out of the jam, but it would unltimately prove to be naught as our offense stalled after the initial run. Starters 17U Kunik lose 8-1.
It was a quiet start to game two behind a very strong start from Grif Larson who finished his day with a pitching line of 4IP, 7Ks, 3BBs, and only 2 hits allowed. Larson would then help himself out in the top of the 5th by roping a double down the right field line to score Jacob Sonnek to give Starters the lead. Unfotunately, the lead would be lost in the bottom of the 6th behind 3-runs from Northstar, which would ultimately seal the second lose of the day. Starters lose 3-1.
Starters 18U Elite
The Starters 18U Elite team had the weekend off.