WEDNESDAY - JULY 1,  2015

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION TEAM FALLS SHORT AT WIN-E-MAC

The Crookston American Legion Baseball team ran into one of the best athletes in northwest Minnesota, Zach Tradewell, who is also one of the top pitchers in the area and he was able to hold Crookston to three hits in a 5-3 victory in a game played in Erskine.
Win-E-Mac scored two runs in the third inning when Tradewell reached on an error and Travis Kaster hit a two run home run for a 2-0 lead.  Win-E-Mac added another run in the fourth after a walk and back to back singles for a 3-0 lead  Crookston answered in the fifth inning when Chris Wavra walked, Seth Desrosier singled, Aaron Hollcraft hit into a fielders choice, Mikey Hajostek walked and Joey Koenig reached on an error and three runs later the game was tied 3-3.  Win-E-Mac added two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning after getting four singles and held on for the 5-3 victory.
Crookston drops to 6-8 on the year and will take on Red Lake County on Monday.

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Seth Desrosier- Crox (L)

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Zach Tradewell- WEM (W) 7 3 3 3 8 10

For Crookston -
Seth Desrosier was 2-3

For Win-E-Mac -
Zach Tradewell was 3-3
Zach Plante was 2-4
Devin Faldet was 2-4

 

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS FINALLY BEAT A MINNESOTA TEAM WITH A 4-2 VICTORY OVER TRF

The Crookston Reds Amateur Baseball team didn't have a win against a Minnesota team yet this summer, but that changed on Wednesday evening with a 4-2 victory over the Thief River Falls Thieves in a game played at Jim Karn Field.

Thief River Falls started the scoring in the first inning when Robbie Glass walked, advanced to second on a pass ball and scored on a ground out for a 1-0 lead.  Crookston answered with a run when Paul Smith singled, advanced to third on a couple of errors and came into score on a Matt Morin single to tie the game at 1-1.  The Reds added another run in the seventh when Brandon Kresl doubled and came into score on a Taylor Morlan single for a 2-1 lead.  Thief River Falls added a run in the top of the eight to tie the game at 2-2 only to have Crookston get two big runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Morin was hit by a pitch, Matt Benge reached on an error.  Morin scored on a single by Kresl and Benge scored on a pass ball to give the Reds a 4-2 lead.  Thief River Falls wasn't able to score in the ninth and Crookston picked up a big Northwest Border League game victory.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Thief River Falls 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 4
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 - 4 8 2

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Matt Morin-Crookston   (WP) 8.2 3 2 2 6 5
Ryan Paasch-Crookston .1 0 0 0 0 0

For Crookston -
Matt Morin - 3-3, double, run, rbi, hit by pitch
Brandon Kresl - 2-4, rbi
 

 

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 30,  2015

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION SPLITS A DOUBLE HEADER WITH STEPHEN-ARGYLE

Stephen-Argyle used strong pitching to win game beat the Crookston American Legion team 5-2 in the first game, but bounced back to win the second game 14-4 to earn a split on the evening in games played in Argyle.

GAME ONE-

The first game of the night pitted two fantastic pitchers against each other as Crookston’s hard throwing lefthander Aaron Hollcraft opposed Stephen-Argyle ace Justin Yutrzenka. Crookston put a threat together in the top of the first when Mikey Hajostek reached on an error with one out. Hajostek wasn’t on first long as he got picked off to give Crookston two outs and nobody on base. Seth Desrosier and Aaron Hollcraft reached but Cody Wardner struck out to end the threat.
Hollcraft showed solid form early for Crookston, facing just seven batters through the first two innings, picking up one strikeout and inducing a double play. Crookston’s offense got on the board in the top of the second thanks to a Stephen-Argyle miscue. Tanner Reinhart led things off with a single and came around to score on an error by Stephen-Argyle’s shortstop. Crookston maintained that 1-0 lead until the bottom of the third.
In the bottom of the third, Hollcraft retired Wyatt Neuschwander on a groundout but after that seven straight reached and five runs came across to give Stephen-Argyle the 5-2 lead.
Crookston shored up their defense and Hollcraft struck out four batters over the last three innings but the offense couldn’t get anything going against Yutrzenka as Stephen-Argyle held on for the 5-2 win.
Hollcraft went the distance for Crookston, giving up five hits, five runs, issuing two walks and striking out five batters. Offensively Hollcraft helped his own cause as he reached base four times on two walks and two singles. Tanner Reinhart had two hits and a run scored and Joey Koenig, Cody Magsam and Cody Wardner also tallied hits in the game. Crookston fell to 5-7 with the loss.

 

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Justin Yutrzenka- SA (W)

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For Crookston -
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-2, 2 walks, stolen base, run
Cody Wardner - 2-4, double, rbi

 

GAME TWO-

To say the Crookston American Legion’s offense “woke up” in game two would be an understatement.  Crookston recorded a hit in four of the five innings and had a nine run inning mixed in there as they took game two, 14-4.
Chris Wavra got things going in the top of the first for the Crookston Legion with a single and then he stole second and third. Seth Desrosier knocked Wavra in with a single to give his squad the 1-0 lead. Aaron Hollcraft’s double moved Desrosier to third and Seth scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Wardner to put Crookston up 2-0. Stephen-Argyle plated two runs in their half of the first and the teams headed to the second inning tied, 2-2.
Crookston retook the lead in the second inning as the hit parade continued. Cody Weiland led off the inning with a walk and then Chris Wavra, Joey Koenig, Seth Desrosier and Cody Wardner all added singles. Weiland, Wavra and Koenig came around to score to give Crookston the 5-2 advantage. Stephen-Argyle got two runs back in the bottom of the inning and trailed 5-4 heading into the third.
In the latter stages, it was all Crookston. The visiting team took a 5-4 lead into the fifth and final inning and absolutely blew the game open. Cody Wardner led off with a walk and Mikey Hajostek followed him with a two-run home run to make it 7-4. Crookston wouldn’t be done as Blake Kawlewski singled, moved to second after a walk to Cody Weiland and then to third after a walk to Chris Wavra. With the bases loaded, Joey Koenig drew a walk to make it 8-4, Seth Desrosier then followed with a hit by pitch to bring in another run and make it 10-4. Control issues continued for Stephen-Argyle as they walked two more batters in the inning. Crookston capitalized, scoring four more runs to make it 14-4. Crookston sent 14 batters to the plate in the fifth inning and eight of the nine starters scored a run, with Cody Wardner scoring twice. Chris Wavra would shut Stephen-Argyle down on the mound to give Crookston the 14-4 win.
Seth Desrosier paced Crookston offensively with a three hit day. The shortstop reached base all four times he went to the plate. Wavra and Blake Kawlewski also had multi-hit games for Crookston as seven different players picked up a hit on the game. Wavra settled down on the mound after a rough first two innings as he pitched five innings, walked five batters and struck out three.
With the win, the Crookston American Legion squad improved to 6-7 on the season. Crookston will be in action on Wednesday night when they play at Win-E-Mac with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Game Two

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For Crookston -
Seth Desrosier - 3-3, 2 runs
Chris Wavra - 2-3, 3 runs, walk
Blake Kawlewski - 2-3, run
 



 



CROOKSTON PIRATE BOYS GOLF TEAM HANDS OUT TEAM AWARDS

The Crookston Pirate Boys Golf team handed out their team awards at Minakwa Golf Course on Tuesday evening wrapping up a fantastic season that included a sixth place finish at the Minnesota State High School League Class AA State Boys Golf Tournament in Jordan.  The team award winners are below-

MVP - Isaac Westlake (average score of 75.294)
Rookies of the Year - Ben Trostad (82.68) and Brock Heppner (83.13)
Most Improved - Jack Ricord (16 strokes better than last season!)


      Issac Westlak, Ben Trostad, Brock Heppner, and Jack Ricord with their awards

 

 

SUNDAY -  JUNE 28, 2015

CROOKSTON REDS BATS EXPLODE IN 13-2 WIN OVER THOMPSON (N.D.)

The Crookston Reds broke an eight game losing streak by banging out eight hits in a 13-2 win at Thompson, North Dakota.  The Reds managed to score five times to start the game and they did it on only one hit as they were the recipient of five walks with Ryan Paasch getting the lone hit in the inning and driving in a run.  Crookston kept up the assault with a run in the second on an error, two runs in the third inning, one by another Thompson error and a Cody Magsam single and the visitors had built up an 8-0 lead.  Thompson not only had trouble throwing strikes but they also committed five errors in the field to help the Reds with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh when Cody Wardner singled in a run and Adam Donarski walked with bases loaded.  Taylor Morlan had some control problems for the Crookston team, but managed to give up only two runs in six innings of work with Ryan Paasch pitching a strong final three innings with no runs and five strikeouts.  Crookston is 2-11 on the year with both wins non-conference over North Dakota teams.  Crookston is 3-10 on the season with all three wins against North Dakota teams and will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Thief River Falls.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CROOKSTON 5 1 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 13 8 0
Thompson 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 5

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Taylor Morlan-Crookston   (WP) 6.0 2 2 2 9 3
Ryan Paasch-Crookston 3.0 2 0 0 0 5

For Crookston -
Paul Smith  2-5, 2 rbi
Cody Wardner  1-4, 2 rbi
Adam Donarski   1-4, 2 rbi
Ryan Paasch   1-6, 2 rbi


 




SATURDAY - JUNE 27,  2015

PAUL BITTNER SELECTED 38TH IN THE NHL DRAFT BY THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS!!


Paul Bittner at his press conference right after he was picked (Picture by Chris Fee)

Crookston’s Paul Bittner had an emotional evening on Friday night with a lot of ups and downs during each pick in the first round of the NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida, home of the Florida Panthers, but the second round he was all smiles as the Columbus Blue Jackets selected Paul with the 38th overall pick.
Paul will join his current Portland Winterhawk teammate and friend Oliver Bjorklund who previous was drafted by Columbus.  “My legs were trembling.  It was a dream come true to put my first NHL jersey on with all my friends and family watching,” said Paul. “I am really excited to go to Columbus, one of my best friends is there.  It is exciting to go early in the second round and to be 38th in the NHL draft and in my draft class that is great.  I am really excited and happy.”
Paul is the son of Jon and Jo Bittner and his brothers are Mark and Ryan.

TO HEAR PAUL'S INTERVIEW AFTER HIS SELECTION CLICK HERE

TO HEAR HIS PARENT'S INTERVIEW AFTER HIS SELECTION CLICK HERE


    All the reporters at Paul's Press Conference after he was selected 38th overall

A total of 211 players from 14 countries were selected at the 2015 NHL Draft, which concluded today at BB&T Center.

The following is a breakdown of draft selections by birthplace:
Canada    79
United States    55
Sweden    19
Russia    17
Finland    13
Czech Republic    11
Slovakia    5
Switzerland    4
Latvia    3
Belarus    1
China    1
Germany    1
Netherlands    1
Ukraine    1
TOTAL    211

OF NOTE
D Andong Song, selected in the sixth round (172nd overall) by the New York Islanders, becomes the first Chinese-born player taken in the NHL Draft. Song, a native of Beijing, moved to North America at age nine, but captained the Chinese team at the 2015 U-18 World Jr. Championships (D-II). The Islanders selected Song from Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where he captained the team in his senior season.

The Boston Bruins led the draft with 10 picks, followed by seven teams with nine picks each -- the Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

There were 73 defensemen selected (35%), the most among all positions. There were 51 centers taken (24%), 34 left wings (16%), 29 right wings (14%) and 24 goaltenders (11%).

The WHL led all leagues with 34 players selected in the draft, followed by the OHL and USHL* with 31 and the QMJHL with 30. (* USHL total includes 11 Under-18 players selected from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.)


The back of Paul's jersey right after he got it       The Stanley Cup was at the draft


Paul being interviewed by the Columbus Blue Jacket Radio network          Another shot of Paul at his press conference

 

 

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION TEAM STRUGGLES IN THEIR OWN TOURNAMENT

The Crookston American Legion baseball team had a rough go of it this past weekend at the tournament they hosted along with the University of Minnesota Crookston. Crookston lost all three of their games on the weekend and failed to advance to the championship or consolation rounds held on Sunday.

Crookston vs. East Grand Forks

In the first game on Friday morning, Crookston took on East Grand Forks on the UMC field and EGF showed why they are one of the top legion teams in the area. East Grand Forks jumped on Crookston starter Joey Koenig early, sending 11 batters to the plate in the first inning, knocking out eight hits and scoring six runs.
Crookston responded in the top of the third as their bats got going. Cody Weiland led things off with a single then went to second when Blake Kawlewski reached on an error. After the next two batters were retired, Seth Desrosier brought the runners home with a two-out double to make it 6-2. Cody Wardner followed with a double that scored Desrosier and cut the deficit to 6-3.
That’d be all Crookston would be able to muster though as East Grand Forks shut the door the rest of the way. EGF scored nine unanswered runs, including seven in the bottom of the fourth inning, and went on to win 15-6.
Seth Desrosier led the way offensively, going 2-2 with a single, double, two rbi’s and a run scored.

Crookston vs. Roseau 

Crookston was back at it on Friday night as they took on Roseau in the nightcap on the UMC Field. Roseau got on the board early thanks to a three-run home run by Conner Millner. The two-out blast put Roseau up 3-0 before Crookston even had a chance to bat. The Crookston Legion got on the board in their half of the first as well when Ryan Porter scored on a Roseau error and Seth Desrosier scored on a single from Cody Wardner. Crookston had the opportunity to add more but stranded the bases loaded in the inning.
Roseau pushed their lead to 7-2 in the second inning as they belted four singles and a double off of Crookston starter Seth Desrosier. As they had earlier in the game, Crookston would respond by getting some of those runs back. Joey Koenig led off with a walk, stole second then scored on a Cody Magsam sacrifice fly to make it 7-3. Seth Desrosier made it 7-4 when he scored on a fielder’s choice then Chris Wavra brought in another run with a bases loaded walk to make it 7-5. Just when Crookston shrunk the lead to a few runs, Roseau gained some breathing room once again in the fourth as the first six batters reached and scored. Trailing 12-5 in the bottom of the fourth, Crookston’s Joey Koenig and Seth Desrosier drew back-to-back walks to start things off. Back-to-back passed balls brought Koenig all the way around to make the score 12-6. Once again Crookston stranded multiple runners and headed to the fifth inning down by six.
Conner Millner’s two-run triple pushed Roseau’s lead to 14-6 and another hit made it 15-6 as the teams approached the middle of the fifth. Chris Wavra and Luke Froeber scored on passed balls in the bottom of the fifth and Joey Koenig crossed the plate thanks to a bases loaded walk to Cody Weiland but once again Crookston left the bases loaded and fell by the 15-9 final in five innings. The game was called after five due to darkness as UMC’s field doesn’t have lights.
Joey Koenig and Seth Desrosier paced Crookston at the plate in the contest. Koenig reached base four times via a single, two walks and a hit by pitch! He also scored three runs. Desrosier went reached base four times, including a single, and scored two runs. Crookston left 12 runners on base in the loss. Desrosier and Cody Weiland combined to pitch for Crookston.

Crookston vs. Park River (N.D.)

The Crookston Legion’s third game of the tournament was against Park River (N.D.) at the friendly confines of Jim Karn Field but Crookston once again couldn’t overcome an early deficit.
Park River started on fire in the first inning and took a 4-0 lead as they sent nine batters to the plate against Crookston starter Joey Koenig.  
The Crookston Legion bounced back the second as it was their turn to bat around! Cody Wardner led off the inning with a walk, Mikey Hajostek singled to move Wardner to third. After Hajostek swiped second base, Cody Magsam drove a double to the gap to bring in the runners and cut the deficit to 4-2. Chris Wavra kept the inning going with a two-out single to score Magsam and make it 4-3 heading into the third.
Koenig was firing on all cylinders the next few innings on the hill for Crookston as he struck out three Park River batters and only gave up one hit and one run over the next three innings. With the score 5-3 in favor of Park River in the bottom of the fourth inning, Crookston got a rally going and took their first lead of the tournament. Catcher Blake Kawlewski led things off with a double and went to third on a passed ball. After Chris Wavra was hit by a pitch, Ryan Porter singled to score Kawlewski and make it a 5-4 game. A Joey Koenig ground out score Wavra to make it 5-5 then Seth Desrosier ripped a double to score Porter and give Crookston the 6-5 lead.
Park River scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to make it 7-6. Mikey Hajostek led off the bottom of the inning with a triple and scored on another Cody Magsam base hit to tie things up at 7
Park River Legion took the lead in the top of the seventh with four runs on three hits, including a triple and a home run. Trailing 11-7 in the bottom of the seventh, Crookston was able to get a Cody Wardner single but couldn’t muster anything else as Wardner was stranded on third. Park River took the 11-7 win and knocked Crookston out of the tournament.
Cody Magsam led the way for Crookston at the plate with a single, double and three rbi’s. Mikey Hajostek also had a solid game at the plate, going 3-4 with triple and two runs scored.
Crookston’s game against Wahpeton (N.D.) was cancelled due to weather and they did not advance to the championship or consolation brackets. After the tournament, the Crookston American Legion’s record stands at 5-6.

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY - JUNE 26,  2015

PAUL BITTNER NOT SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF NHL DRAFT, EXPECTED TO GO EARLY ON SATURDAY


     The big group of Paul Bittner's fan club before the first round of the draft in Sunrise, Florida

Crookston's Paul Bittner knew he would probably be a later first round to early second round pick.  Unfortunately, he will have to wait until Saturday to see where he will be picked in the NHL Draft in the BB & T Center in Sunrise, Florida.  There was a total of eight trades and between that a several foreign born players seeming to be the soup de jour of the late first round, Paul was not selected after anxiously waiting for three hours to see if his name would be called.   The good news for Paul is that he is expected to go in the second round that starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.  Bittner had a big group fans at the draft, including over 20 friends and family.  Two former Pirates, Paul Johnson and his wife, Carmen (Kreibech) were at the draft.  Paul, along with Joel Gasper, were the last two Pirate Boys Hockey players to play NCAA Division One. Some pictures and more NHL First round draft information is below.


            Jo, Paul, John and Ryan Bittner at the first round of the NHL draft.

 


12 CANADIANS DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND, U.S. SECOND WITH SEVEN

The 30 players selected in the first round were born in seven different countries: Canada (12), United States (seven), Russia (four), Sweden (three), Czech Republic (two), Finland (one) and Switzerland (one).


FIRST ROUND TRENDS

* For the first time, three of the top eight picks in the NHL Draft came from the college hockey ranks. The Buffalo Sabres selected C Jack Eichel (Boston University) second overall, the Carolina Hurricanes took D Noah Hanifin (Boston College) at #5 and the Columbus Blue Jackets picked D Zach Werenski (University of Michigan) at #8.

* Seven of the first 10 picks in this year's Draft were forwards. Last year, a record 25 forwards were selected in the opening round, including 11 of the first 13 picks (D Aaron Ekblad at No. 1 and D Haydn Fleury at No. 7 were the only non-forwards selected in that span).

* For the first time since the NHL instituted the universal draft (in 1969), a team made three consecutive selections in the first round. The Boston Bruins claimed D Jakub Zboril (Saint John, QMJHL), LW Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current, WHL) and RW Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie, OHL) with the 13th, 14th and 15th overall picks, respectively.

* Four players born in Russia were selected tonight (D Ivan Provorov, #7 to Philadelphia; RW Denis Gurianov, #12 to DAL; LW Evgeny Svechnikov, #19 to DET and G Ilya Samsonov, #22 to WSH). That's the most in the first round since the same number were picked in the 2001 NHL Draft, also held in South Florida (LW Ilya Kovalchuk, #1 to ATL; C Alexander Svitov, #3 to TBL; LW Stanislav Chistov, #5 to ANA and D Igor Knyazev, #15 to CAR).


FAMILY TIES

Dylan Strome (selected 3rd overall by Arizona): His brother, Ryan, was drafted fifth overall by the New York Islanders in 2011 and finished third on the team with 17-33—50 in 2014-15.

Jake DeBrusk (selected 14th overall by Boston): His father, Louie, played 401 regular-season NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks from 1991-03 and currently serves as a hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet.


TRADES ANNOUNCED

Ottawa traded G Robin Lehner and C David Legwand to Buffalo for NY Islanders' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 21st overall).

Boston traded D Dougie Hamilton to Calgary for Calgary's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (15th overall), Calgary's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (45th overall) and Washington's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 52nd overall).

Boston traded LW Milan Lucic to Los Angeles for G Martin Jones, D Colin Miller and Los Angeles' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (13th overall).

Colorado traded C Ryan O'Reilly and LW Jamie McGinn to Buffalo for D Nikita Zadorov, C Mikhail Grigorenko, LW J.T. Compher and Buffalo's 2nd-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (31st overall).

NY Islanders traded D Griffin Reinhart to Edmonton for Pittsburgh's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 16th overall) and Edmonton's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (33rd overall).

Toronto traded Nashville's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 24th overall) to Philadelphia for Tampa Bay's 1st-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 29th overall) and Chicago's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 61st overall).

Tampa Bay traded NY Rangers' 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 28th overall) to NY Islanders for Edmonton's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 33rd overall) and Florida's 3rd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 72nd overall).

Toronto traded Tampa Bay's 1st-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (previously acquired, 29th overall) to Columbus for Toronto's 2nd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 34th overall) and Philadelphia's 3rd-round pick in 2015 (previously acquired, 68th overall).


All 30 NHL teams "braintrust" at their tables at the NHL Draft on the floor of the Florida Panthers arena in Sunrise, Florida

 

 

WEDNESDAY-JUNE 24, 2015

The Crookston American Legion baseball team couldn’t overcome an early deficit in game one as they fell to Warroad by a 12-8 score but rebounded for a 5-4 win in game two in a double header played in Crookston at Jim Karn Field.

 GAME ONE-

Warroad took an early lead in game one thanks to some Crookston miscues. Brennen Foster drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on an error to make it 1-0. Warroad added two run-scoring singles in the inning off of Crookston starter Aaron Hollcraft and took a 3-0 lead before the Crookston Legion could even get to the plate.
Crookston responded in the bottom of the first inning. With Chris Wavra on third, Aaron Hollcraft sent a sharp liner down the first base line that was misplayed by Warroad’s Seth Ditsch and ended up in the outfield. Wavra scored to make it 3-1 after one inning.
Ditsch would make up for his fielding blunder in the top of the third with a double that rolled all the way to the wall and scored two runs to make it 5-1. Warroad added another run and Crookston trailed 7-1 heading to the bottom of the third.
Warroad continued to thrive early, scoring three runs in the top of the fourth off of Crookston reliever Cody Weiland to make it 10-1. Crookston got a run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to the bat of Cody Wardner. Wardner launched a one-hopper to the center field fence that scored Joey Koenig to make it 10-2.
Crookston closed the gap in the bottom of the fourth. After a Chris Wavra single, Cody Magsam and Seth Desrosier drew walks to load the bases for Aaron Hollcraft. A grounder to right off of Hollcraft’s bat found its way through the infield to score two runs and make it an 11-4 game. Joey Koenig followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Desrosier and cut the deficit to 11-5. Cody Wardner picked up his third hit of the game to score Hollcraft and make the score 11-6. In the bottom of the sixth, Seth Desrosier’s single scored Cody Magsam to cut the lead to 11-8. Warroad added a run in the seventh and held on for the 12-8 win.
Cody Wardner led the way for Crookston at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Seth Desrosier also had a multi-hit game for the home team. Aaron Hollcraft was credited for the loss, tossing three innings, giving up six runs and striking out five batters.

   
         Aaron Hollcraft delivers a pitch                                        Seth Desrosier eyes down the ball

Game One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Warroad 3 0 4 3 1 0 1 12 9 4
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 1 5 1 0 8 9 1

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Aaron Hollcraft-Crookston   (LP) 3.0 3 6 6 5 5
Cody Weiland-Crookston 1.0 3 4 4 5 1
Cody Wardner-Crookston 3.0 2 1 1 2 3
Beau Wilmer- Warroad    (WP) 4.1 8 7 7 2 6
Logan Wilmer-Warroad 2.2 1 1 0 1 2

For Crookston -
Cody Wardner-3-4,run,double,2 rbi's
Seth Desrosier-2-3, run , rbi
Aaron Hollcraft-1-3, double, run, rbi

For Warroad-
Beau Wilmer-1-2, 3 runs, 3 walks, stolen base
Seth Ditsch- 2-4, 2 runs, double, 2 rbi's
 

GAME TWO-

Crookston got their first lead of the night early in game two. Chris Wavra walked, Joey Koenig singled and Seth Desrosier walked to load the bases for Aaron Hollcraft. The left-handed hitting Hollcraft sent a deep fly to center that was caught, but deep enough to score Wavra and make it a 1-0 game.
The home team put together another threat in the bottom of the second. Cody Magsam led off with a perfect bunt single down the third base line then went to second on an error by Warroad’s pitcher. Two pitches later, Mikey Hajostek drove Magsam in with a single to give Crookston the 2-0 advantage.
Cody Wardner got the start on the mound for Crookston and was firing on all cylinders early. The big right-hander mixed his pitches well and kept Warroad off the scoreboard through the first three innings.
Wardner got more run support in the bottom of the fourth inning from the heart of the Crookston order. Joey Koenig singled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a Seth Desrosier double. Aaron Hollcraft drove Koenig in with his second sacrifice fly of the game to make it 3-0. Seth Desrosier scored on an error a batter later to give the Crookston Legion a 4-0 lead.
Lucas Froeber made it four straight innings that the Crookston leadoff batter reached when he blooped an infield single to start the fourth.  Joey Koenig brought Froeber around with a big two-out triple to give Crookston the 5-2 lead heading into the fifth inning.
Warroad got two runs back in the fifth but the tying run got thrown out trying to advance to third to end the game.
Cody Wardner went the distance for Crookston in the win. Wardner gave up seven hits, four runs, walked three and struck out five Warroad batters. Joey Koenig led the way at the plate with a 3-3 performance including an RBI triple. Aaron Hollcraft drove in two runs and Mikey Hajostek added an RBI single in the win.
With the win, Crookston improves to 5-3 on the season and will stay in town this weekend to participate in a tournament that they are co-hosting with UMC. Crookston will play East Grand Forks and Roseau on Friday then Park River (N.D.) and Wahpeton (N.D.) on Saturday

    
              Chris Wavra darts for home                                         Joey Koenig fires to first

Game Two 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
Warroad 0 0 0 2 2 4 7 2
CROOKSTON 1 1 2 1 X 5 7 1

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Cody Wardner-Crookston (W) 5.0 7 4 4 3 5
Logan Wilmer- Warroad (L) 2.0 3 2 2 2 2
Nick  Steriff-Warroad 2.0 4 3 2 0 2


For Crookston -

Joey Koenig- 3-3, run, triple, 3 rbi's
Seth Desrosier- 1-2, run, double, walk
Mikey Hajostek- 1-2, RBI, stolen base

For Warroad-
Phil Ness- 2-3, run, 2 rbi's
Dylan Storey- 1-2, RBI, walk

 

 

TUESDAY - JUNE 23,  2015

CROOKSTON AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL SPLITS WITH BGMR

The Crookston American Legion team split a double-header with Badger-Greenbush-Middle River after winning the first game 6-4 and falling short in the second game 13-11 in a game that used eight pitchers in games played at Jim Karn Field in Crookston.

GAME ONE -
The first game of the evening was the Joey Koenig show as the Crookston pitcher tossed six solid innings and helped out his cause at the plate in the 6-4 victory over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River.
Badger-Greenbush-Middle River jumped on the board early in the first when Wyatt Peppel drove in Skyler Forst with a double to left. The lead didn’t last too long as Crookston responded in their half of the first inning. Chris Wavra led the inning off with a sharp single and went to second after a Cody Wardner two-out walk. Koenig followed Wardner with a single that found some room in the outfield to tie things up at 1-1.
Crookston took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning thanks to the bat of Aaron Hollcraft. With Seth Desrosier on first, Hollcraft sent a fly to deep center field and ended up with a triple, scoring Desrosier and making it 2-1!
Crookston added three more runs in interesting fashion in their half of the fifth inning. With Desrosier on third, Joey Koenig lined his second hit of the day to make it 3-1. With Koenig on first and Hollcraft on third, Koenig stole second and the throw from the catcher ended up in the outfield which allowed Hollcraft to score and make it 4-1. Koenig scooted to third on the play and later scored on a Matt Howell wild pitch to make it 5-1.
BGMR added two runs in the top of the sixth courtesy of a Tyler Isane single and a Crookston error to make it 5-3. As they had all game, the Crookston legion responded quickly. With two outs, Joey Koenig continued to swing the hot bat as he picked up another single that scores Chris Wavra and made the game 6-3. BGMR threatened in the top of the seventh but couldn’t tie things up as Ryan Swensen shut the door in the seventh for the save to preserve the win.
Along with his three hits, Koenig picked up the win for Crookston on the mound, going six strong innings, scattering five hits and striking out four BGMR batters.
Koenig led Crookston at the plate, going 3-4 and driving in three runs. Aaron Hollcraft continued his solid hitting this summer with a double, triple, a run scored and a run batted in.


  Cody Magsam keeps an eye on the pitcher             Aaron Hollcraft with a big swing in one of his at bats
 

Game One 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
BGMR 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 8 2
CROOKSTON 1 0 1 0 3 1 X 6 10 3

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Joey Koenig-Crookston (WP) 6 5 3 2 0 4
Ryan Swenson-Crookston (S) 1 2 1 1 1 0
Matt Howell-BGMR (LP) 4.2 8 5 3 5 7
Wyatt Peppel-BGMR 1.1 2 1 1 1 0

For Crookston -
Joey Koenig - 3-4, run, 3 rbi's
Aaron Hollcraft - 2-4,run, double, triple, rbi
Chris Wavra - 2-4, 2 runs


For BGMR-
Skyler Forst - 2-4, run
Wyatt Peppel - 1-3, run, double, rbi

 

GAME TWO -

Crookston didn’t waste any time getting on the board in game two as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Cody Magsum walked and stole second and third base to give Crookston a runner in scoring position. Seth Desrosier followed with a walk and stole second to set the stage for Aaron Hollcraft. Hollcraft showed why he was in the clean-up spot as he sent a rocket to deep right field for the two-run triple. Cody Wardner’s single drove in Hollcraft to make it 3-0 and Mikey Hajostek followed with a triple to score Wardner and give the Crookston Legion a 4-0 lead after the first frame.

After the first inning, BGMR took over. They scored seven unanswered runs over the next three innings to take a 7-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Crookston tied things up in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Seth Desrosier hit a double to the left center gap to clear the bases and make it 7-7!

BGMR broke the tie in the top of the fifth due to some Crookston miscues. Trevor Robinson hit an infield single and Bryce Bergeron came in to score as Seth Desrosier’s throw sailed high of first. They added 3 more runs in the inning for an 11-7 lead.

Crookston answered the BGMR rally with one of their own. Seth Desrosier’s two-run single tied things up at 11-11 and sent the game to extra innings. In the sixth, BGMR’s Aaron Dostal was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give his squad the 12-11 lead. They added one more in the inning and would hold on to win, 13-11.

Chris Wavra started the game for Crookston and went three innings. The right-hander gave up two hits, two runs, walked six and struck out two batters. The four Crookston pitchers used in the game combined for 12 walks.
Crookston is now 4-2 on the season and will host Warroad in a doubleheader on Wednesday. 
 

  
        Cody Wardner throws to second base                        Chris Wavra with a pitch in game 2

 

Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
BGMR 0 1 1 5 4 2 13 11 0
CROOKSTON 4 0 0 3 4 0 11 12 1

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Wavra-Crookston 3 2 2 2 6 2
Tanner Reinhart-Crookston    0   4 4  4 0 0
Ryan Swenson-Crookston 0 0 1 1 3 0
Seth Desrosier-Crookston (L) 3 5 5 5 4 4
Skyler Forst-BGMR 0.2 3 4 4 2 0
Benji Wilebski-BGMR  3 4 3 3 0 4
Trevor Robinson-BGMR (W)  2.1 5 4 4 2 4
Aaron Dostal-BGMR (S)  1 0 0 0 1 3

For Crookston -
Aaron Hollcraft- 3-3, double, triple, walk, run, 2 rbi's
Seth Desrosier- 2-3, run, 2 stolen bases, double, 5 rbi's
Cody Wardner- 2-3, walk, rbi

For BGMR-
Wyatt Peppel- 1-2, run, HBP, 2 walks, 2 rbi's
Bryce Bergeron- 1-2, 3 runs, 2 walks

 


 

MINNESOTA WILD ROAD TOUR VISITS CROOKSTON WITH A BIG CROWD GETTING AUTOGRAPHS

The Minnesota Wild Road Tour made a visit to Crookston on Tuesday afternoon with Matt Dumba, Jordan Leopold and former player Wes Walz signing autographs and taking pictures with over 500 people at the Crookston Sports Center.  Pictures are below.

 

 

 
       Matt Dumba talks with KROX's Matt Bishop live on KROX Radio      Matt Dumba with former Portland teammate, Paul Bittner, showing the C for Crookston

 

 

CROOKSTON CROCODILE SWIMMERS COMPETE IN GRAND FORKS

Kate MacGregor was one place from perfection as she led the Crookston Crocodile Swim Team who participated in the Inaguaral Bill Siders Invitation in Grand Forks at the UND Hyslop pool the weekend of June 13-14, 2015.  Kate took five 1st place finishes and one 2nd.  “All the swimmers did really well for our first meet of the season, but Kate really did shine,” said Crocs Coach Christine Erdman.  “Although everyone strives to place 1st, a lot of our swimmers are competing for the first time.  A top 10 finish, with the competition out there, is a great job,” said Coach Erdman.  “This is the first meet back for Thea and Jaden as they took over a year off to focus on other summer sports last year with the pool being closed.  This was the first Long Course meet ever for Claire and Kenzie and the first meet ever for Emily.  Elizabeth turns 13 on the 24th and will be advancing in age groups (aging up) for this season’s State Meet in Bismarck.”
Results for all the swimmers:

Kenzie Aamoth
50 Free            44:20               9th
100 Back         1:47.34            2nd
50 Fly              54.37               4th
50 Back           50.83               4th
100 Free          1:40.71            8th
400 Free          8:01.27            4th

Emily Balboa
50 Free            1:09.91            16th
100 Back         2:33.04            9th
50 Free            1:04.73            10th
100 Free          2:23.89            10th

Elizabeth Erdman
50 Free            31.87               3rd
200 IM            3:00.53            3rd
800 Free          11:49.36          1st
200 Fly            3:11.08            2nd
200 Breast       3:30.52            3rd
400 Free          5:36.70            4th

Jaden Jubarski
50 Free            30.67               6th
100 Back         1:17.01            4th
200 Free          2:38.61            4th
50 Back           34.52               2nd
100 Free          1:09.52            5th
400 Free          5:55.95            6th

Kate MacGregor
50 Free            29.71               1st
100 Back         2:25.27            1st
50 Fly              33.36               2nd
50 Back           34.32               1st
100 Free          1:06.43            1st
100 Fly            1:18.11            1st

Claire Oman
50 Free            44.47               13th
100 Breast       2:12.52            10th
50 Fly              1:00.80            6th
50 Back           57.51               9th
100 Free          1:40.53            8th
50 Breast         1:03.28            8th

Thea Oman
50 Free            31.39               2nd
100 Breast       1:37.65            2nd
200 IM            3:04.57            2nd
100 Free          1:11.93            5th
50 Breast         43.65               2nd
100 Fly            1:31.63            2nd

The remaining meet schedule for the Crocs:
June 27 – 28 in Minot
July 18 – 19 in Grand Forks
July 24 – 26 in Bismarck (State LC Meet)

 

 

 

UMC MEN'S BASEBALL SIGNS FIVE MORE PLAYERS FOR A TOTAL OF 43

The University of Minnesota Crookston baseball team announced the addition of five student-athletes to their 2015 signing class. The Golden Eagles have added Esten Beneda (RHP, 6-2 215, Lankin, N.D./Fordville-Lankin H.S.), Skyler Carlson (LHP, 6-1 215, Thompson, N.D./Lake Region State College, Andrew Myer (2B/SS, 5-9 170, Fargo, N.D./Fargo South H.S.), Jeremy Spinner (2B/SS, 5-8 140, Phoenix, Ariz./Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.) and Anthony Stewart (OF, 5-10 154, Oak Harbor, Wash./Southeast Community College (Neb.).
The five additions to the signing class bring the overall total to 18 incoming players for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles have added eight junior college signees and 10 high school signees. The incoming UMC players will join 25 returnees for the Golden Eagles to give UMC 43 student-athletes heading into their Fall exhibition schedule. 


Esten Beneda (RHP, 6-2 215. Lankin, N.D./Fordville-Lankin H.S.) 
Beneda has been a three-time All-Region pick for Park River/Fordville-Lankin H.S. He also competed for the football and basketball teams. As a member of the football team, Beneda was a First Team All-Region selection during his final two seasons. He was named Player of the Game on numerous occasions in all three sports.
Beneda is the son of Jon and Lori and Beneda. He was born March 4, 1997. Beneda plans to major in agricultural business. His aunt Angela Cost was a basketball player at UMC. His uncle, Bryan Malone played baseball for the Golden Eagles. Beneda’s mother Lori played basketball and softball at Valley City State University.
“We are very high on Esten because of his natural ability,” Gust said. “He is a super student-athlete, excelling on the field and in the classroom. He will need some time, but we believe the sky is the limit for Esten.”

Skyler Carlson (LHP, 6-1 215, Thompson, N.D./Lake Region State College
Carlson gives UMC a third left-handed arm for the 2016 season. Carlson played junior college baseball at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, N.D. As a sophomore, he appeared in eight games with seven starts with 34.1 innings pitched. Carlson had 57 strikeouts on the season and had a 3-3 mark with two complete games. Carlson also hit for Lake Region State, batting .307 with one home run and 22 runs batted in (RBI’s). As a freshman, he appeared in 18.1 innings pitched with four starts with 22 strikeouts and a 5.40 earned runs average (ERA). Carlson was an All-Region II pick at Thompson Public School in 2012 and 2013. As a senior, Carlson hit .447 with 15 runs batted in.
Carlson is the son of Bruce and Peggy Carlson. He was born April 10, 1995 and plans to major in sports and rec management. “Skyler is just now developing as a pitcher,” Gust said. “He had a good junior college career but we believe he has potential to be even more effective. With further development and maturing, he can be a key piece in building our program.”

Andrew Myer (2B/SS, 5-9 170, Fargo, N.D./Fargo South H.S.)
Myer was an All-Eastern Dakota Conference selection for Fargo South H.S. He is a left-handed hitter and hit .338 last season for the Bruins. Myer also played soccer and hockey. He was named Offensive Player of the Year for Fargo South H.S.
He is the son of Alicia and Gary Myer and was born Jan. 1, 1997. Myer plans to major in business administration. His brother Anthony Myer played at Valley City State University.
“Andrew has some really good attributes,” Gust said. “He has good defensive skills and hits from the left side, two attributes we’re looking to fill for the upcoming season. He has some improving to do, but he’s the type of student-athlete that can do some good things for us in due time.”

Jeremy Spinner (2B/SS, Phoenix, Ariz./Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.)
Spinner led the team as a freshman with a .320 batting average with 18 runs scored. He also had 13 runs batted in, with three doubles and three triples. Spinner started 31 games for Dakota College as a freshman. He was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player for his junior college team. In high school, he played four years of baseball for Cortez H.S. He was also on the varsity football team for two seasons.
Spinner is the son of Gary and Kristy Spinner. He was born Jan. 21, 1995. Spinner plans to major in elementary education.  “Jeremy has the desire and passion we are looking for in our program,” Gust said. “He adds some much needed depth and will be given an opportunity to help us as we build our program.”

Anthony Stewart (OF, 5-10 154, Oak Harbor, Wash./Southeast C.C. (Neb.)
Stewart played junior college baseball at Southeast C.C. in Beatrice, Neb, where he was an All-Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference pick. Southeast C.C. went 42-21 during the 2015 season, winning the Region XIII Tournament with a 7-2 victory over Dakota County Community College. His team also competed in the North Plains District Tournament. Stewart started 26 games with 10 runs scored and 12 stolen bases as a sophomore. As a freshman, he appeared in 34 games with seven runs scored and nine runs batted in (RBI’s) with six stolen bases.  Stewart is the son of Phillipian and Kelly Stewart. He was born Aug. 30, 1995. “Anthony’s speed, arm strength and defensive abilities are top notch,” Gust said. “He comes from a great junior college program so we expect him to compete for serious playing time from day one.”

 

 

MONDAY - JUNE 22,  2015

MINNESOTA WILD ROAD TOUR COMING TO CROOKSTON ON TUESDAY

The Minnesota Wild will make a visit to Crookston on Tuesday, June 23.  Matt Dumba and Jordan Leopold along with former Wild player Wes Walz will be at the Crookston Sports Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The public will have a chance to have the players sign autographs on ONE item only.  KROX is proud to be a sponsor and because we are a Minnesota Wild Radio Network affiliate they are coming back to town after a several year absence and it will be a good one with two pretty good current players and the always popular Wes Walz. The public is invited to stop by on Tuesday, June 23!!!  KROX will also be giving away three day passes to We Fest and a Mall of America Family Fun pack to lucky attendees!

The official Press Release from the Wild is below.

The Minnesota Wild and Wells Fargo today announced the exact locations and times for the 2015 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour. From Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, June 25, three separate caravans of Wild players, alumni and staff will visit a total 17 communities throughout Minnesota and Iowa. The Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour will lead into the Summer Bash at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul on Friday, June 26, from 6-9 p.m.    

The Northern tour will include Wild defensemen Matt Dumba and Jordan Leopold, along with former Wild star Wes Walz. It will make stops in Roseau and Crookston on June 23, Bemidji and Grand Rapids on June 24, and Eveleth and Duluth on June 25.

The Central tour features Wild forwards Charlie Coyle and Jason Zucker and Wild television analyst Mike Greenlay. Its stops include Willmar and Alexandria on June 23, Wadena and Brainerd on June 24, and St. Cloud and Monticello on June 25.

The Southern tour includes Wild blueliner Keith Ballard and center Ryan Carter with Wild radio analyst Tom Reid. It will make stops in Luverne and Fairmont on June 24, and Waseca and New Prague on June 25.

The 2015 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour will culminate with the Summer Bash and NHL Draft Viewing Party from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. There will be interactive games, photo and autograph opportunities from Wild players and NHL Alumni. Transportation for the Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild caravans is courtesy of Total Luxury Limousine.

 

 

CROOKSTON REDS FALL IN THE NINTH INNING TO EAST GRAND FORKS

The East Grand Forks Heaters scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to beat the Crookston Reds 9-8 at Jim Karn Field.
Crookston scored a run in the bottom of the first inning when Justin Johnson walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Dave Grabowski ground out for a 1-0 lead.  EGF scored four runs in the fourth inning, taking advantage of a couple hits and a couple hit batters for a 4-1 lead.  Crookston responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth when Grabowski walked, Parker Epema singled, Richie Navratil tried a sacrifice and reached on an error and Brandon Kresl had a single to score two runs to bring Crookston within a 4-3 deficit.  EGF scored a run in the fifth inning and added another run in the seventh for a 6-3 lead.  Crookston responded with three runs after Jon Olson and Johnson walked, Brady Arneson singled to score a run, Grabowski singled to score another run and Navratil singled and scored another run to tie the game at 6-6.  The Reds scored another run in the eighth inning after two walks and a hit batter.  The run scored on a bases loaded pass ball for a 7-6 lead.  EGF scored three runs in the top of the ninth behind two singles and three hit batters in a row and had a 9-7 lead.  Crookton started the ninth with back to back walks and things were looking good for a comeback, but the next three batters were retired and EGF held on for the 9-8 victory.

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 9 R H E
East Grand Forks 0 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 3 9 9 3
CROOKSTON 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 1 8 6 0

 

Pitching  IP H R ER BB SO
Ryan Paasch- Crox  (LP) 8 9 9 9 7 7

For Crookston-
Brady Arneson - 2-4, run, rbi, stolen base
 


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