Crow River Review Crow River Review Hot Stove 2/16

2016 ‘Hot Stove’ edition Crow River Revie Review February 2016 Covering the Crow River Valley Baseball League Volume 16, Number 1 Plato’s fantastic season By Jarrod Peterson The Plato Bluejays enjoyed a tremendous season that was capped off by a Class C State Championship. The Bluejays finished with a record of 29-7, and had two five-game winning streaks and one six-game winning streak. They won 10 of their final 11 games, and only lost consecutive games one time. Their run-production throughout the season was unmatchable. The Bluejays scored 10 or more runs in 11 times, including 14 in the state title game against Green Isle. They aslo scored 10 or more runs in back-to-back games three times. On the mound, the Bluejays stifled opponents, holidng them to three or less runs in 22 games, including seven shutouts. Leading the explosive offense was Chris Odegaard, who had a batting average of .466, which was second-best in the league. Aside from his sky-high average, Odegaard also hit for power, as he blasted eight home runs, tying him with Green Isle’s Mac Zachow for most in the Crow River League. Odegaard finished with 23 runs batted in, 28 runs scored, and eight doubles, as well. Odegaard wasn’t the only offensive threat the Bluejays had, as his brother, Matt, tore up the league, too. He batted a blistering .373 with three homers, 22 RBI, and a league-best 11 doubles. Tyler Lang boasted a .343 average, drove in 19 runs, scored 16 runs, and smacked seven doubles on the season. Other notable Bluejays are: Joe Nix (nine doubles), Nolan Lepel (.308 batting average and 14 RBI), and K Kyle Panning (16 runs scored, 13 RBI, and two homers). While the offense was tremendous, the pitching might have been even better. The Bluejays finished with a team ERA of 2.28 and 135 hits in 174 innings. Adam Prehn (6-4) and Tony Wischnack (5-0) combined to go 11-4 in 2015, while Prehn finished with a 2.26 ERA in 71.2 innings. While Prehn’s ERA was impressive, Wischnack’s was even more so, as he posted 2.04 ERA while pitching 39.2 innings. Kley named MVP after pitching Plato to state championship By Brad Salmen After a pitching performance unmatched in recent history, Winsted’s Tony Kley was named MVP of the Minnesota Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament after leading the Plato Bluejays to the championship. Kley, who was drafted by Plato after the Winsted Wildcats were knocked out of the Region 7C tournament, was the winning pitcher in four out of the Bluejays’ five victories, including three wins in the last three days of the tournament. Perhaps most incredibly, he pitched 14 innings on Monday, the final day of the tournament, to win the final two games for Plato. continued on page 2 Minutes from December CRVL meeting The meeting of the Crow River Valley League was called to order Dec. 14 at 7:05 p.m. by North President Dennis “Soup” Campbell. It was noted that all teams were present. The secretary’s report from the Oct. 26 meeting was discussed, and Denis Zabel (St. Bonifacius) moved to approve the minutes as written; Stephan Wiblemo (Glencoe) seconded, and motion carried. State board report Campbell and Jim Zellmann reviewed the Nov. 21 state board meeting. There was a lot of talk about “Class B” and “border line C” rosters. The state board will be keeping an eye on teams and their rosters going into the 2016 season, and make changes to classifications as deemed necessary. The “College Player Rule” will be modified to emphasize “College Player” will be required to play “Class B” if using the college address. A college student that is not affiliated with the baseball program at their given college will be allowed to use the college address to play with a “Class C” team within that radius. Another state board meeting took place Jan. 9. (Meeting notes not available at press time.) Umpires’ contract Secretary Kuerschner spoke about the meeting that he attended with the NorthWest Umpires Nov. 21. Other leagues in attendance were the DRS and RVL, as well as two Class A leagues. The topic that was discussed was the requirements of two-umpire games for the upcoming seasons. The fee for a two-man game will not go up in 2016, and will remain at $90 per umpire. In 2017, this will increase to $92 per umpire. The additional charge of $5 per umpire per playoff game will still be in effect. The single umpire fee will go to $110 in 2016, and $115 in 2017. In addition to this, the leagues present at the meeting and the NW Umpires Association agreed in principal to have one game in 2016 for each team be covered by a twoman umpire crew. (The team’s choice as to which game). Then, in 2017, have at least two games covered by a two-man umpire crew. This will give the teams an opportunity to plan for the increase in cost and choose betterattended and potentially competitive games to have the two umpires. It will also let the leagues see how well the NW Umpires can cover those games and provide a better quality of umpiring. Secretary Kuerschner also provided the group with a printout of the fees, along with what the costs for umpires was in 2015, and what it could be in 2016 and 2017, depending on the different options for re-alignment that will be discussed later in the meeting. Dustin Brockoff (Carver), moved to accontinued on page 2