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Aaron Vogt Fans Flames, Strikes out 9 in CG 2-1 Victory

July 13, 2018
Stearns County League
Elrosa’s Derek Wiener could not beat the throw from Farming catcher Cody Fourre to first baseman Tylor Schroeder for a strike out Friday night. There were 19 batters struck out in 2-1 Elrosa win.
Elrosa’s Aaron Vogt (right) struck out nine batters in a complete game 2-1 
Elrosa win Friday.
  Farming Brad Mergen struck out eight batters in six 
innings in taking the loss.Relief pitcher Tylor Schroeder struck out
 two batters in two innings for Farming.
It was a vintage performance by two veteran pitchers in the Elrosa’s 2-1 over Farming this evening in Elrosa. Winning pitcher Aaron Vogt went the distance in the game allowing five hits but only one earned run. He struck out five. Farming’s Brad Mergen pitched six innings allowing two run, one earned, and striking out eight on four walks and a hit batter. Tylor Schroeder finished for Farming striking out two with one walk and hit batter. The Flames defense turned two double plays behind their pitchers.
Elrosa scored first taking a 2-0 lead on a two-out double by Derek Wiener and singles by Brandon Roelike and Jackson Peter.  Austin Imdieke’s sacrifice moved Roelike to third base. He scored Kevin Kuefler reached on an error.
Farming, which a couple of chances to take the lead. Scored only in the sixth inning.  Mergen reached base on a fielder’s choice that scored Schroeder.  Schroeder led all batters with two hits.
The win resulted in a tightening of standings in the VL-South as Richmond topped St. Martin 11-7 on Friday night. Richmond, led by three hits from Cole Schmitz and Adam Backes, took over the lead in the game with a five-run fifth inning. Dan Hanson and Trent Gertken homered for Richmond. Bryan Schlangen and Kyle Lieser had round trippers for St. Martin. DJ Schleicher earned the win and Scott Schlangen the loss.
Elrosa-2 Farming-1
Farming          000 001 000-1 5 1
Elrosa             000 200 00x-2 4 3
Farming: Taylor Fourre 0-4, Tylor Schroeder 2-4, Carter Kotzer r, Kyle Zierden 0-4, Cody Fourre 1-3 sf, Kyle Lieser 0-0, Carey Shay 0-0, Brad Mergen 0-4 bi, Robert Schleper 0-0, Ethan Navratil 1-4, Mitchell Thelen 0-3 bb, Craig Klein 0-4 sb, Austin Arceneau 0-0, Eric Schmitt 0-2, Dylan Panek 0-1, Zack Koltes 0-1. Elrosa: Kevin Kuefler 1-4 2sb, James Kuefler 0-3 hp, Cody Eichers 0-4, Ethan Vogt 0-2 bb, AJ Hadley 0-1, Matt Schmitz 0-3 hp, Derek Wiener 1-4 r d, Brandon Roelike 1-3 r, Jackson Peter 1-1 bi 2bb, Austin Imdieke 0-1 bb sf. Pitching: Mergen-L 6i 4h 2r er 4bb 8k hp, Schroeder 2i 2k hp; Aaron Vogt 9i 5h r er 9k. LOB: Farming-7, Elrosa-7. DP: Farming-2.  


Keg is staying in Elrosa, as Aaron Vogt strikes out 10 in 6-0 victory

June 22, 2018
June 23, 2018
Stearns County League
Batboys Abe (left) and Jaren Vogt were all smiles after Elrosa won 6-0 in a Battle of the Keg game with Spring Hill.
Owen Meyer was one of the two batters 
from Spring Hill to get a hit against Elrosa on Friday.
BY: Herman Lensing
Elrosa and Spring Hill intensity was not fake
On the line the keg bragging rights at stake.
They came to Elrosa went under the lights
Using baseballs, gloves and bats in their fight
Spring Hill struck first with single in the first
Then Charger bats went as if they were cursed
Elrosa’s however, seemed to have charms
Putting out a tattoo of hits from Charger arms
Five singles the pounded in the first for fun
Taking a three-oh lead before being done.
Then in the second Cody Eichers hit hard
Giving Elrosa five-oh lead in its own yard.
But above all the hits stood the man on the mound
Aaron Vogt was in great form, Spring Hill not none sound
Few batter were a to avoid being out
They usually returned to the dugout.
The Saints lead the night was never in trouble
Brandon Roelike scored then after a double.
Vogt remained hard hit and pitched inning eight
The left them game with 10 strikeouts on his plate
In Elrosa the celebrated the well played
Few fans complained no were dismayed
They new for while their hat they could peg
To fact they had once again kept the keg.
Elrosa 6, Spring Hill 0
Spring Hill      000 000 000-0 2 0
Elrosa           320 000 10x-6 14 1
Spring Hill: Eric Terres 1-3 bb sb, Dylan Meyer 0-0, Nathan Terres 0-4, Eric Schoenberg 0-2 hp, Brandon Welle hp, Austin Schoenberg 0-4, Jamie Terres 0-4, Anthony Revermann 0-4, Brent Terres 0-2, Erik Barten 0-1, Carter Tschida 0-2, Jordan Orbeck 0-1, Owen Meyer 1-3.  Elrosa: Kevin Kuefler 2-2 2r 2bb, Ed Martin 0-1, Matt Schmitz 0-5, Cody Eichers 3-4 2 2b d hr bb, Ethan Vogt 2-4 r bb, Derek Wiener 2-4 2bi, Brandon Roelike 3-3 r d, Michael Bendix 0-0, Brady Reller 0-2 bb, Evan Wiener 1-1 r, Ryan Illies 0-3, Ryan Olmscheid sf, Austin Imdieke 1-4. Pitching: Jordan Welle-L 1.1i 7h 7r 7er bb k, Tschida 4.1i 3h 5bbk, E. Terres 1.1i h r er, Revermann 1i h 2k; Aaron Vogt-W 8i 2h 10k bb hb, E. Vogt 1i hb. LOB: Spring Hill-5, Elrosa-10. DP: Spring Hill-2.

May 27, 2018
May 27, 2018
Stearns County League
Lake Henry’s Sam Hopfer took a toss from teammate Jason Kampsen to force out Elrosa’s Cody Eichers, then threw to force for a double play against Elrosa. The Saints won the game 2-0 in a night game at Elrosa.
Ethan Vogt struck out 11 and scattered 
five Lake Henry hits in the game Sunday 

night. Vogt retired the first 11 batters he 
faced in the game.
Nail-biter games were the rule in Stearns County League action – and a few of the results were a bit surprising.
Elrosa’s 2-0 win over Lake Henry Sunday night closed out SCL action for this week, but it was just one of four SCL match-ups on Sunday with a low score. In other games Sunday, Greenwald topped Farming 8-7, winning the game with a game-ending double play; New Munich used a two-run home run by Will Funk to top Roscoe 2-0; and Meire Grove got a complete game from Matt Imdieke in the 2-0 win over St. Martin. The exception to the nail-bite trend was Richmond’s 17-7 7-inning win over Spring Hill. That game was more in line with Saturday games at New Munich (an 11-1 seven-inning win over Farming; and Roscoe’s 13-2 seven-inning win over Elrosa. The Saints rebound from that loss for the win over Lake Henry. Brady Weller, who singled in the third inning, took second on a wild pitch. He was moved to third by Austin Imdieke’s sacrifice bunt (Imdieke reached on an error) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Kuefler. Ethan Vogt, the winning pitcher helped his own cause grounding into a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning. That ground ball enabled Matt Schmitz, who had doubled, to score. When Lake Henry attempted to double up Vogt, the throw went wide and Schmitz scored.  On the mound, however, was where Vogt was shining. His complete game effort resulted in 11 strikeouts and one walk. The Lakers first 11 batters went down in order.  Jason Kampsen snapped that string with passed the shortstop. Kampsen would have one more hit. He was on third after his second hit, when Lake Henry had their best chance to score. With one out his single and two Elrosa errors loaded the bases. Vogt got the next batter to hit into a short-second-first double play to end the inning. Shane Kampsen’ eight inning double gave Lake Henry its last real threat, but the Lakers could not get him in.  Aaron Savelkoul gave up eight hits in the loss.
Elrosa 2, Lake Henry 0
Lake Henry 000 000 000-0 5 3
Elrosa        001 000 01x-2 8 4
Lake Henry: Shane Kampsen 1-4, Josh Kampsen 0-4, Jason Kampsen 2-4, Max Weidner sb Aaron Savelkoul 0-4, Grant Ludwig 0-4, Nick Dingman 1-4, Adam Miller 0-3, Adam Jaeger 1-1, Carter Wessel 0-1, Weston Brinkman 0-3 bb, Sam Hopfer 0-3. Elrosa: Kevin Kuefler 0-3 bi sf, Matt Schmitz 2-4 r, Cody Eichers 0-3 bb, Ethan Vogt 1-4, Ryan Olmscheid 0-0, James Kuefler 2-3 bb, Derek Wiener 0-4, AJ Hadley 1-3, Brady Weller 2-3, Aaron Vogt 0-0, Austin Imdieke 0-2 sf. Pitching: Savelkoul-L 8i 8h 2r 2er 2bb 3k, E. Vogt-W 9i 5h bb 11k. LOB: Lake Henry-7, Elrosa-5. DP: Lake Henry-2, Elrosa-1.


The Saints defeated their Stearns County League rival the Grovers, backed by a pair of very good pitching performances. Austin Imdieke started on the mound for the Saints, he threw seven innings to earn the win. He scattered four hits, surrendered just one run and he recorded three strikeouts. Ethan Vogt threw the final two innings in relief to earn the save, he gave up one hit and he recorded four strikeouts. Brady Weller went 1-for-3 with a big two run home run and Cody Eichers went 1-for-4 with a big home run. Veteran Aaron Vogt went 1-for-3 with a home run and James Kuefler went 1-for-3 and he scored a run. Evan Wiener and Brandon Roelke both earned walks.

The Grovers’ Matt Imdieke was the starting pitcher, he threw seven innings. He gave up five hits, issued one walk, surrendered four runs and he recorded six strikeouts. Ben Klaphake threw one inning in relief, he issued a pair of walks and he recorded two strikeouts. Brady Birch threw the final inning in relief, he issued one walk and he recorded three strikeouts. Anthony Weller went 1-for-3 with a RBI and Jordan Klaphake went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. Andrew Weller, Tanner Klaphake and Drake Meyer all went 1-for-4. Tyler Moscho earned a walk, he was hit by a pitch and he scored a run and Jordan Klaphake had a sacrifice bunt and he was hit by a pitch.

May 19, 2018
Stearns County League
Elrosa first baseman Brady Weller made 

the catch, but it was too high to retire 
New Munich’s Will Funk.
Pitching and key hits were again the key as Elrosa continued as the power in the SCL-North. The Saints, playing without Cody Eichers, posted a 3-1 win over New Munich. The game featured some solid pitching as well as key hits and costly errors. Elrosa’s Aaron Vogt won the game scattering three New Munich hits across seven innings. Ethan Vogt earned the save allowing one hit and striking out four in the final two innings. The Saints needed that effort as New Munich’s Nick Stangler didn’t give them many scoring chances. Stangler pitched a complete game striking out 11 batters and walking only two.  The Saints did have five hit – they almost all contributed to runs. New Munich had the early lead. Jacob Hinnenkamp reached on an error with two out. A pickoff attempt when sour and Hinnenkamp sprinted to third base. Hunter Rademacher then singled, scoring Hinnekamp of a 1-0 lead.  Offensively the Saints found some magic in the bats of Austin Imdieke, Kevin Kuefler and Matt Schmitz. Imdieke’s two-out single sparked a tying rally in the third inning. Kevin Kuefler’s walk moved him to second base and Schmitz single scored him. In the fifth inning Schmitz singled and Ethan Vogt doubled to score Kuefler. Imdieke, who had three hits in the game, again stepped to the fore in the seventh with a double. That hit was bit of a break for the Saints as centerfield Jacob Hinnenkamp leaped for the ball and got his glove to it, but couldn’t control it. New the SilverStreaks misplayed Kuefler’s sacrifice bunt and Imdieke scored. That was all the Saints needed to write the story of their fourth win of the season. In another SCL game today Richmond moved to 3-0 on the year with a 9-2 over Farming.
Elrosa 3, New Munich 1
Elrosa        001 010 100-3 6 2
New Munich 010 000 000-1 4 2
Elrosa: Kevin Kuefler 0-2 bb sf, Michael Bendix 0-2 r, Matt Schmitz 2-4 bi, Ethan Vogt 1-4 bi d, AJ Hadley 0-3, Ryan Olmscheid 0-1, Brandon Roelike 0-3 bb, Brady Weller 0-4, Ryan Illies 0-3, Eddie Martin 0-1, Aaron Vogt 0-4, Austin Imdieke 3-4 2r d. New Munich: Chad Funk 0-4, Neal Anderson 0-3 bb, Will Funk 1-4, Joe Stangler 0-3 hp, Ty Reller 1-4, Tanner Rieland 0-3, Caldin Rieland 0-1, Logan Funk 1-4, Jacob Hinnenkamp 0-2 r 2bb, Hunter Rademacher 1-3 bi. Pitching: A. Vogt-W 7i 3h r 0er 2bb 4k hp, E. Vogt-S 2i h k; Nick Stangler-L 9i 5h 3r er 2bb 11k. LOB: Elrosa 7, New Munich-7.
Right photograph The ball went in the glove, but didn’t stay there as Jacob Hinnenkamp made an extra-ordinary attempt to record a putout against Elrosa.

May 13, 2018
Stearns County League
It was more a roll than a slide, but Brady Weller beat the throw to the plate to score for Elrosa.  He scored twice in the win over St. Martin.
Two runs was a common featured in the third Sunday of SCL play.  Following Lake Henry’s 12-2 win on Saturday, came three games on Sunday. Elrosa topped St. Martin 5-2; Spring Hill defeated New Munich 6-2, the same score by which Meire Grove defeated Greenwald.
Pitching took the forefront as Elrosa’1-2 punch of Ethan and Aaron Vogt held St. Martin in check for a 5-2 win this afternoon at Elrosa. Ethan’s seven-inning start resulted in 10 strikeout and four hits. He did allow one run, but not until the sixth inning. He faced only 15 batters in the first five innings of the game, benefitting from a double play in the fifth inning when the Martins Scott Schlangen broke up the no-hitter. Elrosa took a 2-0 first inning lead on a two-run triple by Cody Eichers (2-3). The only other extra base hit was a double by St. Martin’s Jaylyn Acenceau.  Matthew Schlangen had singled in Derek Stroeing in the sixth inning cutting Elrosa’s lead to 2-1. The Saint Brady Weller (2-4) singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the eight the Saints scored twice when a throw to the plate on a fielder’s choice went wide allowing Weller and Austin Imdieke to score.  Vogt left the game after seven innings. Aaron Vogt struck out three across the last two innings to preserve the win.  The Saints are now 3-0 in the SCL-North the Martins are 1-1 in the SCL South.
Elrosa 5, St. Martin 2
St. Martin 000 001 001-2 7 2
Elrosa        020 001 02x-5 6 0
St. Martin: Kyle Lieser 0-4, Michael Schlangen 0-3, Avery Schmitz 1-1 r, Nathan Schlangen 0-4, Brian Schlangen 1-3 hp, Scott Schlangen 1-4, Josh Stangler 1-4 bi, Derek Stroeing 1-2 r, Tanner Arceneau 0-2, Chas Hennen 0-2, Jaylyn Arceneau 1-1 d, Matthew Schlangen 1-3 bi. Elrosa: Cody Eichers 2-3 2bi t, Ed Martin 0-0, Matt Schmitz 1-4 2bi, Ethan Vogt 0-4, James Kuefler 0-3 b, Derek Wiener 0-3 r hp, AJ Hadley 0-1 2bb, Evan Wiener 0-1 Michael Bendix 0-0, Ryan Illies 0-3 r, Ryan Olmscheid 0-1, Brady Weller 2-4 2r bi, Austin Imdieke 0-3 r bb.Pitchers: J. Arceneau-L 3i 3h 2r 2er 3bb 4k, S. Schlangen 2i k, Lieser 2i h r er 3b 4k, B. Schlangen I h 2r 0er bb 2k; E. Vogt-W 7i 2h r er 10k, Aaron Vogt-S 2i 3h r er 3k hb. LOB: St. Martin-5, Elrosa-10. DP: Elrosa-1, St. Martin-1.

Keg Stays in Elrosa, Will be Rented to Spring Hill for Terres Wedding 5/5/18

April 29, 2018
Stearns County League
Courtesy of Herman Lensing's Blog
Austin Imdieke not only earned the win in relief, but also had three hits in Elrosa’s win over Spring Hill.
The 2018 Stearns County League season is underway and the opening chapter saw teams battling a strong wind as they took to the field. Results of the day were: Elrosa-15 Spring Hill-9, Richmond-13 Greenwald-8, New Munich-8 Meire Grove-4, St. Martin-6 Lake Henry-0.
The St. Martin win was the surprise of the day. Not only because the Martins shut out Lake Henry, which finished as the Class C runner-up last year, but because they also held the Lakers to one-hit. The game was played at Lake Henry where the wind was blowing. Jaylyn Arceneau, Scott Schlangen, who earned the win, Kyle Lieser and Ben Schroeder combined for the one hitter. The no-hit bid was stopped on a single by Mitch Wiedner.  The Martins, however, hit the ball with Kyle Lieser going 4-5 with a double. Nate Schlangen (who doubled in two runs) and Bryan Schlangen both had two hits and Avery Schmitz singled.  
While the Martins and Lakers faced an incoming win, Spring Hill and Elrosa played with the wind blowing straight out. There was only one home run in the 15-9 Elrosa win. That was a three-run, third inning homer by Kevin Kuefler. The wind did however help seven hits drop in for doubles.  Five of them came for Elrosa. Ethan Vogt (2-5), James Kuefler (3-6), Derek Weiner (2-5), Brandon Roelike (1-1) and Austin Imdieke (3-5) all double for Elrosa.  Nathan Terres (1-5) and Owen Meyer (2-5) both doubled for Spring Hill. AJ Hadley also had three hits for Elrosa. Jordan Orbeck cam off the bench to have three hits for Spring Hill. The hitters were also aided by 12 errors, six for each team.   Elrosa’s Austin Imdieke earned the win in relief of Aaron Vogt. Ethan Vogt earned the save. Austin Schoenberg was charged with the loss.
At Richmond the Royals pulled out a 13-8 win over Greenwald, and there was some solid hitting in that game also. Dusty Adams and Cole Schmitz both had three hits for the Royals. Schmitz hit a three run home run. Greenwald had five players with at least two hits. Brandon Worms, one of the five, homered for the Cubs.  DJ Schleicher earned the win and Tyler Braegelmann was charged with the loss.
New Munich's Chad Funk paced the SilverStreak offense to an 8-4 win. Funk was 2-3. Neal Anderson doubled in the game. Ty Reller earned the win and Matt Imdieke was charged with the loss. Meire Grove out hit New Munich 8-5 with Alex Welle and Kurt Marthaler both having two hits.
The Farming-Roscoe game was postponed.
Elrosa-15 Spring Hill-9
Elrosa                016 104 030-15 18 6
Spring Hill         032 121 000-  9 11 6
Elrosa: Kevin Kuefler 2-4 2r 4bi hr bb, Matt Schmitz 1-5 hp, Cody Eichers 0-5 r bi bb, Ethan Vogt 2-5 3r d James Kuefler 3-6 2r 2bi d, AJ Hadley 3-5 2bi bb, Evan Weiner r, Derek Weiner 2-5 2r bi d, Eddie Martin 0-1, Brady Weller 1-4 r bi, Brandon Roelike 1-1 r d bb, Austin Imdieke 3-4 2r bi d. Spring Hill: Eric Terres 1-5 bi, Nathan Terres r d, Jamie Terres 0-2 r 3bb, Austin Schoenberg 1-3 r bb, Anthony Revermann 0-4 r, Eric Barten 0-1, Eric Schoenberg 3-4, Dylan Meyer 0-1, Jordan Welle 0-2, Jordan Orbeck 3-3 bi sf, Brent Terres 0-4, Carter Tschida 0-1, Owen Meyer 2-4 2r bi d sf. Pitching: Aaron Vogt 3i 5h 5r 2er 2k 2bb, Imdieke-W 2.2i 4r 4er 2bb 2k, E. Vogt-S 3.1i 2h 3k bb; Welle 3i 7h 7r er bb k, A. Schoenberg-L 3i 2h 5r 4er 2bb 2k hp, B. Terres 1.2i h 3r er 3b k hp, E. Schoenberg 1.1i 3h k.

Minnesota Baseball Association Shakes up Region 15C

The Minnesota Baseball Association Board announced proposed changes for the upcoming season to regions across Class C.

The affected regions include: Region 1, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 11 and Region 15. The Sauk Valley League moves from Region 1 to Region 11, Region 4 will see the Corn Belt League move in from Region 11C and the County Line League join it. The Classic Cannon Valley League Class C teams shift to Region 5 to join the Twins River League. The 13-60 League moved over to Region 6 from Region 4. Region 15 is just the Stearns County League teams.

Region 1 will see a reduction of one state slot, going from three to two. Region 11 will gain a state slot, moving up from three slots to four. Region 15 will lose one of its four state slots and will have three this season.

“This is a little premature, but we were working on several issues at the same time,” MBA Vice President Fred Roufs said. “If regions are going to change, it never hurts if they know early.”

The board hasn’t realigned the regions since 2012 and geography went into the board wanting to shift the regions around.

“These are better geographically than what we had,” Director Joe Kreger said.

The region assignments will be officially decided in April but Roufs said the board is open to suggestions if people feel it missed something.

                                                                Teams     State Slots

Region 1: Eastern Minny                                  10                   2

Region 2: Tomahawk                                       12                    3

Region 3: DRS                                                12                    4

Region 4: Corn Belt and County Line                 12                 3

Region 5: Cannon Valley and Twin Rivers           13                3

Region 6: River Valley and 13-60                      16                   3

Region 7: Crow River                                       13                    4

Region 8: Victory                                             20                     4

Region 9: Land O’ Ducks                                   13                   2

Region 10: Red River (Formerly Norman-Polk)      7                2

Region 11: Sauk Valley and Central Valley           15                4

Region 12: North Star                                       12                    4

Region 13: First Nite and Gopher                        14                 3

Region 14: HI-10 and Lake and Pine                   13                 2

Region 15: Stearns County                                 10                  3

Region 16: Resorters East and West, Countryside 13              2

Other noteworthy actions at the meeting included the board moving forward with keeping the pitcher/designated hitter rule it has used in the past. The board has followed the Minnesota State High School League’s pitcher/designated hitter rule in the past but the MSHSL is moving away from its rule. But the MBA will continue to allow the pitcher to be listed as the designated hitter.

MSHSL Experimental DH Rule 3-1-4 states:

The pitcher may be listed as the starting Pitcher/Designated Hitter on the lineup card presented to the umpire-in-chief and official scorer prior to the start of the game. (This will appear as a nine player lineup for the game but the tenth player is listed due to the dual position listing of the starting pitcher.) A hitter may (not mandatory) be designated for any one starting player and all subsequent substitutes for that player in the game. A starting defensive player cannot be listed as the DH in the starting lineup except for the pitcher.

The pitcher can concurrently play pitcher and DH. A DH for a player shall be selected prior to the start of the game, and his name shall be included on the lineup cards presented to the UIC and to the official scorer. Failure to declare a DH prior to the game precludes the use of a DH in that game. If during the course of the game the player is replaced as the pitcher; he can remain in the game in the role of the DH.

If during the course of the game the player is replaced as the DH, he can remain in the game as the pitcher. The player (pitcher) shall be locked into his original slot on the lineup card as Pitcher/DH or both and may reenter the game in either position as any other starter can as long as he has not been removed from both positions.

If a pinch hitter or pinch runner for the DH is used, that player becomes the new DH. The player who was the DH may re-enter as the DH under the reentry rule. A DH and the player for who he is batting are locked into the batting order. No multiple substitutions may be made that will alter the batting rotation. The role of the DH is terminated for the remainder of the game when:

  1. the defensive player, or any previous defensive player for whom the DH, batted, subsequently   bats, pinch hits or pinch runs for the DH; or

  2. the DH or any previous DH assumes a defensive position (except the starting pitcher); or

  3. if the player is replaced in both roles, pitcher and DH.

The board also announced that in 2018 all bats need to be approved for use by their professional league.

For playoff baseball in the opening round the higher seeded team will be assigned the first-base line dugout. Thereafter the games will be pre-assigned for home and visitor on the state bracket. The home team will always have the first-base dugout.

Dan Swanson was named the Section 1 commissioner, Brian Swanson will be the Region 5 commissioner and Tim Thom will serve as Region 1 commissioner.

Jeff Janzen announced he will no longer maintain the MBA coaches directory. Mike Nagel, Tom Lemke and Dennis Brennan will work to update the directory moving forward.

The board additionally voted to allow the Norman Polk League to change its name to the Red River League.  

Battle for the Keg tightens rivalry and friendships for Elrosa and Spring Hill

Battle for the Keg tightens rivalry and friendships for Elrosa and Spring Hill
Posted on Nov 20, 2017


By Nick Gerhardt

Scoremonster Contributor

Out on the Minnesota prairie there exists a keg unlike any other.

Some say it has enough vexing power to curse a team, others make sure it appears at some of life’s biggest moments. At all times it’s something to behold and bring together the communities of Elrosa and Spring Hill for annual battles to gain possession of its decade-old contents of green beer from a St. Patrick’s Day of yesteryear.

Just 8 miles separate Elrosa and Spring Hill and during some fierce battles it might feel that it’s not enough distance between the hamlets that total 308 in population.

It seems mythology is based around some fact but let’s allow for some of the facts surrounding the keg to come through.

It is true the keg has disappeared twice and has appeared on horseback.

Some say the keg was an attempt to curb some of the trash talking between the clubs. There are those who claim arguments sprouted up at weddings, gun raffles, ham dinners, family reunions and local bars. They’d begin about baseball but veered into arguments over scoop shovel gloves, twine cutting and the mysterious disappearance of field equipment and the reappearance of the equipment painted in the rival’s colors.

The keg has rolled down the Spring Hill church parking lot and even paraded around Spring Hill on horseback by Elrosa players. It has been said to be guarded by chain-smoking trolls, though the keg wasn’t safe during a three-day keg-napping in the summer of 2014.

“It’s just a good symbol of respect,” Saints shortstop Matt Middendorf said of the keg rivalry.

Forging the rivalry

What makes this rivalry even more unique is that the two squads have long featured players familiar with each other since Little League. Elrosa’s roster features players who attended Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa High School and Sauk Centre High School. Spring Hill’s roster is mainly players who graduated from Melrose. The two schools are longtime conference rivals and most of the players grew up competing against each other. Even then it was a class rivalry with a shared respect.

It took a pair of rivals becoming teammates in college to begin one of the most interesting rivalry stories in town ball. Middendorf and Elrosa teammate Ethan Vogt played at Ridgewater Community College and there they met the Terres boys -- Nate and Jamie from Spring Hill. Middendorf and Nate Terres first played together at Ridgewater and later Vogt and Jamie became teammates and led the team to the 2004-05 National Junior College Athletic Association World Series. Vogt and Jamie also played a summer with Thunder Bay in the Northwoods League.

“Growing up all the way from little league, you remember playing these guys,” Jamie Terres said.

With the friendships formed in college, it turned into something fun for the friends when they met on the diamond for town ball and to keep it interesting they added a keg.

The idea of playing for the keg began when Elrosa’s Gumby Bauer had an old keg laying around from a St. Patrick’s Day party in 2007 that some people noticed months later. An idea sprouted to create a rivalry game with Spring Hill by painting both teams’ logos on opposite sides of the keg, like a trophy game in the Big 10. The score of each meeting is kept on the side of the keg, like the jug the Minnesota and Michigan football teams play for each year. It was later found that the keg still held some beer when a ballboy pressed down on it and it sprayed green beer, Middendorf said.

With the proximity of the towns and the mutual friendships, the battle for the keg pits family and friends against each other.

Five sets of families play for Spring Hill -- there are five members of the Schoenberg family including manager Randy, four Terres boys, a pair of Bartens, Welles and Revermanns.

Though the lines on the field are clearly drawn, they tend to blur in the stands. An Elrosa player is engaged to marry a relative of a Chargers player and in the stands, people might wear a Saints shirt but sport a Spring Hill hat later in the day. The keg will likely be at the upcoming wedding as an honored guest. It’s appeared at Middendorf’s wedding and Vogt’s wedding. But things get tricky when someone who’s getting married and their club doesn’t have possession of the keg.

“They want to make sure that thing’s at their wedding,” Middendorf said. “If it’s not there it’s kind of a big deal. You never have to want to go to the other town and pay a fee to rent it.”

Appearance fees for the keg usually run a case or two of beer.

When the keg isn’t on the field it’ll be in Bucky’s Bar for winter in Elrosa. Spring Hill rotates it between the Horseshoe Bar and Extra Innings. But now both sides keep it locked up for good reason.

The keg-napping

The keg has been stolen twice since its creation but one instance stands out. Dubbed the “keg-napping” it disappeared for three days in 2014. On a Friday the 13th, leading up to a June 16 meeting. Spring Hill held possession of the keg by way of a 6-3 win back in May.

Spring Hill summoned a search party while a Twitter account, @whereisthekeg, sprung up.


Through some deduction work the keg was later found underneath a blanket in a vehicle located in neighboring Lake Henry. Though it was found no suspects were ever identified.

“I think the consensus was we knew where it was headed,” Jamie Terres said. “It was a little bit of a rabbit hunt. We start singling out the people. When you could hear the cows in the background you knew it wasn’t [the Vogts].”

The Vogts are dairy farmers who run the family farm and milk around 200 cows.

Buoyed by the temporary loss of the keg, the Chargers won the June 16 meeting.

Theft of the keg has stopped since then because it became a bit of a curse. Spring Hill lost the next two meetings after it stole the keg. The Saints lost the game following the disappearance of the keg.

Spring Hill leads the all-time series 20-18 and own one of the most dramatic victories in the series.

In a win-or-go home region playoff game in 2015, Spring Hill scored the biggest win in the rivalry since the creation of the keg trophy with a 5-3 victory to grab a spot at the state tournament.

Elrosa advanced to this year’s state tournament and made it through its first two games before falling to Jordan. Spring Hill’s season came to a close in a 7-4 loss to Meire Grove in the Stearns County League North playoffs.

The keg meanwhile will sit in Bucky’s in Elrosa until the spring comes.

“It’s going to be a long, dark winter there,” Jamie Terres said.

Photos courtesy of Elrosa Saints 


September 15, 2017

Saints Season Cut Short by Jordan 4-0, Finish 24-11


GREEN ISLE--The Saints’ season came to an end as they were defeated by the Brewers of the River View League and Region 6A. The Brewers collected 11 hits, backed by a very good pitching performance by Mitch Bockenstedt. He threw a complete game to earn the win, he scattered 5 hits, issued no walks and he recorded 6 strikeouts. Jake Lucas led the Brewers offense, he went 2-4 with a big 2 run home run, he was hit by a pitch and he scored a run. Joe Lucas had a great game, he went 4-4 with a double, two stolen bases and he scored a run. Nate Beckman went 2-4 and he scored a pair of runs and Alex Beckman went 2-4. Devyn Ulibarri went 1-1 and Adam Kabul earned a walk.

The Saints, Ethan Vogt, the former University of Minnesota Gopher player, started on the mound, he threw 7 innings, he gave up 9 hits, issued one walk, he surrendered 4 runs and he recorded 8 strikeouts. Ethan actually gave up 8 of those hits to four players and seven were singles. His brother, veteran Aaron Vogt threw 2 innings in relief, he gave up 2 hits. Five base hits were collected by the Saints, Matt Schmitz, Cody Eichers and James Kuefler all went 1-4. Forty-three-year-old Pat Illies 1-3, Player-Manager A.J. Hadley went 1-3, Matt Middendorf was hit by a pitch and Brandon Roelike had a stolen base. They ended their season with a 24-11 record for the season. They were the Stearns County North regular season champions.




August 28, 2017



NORWOOD--Mother nature decided to rain on the 2nd game here in Norwood. However, a good portion of this game was managed to play before they ultimately called the game.

The first pitch of the game drilled Matt Middendorf of Elrosa in the hip. He then managed to make his way over to third base after a walk and a single. Ethan Vogt then drove him in with an RBI single to put Elrosa up 1-0 early. The next batter then grounded into a double play to end the opportunity for more runs.

Middendorf led off the third inning with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He would then make his way over to third after a ground ball bumped him over. Matt then scored on a passed ball during James Kuefler at bat with two outs to make it 2-0.  Austen Hadley led off the fourth inning with a single and was scored on a successful suicide squeeze by his brother A.J. to make it 3-0.

(AJ Hadley successfully squeezes in Austen Hadley- photo Randy Olson)

Hampton’s bats started coming alive in the bottom of the fourth when the first three batters got on base (single, walk, hit by pitch). David Barry then drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly to left field. Two batters later Rhett Hebig drove in another run with a single up the middle to make it a one run ballgame.

The first delay took place after the fourth inning. Elrosa’s starter was Jimmy Thull, who was a draftee out of New Munich, pitched solidly the first four innings allowing only four hits and two runs. Adam Moorse pitched the first four innings for Hampton as he allowed only four hits and three runs while striking out four.

Once play resumed both team’s bats stayed quiet for the fifth and sixth inning. Hampton then rallied in the bottom of the seventh when A.J. Sayer started the bottom half with a single. The next two batters got out and that’s when the Cardinals delivered clutch two out hits starting with an RBI single from Pat Strey, followed by an RBI double from David Barry, and then capped off by an RBI single from Johnny Dittman to make it 5-3.

Elrosa managed to get their first three batters aboard in the 8th and the game was suspended with the bases loaded and no outs. The game will be resumed at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in Norwood.

(Elrosa hanging in the dugout waiting out the 1st Rain Delay- photo Randy Olson)


In the top of the 8th and bases loaded with no outs, Ethan Vogt drove in an RBI with a Sac Fly to CF. Austen Hadley popped out and the runners were unable to advance. Pat continued his legendary postseason with a 2-out RBI single to knot the game at 5-5.

Elrosa would score a run in the top of the 11th, but Hampton followed suit in the bottom half to score 1 run to push the game to the 12th. Ethan Vogt battled through 4 walks and 1 hit to keep base runners stranded into the 13th. In the top of the 13th, the Saints would once again load the bases with a 1 out bunt single placed perfectly down the 3rd base line on a play where it looked like Elrosa was going to send Matt Middendorf home from second base on the play, but the 3rd basemen didn't have a throw on the play.

Bases loaded with 2 outs as Matt Schmitz would strike out and Cody Eichers drove in the game winning run on a HBP. Ethan Vogt would shut the door in the bottom of 13, going 1-2-3 on 3 consective fly balls to LF, 3B, and CF.

Elrosa advances to take on Jordan in Green Isle next Saturday at 5pm in the Sweet 16.

(Saints clinch consecutive Sweet 16 births and are headed to Labor Day Weekend-photo Randy Olson) 



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