7/11/2017 2:03:00 PM Byron Babe Ruth team off to solid start
By Coach Larry Frank
The junior Babe Ruth baseball team is off to a solid start for the summer. The team is composed of 15 players from 7th grade. The junior Babe Ruth league has four teams: Byron, Stewartville, Zumbrota-Mazeppa and Cannon Falls.
The first day of summer, the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars came to town where the Bears dropped the first game 6-4. Carson Czeczok added two singles for the Bears. The Bears battled back in game two and ended up tying 2-2. Logan Marx struck out 11 on the mound and Drew Queensland added a double.
The Bears then made a trip to Stewartville to square off against the Tigers. The Bears and Tigers were knotted up at two a piece in the first game before the rain came and pushed the games off until the following day. Stewartville ended up taking that first game by a score of 12-2. The Bears got the bats going the second game with an offensive explosion of 12 runs in just three innings. Brody Lamb added a tripled and scored three runs. Issac Bendix, Caden Christenson and Jackson Schroeder all had a great day at the plate.
Byron then hosted Stewartville. Issac Watson was stellar on the mound but the Bears allowed 4 runs in the 5th inning to drop the first game 6-5. Jackson Schroeder had a double and a triple, while Jace Strain had three singles in the loss. The second game the Bears got the bats going and pounded out 8 runs in the first two innings. Logan Marx was the winner on the mound, allowing only one run while striking out 6.
The Bears then traveled to Cannon Falls where they fell 4-1 in the first game. The second game the Bears battled back and won 6-2 behind a great start from John Lutzi. John had his curveball working and struck out 7 while allowing just two runs in the five innings. Brody Thompson added a couple hits and scored twice for the Bears.
Cannon Falls then came to town and the Bears took the first game 6-1. Jackson Schroeder struck out seven on the mound. Jake Thompson had a couple hits and scored twice. The Bears fell short the second game 11-1.
Next up was Stewartville in Byron. The first game was a hard fought battle that ended in a 6-6 tie. The Bears took the second game 3-1 behind some good hits from Carson Czeczok and James Durst. John Lutzi had another quality outing on the mound.
The Bears then traveled to Zumbrota-Mazeppa where they lost the first game, a high scoring affair of 12-6. Byron came out to play the second game scoring 8 runs in the second inning before winning 10-5. Jake Thompson and Brody Lamb both threw the ball well on the mound. Beau Lorentzen and Riley Knudson were hot with the bat for the Bears.
The Bears have a couple doubleheaders left before their season ending tournament in Cannon Falls on July 20.