Green Isle goes back to back at Stearns County Classic

Posted on June 1, 2015 by Trent Jackson

The Green Isle Irish defeated the St. Cloud Beaudreau’s Saints 7-1 Sunday afternoon to capture the 2015 Stearns County Classic title.

Green Isle defeated St. Martin, Jordan, and Beaudreau’s to win the tournament, going back to back as they took home the title in 2014 as well. The Irish are now 8-1 on the season.

The Irish were led by solid pitching and timely hitting, with 11 hits. Starting pitcher Pat Gullickson got the win by throwing five strong innings on the mound.

“Pat has been a warhorse for us, this past week he pitched three innings on Monday in a victory and he pitched five innings on Thursday night and he came back with five innings today, so we were worried about him but he said he was good to go,” said Irish manager Joe Kreger. “He’s a guy that really takes care of innings for us and we’re not afraid to put him out there against anybody.”

Gullickson was good to go, as he only gave up one run on six hits, also recording four strikeouts.

The Irish bats were hot at the top of the lineup. Number one and two hitters Zach Herd and Axel Twenge both went 3-4, with Twenge adding two RBI. Cleanup batter Joe Martinson also posted two RBI, smashing a solo homerun to left centerfield in the third inning and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Green Isle got the scoring started in the second inning. Lucas Herd and Keller Knoll started off the inning with singles and a walk to Bjorn Hansen loaded the bases. Shortstop Ryan Evanson then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Herd. Zach Herd then singled, scoring Knoll and pushing the lead to 2-0.

All but one batter in the Green Isle lineup had a base hit, as the Irish scored five more runs in the game, plating one in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the fifth.

Green Isle proved to have good at-bats all throughout the tournament.

“Timely hitting, we got the big hit when we needed it,” Kreger believed was the key to the Irish’s success.

Ryan Schumann came into pitch in the sixth inning and shut down the Beaudreau’s to close out the game, notching a two-inning save. Schumann struck out the side to end the game in the seventh.

The Beaudreau’s only run of the game was knocked in by Nick Maiers, who also pitched one and two-thirds innings, recording three strikeouts.

The Cold Spring Rockies beat the Avon Lakers to finish in third place and the Sobieski Skis defeated St. Martin to grab the consolation championship.

REMAINING GAME RECAPS

Courtesy of Roger Mischke

Championship

Green Isle Irish 7 St. Cloud Beadreaus Saints 1      (5/31 St. Martin)

The Irish were led by the pitching performance of Pat Gullickson as he earned the win, as he threw 5 innings. Pat scattered 5 hits, walked 2 and he recorded 4 strikeouts. Zach Herd went 3-4 and he had a RBI, Axel Twenge went 3-4 with a RBI. Ben Alexander went 1-3 with a big home run and a sac. fly for 2 RBI’s, Lucas Herd went 2-4 and Keller Knoll went 2-4. D. J. Schleicher was the pitcher of record for the Beadreaus Saints. Ryan Schneider went 1-3, Nick Hengel went 1-2, Nick Maiers went 1-3 with a RBI. Dave Carlson went 1-3 and Doug Keller went 1-3

Semifinals

St. Cloud Beadreaus Saintss 4 Avon Lakers 0  (Lake Henry 5/30)

The Saints topped the Lakers behind the pitching performance of Nick Denny. He threw all 7 innings, scattered 3 hits, walked 2 and he record 9 strikeouts. Ryan Scnieder went 2-4 with a double and a RBI and Nick Maiers went 1-2 with a walk and a RBI. Kyle Collins was the pitcher of record for Avon. The Lakers got four base hits from Matt Meyer, Carter Holthaus, Ryan Morse and Riley Voit. 

Green Isle Irish 2  Sobieski Ski’s 1  (St. Martin 5/30)

The Irish topped the Ski’s behind the pitching of Mac Zachow, he threw all 7 innings, he scattered 4 hits. He walked 2 and he recorded one strikeout. Ben Alexander had a 2 run homer to lead the Irish and Lucas Herd went 2-3. Cole Jendro was equally as impressive with his pitching performance, he went all 7innings, he scattered 4 hits and walked 3. Tyler Jendro and Chris Reller both went 1-3 with a double. Scott Litchy went 1-3 with a RBI and Thomas Miller went 1-3.

Quarterfinal

St. Cloud Beadreaus Saints 8 Cold Spring Rockies 6  (8 Innings) (Lake Henry 5/30)
The Saints came from behind to win with a walk off home run by Brian Minks in the bottom of the eight inning. Brad Haag was the starting pitcher for the Saints, he went 7 innings, he scattered 8 hits, walked 2 and he recorded 8 strikeouts. Chris Koenig earned the win with 1 inning of relief, he walked one, gave up one hit and he recorded 2 strikeouts. Dave Carlson went 2-4 with 4 big RBI’s. Josh Porwall was the pitcher of record for the Rockies. Tyler McElwee was their starter and he threw 7 innings. Kevin Wenner went 2- with 2 RBI’s, David Jonas went 2-4 with a RBI and Rick Burtzel went 2-4. 

Consolation Semifinals

Cold Spring Rockies 13 Lake Henry Lakers 10  (Lake Henry 5/31)

The Rockies pounded out 17 hits to top the co-host Lakers in a game fill with extra base hits. John Rossman was the pitcher of record for the Rockies, He scattered 11 hits, walked 2 and he recorded 3 strikeouts. David Jonas led the Rockies offense as he went 3-5 with a home run and 5 big RBI’s. John Rossman went 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. Marshall Wirtzfeld went 2-5 with a walk and 3 runs scored, Josh Porwall went 2-2 with a RBI and Kirby Tebrake went 2-2. Josh Roelike was the pitcher of record for the Lakers. Josh Kampsen went 3-4 with 3 RBI’s,Josh Roelike went 2-4 with 5 RBI’s and Caleb Barres went 2-4.

St. Martin Martins 3 Jordan Brewers 2   (St. Martin 5/31)

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Sobieski Ski’s 13 St. Martin 2  (5 Innings)  (St. Martin 5/31)

The Ski’s behind the pitching performance of Scott Litchy topped the Co-Host Martins.  Dan Marod lead the Ski’s offense with a 3-3 performance, he hit 2 home runs and a double for 6 RBI’s. Thomas Miller went 2-2 with 2 RBI’s, Collin Eckman went 1-3 with home run for 3 RBI’s and Joey Hanowski went 1-3 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Jaylyn Arceneau was the pitcher of record for the Martins. Bryan Schlangen went 1-3 with a home run and Scott Schlangen went 1-3.

Cold Spring Rockies  5 Avon Lakers 2  (Lake Henry 5/31)

The Rockies score four runs in the 5th inning and hung on to beat the Lakers. Ryan Hnnen threw 5 innings, he gave up 1 hit and he recorded 11 strikeouts. Getting 2 hits apiece for the Rockies were Reece Hemmesch, Jake Hennen  and 1 RBI and Marshall Wirtzfel and 1 RBI. Getting hits for the Lakers were Cody Stich and Adam Harlander.

Jordan Brewers  6 Lake Henry Lakers 1  (Lake Henry 5/31)

The Brewers topped the co-host Lakers behind the pitching of Alex Beckman, he threw 6 innings, scattered 3 hits and he recorded 6 strikeouts.  Zach Bares went 1-3 with 3 RBI’s, Adam Kadal went 1-4 with a RBI, Nate Beckman went 1-2 with a RBI and Alex Beckman went 2-2 with a double. Jon Lieser was the pitcher of record for the Lakers as he gave up 6 hits, walked 3 and he record 3 strikeouts. Shane Kampsen went 2-3, Weston Brinkman went 1-3 and Jason Kampsen went 1-3. Josh Roelike went 1-3 and Ryan Wuertz went 1-2 with a RBI. 

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