Tanks and Ks and even a Triple Play!
A full weekend of action from the Starters Fall Baseball teams with the beginning of league play and even a tournament mixed in!
Starters 11U Dalton
The Starters 11U Dalton team opened up the season against Northstar Neon and performed well despite the two losses showing speed and aggressiveness on the base paths by racking up the steals! Grady Brandt performed well both in the field as well as at the plate having multiple hits, inluding a two-run double in the second game!
Starters 12U Dorgan
The Starters 12U Dorgan team took 2nd Place in the Northstar Fall Classic powered by HRs courtesy of Ted Hohn and Luke Voll that travelled WAY into the cheap seats! The 12U team then split with MASH in their league games on Sunday. Jack Hohn, Zach Trettin, and Nick Briden absolutely dealt on the mound for the 6-inning combined shutout! Ted Hohn and Caden Loy also combined for a 4 hit complete game shutout! The Starters 12U squad was able to score one run in the 7th to win 1-0!
Starters 13U Johns
The Starters 13U Johns team created a little Mystical Sunday Magic by turning the rare 1-3-6 TRIPLE PLAY!
Starters 14U Nagel
Th Starters 14U Nagel team faced heartbreak in ther two games this weekend. They took an L in game 1 with a 6-5 loss despite the inspired offensive showing from Andy Johnson (2-2) and Riley Thuringer (2 RBIs)! After a rocky start in game 2 of the doubleheader, the 14U Nagel team would bounce back after the early 5-run deficit to the game in an 8-8 tie due to time limits. The comeback was sparked by Wynn Strait (2-2, 2B, 2 RBIs) and Jordan La Tour (2B, RBI)!
Starters 14U Hochmuth
The Starters 14U Hochmuth team had a challenging start to their fall league season by dropping both games of their doubleheader. Despite the odds and an early deficit, the 14U Hochmuth team would show great resiliency and pitching in game two by not allowing a run after the 2nd inning and battling back before ultimately losing 5-2.
Starters 15U Elite
Starters 15U Hageman
In Game 1 Starters 15U-Hageman lost to MASH, 3-1. While the team took a loss, the performance was crisp overall. Defensively, the team played a clean game behind the pitching of Dayne McNaughton, Tommy Hanson and Sam Donahue. The difference was timely hitting as Starters left a small army on the bases (13 LOB) and ended 3 consecutive innings with the bases loaded. The lone run was came when Ross Hebel drove in Asher Giese on an RBI ground out. Giese and Henry Bushey also had two well-hit balls.
Game 2 had Starters beating MASH, 14-11. Starters lineup showed patience as everyone in the lineup reached base at least once. Tommy Hanson had two well-hit balls, including a double to lead off the game. Others with well-hit balls include Hebel, Adam Hanson, Brady Schroeder and Asher Giese. Blake Cramer earned win in relief and Sam Donahue closed the door by getting the game's final 3 outs.
The defensive play of the day came in the 2nd inning of Game 2 on a very well executed relay on a would-be triple. With Bushey on the mound, a MASH hitter hit a ball into the left-center gap which Starters' center fielder Blake Cramer retrieved quickly, threw to cut-off man Sam Donahue who made a pinpoint throw to Adam Hanson at 3rd to end the inning and the MASH's threat.
The head's up moment of the day came when Asher Giese led off the 3rd inning of Game 2 with a walk and went 1st-to-3rd on Cramer's ground out to 2nd. Giese, running on the play, hit the 2nd base bag aggressively and sprinted to 3rd without breaking stride. Giese would score on the next at-bat, sparking a five-run 3rd inning.
Starters 16U Elite
Starters 17U Elite
The Starters 17U Elite team went 1-1 in the first weekend of league of Sunday league play. A hot start to the first game provided by Mac Born's 2-run HR faded as the MASH-Bergstrom team chipped away with two runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth resulting in a 7-2 final. The Elite team bounced back with a 2-0 victory in the second game behind solid pitching from Charlie Dardis and Matt Wrobleski who combined to scatter only 5 hits!
Starters 17U Kunik
The Starters 17U Kunik team loses two pitchers' duels this weekend 5-3 and 1-0. Starting Pitchers Mitch Shambour and Grif Larson excelled on the bump with 7 and 6 strikeouts, respectively. All pitchers combined for 15Ks in the two games!
Starters 18U Elite
The Starters 18U Elite team won both games 4-2 and 11-5. Frankie Volkers and Russ Tanner combined for 15Ks in game 1, and then the bats really came alive in Game 2!