BIG STONE POST #29 LEGION BADGERS BASEBALL TEAM completed the 2014 season with a runner up finish in the Region 1B Tournament last weekend in Sisseton, SD. Team members and coaches are pictured above. In front, left to right are Jacob Maatz, Adam Henrich, Isaac Adelman, Riley Blake, Mike Schake, Jackson Athey and Hunter Winther. Back row, left to right, are Coach Joel Stattelman, Nate Nelson, Nate Treinen, Wyatt Dewitt, Drew Danielson, Dan Sitter, Ben Valek, Keaton Eastman and Isaac Cloos. Not pictured are Coach Keven Berdan, Tony Schake, Ethan Streich, Ben Anderson, Deric Rademacher and Kenny Schumacher.

Badgers finish runner-ups in Region 1B Tournament

The Big Stone Legion Post #229 Badgers finished as runners-up in the Region 1B Tournament held in Sisseton, SD last weekend.

Before entering the tournament, the Badgers finished their regular season by defeating Madison on July 11 by a score of 6-0 in seven innings. On July 14, the Badgers defeated Sisseton, SD 5-4 in nine innings.

In their first tournament game on Friday, July 18 the Badgers defeated Milbank, SD 5-2.

Milbank scored a run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Badgers then came back and took the lead 3-1 in the sixth inning as Riley Blake and Nate Nelson reached on singles and scored on a fielders choice and Milbank error. Adam Henrich then singled to drive in Drew Danielson with the third run.

Milbank would add another run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Badgers came back with two more runs in the seventh as Tony Schake doubled, Isaac Cloos walked and both scored on a hit by Riley Blake. The rest of the game was scoreless as the Badgers picked up the win.

Riley Blake and Nate Nelson each had three hits, Tony Schake and Adam Henrich each with two hits and Drew Danielson had one.

Drew Danielson was the winning pitcher going nine innings allowing four hits, four walks and six strikeouts.

Their next game was on Saturday, July 19 against Webster, SD and the Badgers came away with an 8-7 win in 10 innings.

Webster held a 3-0 lead through three innings before the Badgers scored two runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth inning. The two teams battled the rest of the way, with Webster leading 7-6 going into the bottom of the ninth. Big Stone was able to tie the game as Nate Nelson singled, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Adam Henrich and scored on a hit by Hunter Winther.

With the score tied in the bottom of the 10th inning,  Nate Treinen led off with a single, was bunted to second by Mike Schake and scored with two outs on a double by Nate Nelson to win the game.

Nate Nelson and Hunter Winther led the Badgers with three hits a piece. Adam Henrich and Drew Danielson each had doubles, with Mike Schake, Isaac Cloos, Ben Valek and Nate Treinen each with singles. Sharing pitching duties were Isaac Cloos, Tony Schake and Mike Schake, who picked up the win.

The win moved the Badgers into the Championship game against Castlewood/Clear Lake on Sunday, July 20. Being undefeated, the Badgers would have to play another game if they lost the first game in the double-elimination tournament.

In the first game, the Badgers were defeated by the score of 14-3 in seven innings. The game was tied 1-1 until C-CL erupted for 12 runs in the third inning.

Ben Valek had a single and double, with Hunter Winther, Nate Nelson and Keaton Eastman each with a single. Sharing pitching duties were Isaac Cloos, Riley Blake and Adam Henrich.

In the final game of the tournament, C-CL defeated Big Stone 7-2 for the Championship.

After three scoreless innings, the Badgers scored twice to take a 2-0 lead. C-CL came back in the sixth scoring three runs to take the lead. C-CL would later add four more runs and hold Big Stone scoreless the rest of the way to earn the win.

Riley Blake and Nate Nelson each had doubles for the Badgers, with Adam Henrich and Ben Valek with singles.

Mike Schake went the distance on the mound for the Badgers, allowing 10 hits, three walks and struck out nine.

The Post 229 Big Stone Badgers finished the 2014 season with an 8-12 record. Their performance in the tournament earned them runners-up for Region 1B. The team would like to thank the parents, fans and Legion Post 229 for their great support. Also, a thank you to the Ortonville Independent and KMSD radio for their press coverage. They look forward to more great Badger baseball in 2015.

Rox advance to Regions with two wins last weekend

The Ortonville Rox had a good weekend, hosting the Teal League Tournament. On Saturday, Canby defeated Appleton in game one. In the nightcap, the Rox defeated the Canby Knights by the score of 8–1. Then on Sunday, the Rosen Express came to town after their 3–1 win over Dawson on Saturday to set up a rematch of the July 4 game at Rosen. Ortonville managed a big 10–4 win to advance to the region tournament this Saturday, July 26 at Madison.

The Canby game started out slowly until the Rox finally pushed across two runs in the third inning on an RBI double by Chance Haugen, Dan Berdan singled in Matt Fellows in the fourth inning and the locals exploded for three more runs in the fifth to pretty much put the game away. Canby scored their lone run in the eighth after a walk, balk and RBI single.

Leading the way at the plate were Jeff Watson, Isaac Knutson, Chance Haugen, Matt Fellows and Dan Berdan with two hits each. Joe Fuller, Riley Sammon and Eric Croatt each had a hit.

Tony Schake was the winning pitcher throwing a complete game, giving up one run on five hits while striking out eight Canby batters. The win put the Rox one win away from qualifying for the Region 9C tournament.

On Sunday, the Rox hosted the Rosen Express on a very hot and energy draining day and managed a hard-fought 10-4 win. The locals scored two runs in the bottom of the second when a Dan Berdan single plated both Chance Haugen and Matt Fellows. Rosen picked up a run in the top of the third on an RBI double by Travis Rademacher to make the score 2–1.

The Rox scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth with the big hit being a two-run RBI double by Jeff Watson. After scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of the sixth, the Rox all of a sudden had a 9–2 lead. They finished with a 10–4 win and along with it earned a berth in the region tournament.

Leading hitters for the Rox were Riley Sammon with three, Chris Fellows with two, and Jeff Watson, Isaac Knutson, Chance Haugen, John Thomas, Matt Fellows and Dan Berdan each adding a hit.

The starting and winning pitcher was Chris Fellows who went seven innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out 10. Joe Fuller came in and closed the game, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.

“The score may not indicate as much, but the Rosen game was a hard fought win. Rosen stranded 13 base runners on the day that could have added more runs. Our pitchers really pitched well with runners in scoring position,” stated Rox Manager Ron Thomas after the game.”

The team would like to thank the crowd, especially on Sunday for the great support. It really makes a difference. Also, thanks to the sponsors, ball boys and ticket sellers. It takes a lot of people for a tournament to run smoothly and they had that.

This Saturday, July 26, the Rox will open the Region 9C Tournament at Madison and go against Morris in a 4 p.m. game. If they win, there would be a game Sunday at 2:30 with Ortonville playing the winner of the Madison-Chokio game. If the Rox lose on Saturday, they would not play again until Saturday, Aug. 2 at Rosen against a team to be determined.

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