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    AMATEURJuly 2015

    Region 15C

    Region 15C

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    by HERMAN LENSINGSTAFF WRITER

    The Region 15C tour-nament, annually one of the best attended amateur baseball tournaments in the state, will be held at Roscoe and Paynes-ville this year.

    The day games will be played at Roscoe with the night games being at Paynes-ville. Roscoe has hosted the tournament in the past. For Paynesville, this year is a re-hearsal of sorts for next year when they will host the entire tournament.

    Roscoe asked us to host the night games this year, said Dale Hess, former manager of the Paynesville Pirates. This will be a nice tune-up for next year.

    Both diamonds have made improvements in the past few years. Roscoe, which hosted the 15C tournament in 2004, has made signifi cant improve-ments. While a new score-

    board is the most noticeable, it is not the only one.

    We put some new bleach-ers behind home plate, Dale Mackedanz said. We will be moving the old ones along the third base side.

    A brick backstop and net-ting was placed behind the plate in the past few years. A new sprinkler system has kept the fi eld looking well, and on the fi eld, a new pitching mound has been built.

    Paynesville is hosting the night games on the high school fi eld. That is where the Paynes-ville Pirates play their games. The Pirates also care for the facility in the summer months. The facility has had some ma-

    jor upgrades in the past years.

    The most obvious is an imposing grandstand plaza area.

    There are two big pla-za areas behind home plate, Hess said. Under the grand-stand are storm shelters that hold batting cages and pitch-ing areas.

    The other improvement included building mounds along the foul lines for addi-tional seating, allowing people to sit on the grass and watch a game.

    We got a 40 percent FEMA grant to help us, Hess said. All together it cost over one million dollars.

    The redesigned park includes clear sight lines. There is not a pole or struc-ture in the way of viewing from the grandstand area. Completely handicapped accessible, the grandstand also hosts a press box and concession areas.

    Most of the viewing is above ground level. We will be placing a temporary fence along the right fi eld foul line, Hess said. We will have everything for concessions.

    Hess came to the Pirates after playing with the Lake Henry Lakers. While with the Lakers, he learned to ap-preciate the crowds the Re-gion 15C can produce. He knows Paynesville will be ready for that crowd.

    This school district feeds four amateur pro-grams, Hess said. It feeds Paynesville, Roscoe, Regal and Lake Henry. The base-ball tradition is strong here.

    A new scoreboard now dominates the left fi eld at the Roscoe Rangers diamond. Roscoe will be hosting the daytime games of the 15C tournament.

    Dale Hess recently worked on the grounds in front of the new grandstand at the Paynesville diamond. Paynesville will host the night games of the Region 15C tournament this year.

    This school district feeds four amateur programs Paynesville, Roscoe, Regal and Lake Henry. The baseball tradition is strong here.

    Dale Hess, former manager of the Paynesville Pirates

  • Page 2 July 22, 2015

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    AMAT EU R BASEBALL - ST EARNS COUN T Y LEAGUE

    ELROSA SAINTSElrosa Saints ave ab r h 2b hr bi k sb ip r er so w l s eraAaron Vogt .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 8 6 12 1 0 2 3.00AJ Hadley .297 37 2 11 2 0 4 5 0 - - - - - - - -Austin Imdieke .091 11 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 18.2 9 7 14 2 0 2 3.38Brady Weller .154 13 1 2 1 0 0 4 0 14.1 14 12 10 0 1 0 7.53Brandon Roelike .333 12 2 4 1 0 1 3 0 - - - - - - - -Cody Eichers .372 43 10 16 3 1 8 4 3 8.2 10 5 4 0 0 0 5.19Derek Weiner .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - -Edwin Martin .000 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 4 4 2 0 1 0 18.00Ethan Vogt .349 43 11 15 2 1 10 7 0 38.1 4 2 37 6 0 0 0.47Jacob Weller .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - -James Kuefl er .267 30 6 8 2 0 6 3 2 - - - - - - - -Jon Olmscheid .100 10 4 1 0 0 2 4 0 - - - - - - - -Kevin Kuefl er .375 40 7 15 4 1 13 4 2 - - - - - - - -Matt Bauer 1.000 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - - - - - - - -Matt Middendorf .219 32 9 7 1 0 4 5 6 - - - - - - - -Matt Schmitz .303 33 4 10 1 0 6 5 3 - - - - - - - -Pat Illies .192 26 5 5 2 1 5 1 0 - - - - - - - -Ryan Illies .000 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - -Ryan Olmscheid .250 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 - - - - - - - -Steve Mueller .143 35 4 5 0 0 3 1 3 - - - - - - - -Team .272 375 69 102 19 4 64 49 19 100.0 49 36 79 9 2 4 3.24

    MEIRE GROVE GROVERSMeire Grove ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb ave w l s ip r er so eraAlex Welle 32 9 9 0 0 1 6 1 .281 - - - - - - - -Andrew Welle 35 7 13 3 0 0 6 3 .371 - - - - - - - -Anthony Welle 11 2 3 1 1 0 1 0 .273 0 0 0 2.0 4 4 0 18.00Brandon Sawyer 36 9 9 1 0 0 3 1 .250 - - - - - - - ColtonMeyer 19 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 .263 0 1 1 5.2 7 5 2 7.94Jacob Imdieke 14 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 .143 2 1 0 22.1 16 12 16 4.84Jaron Klaphake 41 3 8 0 0 0 5 2 .195 1 0 1 9.2 0 0 1 0.00Jordan Klaphake 12 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 .333 - - - - - - - -Kurt Marthaler 30 2 8 3 0 0 4 0 .267 - - - - - - - -Kyle Marthaler 21 7 5 0 0 0 3 0 .238 - - - - - - - -Matt Imdieke 28 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 .143 3 3 0 52.0 6 6 32 1.04Ryan Klaphake 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.1 0 0 1 0.00Tanner Klaphake 35 7 11 1 0 1 6 4 .314 - - - - - - - -Trevor Sawyer 33 3 10 0 0 0 5 1 .303 - - - - - - - -Tyler Leukam 6 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 .167 - - - - - - - -Team 354 56 92 9 1 2 45 13 .260 6 5 2 92.0 33 27 52 2.64

    At times, the Elro-sa Saints played as if they were on a mission. The team won its fi rst 10 games of the SCL season, wrapping up a SCL-North playoff spot fairly early.

    When talking of the Saints, the player that ev-eryone considers is Ethan Vogt. A dominating pitcher with a .47 ERA, he is a key component to the Saints offense.

    Another key to the line-up is Cody Eichers, who along with fellow fi rst-year Saint, AJ Hadley, has fi t well into the Saints line-up. Kevin Kuefl er and

    Most teams talk about the runs they have scored. Meire Grove has made a reputation by how many runs they dont give up. The team allowed only 33 runs in its fi rst 11 games. Only Lake Henry, Farm-ing and Spring Hill have scored more than three against them in SCL con-tests.

    The pitching staff has a lot to do with that suc-cess. Matt Imdieke has had an incredible year, al-lowing six runs total in six games. Jacob Imdieke has also pitched well, keeping the ball in play for his de-fense.

    Except for their 20-4 win over Farming, the

    Matt Schmitz have also helped to make a minor change of the guard an easy task at Elrosa.

    Vogt is an established pitcher, and this year the Saints have others to help with their mound duties. Austin Imdieke has picked up two wins and Brady Weller has also had qual-ity innings. Aaron Vogt is an effective reliever for the Saints.

    During the regular season, the Saints have shown they could beat all comers. No one will con-sider them an easy team to beat in the post season.

    Elrosa Saints Meire Grove Grovers

    Few batters have had much success against Elrosas Ethan Vogt this year. There have also been few pitchers who have stopped him from hitting.

    AJ Hadley has established himself in the Elrosa offense and as the teams second baseman.

    Grover offense has notalways produced neededruns, as refl ected in their 6-5 record through 11games.

    Andrew Welle, Tan-ner Klaphake and Trev-or Sawyer are among the teams top hitters this year.They, and rest of the team, have developed a knackfor playing small ball. Theteam had 13 steals and 17 sacrifi ces in their fi rst 11games.

    The small ball attack may not produce a lot of runs, but with a strong de-fense and good pitching,the Grovers have not need-ed a lot of runs to win ball games.

    Kurt Marthaler and other Grovers have learned to makeeffective use of the small ball attack this year.

  • July 22, 2015 Page 3 AMAT EU R BASEBALL - ST EARNS COUN T Y LEAGUE

    SPRING HILL CHARGERSSpring Hill ab r h 2b 3b hr bi sb ave w l s ip r er so eraAustin Schoenberg 58 7 16 1 0 0 5 6 .276 2 1 0 34.1 10 10 25 2.62Brad Terres 12 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 .167 - - - - - - - -Brandon Welle 8 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .125 - - - - - - - -Brent Terres 13 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 .077 2 0 1 18.2 13 11 13 5.30Chris Spanier 28 2 5 1 0 0 2 0 .179 - - - - - - - -Corey Schoenberg 26 5 4 2 0 1 2 1 .154 - - - - - - - -Eric Schoenberg 53 9 17 6 0 2 9 0 .321 1 0 1 9.2 2 2 5 1.86Eric Terres 55 15 23 3 1 0 4 8 .418 0 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 9.00Grant Schoenberg 15 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .067 - - - - - - - -Jamie Terres 57 12 19 3 0 1 10 2 .333 - - - - - - - -Jordan Welle 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 2 2 0 36.1 21 15 13 3.72Kyle Bertram 43 4 9 0 0 0 2 3 .209 - - - - - - - -Louie Opatz 34