Brewers win Cal Ripken titleChamps finish season 20-0
The Brewers were looking to finish the summer season undefeated in the Cal Ripken Sr. League as they took on the Twins Aug. 6 in the tournament championship game.
The Twins kept the game close, but the Brewers came away with a 9-5 victory to finish the season with a 20-0 record. Dating back to last season, the Brewers have 37 consecutive wins.
Tyler Nystrom, Tyler Bee, Timmy Crimmins, Sam Urban and Aaron Roebke all had hits for the Brewers.
Lane Rowe was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, Logan Griffith had a hit and an RBI and Chad Gondik also added a hit for the Twins, who finished the season second in the league with a 15-8 record and also second in the tournament.
In earlier tournament action Aug. 4, the Twins fell to the Brewers to move into the losers’ bracket and then rebounded with a 12-7 win over the Cubs to reach the championship game for a rematch with the Brewers.
Brewers 9, Twins 0
Urban was the winning pitcher as the Brewers blanked the Twins.
Nystrom belted a two-run home run, Garret Hobson doubled and singled in four runs, Urban doubled and singled, Crimmins doubled and Roebke and Bee singled.
Mike Nowicki and Terrell Swanson had hits for the Twins.
Twins 12, Cubs 7
Rowe was the winning pitcher and doubled in two runs in the Twins’ win over the Cubs.
Sam Freeman added a three-run home run, Griffith had two hits and two RBIs, Morgen Moen double and Johnny Erickson singled.
Aaron Wakefield tripled and had three RBIs for the Cubs. Brandon Heller also doubled and Paxton Paine, Brandon Moe and Braydon Kurtz all singled.
The Superior B youth baseball team placed second recently in the Last Chance Tournament in Superior, finishing with four wins three losses.
In the opening game, Superior B defeated Lake Park 9-5. Sean O’Neill and Sam Freeman both hit doubles, and Lane Rowe had a solo home run. Brett Austin picked up a hit and an RBI, Andrew Erickson was 1-for-1 with three RBIs, Michael Johnson was 1-for-1 with two RBIs, and Terrell Swanson went 1-for-2.
Logan Griffith pitched two innings and struck out six for the win.
Superior B more than doubled Ashland’s score in the second game of the day, winning 15-7.
Freeman hit a three-run homer in the game, and Tate Schlichting and Griffith went 2-for-3 with two and one RBIs respectively. O’Neill was also 2-for-3, Morgen Moen and Terence Swanson both had a hit each and two RBIs, Terrell Swanson went 1-for-1 with an RBI and three runs scored and Rowe also collected a hit.
Moen and Rowe each pitched two innings apiece with neither giving up an earned run during their time on the mound.
In game three, Superior B claimed a 7-2 victory over Lake Superior. Rowe and Terence Swanson were both 1-for-1, and Schlichting, Johnson and Tanner Kubarek all went 1-for-2. Kubarek had two RBIs and Johnson had one.
Rowe and Griffith did not give up an earned run in a combined four innings of pitching.
The Superior B team lost its first game of the tournament when it faced the Superior 12-year-olds and fell 23-6.
Rowe and Freeman accounted for all of Superior B’s scoring as each hit a three-run home run in the game. Griffith also picked up a hit for the Superior B team.
In game five, Superior B lost its second game of the tournament as the team was defeated by Eastern 13-8.
O’Neill was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Terence Swanson was also perfect, going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Rowe hit his third home run in five games with a solo blast, and Griffith had two hits and two RBIs. Kubarek, Dylon Ion and Andrew Erickson all collected one hit each.
Superior B then played Eastern again in a semifinal game and pulled off the 4-3 win in seven innings.
Terrell Swanson led off the top of the seventh inning with a single. He then advanced on two successive passed balls before Rowe singled up the middle to score the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the seventh, Griffith retired the Eastern batters in order to preserve the victory and advance to the championship game with the Superior 12-year-olds.
The championship game was closer than Superior B’s earlier contest with the Superior 12-year-olds. Strong pitching from Griffith, Rowe and Moen held the 12-year-olds to only three runs. Defensively, Superior B also had some nice plays to keep the game close but eventually fell 3-0.
Terrell Swanson had the only hit for the Superior B team as the players ended the tournament with a second-place finish.