FRIDAY - AUGUST 1,  2014


The Crookston Wrestling Club hosted a three day NDSU Bison Wrestling camp this week and had some pretty impressive talent helping the Crookston youth at the camp.

3rd Place NCAA All American Steven Monk Headlined the final day of camp. Monk is the highest place finisher for the Bison since moving to Division 1 in wrestling.

Former Pirate Wrestler and current Bison Wrestler Anthony Caputo headlined Day 2 of the Bison Wrestling Camp during the youth session at UMC Turf room.

NDSU assistant coach Manny Rivera and Bison wrestler Justin Scherkenbach giving instruction on day 1 of the youth camp session at the UMC Turf room.



TUESDAY - JULY 29,  2014


The Crookston High School Athletic Department will be holding the Fall Sports Parent/Athlete/Coach (PAC) meeting on Monday, August 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium.  Crookston High School Activities Director Greg Garmen will give a presentation to start the program.  After the program the sports will split up.
*There will be a meeting at the beginning of each season this year, so Monday's meeting is for those athletes that will be playing a fall sport this year.



FRIDAY - JULY 25, 2014


Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for, because it might come true!! After picking up a win last night in a loser out game over Warroad, Crookston was hoping they would meet Red Lake County again today to try and even things up again as Red Lake County had handed Crookston three of their four losses this American Legion baseball season. They got their wish, but things haven’t changed, Red Lake Count rallied with eight runs in the last three innings, including three in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Crookston 11-9 in a loser out game in the District 9, Division II American Legion baseball tournament in Pelican Rapids.
Crookston started out quickly with three runs in the first inning after a couple walks and an error loaded the bases, which were cleared on a Cody Wardner double over the left fielder’s head to give Crookston a 3-0 lead after an inning.  Seth Desrosier was pitching well giving up a walk in the first inning and a two out double to Bailey Schmitz in the second, but stranded him there after a pop out to end the inning.
Red Lake County would put together a two out rally when Alex Erickson singled, Wyatt Casavan walked and one of the best hitters in the tournament, Lars Brevik, blasted a line drive shot over the left field fence for a three run homer to tie the game in the third inning at 3-3.
Crookston would regain the lead in the fourth inning taking advantage of some wildness by Jake Magnell, the Red Lake County starting pitcher who walked the first two batters in the inning, but did pick one off second base for seemingly a big out at that point. Magnell gave up a single down the third base line to Ryan Porter and a walk to Crookston leadoff hitter, Joey Koenig to load the bases. Cody Magsam chopped a ball just to the right of the pitching mound that nobody could field to bring in a run. Desrosier singled in another run and with bases still loaded Aaron Hollcraft was hit by a pitch to bring in another run and it was 6-3. Crookston wasn’t done when Brandon Kresl’s sacrifice fly brought in another run. With Desrosier on third base, Hollcraft stole second and Wardner pounded another double that was one hop off the left center field fence to bring in two more runs and Crookston now led 9-3 and forced a pitching change for Red Lake County to get out of the inning, but trailing by six runs.
Red Lake County came right back in the top of the fifth inning with one out getting two hits and a walk to load the bases. Taylor Kenfield drove in one run with a single and Tristan Knott brought in another with a fly out, but Desrosier did get another fly out to end the inning with Crookston leading 9-5.
Many would say, Red Lake County had Crookston right where they wanted them with the history of the previous three games against each other, including the North Sub-District championship game last Sunday when Red Lake County rallied in the last inning to win. Today it was a lot of the same, as Red Lake County scored three times in the sixth inning and with two outs and a runner on base, Magnell walked and Casavan singled in a run, followed by another drive by Brevik that scored two more to close the Crookston lead at 9-8. After a Kenfield infield single and runners on first and second, Knott lined an out to short to end the inning with Crookston leading 9-8.
Casavan, who missed the first two days of the tournament attending a hockey camp/tryout, was stingy on the mound, hitting a batter and giving up a hit to Hollcraft was all in the two plus innings he worked in relief to keep this team in the hunt and it worked out with another rally by the Red Lake County veteran squad, who most of the older players have had two Minnesota State High School appearances under their belt.
Crookston brought Joey Koenig in to pitch the seventh inning and a one run lead and he struck out the first batter, but gave up back-to-back singles to Scott Schultz and Ryan Amiot with one out. Koenig induced a fly out that moved Schultz to third with the tying run and two outs and Magnell at the plate. Amiot stole second uncontested to put runners at second and third and two strikes on Magnell. Koenig and Magnell had a battle as Magnell fouled a bunch of pitches off and then got one he wanted and doubled to right field to drive in two runs and give Red Lake County a 10-9 lead now!!! They weren’t done though as Casavan singled up the middle for his third hit in a row and second rbi to put Red Lake County up 11-9 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Crookston would start with Wardner beating out an infield single and Casavan walking Epema, so Crookston had something going with Cody Weiland, pinch running for Wardner at second and Epema on first with nobody out.  Red Lake County coach Seth Schmitz then went to their ace, Lars Brevik to come in and try to shut down Crookston. Brevik got Mikey Hajostek to fly out to centerfield,  Porter to pop out to third base for two outs and then the big righthander blew a fast ball to getting a called third strike on Koenig to end the game and the mastery of Crookston continues for Red Lake County legion baseball and with the win they advance with a 16-3 record to the next round to play Parkers Prairie in another loser out game this afternoon.
Crookston’s season ends at 14-5 and four of their losses to Red Lake County!!!

Seth Desrosier puts the ball in play as Red Lake County catcher Wyatt Casavan looks on

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Red Lake County 0 0 3 0 2 3 11 15 1
CROOKSTON 3 0 0 6 0  0  0 9 9 1

Cody Wardner on second after his three rbi double

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Seth Desrosier-Crookston   6.0 11 8 8 4 4
Joey Koenig-Crookston     (LP) 1.0 4 3 3 0 1
Jake Magnell- RLC 3.2 7 9 6 7 2
Wyatt Casavan - RLC    (WP) 2.1 2 0 0 1 3
Lars Brevik-RLC           (SAVE) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

            Cody Magsam puts the ball ball in play in one of his at bats

For Crookston
Cody Wardner   3-4, 2 doubles, 5 rbi
Cody Magsam  1-2, 2 runs, rbi
Aaron Hollcraft   1-2, 2 runs, rbi

For Red Lake County
Lars Brevik  2-4, home run, 5 rbi
Wyatt Casavan  3-3, 3 runs, 2 rbi
Scott Schultz  2-4
Ryan Amiot  2-4, 2 runs
Jake Magnell  2-2, 3 runs, 2 rbi, double
Taylor Kenfield  2-4, rbi



THURSDAY - JULY 24, 2014


When you lose your first game of an eight team double elimination tournament, about the only way you are going to get back into it is by having someone step up, someone maybe unexpectedly. That happened for the Crookston American Legion team this afternoon in a loser out game when Parker Epema got what some would say was a surprise start and the veteran right hander pitched Crookston to a 4-2 win over Warroad to keep alive in the District 9, Division II American Legion baseball tournament in Pelican Rapids.

Epema, who pitched well for Crookston in the sub-district championship game against Red Lake County on Sunday, was superb at scattering eight hits, at least one in each inning. Warroad did not have a runner reach second base until a one-out double by Jackson Nash in the fourth inning, but he was stranded there. Epema while striking out only four batters in the game, but he threw strikes and unlike yesterday in a 5-1 loss to Parkers Prairie, Crookston’s defense was sharp in helping out their pitcher. “The first play of the game, Aaron (Hollcraft) made a great catch in center and our team made some great plays behind me today,” said Epema.
Crookston scored twice in the third inning which was started by Mikey Hajostek getting hit by a pitch, Ryan Porter bunted him to second and Warroad threw a ball away on a Joey Koenig ground ball to score Hajostek to give Crookston a 1-0 lead.  Cody Magsam walked and with one out, Seth Desrosier bunted to try and move the runners up and he beat out a perfectly place bunt to load the bases.  Crookston’s cleanup hitter, Aaron Hollcraft walked to bring in another run and make it 2-0, but Mason McPherson, who went all the way for Warroad on the mound, got the next two batters to keep it a 2-0 game. “That was a couple big runs at that time for us taking advantage of what they gave us,” said Crookston head coach Jesse Jennings.
Epema continual worked out of some jams, like the fifth inning after Warroad threatened with a hit, a Crookston error and a walk, but Epema got a line out and a ground out to get out of the inning unscathed. “I felt pretty good out there, my arm is a little sore, but I hung in there. My curve was moving the way I wanted to and the knuckle was perfect, starting high and dropping right in there,” said Epema. Crookston did add a couple big insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth and it started with two outs when Hollcraft singled, stole second and third bases. Brandon Kresl walked and he stole second and the extra bases taken by Crookston came into play when Cody Wardner singled in both of them to give Crookston and Epema a 4-0 lead. “Their pitcher wasn’t keeping our runners close on base and we finally took advantage with Aaron’s speed and it was good to get Brandon over at second which enabled us to score two on Cody’s base hit,” said Jennings.
Warroad’s Jackson Nash had half of Warroad’s eight hits, as the first baseman led off with his second double of the game and scored on a Mitchell Roberts triple. Epema would leave Roberts on third with his fourth strikeout of the game and a ground out and Crookston lead was now 4-1.  “Parker pitched an outstanding game today,” said coach Jennings, “It was absolutely a nice turnaround for Parker and I think it helped him to get ready for this game.” Crookston had a threat go by the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hajostek led off with a double, but was caught trying to extend it into a triple.
Warroad would not go down quietly as Keegan Moyer was hit by a pitch with one out in the seventh inning and followed by a McPherson single and an error in the outfield and Warroad had runners on second and third with the tying run at the plate.  After getting Trevor Otto to fly out to shallow right field, which couldn’t allow the runner from third to score. That brought up Nash and he singled by third base to bring in Moyer to make it a 4-2 Crookston lead and Warroad had the tying run on second base, but Epema induced an infield pop out to give Crookston the win.
Crookston improves to 14-4 on the season and will meet Red Lake County at 2:00 PM on Friday afternoon.  Three of Crookston's losses have come at the hands of Red Lake County and it's a rematch of the North Sub-District Championship on Sunday when Red Lake County won in extra innings. Warroad’s season ends at 10-11-1.   For the District Tournament bracket 

          Mikey Hajostek slides into third base as the Warroad player applies the tag

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Warroad 0 0 0 0  0 1 1 2 8 3
CROOKSTON 0 0 2 0 2 0 X 4 6 2

           Cody Wardner puts the ball in play                    Parker Epema with a pitch       

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Parker Epema-Crookston  (WP) 7.0 8 2 2 1 4
Mason McPherson- Warroad  (LP) 6.0 6 4 2 4 4

For Crookston
Aaron Hollcraft - 1-2, rbi, run
Brandon Kresl - 1-2, run
Mikey Hajostek - 1-2, double, run
Ryan Porter - 1-2
Cody Wardner - 1-3, 2 rbi's
Seth Desrosier - 1-3

For Warroad
Jackson Nash - 4-4, 2 doubles, rbi
Mitchell Roberts  1-3, triple, rbi




The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team officially release the fall portion of their 2014-15 schedule Wednesday, July 23. The Golden Eagles will partake in five events during the fall season including the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall Men’s Golf Championship at the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn. September 29-30. 
The Golden Eagles return an experienced squad led by All-NSIC Performers Matt McClure, UMC’s 2013-14 Student-Athlete of the Year, and Jesse Roscoe. The Golden Eagles also return Senior Seth Heppner and Junior Michael Roedl who played integral roles in UMC’s success last season. UMC will again be led by Head Coach Jason Tangquist.

Men’s Golf Schedule
September 7-8    Bemidji State University Invite    Bemidji
September 14-16    Nebraska Kearney Invite        Axtell, Minn
September 21-22    SCSU Husky Classic                St. Cloud
September 29-30    NSIC Fall Championship          Lake City, Minn
October 13-14    Central Region Invite                St. Joseph, Mo.




WEDNESDAY -  JULY 23, 2014


The Crookston American Legion Post 20 Baseball team scored 28 runs in three games in the Sub-District 9 Division II tournament in Roseau last weekend, but also committed nine errors.  Before the first round of the District tournament, Crookston Coach Jesse Jennings jokingly said “We scored 28 runs in the three games, but had just as many errors.  That has been a problem all year.”  The problem all year carried over into the first round of the double-elimination District 9 Division Tournament in Pelican Rapids when Parkers Prairie beat Crookston 5-1. 
The first inning was a sign of things to come when the first Parkers Prairie batter was hit by a pitch, stole second base and advanced to third base on a pass ball.  After a strikeout the next batter reached on an error that also allowed a run to score.  The second run of the inning came into score on a ground ball out and Parkers Prairie led 2-0, without getting a base hit.  Parkers Prairie expanded their lead with a run in the second after back to back singles the run scored on another error and Crookston trailed 3-0.
In the fourth inning, Crookston‘s Aaron Hollcraft walked and then came into score when Brandon Kresl blasted a line drive to the left centerfield fence.  On the throw home to try to get Hollcraft, the ball got away from the catcher and rolled to the backstop.  Both the catcher and pitcher chased after the ball and nobody was at home plate so Kresl, who advanced to third on the throw home, tried to score.  Kresl lost the footrace with the catcher and was out at home.  On the next pitch, Cody Wardner singled, but Crookston wasn’t able to take advantage and trailed 3-1.  Parkers Prairie added two insurance runs in the sixth inning taking advantage of two walks and a double.  Crookston wasn’t able to get anything going in the sixth or seventh innings and lost 5-1.  Aaron Hollcraft suffered the loss on the mound going six innings and striking out six, while the Parkers Prairie pitcher, Logan Riedel, who played baseball at Bemidji State this past spring, picked up the win going the distance and struck out eight.
Crookston drops to 13-4 on the year will play Warroad at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday in a loser out game. Parkers Prairie improves to 20-6-1 on the year and will play Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at 7:00 p.m. Thursday.


         Brandon Kresl tries to elude a tag by sliding into the home in the fourth inning

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Parkers Prairie 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 5 5 0
CROOKSTON 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4

        Joey Koenig pitching in relief             Aaron Hollcraft scores a run in the fourth

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Logan Reidel-PP 7.0 4 1 1 3 8
Aaron Hollcraft-Crox 6.0 5 5 2 2 6
Joey Koenig-Crox 1.0 0 0 0 0 0

For Crookston
Aaron Hollcraft 1-1, 2 walks, run
Brandon Kresl - 1-3, double, rbi
Cody Magsam - 1-3
Cody Wardner - 1-3

For Parkers Prairie
Alec Alberts - 2-3, rbi
Mitch Thoennis - 1-4
Hunter Arnold - 1-4
Kyle Schlosser - 1-3

TUESDAY - JULY 22,  2014


The Crookston Park and Rec Bantam Softball team took 2nd place in the Fosston tournament last week.  Crookston beat Fertile-Beltrami 4-0, then beat Bemidji 4-3 and lost to Red Lake Falls 2-0.  The team is made up of 7 to 10 year olds.  Members of the team are Emma Gunderson, Miryah Epema, Emily Bowman, Addie Fee, Katelyn Christianson, Danielle Kresl, Nicole Miller, Katelyn Ringstad, Rylee Solheim, Kailee Magsam, Cassie Solheim, Macy Fee, and Hannah Loraas.  The team is coached by Tori Demarais and Tiffany Hanson.

   The Crookston Park and Rec Bantam Softball team with their second place medals





University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson announced the addition of Don Stopa as head softball coach for the Golden Eagles. Stopa comes to UMC after acquiring a myriad of experience coaching collegiate softball most recently at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) affiliate Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C. for the past three seasons. “We are excited to add Don to the staff as head softball coach,” Helgeson said. “He is very highly respected and brings a great deal of experience coaching at a variety of levels. We believe Don will be a great addition to our staff.” 

“I am honored to be a part of UMC as the head softball coach and I would like to thank Athletic Director Steph Helgeson for this opportunity,” Stopa said. “I am really excited about where this program could go and can’t wait to get to work. The university has so much to offer these student athletes and I hope to bring great success, on and off the field.”

During his time at Louisburg, Stopa led the Hurricanes to a 70-56 mark and helped to produce 14 All-Region players, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans and six NJCAA All-
Academic award winners. In addition to his duties as softball coach, Stopa was also the Sports Information Director for Louisburg.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Stopa spent three years at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. working with both the baseball and softball teams, as well as serving as the Sports Information Director. In 2011, he helped the Aztecs to a 51-14 mark and No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA poll. He also helped the team compete for a regional championship, finishing just one game short of a trip to the National Tournament.
Prior to his move to Arizona, Stopa was the head softball coach at Graceland University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school in Lamoni, Iowa for three seasons helping to improve the Yellowjackets both on the field and in the classroom. Before his transition to softball, Stopa was an assistant baseball coach for two seasons at Graceland.
Before making the move to Graceland, Stopa spent time as the pitching coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University.
Stopa earned his Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Mass Communication in 2002, a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communication in 2004 and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Management in 2007. Don and his wife Ashley has two sons Austin and Jaxon.




MONDAY - JULY 21,  2014


The Crookston American Legion Baseball team will play Parkers Prairie in the first round of the District 9, Division II Baseball tournament in Pelican Rapids on Wednesday. 
The schedule of the first day of games and the link to the bracket are below.

Wednesday, July 23 First Round games-
11:30 AM - Red Lake County (1 North) vs Frazee (4 South)
2:00 PM - Hawley (#2 South) vs Stephen-Argyle (#3 North)
4:30 PM - Crookston (#2 North)  vs Parkers Prairie (#4 South)
7:00 PM - Dilworth-G-F (#1 South)  vs Warroad (#4 North)



The Moorhead Blues are the number one seed for what is now called the Minnesota Sub State 14 American Legion Baseball Tournament in Perham, Thursday-Sunday, July 24-28.
The double elimination tournament Thursday's games are as follows:
10:00 AM -  Alexandria (#4 seed)  vs  Thief River Falls (#5)
1:00 PM   -  Moorhead (#1)  vs  Detroit Lakes  (#8)
4:00 PM   -  East Grand Forks (#2)  vs  Fergus Falls (#7)
7:00 PM  -   Perham (#3)  vs  Bemidji (#6)




Crookston High School Girls Basketball player, Sydney Boike, informed KROX radio Saturday evening that she has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of North Dakota after she completes her senior year, this upcoming school year.  Boike was named All State Honorable mention this past season after she averaged 23.2 points per game as a Junior and also had 289 rebounds, 76 assists, 49 blocks, and 40 steals.  The University of North Dakota women's basketball team is coming off a great season last year, where they made the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament after winning the Big Sky Conference and lost to Texas A&M in the first round 70-55.  UND finished the season 22-10.




As July quickly moves on, it’s time to prepare for back-to-school needs. An important need for any athlete is a sports physical. RiverView Health is here to make sure your athlete is in tip top shape for the upcoming sports seasons. Sports physicals will be offered at RiverView’s North Clinic in Crookston on July 22, 29 and August 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To make an appointment, please call 218-281-9595.



SUNDAY - JULY 20, 2014


Red Lake County, who blew an early lead in the game, capped a great comeback with a run in the eighth inning to defeat Crookston 14-13 in the championship game of the North Sub-District 9, Division II American Legion Baseball Tournament in Roseau.
Red Lake County, who started out with a 6-0 lead after a half inning, rallied back with four runs in the top of the seventh inning on the aid of four walks, a costly Crookston error and a huge Scott Schultz two out single that brought two runs in and the score was tied 13-13.  Lars Brevik, who pitched in the two games Red Lake County won yesterday, including a complete game win over Warroad, set down Crookston in the bottom of the seventh to send it to extra innings. “Lars has been very good for us all season long and continued that in this tournament and in this game,” said Red Lake County head coach Seth Schmitz. “It was a great comeback for our guys, but they have a lot of experience and never seemed to get rattled.”  In the eighth inning, Red Lake County’s Jake Magnell led off with a walk and the RLC number three hitter, Wyatt Casavan was asked to lay down a bunt and executed perfectly sending Magnell to second base with one out. “With Lars pitching, we were playing for the one run,” said coach Schmitz. “Wyatt is a team player and does what has to be done and he put a nice bunt down for us.”
The next batter was Brevik and with a wild pitch Magnell moved to third base with one and and Brevik blooped a fly ball to shallow right center field that fell just out of the reach of hard charging centerfielder Aaron Hollcraft to score Magnell with the go ahead run. Crookston’s Joey Koenig, who came in relief of Cody Weiland, who had control problems in the seventh, did get a couple pop outs to end the inning. In the bottom of the eighth, Brevik sailed through with a ground out and two called strikeouts as the big right hander retired the last seven Crookston players he faced in his three innings of work to pick up the win 14-13 to garner the north number one seed for the District 9, Division II Tournament next week in Pelican Rapids.
Red Lake County banged out six hits for the six runs in the first inning off Crookston’s Parker Epema, who did hit a batter, but was throwing strikes and Red Lake County bats were hot. “The 14 hits we had today were the most we’ve collected this season,” said coach Schmitz. “That is a good sign at this time of year.”  Crookston would counted in their first inning with a four spot, led by a Hollcraft rbi double and Cody Wardner drove in two runs with a single.  After Red Lake County scored two more in the third inning to take an 8-4 lead, Crookston took advantage of some Red Lake County wildness by taking three walks and in between getting a key double by Epema that drove in two runs and Seth Desrosier drove in two runs with a single and Crookston led 10-8 after three innings.
Red Lake County did score a run in the fourth inning, taking advantage of one of Crookston’s seven errors in the game, but Crookston would answer in this slugfest with two of their own when Epema found a gap with a triple to drive in a run and he scored on a Joey Koenig single to give Crookston a 12-9 lead. Crookston took their biggest lead with Red Lake County defense helping out with their only two errors of the game allowing Crookston to score an unearned run without a hit to gain their biggest lead of the game at 13-9 after five innings. Nobody scored in the sixth inning although Red Lake County threatened with bases loaded and Epema got a third called strikeout, which was his fifth strikeout in the last three innings as the veteran seemed to have gotten stronger as the game went along. 
Crookston did bring in Cody Weiland to start the seventh inning and the youngster ran into control problems, walking the first two batters he faced, followed by the seventh Crookston error to load the bases. Weiland would then strike out the fourth and fifth batters in the Red Lake County lineup and was one out and then one strike away from a Crookston victory, but Taylor Kenfield walked on a 3-2 count to bring in a run and Schultz had the key single to bring in two more and as Red Lake County batted 10 players in the inning to tie the game before the Brevik base hit in the eighth for the victory.
Brevik picked up the win with his three innings of relief for Red Lake County who are now 14-2 on the season, while Crookston falls to 13-3 on the year with all three losses coming to Red Lake County!!
Both teams will advance to the District 9 Tournament in Pelican Rapids, Thursday through Sunday of next week.
Red Lake County will be the #1 seed from the north, Crookston the second seed and followed by Stephen-Argyle and Warroad.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton will be the #1 seed from the south, Hawley the second seed and followed by Parkers Prairie and Frazee.
The pairings officially will be released Monday morning with the times of the game, but it would appear, Red Lake County would meet Frazee in an opening game and Crookston would tangle with Parkers Prairie in a first round game in the double elimination tournament.

Joey Koenig gets a lead off first base as the Red Lake County second baseman looks on

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Red Lake County 6 0 2 1 0 0 4 1 14 14 2
CROOKSTON 4 1 5 2 1 0 0 0 13 10 7

Parker Epema with a pitch, he went six innings in the game

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan Amiot - RLC 0.2 3 4 4 2 1
Tristan Knott - RLC 1.2 3 6 6 5 1
Wyatt Casavan - RLC 2.1 4 3 2 0 2
Lars Brevik-RLC (WP) 3.0 0 0 0 1 5
Parker Epema - Crox 6.0 11 9 6 3 6
Cody Weiland-Crox 1.0 2 4 0 5 2
Joey Koenig -Crox (LP) 1.0 1 1 1 1 0

For Crookston
Seth Desrosier - 2-5, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner - 2-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi
Parker Epema - 2-3, double, triple, 3 rbi


For Red Lake County
Lars Brevik - 3-6, 2 runs, game-winning rbi
Zach Landman - 2-5, 2 runs, double, rbi
Wyatt Casavan - 2-5, triple, 2 runs, rbi
Scott Schultz - 3-4, double, 4 rbi, 2 run





The Crookston Reds amateur baseball team started the Norman-Polk League Playoffs by traveling up to Warroad and picking up a 12-0 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best of three series.
The win was impressive, especially after Warroad beat up on Crookston last weekend and beat the Reds by identical 11-1 scores in a double header.
Sunday afternoon was a different story as the Reds scored three runs in the first inning.  Justin Johnson led off the game with a single and after the next two batters were retired.  Dave Grabowski started the two out rally with a single, Josh Edlund had an rbi single and Nick Wheelhouse followed with a two rbi double for the 3-0 lead.  In the bottom of the first inning, Reds pitcher Matt Morin allowed the first two batters reach on a single and a walk, but shut the door by retiring the next three batters to set the tone for the rest of the game.
Crookston added three more runs in the fourth inning when Kody Kawlewski singled and advanced to second on an error, Johnson singled, Brady Arneson singled in Kawlewski and Johnson and Arneson came into score on errors for a 6-0 lead.  The Reds scored a run a piece in the fifth and sixth inning and then added four runs in the seventh inning with two walks, a hit batter, double by Sam Brule and a single by Jon Olson to solidify an 11-0 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.  Matt Morin picked up the win going all seven innings, scattering seven hits and walking one.
Crookston improves to 9-7 on the year and will host Warroad on Wednesday evening.

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CROOKTON 3 0 0 3 1 1 4 12 11 0
Warroad 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin - Crox (WP) 7 7 0 0 1 3



FRIDAY - JULY 18,  2014


Crookston pitchers were sharp combining for 29 strikeouts in two games to defeat Win-E-Mac 7-3 in a first round game with Seth Desrosier striking out 14 and the Crookston scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Desrosier single to back Aaron Hollcraft's 15 strikeout performance to defeat Ada 8-7 and a sweep on the day in the North Sub-Section District 9, Division II Tournament in Roseau.

If there was any question of why Aaron Hollcraft wasn't starting the first game of the North Sub-District 9 Tournament today, they were answered by Seth Desrosier, who threw a four hitter, striking out 14 in the Crookston American Legion baseball teams 7-3 win over Win-E-Mac. "I answer that question with we don't really have a number one or two pitcher," said Crookston Legion head coach Jesse Jennings, "If Aaron is our number one, then Seth is pretty darn close."
The Crookston American Legion team opened up the Win-E-Mac game with four runs in the fifth inning and it proved to be the difference n a 7-3 victory in the first round of the District 9, Division 2 American Legion Baseball Tournament in Roseau.
Crookston started off the game in fine fashion when pitcher Seth Desrosier quickly retired the first three batters he faced in the top of the first inning.  In the bottom of the first inning the first two batters were retired and Crookston Post #20 started a rally.  Seth Desrosier helped his cause with a double, Cody Wardner walked and runners were at first and second base.  Aaron Hollcraft singled to right field to score Desrosier and Wardner advanced to third base on the play and when the ball got away from the third baseman Hollcraft was able to able to advance to third and Brandon Kresl walked, but the next batter was retired and Crookston led 1-0 after an inning. "It was nice to get off to a lead early," said Crookston Head Coach Jesse Jennings.  In the second inning, Desrosier walked a couple of batters, before striking out the final two batters of the inning to get out of a mini jam.
In the bottom of the second inning the first two Crookston batters were retired, and again they started a rally.  Joey Koenig singled and on a pickoff attempt the ball got past the first baseman and Joey was able to advance to third base on the error.  Cody Magsam drew a walk and then as the Win-E-Mac pitcher went into the stretch Cody took off and stole second and on the throw to second base Koenig stole home to score the second run of the game for a 2-0 lead.  In the top of the third inning Win-E-Mac had bases loaded when they had a single to score two runs to tie the game at 2-2.  Crookston regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning when Cody Wardner manufactured a run when he was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a ground out and then came into score on another wild pitch for a 3-2 Crookston lead. "The focus on our offense is to increase our on base percentage and put balls in play and waiting for good pitches by working the count," said Jennings. "Any way we can get on and actually we have a bit of a game going after I told them at the beginning of the year that I would buy Dairy Queen for anybody that is hit by a pitch.  Today we had two so they are costing me some money today." Crookston would get some insurance runs with four runs in the fifth inning. Wardner singled and Hollcraft double to score a run.  After a couple batters reached Joey Koenig doubled to score two more runs and the fourth run of the inning came into score on a wild pitch and Crookston led 7-2.  In the seventh inning, Win-E-Mac had a solo home run, but that is all they would get and Crookston held on to win 7-3 to advance to the winners bracket to play Ada. Seth Desrosier picked up the complete game win on the mound while striking out 14 batters. "I am pretty sure it is a career high, I wasn't hitting the strike zone and was leaving it up to a lot of hitters," said Desrosier. "My off speed was working well today, especially my curveball.  Advancing is big at playoff time and we just need to keep getting some runs and keep moving on."
Crookston improves to 12-2 on the year.  Win-E-Mac drops to 5-6 on the year.

         Cody Wardner puts the ball in play in one of his at bats

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Win-E-Mac 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 4 4
CROOKSTON 1 1 1 0 4 0 X 7 7 1

Seth Desrosier picked up the win going all seven innings

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Seth Desrosier - Crox  (WP) 7 4 3 2 6 14
Zac Tradewell - WEM  (LP) 5 6 7 5 5 5
Zach Plante - WEM 1 1 0 0 1 3

For Crookston
Joey Koenig - 2-4, double, 2 rbi
Aaron Hollcraft - 3-4, double, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner  1-2, 2 runs
Seth Desrosier 1-4, double, run

For Win-E-Mac
Zac Tradewell   2-4, home run
Jake Walker 1-3, 2 rbi

After seeing a four run lead dissipate in the seventh inning, the Crookston American Legion baseball team struck back with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Seth Desrosier walk-off single to score Joey Koenig to lead Crookston to an 8-7 win over Ada in a North Sub-Section District 9, Division II baseball tournament in Roseau.  With the win, Crookston assures themselves of a advancing to the District 9 Tournament July 24-27 in Pelican Rapids plus a chance to play in the championship game of the North Sub-Section Tourney on Sunday night in Roseau.

Ada took an initial 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Crookston countered with two runs in the second inning on a Parker Epema two run single to give Crookston the lead at 2-1. Ada tied it again in the third at 2-2 and they took the lead again with a Blake Fetting home run over the center field fence in the fifth inning to make it a 3-2 lead for Ada. Crookston did answer in the bottom of the inning as Cody Magsam led off with a walk, moved to third on two ground outs and scored on an Aaron Hollcraft triple in the gap to make it 3-3 after five innings.  Hollcraft, who had 15 strikeouts in the game, retired Ada in order for the only time of the game on three strikeouts in the top of the sixth. Crookston would sent nine players to the plate in the bottom of the sixth with five hits including a Koenig rbi single, Magsam had a two rbi double and Brandon Kresl singled in another to give Crookston what seemed like a comfortable 7-3 lead.
Ada wasn’t through though as the also batted nine in the top of the seventh with five of them getting singles and they scored four runs and Hollcraft did strand runners on first and second base with his 15th strikeout of the game to end the inning with a 7-7 game. “Ada are great hitters,” said Hollcraft. “You can’t say much more than that. Fetting is a stud with his first double a shot and then the home run, you just say oh well and move on.” Hollcraft gave up nine hits in the game and seven earned runs. “I was a little uncomfortable to start the game with a different mound and different place, but I settled in a little bit and able to get in some kind of groove, but Ada can really hit the ball,” said Hollcraft.
Crookston went down in order in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
Crookston made a pitching change with Cody Weiland coming in relief of Hollcraft in the eighth inning and Weiland faced only four batters, giving up one walk and a balk moved the runner to second with Fetting, who was 4-4 at the plate flew out to center field to end the top of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, Crookston’s Koenig was struck hit by a pitch in the back by Fetting, who was in his second inning of relief, to start the inning. Magsam, who was on base five times in the game, rapped a single to right field that sent Koenig to third base and Crookston had runners on first and third with nobody out.  With a base open, Ada elected to pitch to Seth Desrosier and the catcher hit a fastball hard to right center field that eluded the outfielder to drive in Koenig with the walk off hit to give Crookston the exciting 8-7 win. “It wasn’t one of our prettier games,” said Crookston head coach Jesse Jennings. “I did like the way our team kept battling back through adversity especially Aaron on the mound as there were times when he was frustrated, but he kept his composure and came through for us.”  Weiland picked up the win in relief facing the four batters, but gave Crookston a boost with his work on the mound. “We hadn’t thrown Cody much this Legion season and he kept telling us he could pitch,” said Jennings. “Last week with some players missing we put him in a game against Roseau and he shut them down and we didn’t hesitate to put him in tonight and he pitched very well.” 
Crookston improves to 13-2 on the season and will play in the North Sub-District championship on Sunday night about 5:30 PM in Roseau against an opponent that will be determined on Saturday.
Ada falls to 8-3 on the year and will play in a loser out game at 12:30 PM on Sunday against an opponent that will be determined on Saturday.

  Parker Epema puts the ball in play while his teammates look on in the Ada game

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Ada 1 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 7 11 2
CROOKSTON 0 2 0 0 1 4 0 1 8 9 1

Aaron Hollcraft with a pitch in one of his seven innings

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft - Crox  7.0 9  7 7 2 15
Cody Weiland - Crox  (WP) 1.0 0 0 0 1 0
Ryan Olson-Ada 6.0  9 7 5 5 4
Blake Fetting - Ada  (LP) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1

For Crookston
Seth Desrosier - 1-5, drove in winning run at bottom of 8th inning
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-2, triple, rbi
Cody Magsam - 2-2, double, 2 rbi
Mikey Hajostek - 2-4, double, 2 runs

For Ada
Blake Fetting - 4-5, 2 double, homerun, 2 runs, 3 rbi
J.D. Kappes - 2-4, double, 3 runs
Michael Kolness - 3-4, rbi

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