Last Updated: April 26, 2017
  • 2016 REGION 15C CHAMPIONS
  • 7 TIME STATE TOURNEY ENTRANT-1988, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2016
  • 10 TIME--SCL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • 7 TIME--SCL NORTH REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS
Headlines
Saints fall 6-3 in SCL Opener
ELROSA BOUNCES MARTINS FROM REGIONS
SAINTS CLAIM REGION 15C CROWN
Video of Final Outs vs Richmond to clinch State Berth!
SAINTS PUNCH TICKET TO STATE!
Herman Lensing's Playoff Amateur Baseball Guide Copy
KEG STORY 2016 by Herman Lensing
SAINTS EARN 10TH SCL NORTH PLAYOFF CROWN
GROVERS CLIP SAINTS 2-1
SAINTS BLAST RANGERS 13-1
Vogt, Hadley Powers Saints Past Cubs
ILLIES' GRAND SLAM PROPELS SAINTS TO VICTORY
SAINTS DROP 2 GAMES @ MILLER HIGH LIFE TOURNEY
SAINTS TAKE DOWN TITANS, FALL TO CLIPPERS
SAINTS EARN CONSOLATION TITLE IN MORRIS
SAINTS DROP 2 GAMES OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND
HADLEY'S LEADS ORANGE PAST GROVERS
Saints win SCL opener over Greenwald
New Munich tops Saints 4-2
Martins outduel Elrosa
Starz of Tomorrow Camp was a big success in Elrosa!
Ethan on the Hill vs. Meire Grove
Saints roll to Semifinals with 11-2 Win over Rum River
Saints split with New Munich in regular season finale
Saints March on Meire Grove
The Saints keep the Keg in the Closet with 4-2 over Spring Hill
Elrosa remains undefeated in SCL play with a 9-4 Win over Greenwald
Saints 10-run St. Martin on Vogt 2 hitter
Saints score 5 runs late to hold off the Rangers
Class B Savage knocks out Saints in the Semis, 5-1
Saints Down Defending Miller High Life Tourney Champs
3 Saints Make 2015 SCL Allstar Game
Saints get Bombed by Urbank- Parkers Prairie
Ethan Complete Game Victory and an Eichers solo HR lead Saints over MG
Pork Chop Fest gets the best of the Saints
Saints Edge Predators in a Hwy 71 Battle
Saints Hang on in the 9th to win the first game of the SCL/CVL Challenge
Saints Win vs. Lake Henry on a 10th Inning Kevin Kuefler SAC Fly
Saints Outlast Farming 15-11 in a Soggy 7 inning Rain-Shortened Ball Game
Saints Hang on in 12 Innings vs Richmond
Keg History
The Keg is back in Elrosa after a 5-1 Defeat of Spring Hill
Saints Outlook for 2015
Saints Handle Greenwald in League Opener

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ELROSA SAINTS

  • 2016 Region 15C Champs
  • 2016 State Tournament Team

Elrosa Falls to New Munich in the Stearns County League Opener 6-3

 

Four Errors and untimely hitting as the Saints left 10 men on base were the downfall to the local 9's SCL opener on Sunday vs the Silverstreaks. Ty Reller and Jimmy "Toolbox" Thull kept the Saints bats in check as they scattered 8 hits and combined for 9 strikeouts. Aaron Vogt got the opening day start has he went 5 innings, surrendering 8 hits and 6 runs (3 ER) with 5 SO's and 2 BB's.
Cody Eichers paced Elrosa's bats going 3-4 as Matt Schmitz and AJ Hadley chipped in with a 2B a piece. Ethan Vogt kept New Munich in check over the final 3 innings while striking out 4.

Next on Tap: #Kegweek is this week as Elrosa travels over to Spring Hill for a 1:30 matinee as the coveted Keg is up for grabs. Read more about the Keg here!

http://www.leaguelineup.com/miscinfo.asp?menuid=30&url=elrosasaints&sid=787990423

 

Elrosa Online Store is ready to kick off 2017 Season

The Saints 2017 online store is ready to roll as spring draws near! Get your Saints Gear order today!

Follow this direct link or use the instructions below!

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ELROSA SAINTS WIN STATE OPENER

 

(Cody Eichers tags out the runner at home plate as the bench cheers on the Saints!)

Click on the link below for pictures from the Saints victory over the Pirates!

http://www.dangelle.com/Sports/2016-MNStateBCBaseball/MN-Class-B-1/Weekend-2/20160827-BlueEarth-vs-Elrosa/

Elrosa 1, Blue Earth 0 (Randy Olson)

For the third time in team history, the Elrosa Saints amateur baseball team is heading to the Sweet 16 round of the Class C state tournament. In the Round of 32 at state, Elrosa beat Blue Earth by a 1-0 score on Saturday, August 27 in Hutchinson to improve to 19-14 overall. The Pirates, who were competing in their 14th straight trip to the state tournament, beat St. Joe 6-0 in the opening round of state last weekend. They had won 12 of their last 14 games and entered the state tournament with close to 30 wins. As of July 26, Blue Earth had a record of 22-3.

 

A key reason behind Elrosa's win was the outstanding pitching of Ethan Vogt, who went the distance while firing a three-hit shut out. Following the game he was quick to praise his defense.

 

 

Randy Olson

(HD video) Shown is Elrosa against Blue Earth in the top of the ninth inning.

"We have played a lot of ball together this year. We have a lot of trust in one another. The team has a nice mix of veterans who have been here many times and new guys who bring a lot of talent to the dugout."

 

Elrosa scored their lone run in the first inning on an infield RBI-single by Cody Eichers. While the Pirates were trying to cut down Eichers at first base, Matt Middendorf scored from second base while beating a put out throw from first at the plate.

Elrosa 1, Blue Earth 0 (Herman Lensing)
Elrosa scored in the bottom of the first, and then held on the defeat Blue Earth Saturday afternoon. Ethan Vogt pitched a complete game allowing three hits and walking three. Elrosa also had an error. Vogt retired the first 12 batters to face him. Matt Middendorf scored the game’s only run in the first inning. He came in from second as Cody Eichers reached on an infield hit.  Blue Earth’s best chance to score came in the sixth inning. Elrosa cut the runner down at the plate to hold the 1-0 lead.  Elrosa plays Plato Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. in Dassel.
 
Elrosa 1, Blue Earth 0
Blue Earth       000 000 000-0 3 0
Elrosa               100 000 000-1 6 1

 

Elrosa: Matt Middendorf 1-1 r 3hp, AJ Hadley 0-3 sf, Austen Hadley 1-4, Cody Eichers 1-4 bi, Matt Schmitz 1-4, Austin Imdieke 0-0, Pat Illies1-3 bb, Ryan Illies 0-0, Kevin Kuefler 1-2 2sf, Ethan Vogt 0-3 hp, Derek Wiener 0-0, James Kuefler 0-3. LOB: Elrosa-10, Blue Earth-6.

Elrosa Saints 1, Blue Earth Pirates 0 @ Hutchinson (MBA website)

Elrosa posted a single run in the bottom of the first and Saints’ ace Ethan Vogt did the rest, as the big righty allowed three hits and three walks on his way to a complete-game shutout and a 1-0 Elrosa win.

Saints leadoff hitter Matt Middendorf scored the game’s lone run and certainly paid the price for his opportunity, getting plunked three times in his four plate appearances. The Elrosa offense was held relatively quiet by Blue Earth’s Aaron Wendt, who allowed only six singles in his eight-inning complete game.

Elrosa catcher Cody Eichers delivered the definitive blow in the first with an RBI single that scored Middendorf and proved enough to hold off the Pirates.

SAINTS CLAIM REGION 15C CROWN

August 15, 2016

SAINTS CLAIM REGION 15C CROWN WITH CLASSIC WIN OVER REGAL

 (The Saints were all smiles after clinching their 2nd Regions title in team history!)

by Herman Lensing

Elrosa-7 Regal-6
Elrosa kept rallying to chip away at Regal leads and winning with a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. With Ethan Vogt on third and Matt Middendorf at second, and two out, Austin Hadley sent a high bounding ball to third. The throw to first pulled the first baseman from bag and Hadley slid under the tag attempt. By that time both Vogt and Middendorf scored to win the game. Regal had built it's lead on home runs by Nathan Meyer and Austin Kampsen as well as RBI singles by Josh Beier and Blake Karsch.  While the Saints made liberal use of sacrifice bunts, it also had a two-run home run by Matt Schmitz. Brady Weller earned the win, pitching the final three innings of the game. Jonah Johnson, drafted from Norway Lake-Sunburg, was charged with the loss.
Regal  200 011 200-6 9 0
Elrosa  010 200 022-7 11 4
Regal: Shane Rademacher 1-5 r Jordan Beier 1-3 r 2sf, Nathan Meyer 1-4 2r bi hr, Chris Beier 0-3 2bb, Derek Dangerud 0-0, Blake Karsch 1-4 2bi, Nathan Beier 1-5, Tyler Kemen r, Jordan Wosmek 0-4 bb sb, Alex Wosmek 0-0, Josh Beier 2-5 bi sb, Austin Kampsen 2-4 r bi hr bb. Elrosa: Middendorf 1-3 r sb 2hp sb, AJ Hadley 0-5, Austen Hadley 1-4 2bi bb, Eichers 3-4 r d sb, Weiner r, Schmitz 2-4 r 2bi hr, P. Illies 3-4 r bi, K. Kuefler 1-2 r 2hp, E. Vogt 1-3 r sf, J. Kuefler 0-2 bi 2sf. Pitching: Rademacher 3i 3h r er bb 3k hp, J. Wosmek I h 2r 2er hp, Kampsen 4i 4h 3r 3er 2k, Jonah Johnson (draftee)-L .1 r er p, Meyer .1i h; Austen Hadley 6i 5h 6r 5er 3bb 2k hp, Brady Weller-W 3i 3h bb 2k. LOB: Regal-11, Elrosa-6.

REGION TITLE GOES DOWN TO THE WIRE

 

(The Saints celebrate their victory over Regal in the Region 15C championship game! photo by Randy Olson)

by Randy Olson

Strictly from a baseball fan's viewpoint, the game that played out between Elrosa and Regal could not have been scripted any better. In the Region 15C amateur baseball tournament finals, the Saints and Eagles went at it for nine stellar innings of baseball on Sunday, August 14 in Paynesville. With fans chanting, shouting and cheering from start to finish, Regal had the upper hand early with a 2-0 first inning lead.

The Saints got one run back in the second inning and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth. The Eagles tied it at 3-3 in the fifth and scored once more in the sixth to go up 4-3. A two-run seventh inning gave Regal a 6-3 lead, and the outlook was bleak in the bottom of the eighth after Elrosa had two ground balls get them down to their final four outs.

Cody Eichers singled and was joined by Matt Schmitz crossing home after Schmitz knocked a home run over the left field fence in the eighth to narrow the gap to one run.

A dramatic ninth inning was set up with the Saints scoring two runs on a bloop infield single by Austen Hadley. The ball chopped off his bat, bounced high one time and was fielded by Eagles third baseman Josh Beier. He threw to first baseman Nathan Beier, who got the tag down on a hard-charging Hadley who dove head first into the base. A bang, bang play, the umpire called Hadley safe on a would-be slide under the tag as his hands reached the base. Ethan Vogt scored from third to tie the game and Matt Middendorf scored the winning run all the way from second base. Fans can watch the video below, which is inconclusive, and see it all play out.

Elrosa's Brady Weller, who pitched the final three innings, earned the win. Jonah Johnson, draftee from Norway Lake-Sunburg, was charged with the loss. More game statistics will be published in the upcoming issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

Final score: Elrosa 7, Regal 6. Earlier in the day, Elrosa beat St. Martin in the elimination final game by a 6-2 score. St. Martin is the No. 3 seed to the state tournament from Region 15C; they last played at state in 2014. The Martins beat Farming 8-3 on Saturday night to get into the elimination bracket final. The Flames advance to state as the No. 4 seed from the region; this is their first state trip since 2002.

*Update: Elrosa drafted Ty Reller of New Munich and Matt Imdieke from Meire Grove to add to their pitching battery for the state tournament.

(Ethan Vogt lays down a sacrifice bunt in the victory over Regal, photo by Randy Olson.)

The Elrosa Saints (18-14 overall) advance to state for the first time since 2013 and are the No. 1 seed from Region 15C for the first time since 2002. They get a first-round bye and will play in the field of 32 at the Class C state tournament with a 5 p.m. game on Saturday, August 27 in Hutchinson. Their opponent won't be determined until the first round of the state tournament begins. The Saints will play either the runner-up of Region 4 or the No. 3 seed out of Region 1. Those two teams play at 12 p.m. on Sunday, August 21 at a site to be determined.*Update: in their state opener the Saints will face either Blue Earth (Region 4 runners-up) or St. Joseph (Region 1 third-place team). Blue Earth and St. Joseph meet in the first round of the state tournament in Hutchinson on Sunday, August 21 at 12 p.m.

 

Randy Olson

(HD video) This eight-plus minute long video shows part of the bottom of the ninth inning play out. The "bang, bang" play that ended the game comes after the seven-minute mark with Austen Hadley batting.

The 2016 Class C amateur baseball tournament will be hosted by Hutchinson, Dassel and Litchfield. This is the first year in the history of Minnesota amateur baseball that three sites are penciled in for use for the tournament. In recent years, two sites are used for all games with a third town picked as a back-up site.

The Regal Eagles (21-9 overall) open up the state tournament at 11 a.m. in Dassel on Saturday, August 20 against the No. 3 seed out of Region 3. This is their first trip to the state tournament since 1997.

CLASS C STATE TOURNAMENT BRACKET

August 15, 2016

Click on the link below to view the 2016 Class C state tournament bracket. 

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scoremonsterclients/2/pdf/statetourneys/2016/2016+Class+C+state+tournament+bracket.pdf

 

ELROSA BOUNCES MARTINS FROM REGIONS

August 15, 2016

SAINTS BOUNCE MARTINS FROM REGIONS

(Cody Eichers rips a single in the victory vs. St. Martin Sunday afternoon in Paynesville.)

Elrosa 6, St. Martin 2

by Herman Lensing

Elrosa won the playback final 6-2 over St. Martin. St. Martin will go to state as the number three seed. Elrosa never trailed after taking a 1-0 fourth inning lead. The Saints played an excellent small ball game finishing with four sacrifices and an equal number of bunt singles. James Kuefler doubled for the Saints. Matt Middendorf had three hits. Aaron Vogt started and worked six innings to pick up the win. Austin Imdieke earned the save. Brent Heinen was charged with the loss. Kyle Lieser, Taylor Holthaus and Jordan Moscho all had two hits for the Martins.
Elrosa  000 100 221-6 12 0
St. Martin     000 000 020-2 8 0


Elrosa: Matt Middendorf 3-4, AJ Hadley 1-3 bb sf, Ryan IIlies 0-0, Austen Hadley 1-4 r sf, Cody Eichers 2-5 r, Derek Weiner r,  Matt Schmitz 1-3 2hp, Pat Illies1-4 bi, Kevin Kuefler 2-4 r 2bi, Ethan Vogt 0-3 sf, James Kuefler 1-3 2r bi d sf.St. Martin: Kyle Lieser 2-4 r, Taylor Holthaus 2-3 r bb, Bryan Schlangen 1-3 hp, Jordan Moscho 2-3 bb, Chas Hennen 0-0, Jared Overman 0-3, Josh Stangler 0-1, Scott Schlangen 0-4, Michael Schlangen 0-1, Ben Schroeder 0-2 bb, Austin Arceneau 0-3 sf, Matthew Schlangen 1-3, Jaylyn Arceneau 0-1. Pitching: Aaron Vogt-W 6i 5h 2bb 6k hp, Austin Imdieke-S 3i 3r 2er 2k; Brent Heinen-l 6.1I 4h 3r 2er 1bb 3k 3hp, S. Schlangen 1.2i 8h 3r 3er, Holthaus 1i k. LOB: Elrosa-8, St. Martin-7. DP:Elrosa-1, St. Martin-1.

 

(Austin Imdieke covers home during the Region 15C victory over St. Martin, photo by Randy Olson.)

August 7, 2016

SAINTS PUNCH TICKET TO STATE!

(The Saints celebrate their victory over Farming. photo by Randy Olson)

Paynesville--The Elrosa Saints clinched a berth in the State tournament with victories over Farming and Richmond at the Region 15C tourney Saturday afternoon in Paynesville. In the first game against Farming, Elrosa scored two runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to a take a 2-1 lead and Ethan Vogt finished the complete game with a scoreless 9th inning to secure the victory. AJ Hadley led off the inning with a hit followed by a sac bunt from Austen Hadley. Cody Eichers then singled to put runners on the corners and Matt Schmitz picked up an RBI to tie the game at one. Pat Illies then drove in Eichers with a two-out single to put the Saints ahead. Elrosa turned one of three double plays in the 9th inning to aid Vogt's complete game effort. 

(Pat Illies stretches for a double play in the top of the 9th inning, photo by Herman Lensing)

Game two saw Richmond rattle off five straight hits to start the game and took a 3-0 lead before Austin Imdieke was called on in relief. Imdieke locked down the Royals for seven innings before giving way to Aaron Vogt. Imdieke came into the game in a tough spot and grabbed the bull by the horns in a memorable performance. Elrosa answered with two runs of their own in the first inning and then tied the game on a Vogt single in the third inning. The Saints kept the pressure on as Imdieke continued to carve up Royal hitters. The orange and navy punched across runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to take a 7-3 lead into the 8th inning. Aaron Vogt threw two scoreless innings in relief to capture the victory and send the Saints to the State tourney for the 7th time in team history. 

There is still work to be done in Region 15C however, as the Saints will take on Regal Friday August 12th at 7:30 at Paynesville in a winner's bracket game. The Saints will play at least two games next weekend to determine the Region 15C winner as well as seeding for the State tourney. 

SAINTS EARN 10TH SCL NORTH PLAYOFF CROWN

SAINTS EARN 10TH SCL NORTH PLAYOFF CROWN

(Pat Illies hit a two run home run to boost the lead to 5-1).

ELROSA--For the 10th time in organization history, the Elrosa Saints earned the SCL North Playoff championship with a 7-3 win over Meire Grove on Sunday afternoon in Elrosa. The Saints jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI double by Austen Hadley and RBI triple by Cody Eichers. Meire Grove answered with one run in second inning but starting pitcher Austen Hadley induced a double play ground ball to escape the inning. Elrosa answered right back with three runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two run home run from Pat Illies. The Saints kept the pressure on with runs in the 7th and 8th innings on a suicide squeeze from Ethan Vogt and and RBI single from Matt Middendorf. After six solid innings, Hadley gave way to Aaron Vogt who threw two effective innings and escaped a bases loaded jam with a strikeout. Brady Weller threw a scoreless 9th inning to seal the victory for the Saints. Elrosa didn't committ an error on defense with the play of the day coming from a diving stop and throw from James Kuefler. Saints hitters took advantage of a plethora of walks, bean balls, and nicely executed sac bunts to keep the offensive pressure on all afternoon. The Saints will open up Region 15C play on Saturday in Paynesville. 

2016 ELROSA SAINTS

Back row: Pat Illies, Ethan Vogt, Cody Eichers, Kevin Kuefler, Aaron Vogt, James Kuefler, Jacob Weller, Eddie Martin, Austin Imdieke and Derek Wiener. Middle row: Steve Mueller, AJ Hadley, Matt Middendorf, Austen Hadley, Brady Weller, Matt Schmitz and Brandon Roelike. Not pictured: Ryan Illies. Front row: Bat boys, Jaren Vogt, Luke Illies and Ethan Mueller. 

 

VOGT LEADS SAINTS PAST STREAKS IN PLAYOFF OPENER

VOGT LEADS SAINTS PAST STREAKS IN PLAYOFF OPENER

 

NEW MUNICH--Ethan Vogt threw a complete game six hitter and hit a solo home run to lead Elrosa past New Munich in the first round of the SCL North playoffs. Vogt struck out six and scattered six hits in a dominating performance. The win punched the ticket to the Region 15C tourney in Paynesville next weekend and set up a Sunday showdown with Meire Grove for the SCL North playoff championship. The game will be played at noon in Elrosa.  

LOSS SETS UP REMATCH NEXT WEEK IN 1ST ROUND OF PLAYOFFS

(Ethan threw seven innings giving up 0 earned runs)

ELROSA--Jim Thull shut down the Saints Sunday afternoon as the veteran right hander threw a complete game two hitter to hand Elrosa the #3 seed for the upcoming playoffs. Matt Middendorf led off the game with a single and the Saints wouldn't get another hit until the 9th inning. Ethan Vogt threw seven effective innings on the mound and was the hard luck loser thanks in part to two unearned runs. Cody Eichers had the other hit for Elrosa who will face New Munich again next Saturday in the opening round of the SCL North playoffs. New Munich was seeded #2 with Elrosa falling all the way to #3. Spring Hill won the division and will host Meire Grove on Saturday. Sunday, the two winners and two losers will meet in hopes of punching their ticket to the Region tourney in Paynesville the following weekend. 

GROVERS CLIP SAINTS 2-1

GROVERS CLIP SAINTS 2-1

(AJ Hadley with the only RBI single)

MEIRE GROVE--Matt Imdieke pitched a complete game three-hitter as the Grovers came from behind to beat the Saints Sunday afternoon in Meire Grove. AJ Hadley had an RBI single in 6th inning but that was all the offense the orange and navy could generate off the veteran right-hander. Matt Schmitz and Austen Hadley had the other base knocks for Elrosa. Hadley started on the mound, struck out nine batters, and cruised until the 8th inning when a two-out bases loaded walk tied the game. Austin Imdieke pitched the ninth inning for the Saints and took the loss. Elrosa played error free ball for the second consecutive game. The loss further complicated matters in the SCL North playoff picture as New Munich also suffered a one-run loss on Sunday to Richmond. Spring Hill came from behind to beat Greenwald and slid into first place in the process. The Chargers control their own destiny next weekend with two SCL games while the Saints and Silverstreaks meet on Sunday in Elrosa. Wednesday the Saints host Raymond and Friday they host the Cold Spring Rockies before setting up a showdown with the Streaks on Sunday in Elrosa. 

SCL North Standings

Spring Hill 7-4 (vs. St. Martin, @ Farming)

New Munich 7-5 (@ Elrosa)

Elrosa 7-5 (vs. New Munich)

Meire Grove 5-7 

Greenwald 1-11

 

SAINTS BLAST RANGERS 13-1

SAINTS BLAST RANGERS, 13-1

 

ELROSA--The Elrosa Saints tore the cover off the ball Friday night with a dominating victory over Roscoe. The Saints scored five runs, all on two outs, in the first two innings and never looked back as they cruised to the seven inning win. The victory puts the Saints back in a first place tie in the SCL North with New Munich. Both teams have two games remaining to decide the #1 seed for the league playoffs.

Matt Schmitz collected three hits and drove in five runs to lead the Saints offensively. AJ Hadley picked up three questionable RBIs on a "Schoenberg single" to right center which proved to be the knockout punch. Brady Weller recorded the victory on the mound. Weller escaped a no-out bases loaded jam in the first inning. Weller picked up a strike out to record the first out and then James Kuefler started a nice 5-2-3 double play to end the threat. The defense played solid all night as the boys in blue didn't commit and error. Ethan Vogt pitched the final two scoreless innings in relief in his first action back on the mound in nearly a month. Elrosa travels to Meire Grove on Sunday with first pitch slated for 1:30 p.m.

SCL North Standings (games remaining)

New Munich 7-4 (@Richmond, @ Elrosa)

Elrosa 7-4           (@ Meire Grove, vs. New Munich)

Spring Hill 6-4    (vs. Greenwald, @ St. Martin, @ Farming)

Meire Grove 4-7 (vs. Elrosa, vs. Greenwald)

Greenwald 1-10 (@ Spring Hill, @ Meire Grove)

 

 

SAINTS KEEP THE KEG IN THE CLOSET WITH 8-6 VICTORY

July 13, 2016

SAINTS KEEP KEG IN THE CLOSET WITH 8-6 VICTORY

 

(SCHMITTY LOOKING SHARP AT SHORTSTOP FOR THE SAINTS!)

ELROSA--The Elrosa Saints moved into a three-way tie for first place in the SCL North with an 8-6 victory over arch rival Spring Hill Friday night in Elrosa. The annual battle for the keg didn't disappoint as a large crowd turned out to see a great baseball game. The Chargers came out of the gates swinging as they jumped Elrosa starting pitcher Austin Imdieke for four runs in the first frame. Imdieke would settle down and blank the Charger hitters for the following five innings in a nice overall performance. Spring Hill took advantage of two errors and two hit batsmen followed by two consecutive two out singles to plate their four runs. Elrosa answered right back however with two runs of their one in the first inning and Cody Eichers picked up an RBI sacrifice fly followed by a Matt Schmitz RBI single. The Saints stayed consistent all evening as they continually had runners in scoring position. The heavenly hitters tied the game at four in the third inning as Eichers ripped an RBI triple to plate Austen Hadley. Eichers then scampered home on the next pitch as Schmitz hit an RBI ground out. Matt Middendorf's RBI single in the fifth put the Saints up 5-4 as Elrosa added two more runs in the sixth inning as well. Pat Ilies scored on a wild pitch and Ethan Vogt ripped an RBI double to center to plate Kevin Kuefler. Spring Hill finally answered with a run of their own in the seventh inning to make the score 7-5. After a Sports Center highlight reel catch by Kuefler in center, the soon to be teacher would add an RBI double in the 8th to put the lead back at three runs. Aaron Vogt pitched the final three innings and wiggled his way out of a ninth inning jam to pick up the save. Overall, the Saints ripped 13 hits in the victory and left 12 men on base while committing three errors. The Saints will have two games next weekend starting with a SCL game at home versus Roscoe on Friday @ 7:30 p.m. and a SCL North match-up @ Meire Grove on Sunday @ 1:30 p.m. 

STEARNS COUNTY NORTH STANDINGS (3 games left)

NEW MUNICH 7-4

ELROSA  6-4

SPRING HILL  6-4

MEIRE GROVE  4-7

GREENWALD  1-10

 

 

Vogt, Hadley Powers Saints Past Cubs

July 4, 2016

VOGT, HADLEY POWER SAINTS PAST CUBS

(Aaron Vogt strikes out 9 for the victory!)

ELROSA--Aaron Vogt threw seven scoreless innings and Austen Hadley put one in the rhubarb as he provided the knock out punch with a two run home run in a five run seventh inning as the Saints swept the season series from the Cubs 6-2 Friday night in Elrosa. Kevin Kuefler provided the offensive spark with three hits for the orange and navy who got two hits from Matt Middendorf and Brandon Roelike and doubles from Cody Eichers and AJ Hadley. Somehow, AJ picked up two RBIs on a squeeze bunt play and he didn't even touch the ball in the four run seventh inning. Elrosa played flawlessly on defense and were highlighted by Matt Schmitz's deep play in the hole at short to end the game. Brady Weller pitched the final two innings and wiggled himself out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the 8th inning. The Saints move to 5-4 in the SCL North and 9-10 overall. First place in the SCL North race will be on the line next Friday when the Chargers come to town. Elrosa will host rival Spring Hill next Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the 77th playing of the Battle for the Keg! Read up on the heated rivalry that dates back to 1939! http://www.leaguelineup.com/miscinfo.asp?menuid=30&url=elrosasaints&sid=127460817

 

ILLIES' GRAND SLAM PROPELS SAINTS TO VICTORY

June 26, 2016

SCHMITZ, KUEFLER, & ILLIES GO DEEP IN 10-5 VICTORY

 

(Kevin Kuefler joins the home run race with a two-run shot!)

LAKE HENRY--Matt Schmitz and Kevin Kuefler each hit two-run homeruns and Pat Illies hit a grand slam to lift the Saints to an SCL win Sunday afternoon in Lake Henry. Austen Hadley pitched a complete game for the orange and navy who picked up their fourth league win of the summer. The Saints knocked out 15 hits in the victory as they took advantage of short fences and strong wind. Schmitz and Kuefler each hit their bombs in a five run 2nd inning. The Saints added another run on a Brandon Roelike RBI sacrifice fly. The Lakers cut the lead to 6-3 in the sixth when Illies smashed his bases clearing grand slam to put the game out of reach. Schmitz finished with three hits while AJ Hadley and Cody Eichers each collected a pair of knocks to aid the offensive attack. Elrosa will host Greenwald on Friday July 1st. 

*Congrats to Cody Eichers on his home run hitting contest championship before the All-Star game on Friday night in Elrosa! Eichers outdueled Scott Rambow of New London-Spicer, Peter Lueken of Greenwald, and Nathan Meyer of Regal in the finals. Here is a link to the Home Run Derby!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DrD1Iuz5Oo&feature=youtu.be

 

SAINTS DROP 2 GAMES @ MILLER HIGH LIFE TOURNEY

OFFENSE GOES SILENT IN TWO TOURNEY LOSSES

 

(Kevin Kuefler safely slide into 2nd base for the Saints!)

Arlington/Gaylord-The Elrosa Saints only played about two hours of baseball but it took the entire weekend to do so as the Saints fell to St. Michael and Bird Island at the Miller High Life tourney this past weekend. The Saints received a great pitching effort from Brady Weller in Saturday's contest vs. St. Michael. Weller only gave up two hits but the Saints failed to push their own runs across and fell 2-0 despite outhitting St. Michael.

Sunday was a cluster from the get go. Elrosa was set to play Pine Island at noon in the loser's bracket quarterfinal. The Pine Island circus failed to set up or communicate that they couldn't find 9 guys off of their 40 man roster to play and the Saints ended up winning by forfeit which set the entire bracket into a frenzy. Elrosa iced their black eyes and took a nap before heading over to Gaylord to face Bird Island at 4 p.m. 

The Saints came out swinging as they pounded out 11 hits but failed to score a run until a Matt Schmitz RBI single in the 7th inning. Matt Middendorf and Kevin Kuefler each had three hits while Brandon Roelike smacked two. Austin Imdieke took the loss on the mound after throwing four innings while Austen Hadley cleaned up the final two frames. 

Elrosa will resume Stearns County League play this Sunday with a trip to Lake Henry. Friday, Austen Hadley and Cody Eichers will represent the Saints in the annual County Line vs. Stearns County All-Star game. Eichers will participate in the home run derby slated for 6:30 p.m. and both players will play in the game with first pitch scheduled for 8:15 p.m. in Elrosa. 

*A shout out to Greenwald for their first SCL win since 2013!

SAINTS TAKE DOWN TITANS, FALL TO CLIPPERS

EICHERS AND HADLEY SELECTED TO ALL-STAR TEAM

 

(Cody Eichers will represent Elrosa at this year's Mid-Summer Classic!)

ELROSA--The Elrosa Saints continued to play solid fundamental baseball this past weekend as they split their pair of games with a victory over rival Sauk Centre and a loss to a strong Watkins ball club. Friday, the Saints scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-1 lead over the Titans. Austin Imdieke pitched eight strong innings to pick up the victory. Saturday, the orange and navy traveled to Wakins to face the Clippers in the annual Stearns County vs. Central Valley League challenge. The Saints battled and were aided by a two run home-run from James Kuefler but it wasn't enough as Elrosa fell in extra innings 4-3. Saturday night, the Saints hashed it out over a quick six of cold ones and celebrated Pat Illies' wedding reception in Brooten. Sunday, Austen Hadley and Cody Eichers were selected to the All-Star team which will be played in Elrosa on June 24th. Eichers will also represent the Saints in the home run derby which starts @ 6:30 p.m.

This weekend the heavenly hitters will make their annual trek down to the Miller High Life Classic tournament in Gaylord and Arlington. Elrosa will open the tourney with a contest against St. Michael on Saturday morning with first pitch slated for 10:15 a.m. in Gaylord. If the Saints win, they will play at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and if they lose, they will play Saturday at 4:30 versus the winner/loser of Pine Island and Stark, both games would be in Arlington. Depending on wins and losses, Elrosa will play at 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Click on the link for the Miller High Life bracket, https://twitter.com/GaylordIslander

 

 

SAINTS EARN CONSOLATION TITLE IN MORRIS

SAINTS EARN CONSOLATION TITLE IN MORRIS

MORRIS--The Elrosa Saints went 2-1 on the weekend which earned them the consolation title at the Mike Johnson Memorial Tournament in Morris. The Saints suffered a 2-1 loss to the host Eagles on Friday night and then rebounded with a 4-1 win on Saturday over Kimball and then ended the tourney with a 9-0 victory versus Ada.

Austin Imdieke threw a great game against Morris on Friday night. Imdieke gave up two first inning runs and then blanked the Eagles the rest of the way. The Saints failed to get the bats going against the Eagle pitching staff and left a number of runners in scoring position throughout the seven inning contest. 

After watching an error fest in game two followed by a lengthy hash session at the Met Friday night, the Saints responded with a solid 4-1 victory over a good Kimball squad. Brady Weller was lights out for the Saints as the veteran right hander kept the Express off balance all afternoon. The Saints fell behind 1-0 early but quickly took the lead back on RBI singles from Brandon "Ralph" Roelike and AJ Hadley. Elrosa tacked on two more insurance runs on an RBI single from Derek Wiener in the sixth inning.The orange and navy executed some small ball and turned three double plays without making an error. Weller picked up the victory in a complete game effort.

Sunday, the Saints regrouped after a rib fest, Gardetto feed and a hot tub time machine to shut out Ada by a score of 9-0. The heavenly hitters smashed 17 hits in the contest and didn't commit an error on their way to earning the consolation title. Austen Hadley threw five shutout innings and Aaron Vogt closed the door with two scoreless innings of relief. Matt Middendorf, Matt Schmitz, Cody Eichers, Austen Hadley, AJ Hadley, James Kuefler, and Brandon Roelike each had multiple hits in the victory. The highlight of the day came from a Ed Martin snow cone catch in right field. 

Friday the Saints host Sauk Centre in Elrosa @ 8 p.m. and then will travel to Watkins on Saturday to challenge the Clippers at noon. 

SAINTS DROP 2 GAMES OVER MEMORIAL WEEKEND

(Brady Weller fires a strike versus Farming on Friday night in Elrosa!)

SAINTS TRYING TO "FIGURE IT OUT"

The Elrosa Saints dropped both games last weekend to Farming and Richmond to fall to 3-4 in Stearns County League play. The Saints held leads in both games but coughed up the difference and then some with a plethora of ill timed errors and miscues. The orange and navy received great pitching performances from Austin Imdieke, Brady Weller, Aaron Vogt, and Austen Hadley throughout the course of the weekend. Cody Eichers belted a two-run homerun @ Richmond for the offensive highlight of the weekend. This weekend the Saints will look to figure it out at the Mike Johnson Memorial Tournament in Morris. Elrosa will play the host Eagles on Friday at 6:30 and then will get the winner/loser of Fergus Falls and Kimball on Saturday. Sunday the Saints will also play in Morris against an opponent to be determined. 

HADLEY'S LEADS ORANGE PAST GROVERS

(The Saints high-five after clinching the victory over the Grovers!)

HADLEY'S LEAD ORANGE PAST GROVERS

ELROSA--AUSTEN HADLEY THREW A COMPLETE GAME TO LEAD THE SAINTS PAST THE GROVERS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN ELROSA. MEIRE GROVE TOOK AN EARLY 1-0 LEAD IN THE FIRST INNING BUT THE SAINTS QUICKLY ANSWERED WITH A TWO-OUT TWO-RUN SINGLE BY AJ HADLEY. MEIRE GROVE TIED IT AT 2 THE FOLLOWING INNING BUT THE SAINTS TOOK BACK THE LEAD WITH AN RBI DOUBLE FROM MATT MIDDENDORF.

THE SCORE REMAINED THE SAME UNTIL AJ HADLEY'S RBI TRIPLE ATTEMPT IN THE 6TH INNING. HADLEY LACED A LINER TO THE RIGHT FIELD CORNER AND HUSTLED HIS WAY IN BETWEEN 2ND AND 3RD BASE BEFORE THE OXYGEN TANK GAVE OUT. REGARDLESS, THE SAINTS ADDED AN EXTRA INSURANCE RUN TO MAKE THE SCORE 4-2. THE GROVERS PUSH ACROSS A RUN IN THE 8TH AND THREATENED IN THE 9TH BUT THE SAINTS GOT OUT OF THE JAM TO SECURE THE WIN.

JAMES KUEFLER COLLECTED THREE HITS ON THE DAY TO PACE THE ORANGE AND NAVY. ELROSA HOSTS FARMING ON FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE TRAVELING TO RICHMOND ON SUNDAY IN THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY MUSTACHE GAME.

New Munich tops Saints 4-2

("Big Game" James Kuefler connects for one of his 3 hits on the day!)

NEW MUNICH TOPS SAINTS 4-2

(Herman Lensing)

New Munich-4 Elrosa-2

The Silverstreaks joined the Lakers as the last two unbeaten team in the SCL. Pace by a 2-for-3 day from Jon Gaebel and a 2-for-4 day by Hunter Rademacher, New Munich topped Elrosa 4-2. Ty Reller earned the win pitching seven innings. Jim Thull picked up the save. Elrosa’s Brandon Roelike and AJ Hadley both doubled. Austin Imdieke was charged with the loss.

Martins outduel Elrosa

(Kevin smashed 2 hits for Elrosa!)

MARTINS OUTDUEL ELROSA

(Herman Lensing)

St. Martin-6 Elrosa-3

The Martins over came 12 strikeouts by Elrosa starter Ethan Vogt to post a 6-3 win. The loss was Elrosa’s first of the year. Bryan Schlangen’s 3-for-4 day led the Martins. Matthew Schlangen added two hits and Taylor Holthaus doubled.  The Saints had two hits from Cody Eichers and Kevin Kuefler. Ben Schroeder earned the win and Scott Schlangen the save. Vogt was charged with the loss. Austen Hadley also pitched.

The Keg is back in the Closet as the Saints defeat Spring Hill 9-7

The Keg is back in the Closet as the Saints defeat Spring Hill 9-7

A topsy-turvy, back-and-forth affair played out on Sunday afternoon (May 1) as the Elrosa Saints and Spring Hill Chargers resumed their storied amateur baseball rivalry at Chargers Field.

Their last meeting resulted in the end of Elrosa's season last year at the Region 15C tournament, a state-qualifying game no less.Through three innings Spring Hill led 4-2. After seven innings were complete, the Chargers expanded that lead to 6-3.

 Elrosa got two runs back in the top of the eighth inning while holding Spring Hill scoreless in their next at bat. A four-run top of the ninth fueled Elrosa's win, and their defense held the hosts to just one run in the final at bat for a final score of 9-7.

Elrosa had 13 hits in the game, while Spring Hill had 12 hits off of Elrosa pitchers Austen Hadley (IP-6, K-6 BB-1) and Aaron Vogt (W, IP-3, K-3 BB-3).

 Spring Hill’s Chris Spanier was tagged with the loss while pitching in relief in the final inning. The Saints were held to five hits across the first seven innings by starter Austin Schoenberg and Louie Opatz. Elrosa's Matt Schmitz had a leadoff home run in the third inning, Ethan Vogt had a leadoff home run in the eighth and Kevin Kuefler followed suit with a leadoff home run in the ninth. Article courtesy of Randy Olson-Bonanza Valley Voice. Read more in this week's issue of the Bonanza Valley Voice newspaper.

 Elrosa - 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 4 -- 9

 Spring Hill - 0 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 -- 7

 

 (Bat boy Brody enjoying his new seat!)

Saints win SCL opener over Greenwald

Elrosa's Aaron Vogt stretched for a throw to put out Greenwald's Nick Rademacher in the game at Greenwald Sunday.  While the throw was wide Vogt caught it in time to tag Rademacher.

(Photo and Article courtesy of Herman Lensing)

 Elrosa blanks Greenwald

Elrosa pitchers proved the more effective in battle of pitchers this afternoon at Greenwald.
Behind the three-hit, 15-strikeout effort of Ethan Vogt and Austen Hadley, Elrosa posted a 5-0 win in the season opener.  The  Saints also made good defensive plays. The top one being a sliding catch by centerfielder Kevin Kuefler to rob Kegan Stueve of a hit.
Greenwald’s pitching and defense was also effective. While Elrosa was always threatening to add more runs, Greenwald found ways to thwart most of those threats.  Relief pitcher Pete Lucken struck out five in two innings.
The Saints scored two unearned runs in the first inning on a two-run single by Kevin Kuefler.  Matt Middendor’s lead off home run in the seventh inning was the big hit of the game. Austen Hadley, who had three hits, doubled in runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Greenwald’s only extra base hit was a double by Tyler Thomas in the eighth inning. He was the only Cub runner to reach third base. Mitch Worms and Nick Rademacher both singled for the Cubs.Vogt the in good form striking out 10 in six innings.

Upcoming Games/Practices

Sunday, Apr 30
Elrosa @ Spring Hill1:30pmSpring Hill
Saturday, May 6
Elrosa @ Raymond2:00pmRaymond
Sunday, May 7
Elrosa @ Greenwald1:30pmGreenwald
Saturday, May 13
Elrosa @ St. Martin8:00pmSt. Martin
Sunday, May 21
Meire Grove @ Elrosa1:30pmGumby Bauer Stadium (Elrosa)

For a complete schedule listing, click here!