There’s plenty of action scheduled

Greyhounds, Athletics, Post 91 all have home games; Blue Sox will play pair on the road

By Scott A. Kolb

Plenty of action on the baseball diamond is scheduled for this weekend with a number of amateur games and also an American Legion doubleheader at Marcusen Park.

The Austin Greyhounds get the weekend fun started with a home game tonight against Commanding Edge, which is a team comprised of players from St. Thomas University in the Twin Cities.


A pair of games will follow on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against the Minnetonka Millers at Marcusen Park. The Millers are the defending Class A state champions, so the Hounds will have their work cut out for them if they want to improve on their 6-11 record.

"We set up the schedule this way with a lot of tough teams, so we’ll be ready for the rigors of the post-season," Hounds player/manager John Frein said. "That’s why we’re not too worried about our losing record, because we’ve been playing state tournament caliber teams. Since our rough start, we’ve been playing a lot better over the last few weeks."

The Hounds started the season with an 0-8 record, but since that time they’ve gone 6-3. The recent surge can be attributed to the quality pitching of Dave Meyer and Nick Dolan, plus the hot hitting of Craig Braaten. During this stretch, Braaten has hit five home runs in the last six games.

Evening game

After the Greyhounds get done with their doubleheader, the Austin Athletics will play a home game on Saturday night. The Class C game is against the Rochester Blues and it starts at 7:30 p.m.

This is a fun team to watch with a number of top players from area high schools playing for the Athletics. There are four guys from the Southland state runner-up team, a couple of guys from Blooming Prairie, and there is also a Hayfield connection.

Craig Selk, the Hayfield High School coach, runs this team with scheduling guidance from Joe Serratore. This is like a section all-star team for Selk as he coaches and plays with the Athletics.

"The Athletics should be a really good team in a couple of years," Serratore said. "We put those young guys all together, so they can all adjust to the wood bats and playing amateur ball."


Sunday matinee

The boys from Austin Post 91 had a road doubleheader with Fairmont cancelled for Saturday afternoon, but there will be a pair of home

games on Sunday.

This will be a makeup doubleheader against the Rochester Redhawks at Marcusen Park. The start time for the opening game of the First District double-dip is scheduled for noon.

It’s been an up-and-down season so far for Post 91 in district play. The Austin boys started with a 4-1 record in the league, then lost three straight, before winning their last First District game against Albert Lea.

There are only two weeks left in the regular season for the Austin Legion.

Sox statistics

Fans of the Austin Blue Sox will have to hit the road if they want to see their favorite team over the weekend.


The Blue Sox play at Dartts Park in Owatonna tonight with a game against the Aces. They then travel east on Sunday for a doubleheader in Coon Valley, Wis.

Coming into tonight’s road game, the Blue Sox have an 8-11 overall record. The offense is starting to come to life and the arms on the pitching staff are beginning to get healthy.

Leading the team in hitting is shortstop Casey Toops with a .464 average. There are six guys batting over .300 for the Blue Sox. Aaron Port has a .409 average, and Andy Swank is batting an even .400 with 13 RBIs.

Dan Swift leads the team with 19 RBIs, and is batting at a .361 clip. Swift has a pair of home runs on the season. Pat Wolard also has a pair of homers, with a .339 average, and a team-leading 21 hits.

Sean Breslin has a .320 batting average and leads the team with a pair of pitching wins. Joey Kroc has 19 hits, while Nate Johnson leads the team with 18 runs scored.

The next scheduled home game for the Blue Sox is on Wednesday night with a section showdown against the Faribault Lakers.

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