Crow River Review CR Review - Region 7C Program 8/4/16 - Page 14

Page 14 Crow River Revie Review The Region 7C Tournament 2016 preview REGION PREVIEW PREVIEW, from 2 The Green Isle Irish, runners up in the 2015 Class C state tournament, are posied for another shot at the title. Like the Bluejays, the Irish send a potent lineup to the plate each and every game. They also have a nice core group of pitchers who can be called upon at any t ime for some strong innings. The biggest strength for the Irish has to be their depth. With so many talented players, the Irish get production in their lineup from top to bottom. Aaron Biagouette leads the way for the Irish offensively. He posts a .455 average and leads the team in hits. Alex Twenge knows how to get on base and get across home plate as he finished the regular season tied for third in runs scored with 20. The Irish also have a solid pitching staff as well. As a team, they posted a 2.69 ERA. Alex Twenge has been pretty much unhittable this season. In 34 innings of work, he‘s given up 17 hits and just four runs, while striking out 45. Mac Zachow is also a key name to keep an eye for the Irish as he leads them in wins with four. Twenge and Max Langheinrich have four wins on the mound for the Irish. The Irish are the No. 3 seed in the Region 7C tournament and will be a dangerous team to face. With a complete lineup from top to bottom, as well as a strong pitching staff, the Irish are a team that looks to be headed for a deep run in the tournament and get back to the state tournament. The Irish are 9-2 against teams in the tournament. #4 Winsted (14-5 overall, 12-5 in CRVL) There is always one name that comes along with the Winsted Wildcats, and it’s one to be feared if he’s on the mound. Tony Kley and the Wildcats once again make it to the Region 7C Tournament, this time as the No. 4 seed. It seems as if Kley, who’s considered as one of the best pitchers in the state, is on the mound, the Wildcats have a chance. Kley posted an ERA of 0.26 in 34 innings of pitching, which leads the league. Although Kley is the main guy on the mound for the Wildcats, Shane Khan is a guy that can take the Wildcats to the next level. Khan led the teams in wins this season, with six, and also led the Wildcats in strikeouts, with 72. Khan has an ERA of 3.18, and is a big piece of the success behind the Wildcats season. With the emergence of Khan, as well as solid pitching from Jake Volness and Brady Jenkins, Kley has been able to pitch as needed and get some rest during the season. Kley threw just 34 innings this season, compared to 71 last year, and still proved he still has it with a 21-strikeout performance agianst Mayer in the first round playoffs. Although the pitching has been stellar for the Wildcats this season, their offense can sometimes fade away. The Wildcats scored just five runs in their two games against Mayer, and have only scored 10 or more runs in a game four times this season, but with Kley, the Wildcats may only need one or two runs to win. Newcomer for the Wildcats Matt Elsenpeter, is big a star in the lineup. He leads the team with a .421 average and also leads the team with three home runs this season. He homered in his first career at-bat as a Wildcat against Carver earlier this year. With Tony Kley, who led the league in walks this season, at the top of the lineup, the Wildcats can still manufacture some runs, but they will need to do a better job of situational hitting in order to make a run in the tournament. The Wildcats are the No. 4 seed in the tournament and open play against the No. 5 seed Young America. The Wildcats defeated the Cardinals 10-0 in their only meeting this past season. The Wildcats have a 4-3 record against teams in the tournament. #5 Young America (10-10 overall, 9-8 in CRVL) Aaron Bigaouette has done it all for the Irish this season. A solid glove in the field, and a dangerous prescence at the plate as he leads the team in batting average with a .455 average. PHOTO BY KIP KOVAR The Young America Cardinals have had an up-and-down season thus far. With a 9-8 record, it’s a mystery as to what team shows up. Is it the Cardinals who hit the ball around all over in a 30-1 win over St. Boni, or is it the Cardinals that struggle to score runs? In their 10 losses this season, they have scored three or fewer runs in nine of them. The Cardinals have the players to make a run, though. Brice Panning is one of the best young players in the league and posts a .429 average. He also leads the team in RBI with 16, and is tied for the lead in home runs with three. Aaron Cook is a nice player for the Cardinals at the top of the lineup. He’ll be counted on for getting on base and setting the tone for the Cardinals if they hope to make a run. Cook is batting .327 and leads the team in runs scored with 13. Pitching will also be something to keep an eye on for the Cardinals. Isaac Horman leads the team in wins with four, while Troy Kohls is second with three. Kohls has a team-best ERA of 1.67 in 32 innings pitched, while Hormann posts a 2.03 ERA. The Cardinals are the No. 5 seed in the Region 7C Tournament and open play against the No. 4 seed Winsted. The Cardinals lost 100 to Winsted in seven innings in their only meeting this season. The Cardinals are 36 against teams in the tournament this season. #6 Carver (16-15 overall, 8-9 in CRVL) Winsted’s Matt Elsenpeter has been a force at the plate all The Carver Black season long for the Wildcats. He comes into the tournaSox are another up- ment with a .421 batting average and leads the Wildcats in and-down team that can homeruns with three. PHOTO BY KIP KOVAR be hard to predict. They do have Mark Ulrich, threw 53 innings this season and posted a left-handed pitcher, who always seems a 2.38 ERA on his way to racking up two to deliver when called upon. Ulrich was a wins. Justin Erkenbrack and Cole Petersen workhorse for the Black Sox this season, are two other pitchers to keep an eye on, as he threw 57 innings, and posted a 0.94 as well. ERA, while striking out 60. The Brewers enter the tournament as the The Black Sox also rely on Andrew We- No. 7 seed and open play against the No. 2 ber and Jack Norton on the mound. The two seed Waconia Lakers. The Lakers defeated have combined for 49 strikeouts and 54 in- the Brewers 11-3 in their only meeting this nings pitched. season. David Dolan and Bryce Tuma are the big The Brewers have a 1-9 record against bats to watch for in the Black Sox lineup. teams in the tournament. Dolan is batting .311 and h as four doubles on the year. Tuma is tied for the team-high #8 Brownton (11-14 overall, 9-9 in RBI and also posts a .333 average to lead in CRVL) the team. Weber also is tied for the team The Brownton Bruins come into the Rebest with 10 RBI. gion 7C on a bit of a hot streak after sweepThe Black Sox enter the tournament as ing No. 9 seed Watertown Red Devils in the No. 6 seed and open play against the No. their playoff series. 3 seed Green Isle. In their only matchup of The Bruins have one of the best pitchthe season, Green Isle squeaked a close 2-0 ers in the league in Dylan McCormick. win over the Black Sox. McCormick led the league in strikeouts The Black Sox have a 2-7 record against with 85 this season and also posted a 2.39 teams in the tournament. ERA on his way to picking up five wins for #7 Glencoe (13-14 overall, 9-9 in the Bruins. Ryan Grams is another solid arm for the Bruins. He has three wins on CRVL) the season, and posted a 2.70 ERA. The Glencoe Brewers come into the ReOffensively, the Bruins are pretty balgion 7C tournament with a 9-9 record in anced. Grams is the leading hitter. He batthe CRVL. Just like the Black Sox and Car- ted .310 and led the team in RBI with 17, dinals, the Brewers will be a wildcard team and home runs with three. Josh Dietz is a to watch in this tournament as their season bat to watch as well this tournament. He has been up and down all year. hit two home runs this season and posted Gannon Jordahl is the big bat in the a .241 average. Brewers’ lineup to keep an eye on. He had The Bruins come into play as the No. 8 two of the team’s four home runs this sea- seed and face the top-seeded Plato Bluejays son, and was also the 2015 CRVL batting to kick off the region tournament. The Brutitle champion a season ago. ins were swept by the Bluejays in their two Other key offenseive players to keep an games earlier this season. eye on in the Brewers’ lineup are Teddy The Bruins post a record of 3-7 against Petersen and Mason Goettl. Petersen posts teams in the tournament. an average of .393 and had two doubles this season. Goettl leads the team in RBI with 11, and has a home run. For the Brewers and their pitching staff, Jamie Paumen seems to be the ace. He