Plato Bluejays win the 2015 Class C State Championship

Posted on Sept. 7, 2015 by Trent Jackson

Watkins, Minn. – Tony Kley, a draftee from Winsted, helped the Plato Bluejays prevail to a 14-6 victory over their Crow River Valley League-South rival in the Class C State Championship game Labor Day afternoon in Watkins. 

Tony Kley won Tournament MVP. After coming into the game early to relieve starting pitcher Chris Odegaard, Kley pitched nine innings, allowing three runs off just three hits, along with seven strikeouts. 

Game summary:

Alex Twenge started on the mound for Green Isle, and his second pitch of the game left the field, as Chris Odegaard put Plato on the board early with a solo homerun to left field. Nolan Lepel and Ben Slater both followed with singles. Joe Nix then reached on an error by the Green Isle shortstop, scoring Lepel to give the Bluejays a 2-0 lead.

Green Isle responded right away in the bottom half of the first, scoring four runs off three hits. Zach and Lucas Herd led off the inning with a base on balls. Plato starting pitcher Chris Odegaard continued to struggle, as Mac Zachow hit a long single to right field, scoring Zach Herd. Tony Kley then entered the game to relieve C. Odegaard. Alex Twenge then doubled to center to score Lucas Herd, tieing the game at 2-2. Axel Twenge added another single, scoring Zachow and his brother Alex to push the lead to 4-2.

The Irish would add another two runs in the second when Mac Zachow hit a two-run homer to right, similar to his bomb in the semifinal game against Howard Lake, increasing the lead to 6-2.

After the second inning, Kley and Plato didn’t look back. Tony Kley went on to pitch seven shutout, hitless innings. Great pitching and defense brought momentum to the plate for the Bluejays. Plato went on to score two runs in the third inning, sixth in the fifth, three in the seventh, and one in the eighth for a 14-6 final score.

Plato’s offense recorded 19 total hits, with six players having multiple hit games. Shortstop Matt Odegaard had three hits and four runs batted in. Joe Nix had four hits. C. Odegaard, Lepel, and Slater also had three-hit games.

Kley completed the tournament with impressive statistics. The Winsted draftee finished with a record of 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 36 strikeouts. He also only allowed three runs in 30 innings pitched. 


– Class C State Championship Photo Album

2015 Class C All-Tournament Team:

Cannon Falls- Keith Meyers

Waconia- Craig LaPlante

Nisswa- Brett Jenkins

Hampton- Patrick Strey

Jordan- Joe Lucas

Howard Lake- Brett Ahsenmaker

Howard Lake- Mitch Wurm (Maple Lake draftee)

Green Isle- Lucas Herd

Green Isle- Zach Herd

Green Isle- Mac Zachow

Green Isle- Alex Twenge

Plato- Tony Kley (Winsted draftee)

Plato- Matt Odegaard

Plato- Chris Odegaard

Plato- Tyler Lang

Plato- Ben Slater

Tournament MVP:

Plato- Tony Kley (Winsted draftee)

– Class C State Tournament final statistics

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