Post 1216 ready for playoffs
By Scott A. Kolb
Post-Bulletin, Austin MN
The Austin VFW Post 1216 baseball team won the regular season First District league title and will be the top seed in this weekend’s opening round of the playoffs.
Austin will be one of four host sites in the opening mini-section, which consists of three teams in a double-elimination format. The winners of this weekend’s tournaments move on to the First District Final Four next week.
Post 1216 would be the host of the next round if it wins the opening stage in the mini-section. Eighth-seeded Rochester Century and ninth-seeded Kasson-Mantorville will be Austin’s opponents on Saturday and Sunday at Marcusen Park.
The Austin boys wrapped up their regular season on Wednesday with a 6-4 win over Century. Post 1216 finished the regular season with a 20-6 overall record and 10-2 in First District play.
"We closed out the regular season on a strong note with a win, and now the guys are ready to host the first round of the playoffs," Post 1216 coach Joe Serratore said. "Alan May will be the starting pitcher in our first game on Saturday."
Century and K-M will play on Saturday at 1 p.m. The winner then plays Austin at 4 p.m. and the loser of the first game plays Austin at 7 p.m. The tourney continues on Sunday with a game at 1 p.m. and another at 4 p.m. if needed.
Starting for Post 1216 in the first game at catcher will be Steve Serratore. Taylor Sederquest will be at first base, Derek McMasters at second, Jay Ettinger at third, Logan Spitzack at shortstop, Tyler Nelson will be in left field, Tyler Krekling in center, and Quinn Yocom in right field.
In the opening game lineup for Post 1216 there are guys from Southland, Hayfield, and Triton, along with five from Austin.
All of the games will be at Marcusen Park. Ticket prices for a weekend pass are $10, with a day only pass going for $7. The gate fees will help offset the cost of using the field for the upcoming tournament games.