Monthly Archives: May 2014

Saints take down Mallards

By James Howell

An awakening of the bats led the Saints to a 9-1 win over Mound on Wednesday.

Opening the scoring was Lucas Larson with an RBI single to bring home Karsen Forsman in the 2nd inning. The Saints scored twice more in the 3rd and that gave Jordan Flick all the runs he would need. Flick dominated the Mallards, working 8 innings and allowing only a single run.

The Saints bats remained quiet until the 7th when they scored 6 times to open up a 9-1 lead.

Kyle Kaczmarek pitched a clean 9th inning to close out the game.

The Saints are next in action on Friday, when the host Buffalo at 7:30. The weather is supposed to be great, so it should be a fun night at the ballpark.

Saints Lose to Larks

By James Howell

A beautiful Friday night at Saints Field did not produce a similarly pleasing result for the home team, as the Saints dropped a league game to Loretto 6-4.

As was the story in their North Star League loss to Hutchinson on Sunday, the Saints pitching staff was the thing that led to the team’s demise.

Saints nemesis Troy Beckman started on the hill for the Larks and just as he did in the postseason last year, Beckman kept the Saints off balance with his soft tossing, strike throwing offerings.

The only run the Saints managed against Beckman was in the 1st inning when John Hohenstein scored on a fielder’s choice after leading off with a double to left.

Tyler Zweibohmer never got into a groove on the mound for the Saints. In the 2nd inning, Loretto scored twice to jump ahead, and they never gave back the lead. An error by Zweibohmer on a bunt aided the Larks.

Loretto added 2 more runs in the 4th inning and 1 in the 6th to take a 5-1 lead.

The Saints showed signs of getting to Beckman in the 6th, but did not score. Ryan Tapani took over in the 7th, and initially the Saints struggled to even make contact. Tapani was a major change of pace compared to Beckman, as Tapani throws in the mid to upper eighties.

Another Saints 9th inning rally proved to be not enough. The Saints scored 3 times to cut the lead to 6-4. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Brendon Opsahl took 3 mighty hacks, but was unable to make contact on any of them, striking out to end the game.

With the loss, the Saints fell to 1-2 in league play. They have a great chance to improve that record next week as they play 3 games against league opponents. The first of those is a game against Mound on Wednesday night at 7:30.

Saints Take Down Bruins

By James Howell

The Saints finally found a way to stop their 3 game losing streak as they defeated Brownton in a pitcher’s duel, 3-1.

The biggest positives from the game were individual performances from young players.

After struggling mightily with command a week ago against Atwater, Karsen Forsman dominated the Bruins lineup. Forsman retired 6 Brownton batters on strikes and did not allow any walks in 5 innings of work.

Saints infielder Kyle Johnson followed up a 3 hit game against Hutchinson on Sunday with 2 more hits tonight. Continued offensive contributions from Johnson would go a long way in improving the bottom of the order.

Jon DeRock did a bit of everything for the Saints. He drove in 2 runs, played 3 different positions, and pitched 2 innings to record the save. He also caught the Bruins sleeping in the 7th inning when he took 3rd base while Brownton catcher Bryant Nordby was throwing the ball to the pitcher. DeRock’s versatility may prove to be one of his best contributions, along with his blazing speed.

The Saints will face an early season challenge on Friday when the Loretto Larks come to Dassel. Each of the past 3 seasons, it has been Larks against Saints in elimination state qualifier games. Having been denied a chance at state by Loretto last season, the Saints will look to get revenge on their league foe. Because the Saints do not have a league game until the following Wednesday, manager Mark Forsman will be able to pitch anyone in relief. It should prove to be a very entertaining game.

Saints Drop League Game to Hutch

The Saints fell in a North Star League game to Hutchinson on Sunday, 9-8.

Saints starter Jordan Flick delivers a pitch at Hutchinson on Sunday. Flick struggled through 5 1/3 innings against the Huskies.
Saints starter Jordan Flick delivers a pitch at Hutchinson on Sunday. Flick struggled through 5 1/3 innings against the Huskies.

Scoring runs was not the issue; this time it was the pitching staff that struggled. Saints starter Jordan Flick labored through 5 1/3 innings, allowing 6 runs. The Huskies hit Flick hard, spraying line drives all over the field.

Hutchinson grabbed the lead in the 2nd on an RBI double by Jared Zelm. The Huskies scored twice more in the 3rd, and added one in the 4th to take a 4-0 lead.

Early on, the Saints looked overmatched against Hutchinson hurler Matt Timm. The Saints showed signs of getting to Timm in the 5th when they loaded the bases and failed to score. In the 6th inning the offense finally broke through. A 2 run single by Lucas Larson, and an error on a bunt by Kyle Johnson allowed the Saints to score 4 times to tie the game at 4.

The Huskies quickly took the lead back on a 2 run single by Justin Jurgensen. Hutchinson extended the lead further with 3 runs off of Saints reliever Andrew Carlson, to take a 9-4 lead.

The Saints waited until the 9th inning to put together a rally. The Saints loaded the bases with 1 out against Hutchinson reliever Dylan Weber. All looked lost when pinch hitter Brice Berggren went down on strikes, but Eric Hanson made things interesting. Hanson launched a long grand slam to left-center field over the 365 foot sign. With 2 outs, the Saints still faced an uphill climb, a climb that proved to be too steep, as Zach Lingl struck out to end the game.

With the loss, the Saints find themselves on a 3 game losing skid. The Saints hope to stop the streak on Wednesday as they open an 8 game homestand against Brownton at 7:30.

Offense Struggles as Saints fall to Express

By James Howell

Excitement was in the air on Friday when the Saints hosted Kimball for the annual Reading Challenge night. In front of what is typically the largest crowd of the season, the Saints bats went silent.

The game began with both starters trading scoreless innings. Kimball finally got on the board by scoring 3 runs in the 5th. The runs were scored off of Tyler Zweibohmer, but they were all unearned. In 5 1/3 innings, Zweibohmer struck out 10 batters.

Kimball starter Matt Dingmann pitched well. The Saints did not get on the board until the 7th inning, when they broke through for 3 runs. Andy Dingmann pitched the final 3 innings, allowing only 1 hit.

In the 9th inning Kimball added another run, taking a 5-3 lead, which ended up being the final.

As a team, the Saints struggled offensively, as they managed only 5 hits.

There was some controversy over the strike zone, especially in the 9th inning. Saints pitcher Jordan Danielson was ejected in the 9th for arguing balls and strikes.

Up next for the Saints is a crucial league game in Hutchinson on Sunday. First pitch is set for 6pm.

Atwater Walks Past Saints

By James Howell

The Dassel-Cokato Saints dropped their first game of the season on Wednesday to Atwater, 14-6.

Karsen Forsman started on the hill for the Saints and he struggled, lasting 2 2/3 innings. Command was an issue, as Forsman walked 7 hitters, allowing 6 runs, 4 earned, to score.

After the Chuckers jumped to a 3-0 lead, the Saints answered with 5 runs in the second inning. The inning was powered by 6 walks issued by Atwater starter Justin Schroeder.

Atwater quickly regained the lead in the 3rd, and led the rest of the way.

Despite scoring 6 runs, the Saints mustered only 3 hits.

Both teams struggled with control. As a team, the Saints walked 12 batters.

The defense also committed 4 errors, contributing to the ugly game.

The Saints host Kimball on Friday night at 7:30. It is reading challenge night, which is typically the one of the best attended games of the season.

Saints Rock Raymond

By James Howell

A 9 run 1st inning propelled the Saints to victory over non-league opponent Raymond on Friday.

After allowing the Rockets to grab an early 1-0 lead, the Saints sent 14 men to the plate in the bottom half of the 1st. Raymond starter Tyler Knott lasted only 2/3 of an inning, surrendering 9 runs, of which 7 were earned. The Saints impressive hitting display started with John Hohenstein and Jon DeRock reaching base, followed by Brendon Opsahl hitting a triple to right center to plate Hohenstein and DeRock. The Saints scored 7 more times in the inning to open up a 9-1 lead.

From there, Saints starter Jordan Flick took over. Flick was dominant, striking out 6, allowing only a single run in 6 innings of work.

Raymond reliever Zach Nelson was able to hold the Saints offense to 1 run over 4 2/3 innings. In the bottom of the 6th, the Saints were able to score 2 more runs off Jordan Smith, placing the score at 12-1.

Saints closer Jordan Danielson pitched a clean 7th inning, allowing the game to end via the 10 run rule.

Raymond was a state tournament team a year ago, so this was a quality win for the Saints.

The Saints are in action next on Wednesday, when they host Atwater at 7:30.

Saints Zap Stingers

By James Howell

It isn’t hard to win when you’re able to score in every inning. This formula produced an Opening Day, 14-0, rout of league foe Waverly-Montrose.

Tyler Zweibohmer got the ball for the Saints, and he shut down the Stinger lineup easily, pitching 4 shutout innings, and allowing 4 hits.

The Saints lineup was able to put up 3 quick runs in the first off Waverly-Montrose starter Kirby Moynagh. They added 4 more in the second, to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. Moynagh lasted only 2 innings, but ‘relief’ would not be the appropriate term to describe the Stinger bullpen. The Saints scored 2 runs in the third, and 1 run in the 4th to extend the lead to 10-0.

2 runs in the fifth and 2 in the sixth eventually landed them at their total of 14 for the game.

Brendon Opsahl was hit by 3 pitches and scored 3 times. Lucas Larson also scored 3 times, hitting 2 singles.

Newcomer Jon DeRock hit a triple in his first Saints at-bat, hitting it off the base of the newly painted left field wall, narrowly missing a home run.

On the mound, Jordan Flick came in relief of Zweibohmer, pitching 2 scoreless innings. Kyle Kaczmarek pitched a scoreless seventh to finish off the game.

The Saints are next in action Friday night, hosting Raymond at 7:30.