Starters Baseball Weekend Recap (September 24, 2018)
It was an absolutely beautiful fall weekend for league play after a miserable week of rain that saw practices moved inside. There were quite a few very impressive individual performances this weekend to help lead Starters' teams to victories as well as absolute domination by one of our teams! Keep on reading to find out more!
Starters 11U Dalton
Game one started off really well in this one allowing 15 runs in the first inning with 6 errors and 3 walks. Once we got through the first inning we only allowed 3 more runs to cross the plate while our defense started to make plays and our pitchers started to throw around the zone. Despite being down about 15 runs our hitters are still being picky at the plate by not swinging until there are two strikes and even then we are hard pressed to get the bat off our shoulders. One of the sole highlights of our first game was when Mason Herbeck came into the game to pitch and threw 8 pitches, all strikes, and recorded the final two outs of the game.
Game two started off much better than the first allowing only 1 run in the first inning. Cole Thuringer started off the game pitching well but the strike zone got away from him a little bit in the 2nd inning by allowing 3 walks and then being replaced by Paxton Knox due to pitch count. Paxton was the highlight of game two coming in and pitching 2 1/3 innings of one run baseball and only having to throw 35 pitches. He showed that he can pound the strike zone and trust his defense to make plays behind him. Our bats couldn’t get going in this game again but Brodie Sullivan, Peyton Meyers, and Mason Herbeck all hit the ball hard just right at the infielders.
Starters 12U Dorgan
The Starters 12U Dorgan team took two tough losses this weekend in league play. Caden Loy highlighted the offense this weekend with a deep double to center as well as notching hits in both games! Nick Briden was the pitcher spotlight for the team throwing 2 1/3 innings in relief holding the opposing team to only 2-runs.
Starters 13U Johns
Game one of the weekend saw the 13U Johns team take a tough loss 7-3. Pitchers did a good job throwing strikes, but we could’ve done a better job being more aggressive defensively as well as communicating in the field.
Game two ending in exciting fashion with a 10-9 walk-off victory! The Starters 13U Johns team played well the entire game and never gave up despite being down! The offense stayed aggressive throughout the entire game and did a great job staying within themselves and working the ball to the opposite field.
Starters 14U Nagel
Starters 14U won game one of the weekend doubleheader, beating MASH 15-6. The Starters offense was led by Zach Jensen, Andruw Colby, Hayden Hoffman & Nash Tichy who combined for 9 hits, 7 RBI & 8 runs scored. In game 2 Starters beat NorthStar 8-6. Starters was down 6-1 after 2 innings but shutout Northstar the remainder of the game. Sam McCutcheon threw 4 innings of shutout ball for the win. Zach Jensen closed the door in the 7th for the save. Starters pounded out 5 extra base hits, led by Zach Jensen 3-3 2B(2), 3 RBI and Johnny Checheris 2-2 (2B).
Starters 14U Hochmuth
The Starters 14U Hochmuth team took a tough 9-3 loss in game one of the doubleheader. The game started slow, but Starters fought back and won every inning after the 1st. Played solid defensively throughout the game, but walks proved to be the Achilles’ Heel for the game. Good ABs were put together and runners were on base for the entire game.
Game two started in very similar fashion with a crooked number being put up in the first inning that would ultimately be too much to overcome. Quinn Eischens was impressive on the mound, but the bats were quiet for most of the game. The offense was able to draw some walks and good base running allowed for a few runs to cross the plate. Good guys take the L, 11-2.
Starters 15U Elite
The Starters 15U Elite team brought their A-game on Sunday sweeping both games of their double-header in truly impressive fashion winning both games by a combined score of 32-10 over MASH-Goodman.
Starters 15U Hageman
The Starters 15U Hageman team had a very tough matchup in their doubleheader this week being matched up against the Icemen-Spencer team that currently is sitting in first place in the 15U division this fall ball season. Starters were slow to start in game one taking a one-sided loss 9-0. However, 15U Hageman’s team would bounce back in game two fighting the entire time before ultimately falling just short losing game two 10-7.
Starters 16U Elite
The 16U Elite team lost an absolute heartbreaker on a walk-off in game one of the doubleheader losing to Icemen 16U-Nockleby 6-5. Unfortunately, the Icemen would carry that momentum in game two leading the game wire-to-wire and finishing of the doubleheader sweep, good guys lose game two 14-1.
Starters 17U Elite
The Starters 17U Elite team battled tough in game one of the Sunday doubleheader against MASH-Johnson ultimately resulting in a catscratch, Starters tie game one 1-1. Game two would be another battle, but this time MASH-Johnson would be able to scrape across what would ultimately be just enough runs to take home the W, good guys fall 4-1.
Starters 17U Kunik
Similar to the last two weeks, game one of the Starters 17U Kunik team’s double header was another pitcher’s dual with very little offense from either team. The game was highlighted by a masterful pitching performance from starter Mitch Shambour who picked up his first win of the fall with 5 Ks in his 5 scoreless innings of work. Zach Benson would come on in the sixth inning to slam the door shut to pick up the team’s first save this fall to complete the combined shutout! Good guys win 1-0. Game two happened and it wasn’t pretty, but the 17U Kunik team showed some fight in their last at bats putting two runs back on the board before the game came to an end. Good guys lose 14-2. Despite the lob-sided score, both Levi Jensen and Hunter Kehl contributed doubles to the offensive output in the loss.
Starters 18U Elite
Game one resulted in a 2-2 tie behind strong outings on the mound from Frankie Volkers and Tyson Stritesky. Game two resulted in an 8-3 win behind offensive showings from Patrick Barrett and Lucas Ammons. Wyatt Rudolf did it all at the plate to aid the quality start by Brady Higgins.