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Tigers Lap Le Sueur,
Lose in Extras at Henderson

--by Brett Kruschke, Mike Schultz & Matt Schultz

The Tigertown Express went on the road over the weekend and almost swept a pair of league road games, but an extra-innings loss at Henderson on Sunday sapped the Tiger steam. At the midway point of the regular season, Belle Plaine is 4-8 overall with a 2-4 mark in the River Valley League.

The Tigers are on the road again this weekend, heading to an eight-team invitational tournament in Farming – up in Stearns County – known as the FBI Tourney (Farming Baseball Invitational). Our lads will get underway at 10 am Saturday against the Sauk Centre Titans, with a second game to follow at 2 pm (loser’s bracket) or 6 pm (winner’s bracket) against the Sartell Muskies or host Farming Flames.

The Chatfielders will also play Sunday at a time to be determined, as each team is guaranteed three games. Please see the accompanying bracket, or, visit bptigertown.com. The other teams in the tournament are Atwater, Montrose-Waverly, St. Joseph and the Sartell Stone Poneys.

Follow the Tiger travails this weekend on Twitter at twitter.com/bptigertown. The boys will finally return to action at Tiger Park on June 29 and 30, with a pair of contests before the 4th of July break.

BP 8 @ Le Sueur 3 (Saturday, June 17) - BOX SCORE
Belle Plaine headed to Le Sueur for the first of back-to-back league games on the weekend, with a high noon first pitch. Mitchel Stier got the starting nod and was solid throughout his stint, working six innings and scattering seven hits while allowing three runs.

Joe Pomije relieved Stier and was even better, tossing three frames of shutout ball to pick up an old-fashioned save. The moppy-haired mop-up man walked three batters but gave up just one hit while striking out four.

Pat Schultz summoned ghosts of yesteryear with a dazzling 5-for-5 performance, including two doubles and three RBI. A trio of Tigers collected two hits in the midday affair: Jesse Oelfke and brothers Aiden and Carsen Ladd – all part of a 13-hit attack.

BP 8 @ Henderson 9 (Sunday, June 18 – 10 innings) - BOX SCORE
It was a cat fight, as the Tigers of Belle Plaine traveled to take on the Tigers of Henderson. Josh Terrio started on the mound and went four innings, yielding five walks and five runs. Jonny Vinkemeier went the rest of the way and allowed just one earned run – among four overall – before giving up a walk-off, RBI single in the tenth inning to Matt Graham.

Belle Plaine trailed early before exploding for six runs in the seventh inning for a 7-5 lead. In the eighth, Henderson scored three times to take the lead back. Team Tigertown tied it up in the ninth with a single tally.

Matt Schultz led the 12-hit attack with three safeties in five trips. Carsen Ladd, Jared Miller and Nathan Herman all had two knocks, with the latter making his town team debut. Aiden Ladd hit a three-run home run – the Tigers’ first since the St. Benedict bombings on May 13, when they slugged three (yes, even Matt Ruehling).

A Peak and a Valley for Tigers at Classic

--by Brett Kruschke

This past weekend was all about the Tigertown Classic, the annual eight-team fundraiser tournament that has now been held for 19 consecutive years. A late-breaking curveball was thrown when Marshall – who has been coming to the Classic since its earliest days – withdrew from the tournament on Friday afternoon, due to a shortage of players after their high school team qualified for the state tournament. An all-out effort was made via social media to find an eighth team, but it was not to be and Wells instead received a first-round bye on Saturday.


The tourney’s other unexpected excitement came when ugly-looking storms rolled through Tigertown on Sunday morning. The field took a good drink but absorbed it well, and just one game was cancelled – thanks to agreeable parties – on the consolation side of the bracket.
When the clouds finally parted, the River Valley League’s Chanhassen Red Birds completed a tournament tear as we’ve never seen before. The Red Birds outscored their foes 37-5 across three games – spanning just 17 innings, due to a pair of run-rule shortened contests – to claim the championship. The title game was an 8-1 decision over the Cokato Kernels, in which Chanhassen’s Connor Herd punched out a dozen batters across five innings.

For a finalized bracket with all the scores, visit bptigertown.com. You can also review the weekend’s action by going to Twitter.com/bptigertown/media, and check out the Tiger Facebook page, where a new photo album from the BP – Chan game has been shared, as captured by Nick Peters Photography.

The Tiger Train opened tournament play with a crisp 6-0 win over the Milroy Irish on Friday night, but got on Chan’s tracks Saturday evening and got flattened, 15-0, thanks in large part to a 10-run, four-homer fourth inning. On the year, the locals are 3-7 (1-3 RVL).

The Tigers were originally scheduled to play at Le Sueur Friday night but that game has been moved to Saturday (June 17) at noon, still in Le Sueur. On Sunday, the Tigers will wrap up the weekend with a 4 pm battle at Henderson.  

BP 6, Milroy 0 (Friday, June 9) - BOX SCORE
The Milroy Irish made the final weekend of the Class C state tournament last season, and entered Friday’s game with an impressive 9-2 mark this year. For such moments Mitchel “No Fear” Stier was born.

The tall Tiger righty might have been partly frightened to throw the ball over the plate, as he walked half a dozen in four-plus frames. Most importantly, however, he surrendered just one hit and no runs before yielding to Josh Terrio.

The Tiger Train broke loose in the third with a five-spot, adding one more in the fifth inning for the final margin of victory. Terrio finished the game to earn the save, and Bob Dolan’s Irish finished with just two hits.

Aiden Ladd was one of three Tigers with a pair of hits, doubling and scoring twice while driving in a run. Pat Schultz had two hits and a walk, while Jonny Vinkemeier had two singles and a pair of stolen bases.

Chanhassen 15, BP 0 (Saturday, June 10 – 5 innings) - BOX SCORE
Chanhassen entered the Tigertown Classic as the big fish in a small pond, yet still blew away expectations by the end of the weekend. The Red Birds were The Little Tiger Engine That Could’s reward for an impressive victory on Friday night.

Wes Sarsland got the ball and kinda sorta held his own, allowing one, three and one runs over the game’s first three frames. As Stier did the night before, the lanky lefty was liberal with free passes, issuing four in his three innings of work. On the bright side, just two of the runs were earned.

Garrett Fischer led off the fourth inning with a long ball against Chase Emmers, and five batters later Emmers gave way to Jonny Vinkemeier before recording an out. Fischer batted a second time in the fourth stanza and slugged his second – and Chanhassen’s fourth – home run of the inning! It was one of the all-time assaults these eyes have witnessed, and videos of each tater trot are on Tiger Twitter if scary movies just aren’t doing it for you anymore. 

Joe Pomije worked the final inning of this run-rule shortened game and held the Red Birds scoreless, automatically earning him Player of the Game honors. Just as they did to Milroy on Friday, the Tigers only had two hits: a single each for Emmers and Ryan Bremseth-Vining.

Start Spreadin’ the News:
Tigertown Classic Has Arrived

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--by Brett Kruschke, Mike Schultz & Matt Schultz

After a lengthy layoff on both sides of the Memorial Day holiday, the Tigers got back to action over the weekend but lost a pair of home contests. The setbacks to Waconia and Fairfax dropped the locals to 2-6 on the season, with a 1-3 River Valley League record.

The Tigers are off all week to rest up for this weekend’s Tigertown Classic, the 19th rendition of our eight-team fundraiser tournament. The Pride of Chatfield will kick things off at 6:30 pm Friday against our fast friends, the Milroy Irish, whom hosted the Tigers on a memorable road trip two years ago. The second game on Friday night, starting at about 8:30 pm, will feature the RVL’s Chanhassen Red Birds against the Minnesota Lake Royals, where former Tiger Brad Lawson still roams.

If the Tigers win Friday, they will play at 7:30 pm Saturday against the Chan – Minnesota Lake winner. If BP lost, we’ll lace up at 5:15 pm Saturday against the Game 2 loser. For updates on game results throughout the weekend, follow the Tigers on Twitter at twitter.com/bptigertown.

Saturday will feature five games at Tiger Park, starting at 10:30 am with the Minneapolis Mudcats against the Cokato Kernels. The Marshall A’s and Wells Wildcats will follow at 12:45 pm, with Game 3 of the day at 3 pm. For the full bracket – including three games on Sunday – see the accompanying bracket or check bptigertown.com.

If you are willing to volunteer by working a shift or two at the tournament, we would greatly welcome your assistance for the latter two games on Saturday and anytime on Sunday. Shift duties range from concession stand and grill operation to field preparation and maintenance. If interested, please contact Brett Kruschke at 612-327-2715. We can make use of almost any age range of volunteer!

Waconia 7, BP 0 (Friday, June 2) BOXSCORE
Five-year-old Beckett Larson fired a strike for the ceremonial first pitch, but that was not a preview of things to come for Belle Plaine fans. The Waconia Lakers, former league foes of not-so-long ago, came to town to test the validity of the Tigers’ two-game winning streak. During this decade, it should be noted, both the Lakers (2011) and Tigers (2013) finished as runners-up in the Class C state tournament.

Chase Emmers took the hill for Tigertown and battled, allowing five runs (three earned) over six innings. Joe Pomije relieved Emmers and went two frames, yielding a pair of runs. Josh Terrio finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

Ryan Bremseth-Vining and Aiden Ladd both collected two hits, while Jesse Oelfke, Johnny Egan and Terrio had the other knocks. Beckett Larson, who did everything but call balls and strikes, was on-deck when the final out was recorded.

Not much else of note happened in the game, except that Waconia’s Peter Brown pitched the ninth inning with no UCL in his throwing arm and threw harder than all three Tiger pitchers combined. Rumor has it that several Tigers are contemplating elective UCL removal surgery in an attempt to add a few MPH’s to their fastballs.

Fairfax 10, BP 6 (Sunday, June 4) BOXSCORE
The Fairfax “them are a pretty bird” Cardinals came to town for an unusual noon start time as an accommodation to Belle Plaine’s high school graduation. Fairfax started Scott Palmer, who has been a thorn in the Tigers’ side since before many of the graduates started their educational careers.

The Tigers must have had pomp and circumstance in their heads, because they certainly didn’t have baseball running through it. Three graduates from last year’s class pitched for El Tigre, starting with Wes Sarsland. The lefty didn’t seem to have his normal stuff – or the help of a proper defense – and took the loss, throwing four innings while giving up eight runs.

Jonny Vinkemeier threw the next two innings and gave up two runs before giving way to Mitch Stier, who hung three straight goose eggs as the Tiger Train mounted a comeback. BP scored the game’s final five runs, but simply started their push too late.

Aiden Ladd stayed hot and led the way at the plate for the Tigers, collecting four hits.

Tigers Win Second Straight,
Host Twice This Weekend

--by Brett Kruschke & Matt Schultz

After starting the season 0-4, the Tigertown Express has outscored its opponents 19-3 across a pair of wins. The latest triumph was a 7-1 decision against the Shakopee Coyotes last Wednesday.

Another state tournament team is headed for Tiger Park as former River Valley League foe, the Waconia Lakers, will visit Friday (June 2) at 7:30 pm. It will be RTL Construction Night, with RTL kindly providing every fan in attendance with a free hot dog, pop and chips.

On Sunday – which is graduation day at Belle Plaine High School – the Tigers will move to the front of the class by hosting Fairfax at a special 12 pm start time. If the Tigers lose, the rookies will not be allowed to graduate.

We were fortunate to have local professional photographer Nick Peters take shots during the Coyotes game; be sure to check them out on Facebook via Nick Peters Photography, or, via the Tigers’ Facebook page. While on Facebook, be sure to like the Tiger Park page as well.
See you at the ballpark!

BP 7, Shakopee Coyotes 1 (Wednesday, May 24)
Shakopee’s Class C team, the Coyotes, came to town for the final scheduled game of the month. Although the Dakota-Rice-Scott League member is off to a rough start this season and was without the managerial wizardry of one Dick Steinhoff, the Coyotes have made back-to-back state tournament appearances.

Wes Sarsland started on the mound and picked up where he left off in Fairfax, throwing five innings of shutout baseball. Mitchel Stier came on in relief and worked three innings, giving up the lone Shakopee run thanks to working out of a big jam. Johnny Vinkemeier tossed a scoreless ninth to seal the impressive victory. 

Belle Plaine scored four runs in the first inning, batting ten men. They also scored one run in the second inning and two in the eighth. El Tigre pounded out 10 hits, with Luke Narveson leading the way with three singles. Aiden Ladd tallied two knocks while Vinkemeier went 1-for-3 with a walk, run and RBI.  

Tigers Flummox Fairfax for First Win

--by Brett Kruschke & Mike Schultz

Team Tigertown grabbed its first win of the season in style on Friday, using 14 hits and eight bases on balls to 10-run the Fairfax Cardinals, 12-2 in eight innings. That lifts the Tiger record to 1-4 on the season, including 1-2 in River Valley League play.

Tonight (May 24) the Tigers will entertain the Dakota-Rice-Scott League’s Shakopee Coyotes, our Highway 169 neighbors who have qualified for the Class C State Tournament in each of the last two seasons. The first pitch is set for 7:30 pm and if you can’t make it to Tiger Park, tune the game in on KCHK at 95.5 FM/1350 AM, kchkradio.net or via the KCHK smartphone app.

With Memorial Weekend upon us and the Belle Plaine High School team in full swing, the Tigers won’t take the field again until Friday, June 2, when the Waconia Lakers will visit. Until then, visit us at bptigertown.com and by the same handle on our social media channels.

BP 12, Fairfax 2 (Friday, May 19 – 8 innings)
The winless Tiger Train sputtered into Fairfax on Friday night, asking young Mitchel Steir and his “cutter” to right the ship. The second-year righty did his part, throwing four innings of two-run baseball before turning it over to Wes Sarsland. The portsider did Stier two better, yielding no runs while also working four frames in what became a shortened affair. Steir snagged the win while Sarsland scooped up an old-school save.  

Center fielder Luke Narveson had a career-best game, we’ll presume, with four hits and four runs. Aiden Ladd, Josh Terrio and Derek Dahlke all had two hits apiece, and the Tigers worked eight walks. Jonny Vinkemeier added a little excitement to the mix when he successfully stole home in the fifth inning. Both of our fans went wild and at that point, the rout was officially on.

Sarsland was not to be outdone by Vink’s rare feat, striking out four batters in one inning thanks to one of the batters reaching on a dropped third strike.

Tigers Off to Familiar Slow Start

--by Brett Kruschke, Matt Schultz & Mike Schultz

Like the weekend before, the Tigers lost a close contest and a blowout, a league game and a non-league game. Add it all up, and the Tigertown Express has veered off the tracks with a 0-4 record. Slow starts have become the “Tiger Way” in recent seasons – see 2016 (1-4), 2015 (1-4), 2014 (1-6) and 2013 (1-6) – all part of manager Mike Schultz’s master plan of playing possum before unleashing the fury.

Perhaps this pattern means “bad news” for the Fairfax Cardinals, as the line from the Bad News Bears goes, as the locals are due for a win and the next foe comes Friday at Fairfax, 7:30 pm. In an intentional peel-back of the schedule with the Belle Plaine High School Tigers entering the crux of their season, the Town Tigers’ only other game this month is a home outing against the Shakopee Coyotes next Wednesday, May 24.

In the meantime, stay plugged in at bptigertown.com and the social media channels: bptigertown on Facebook and Twitter.

Jordan 14 @ BP 2 (Friday, May 12 – 8 innings)
Dollar Beer Night at Tiger Park brought a picture-perfect evening and a nice crowd as the locals fittingly took on the Brewers. Local fans were thankful for the beer discount, as it didn’t cost quite as much to drown their sorrows in this lopsided affair. The Tigers got behind early and couldn’t climb out of the hole, scoring only two runs on four hits while committing five errors.
Wes Sarsland started on the mound and lasted three innings, giving up seven runs (six earned). Mitch Stier threw the next three innings and was the lone bright spot, giving up no runs while scattering four hits and four walks. Chase Emmers worked the last two frames and gave up five runs (three earned).  

Sarsland led the Tiger offense with three hits, while Jon Vinkemeier and Luke Narveson accounted for the other two safeties.

BP 11 @ St. Benedict 12 (Saturday, May 13)
After the previous night’s beating by Jordan your Belle Plaine Tigers headed to St. Benedict to try and get in the win column. In what had to be karmic retribution for “America’s Team” not playing the national anthem, Luke Narveson led off with a home run on the first pitch of the game. Teenage Tiger immediately entertained thoughts of their first victory of the season, but it was not to be as the Saints rallied for a 12-11 win.

Vinkemeier started on the mound for the Tigers and was solid through four innings. He gave way to Josh Terrio, Emmers and eventually Narveson – none of which were helped in any way by the defensive pairing of Steir and Mike Schultz at shortstop and second base, respectively.

Matt Ruehling led the Tigers with three hits including a double and a home run, attempting but failing to persuade Manager Schultz after that game that this would be a good one after which to retire. Wes Sarsland also belted a home run, meaning that all three Tiger long balls was each player’s first career blasts. This puts the trio is lofty company in Tiger history, joining the likes of legendary sluggers Brent Meyer and Brett Kruschke.

Town Tigers Off to Bumpy Beginning

--by Brett Kruschke, Matt Schultz & Mike Schultz

At a fateful hour late Sunday afternoon and just an hour’s drive apart, the Minnesota Twins and Town Tigers were busy testing the allegiance of their supporters by both yielding 10 runs in the top of the ninth inning. While the Twins didn’t score in their last ups against the Boston Red Sox, Team Tigertown tallied seven runs and almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against the Arlington A’s. When all was said and done, however, it was a frustrating first weekend.

Belle Plaine got bushwacked on Friday by Green Isle – one of the top Class C teams in the state – in the season opener, 13-0. Sunday’s league opener against Arlington saw a one-run lead with three outs to go turn into a never-ending ninth and a 15-13 setback, dropping the Tigers at 0-2 (0-1 RVL) on the year.

On Friday the locals may choose to drown their sorrows at a discounted rate as Jordan comes to town at 7:30 pm on Dollar Beer Night. The Tigers will also be in action Saturday when they visit one of the more quaint ballparks in the state, St. Benedict, at 4 pm.

At the start of each season, I like to clarify this column’s byline. Generally the Schultz brothers, Mike and Matt, split up the week’s game recaps. I write the sizzling-hot intro and edit their napkin scratch, and then we submit it to the Herald to see what’s left standing after a trip to Wednesday’s mailbox. It never gets old.  

We would also like to take a moment to offer our condolences to the family and friends of long-time Herald photographer/writer/editor Dan Ruud. As his obituary stated and we often witnessed, Dan “had a passion for baseball and photography.” Thanks, Dan, for being a friend all these years.

Green Isle 13, BP 0 (7 innings)
The Irish of Green Isle and a nice showing of fans came to town on a picture-perfect Opening Night. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, however, El Tigre swung at the ball like a piñata and finished with just one hit, coming in the first inning off the bat of veteran Pat Schultz.

Mitch Stier started on the mound for Los Tigros and went the first two innings before giving way to Chase Emmers, who recorded five outs. Matt Schultz came on to get the final out of the nine-run fourth, but the damage had already been done.

Pat Schultz threw the next two innings while Jon Vinkemeier hurled the final frame. The Tiger defense was not on the pitchers’ side as, despite an offseason of fielding ground balls, the home team committed six errors. 

Arlington 15, BP 13
The A's of Arlington came to Tigertown on Sunday in the River Valley League opener for both teams. The final frame, however, turned out to be one of the best examples ever of ugly, early-season town ball


The Tigers trailed 5-1 after five innings but mounted a nice comeback with three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh for a 6-5 lead. With two outs in the seventh Matt Schultz drove in the tying run, with Stier’s hit-by-pitch giving the Tigers a one-run lead they’d take to the ninth.

Things went poorly from there, with Arlington putting up a 10-spot thanks to four hits, two walks and a litany errors. El Tigre was not discouraged, though, and mounted a seven-run rally in their last cracks to cut the deficit to two runs, bringing the tying run to the plate before the game ended. The key blow for Belle Plaine was a bases-loaded triple by Emmers.

Josh Terrio started the game and went four-plus innings while giving up five runs (mostly unearned). Terrio was relieved by Vinkemeier, who shut Arlington down until the ill-fated ninth. He was followed by Steir and "Everyday" Matt Schultz, who combined to finally finish off the top of the frame.

Offensively the Tiger Train was conducted by Schultz, who had five hits on the day – all the more impressive considering Zac "Papa" Dahlke is the new chief bookkeeper. Vink, Aiden Ladd and Luke Narveson each had two hits on the afternoon.  

Green Isle Here Friday
as Town Team Season Begins

--by Brett Kruschke

The Belle Plaine Tigers town team will open the 2017 campaign this weekend with a pair of home games. On Friday, the loaded-for-bear Green Isle Irish will visit at 7:30 pm on Dollar Dog Night – that’s right, the famous and tasty Ruck’s hot dogs are just $1 all night long. (Attention: former Tiger slugger, Jeff Witt)

On Sunday, the first notch will register in the River Valley League standings as the Arlington A’s will be here for a 2 pm start. It will be Coborn’s Day and as we’ve annually done, canned goods will be collected for the Belle Plaine Food Shelf. Cash donations will also be accepted, and your donation of either will enter you in a drawing for a Coborn’s gift card. Please support this most-worthy local endeavor!

This year’s schedule features 26 regular-season games, with 14 coming at home. You can buy a $25 season ticket or a $50 Dugout Club season ticket – which also includes a food and beverage item at each game – at the ticket gate or Brad’s Barber Shop. On a per-game basis, the cost is $4 for ages 18-64, $2 for ages 12-17 and 65-plus, and free for ages 11-and-under.

Season and walk-up tickets are a great way to support Tiger Baseball, and the 19th annual Tigertown Classic eight-team invitational tournament on June 9-10-11 will once again be a key fundraiser. A new wrinkle this year that we hope you enjoy is a game program, made possible by the support of a litany of sponsors. The Tiger Open golf tournament, for which we thank many of you for years of support, will no longer be held.

The Tigers have endured some rough sledding the past couple years, as the team has turned over and gotten very young. Last year was just the second season in the past 10 that the Chatfielders didn’t qualify for the state tournament. That hasn’t hurt enthusiasm in the dugout, however, as manager Mike Schultz has assembled the largest roster short of the Vikings.

Most players – as far as we know – will return, including Travis Latzke, Jonny Vinkemeier, Johnny Egan, Derek Dahlke, Dylan Nyberg, Joe Hankins, Josh Terrio, Ben Wagner, Cameron Lark, Jared Miller, Matt Schultz, Mitchel Stier, Wes Sarsland, Luke Narveson, Ryan Bremseth-Vining, Aiden Ladd, Carsen Ladd, Zac Dahlke, Chase Emmers, Pat Schultz, Matt Ruehling, Mike Schultz, Jesse Oelfke and Joe Pomije.

Derek Dahlke, a 2015 RVL All-Star, will again be spending most of the summer playing for a collegiate wood-bat league team – this year, with the Sioux Falls Gold of the Pioneer Collegiate Baseball League. Derek expects to be around here and there, and hopefully for the playoffs. 

In late-breaking news, the Tigers are losing a pair of veteran outfielders to retirement. Travis Latzke, a speedy staple in center field and at the top of the lineup for nine years, is hanging up the cleats, as is Tyler Hartman, who has donned the Tiger threads for seven seasons (but left the door open for emergency appearances). Three new cubs have been added to the litter, all currently donning uniforms for Belle Plaine High School: Brody Curtiss, Nathan Herman andJonathan Schmidt. 

Stay connected to the Tigers via bptigertown.com, and on Facebook and Twitter at bptigertown. Also, be sure to grab a free 2017 Tiger pocket schedule.
See you at the ballpark!


Tiger Park press box named in honor of Brett Kruschke

The press box at the Tiger Park was named after Brett Kruschke.

Tiger Park press box named in honor of Brett Kruschke

The press box at the Tiger Park was named after Brett Kruschke.

Brett Kruschke’s name is now literally attached to the press box at Tiger Park.

In a ceremony prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Belle Plaine, Kruschke was honored on the field, to declare that the press box at Tiger Park would be referred to as the Brett Kruschke Press Box from that date forward. The inscription with that title was attached to the wall just beneath the baseball press box windows. 

Kruschke is currently the Sports Writer at Sportsradar US, and has served the BPBA for decades.  Brett played (use word loosely) for TeamTigerTown for 21 years, retiring after the 2015 season.   Kru also skippered the club back in the early 2000s. You would recognize the name from the Belle Plaine Herald, where Brett would put his spin on the weekly happenings in Belle Plaine Amateur Baseball.  Below is a listing of Kru’s accomplishments over the years with TeamTigerTown.

Career Pitching
July 12 - Mankato @ BP :o
July 2 - Cologne 8 @ BP 17 
Warmed up in bullpen. Luckily Dave Feldt got the job done.
June 24 - Plato 12 @ BP 2 (7 inn.) 
0.2 IP / 1 H / 0 R / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 15 NP / 0.00 ERA
Threw 9 of 15 pitches for strikes, which was uncharacteristic.(http://www.bptigertown.com/2008SeasonStories.html#June24Box)
July 14 - BP 0 @ Mankato 21 (7 inn.) 
1.0 IP / 1 H / 0 R / 0 ER / 0 BB / 1 K / 16 NP / 0.00 ERA
Brad Connolly got a hit, and Shane - managing that year - putting himself at SS midway through the game although he had just missed time pitching with a bad arm. (http://www.bptigertown.com/2005SeasonStories.htm)
June 1 - BP 2 @ Delano 17 (7 inn.) 
1.0 IP / 2 H / 2 R / 2 ER / 1 BB / 1 K / 18 NP / 18.00 ERA
Catcher Pat Schultz called for a curveball even though Kruschke doesn't throw one, and it went over the fence for a grand slam.
1 G vs. ? / 0.2 IP / 1 H / 6 R / 0 ER / 4 BB / 0 K / ? NP / 0.00 ERA
Just read the line. This was a Rick Ankiel meltdown before there was Rick Ankiel. 
Pitching stats not currently available.
August 9 (Section 3B Playoffs) - Chaska 4 @ BP 5
Why Mgr. "Hot Dog" Miller gave Kruschke the ball that day is anyone's guess... but it worked.
1991-1996 (& other general highlights) 
* 1991 State Tournament - warmed up in bullpen even though never told to. 
* Beat Hampton for first town team win, on June 12, 1992. Not that it was rare but Kruschke still issues yearly reminders of this happening. 
* General memories of being constantly encouraged by teammates to "just throw strikes." 
* Kruschke keeps fresh in-between sporadic bi-yearly appearances by regularly throwing batting practice, with the goal of getting the hitter out - not throw him some lollipop pitch so he can get his timing down for the game.

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