AUSTIN EDITION - PREVIEW Meyer takes the mound for 'Hounds
Austin takes on Jordan in third-round game
By Guy N. Limbeck
It's Scott Meyer's turn.
Meyer is expected to be the starting pitcher when the Austin Greyhounds take on Jordan in a third-round winners bracket game Saturday in the Class B State Amateur Baseball Tournament.
Meyer was the was MVP of the tournament when Austin won its second straight crown a year ago. But this will be his debut in the state tourney in 2004.
"Before we went into the state tournament we were going to give all of our starters a start," Greyhounds player/coach Matt Cano said.
Chris Pack pitched eight scoreless innings for the Greyhounds in beating Cold Spring in the opener. Clint Ripley allowed just one unearned run in the next out against New Ulm and Pack got the win with four scoreless innings of relief.
Dave Meyer has pitched a scoreless final inning in each game for a pair of saves. Dave Meyer, Scott's older brother, was the tournament MVP when the Greyhounds won the state title in 2002.
"That's a luxury we have that maybe other people don't have," Cano said of starting pitching.
"That's always been our strength," he added. "If we have any more depth than anyone else, it would be in pitching."
Besides Pack, Ripley and Scott Meyer, the Greyhounds also have capable starters in Nick Dolan and Bryan Toov. Dave Meyer could also start, but he's being used as the bullpen ace.
Scott Meyer was 8-3 with a 2.76 ERA during the regular season. If the Greyhounds (31-10) win, they will be just two victories away from a third straight state title. They would need four more wins if they lose.
The Greyhounds do not want to lose against Jordan, but if anyone has the pitching depth to survive in the losers bracket the final weekend of the tournament, it would be Austin.
"We know we have enough pitching if we lose," Pack said.
Cano isn't sure who would pitch after Scott Meyer. It could be Pack or the right-hander could be used in the championship game Monday if the Greyhounds continue with wins Saturday and Sunday.
A possible showdown with Southern Minny League rival Rochester Royals looms on Sunday at 11 a.m. if both teams win on Saturday.
"Our only concern right now is Jordan and to beat them on the scoreboard," Cano said.
The game is also being played in Jordan, along with Belle Plaine, one of the two tourney sites.
"It's going to be a tough game, I'm sure, Jordan at Jordan," Pack said.
"The key will be to score early," Pack added.
Rochester Royals manager Jeff Milene expects the Greyhounds to advnace.
"Austin's going to win that game," Milene said. "They're clearly the better team. They're just too good for Jordan."