Senne having strong season
Aaron Senneof Rochester is having a strong season for the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League.
Greensboro is a Class A minor-league team of the Florida Marlins. Senne, 24, has played first base and outfield this season. He missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery on his throwing (left) arm.
After sitting out early in the season while recovering from injury, Senne has now appeared in 46 of the team's 94 games. He is second on the team with a .319 average. He also has six home runs, 10 doubles and 33 RBIs.
This is Senne's third season of pro ball, although he missed the entire 2011 season.
Rochester's Matt Meyeris a member of the Salt Lake City Bees, the Class AAA club of the Anaheim Angels.
The 27-year-old Meyer has appeared in 34 games as a left-handed relief pitcher. He has a 1-0 record and a 5.28 ERA in 29 innings. He has struck out 27, but has issued 22 walks.
Michael Wuertzof Austin has been released by the Cincinnati Reds after being signed after the season started. Wuertz was attempting to rebound from an arm injury and he was assigned to the Reds' minor-league system.
But the 33-year-old was released without having pitched in a game. The right-handed relief pitcher was in the major leagues for eight seasons (2004-2011). In that span he posted a 21-11 record with 11 saves and a 3.71 ERA in 426 games.
Pat Kellyof Red Wing has earned a spot in the Northwoods League All-Star Game. Kelly is a member of the Wisconsin Rapids team.
Kelly, who completed his freshman season at Nebraska this spring, is batting .335 (52-for-155) with eight doubles, one home run and 23 RBIs for Wisconsin Rapids. His 52 hits tie him for sixth place in the Northwoods League.
Kelly, an infielder, batted .313 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs at Nebraska and earned Freshman All-American honors.
The Northwoods League All-Star Game is next Tuesday in Madison, Wis.
The Stewartville-Racine Sharks won the Class C amateur baseball Twin Rivers League regular season title with a 15-3 record. Zumbrota, Hayfield, and Winona all tied for second place at 14-4, with Zumbrota getting the runnerup spot on a tie-breaker.
The Sharks were led by John Marshall grads Joe McGeeand John McGeealong with pitchers Jade Boettcherand Tom Bendzick. They host a Twin Rivers playoff game as the No. 1 seed on Saturday.
The Rochester Roadrunners finished fifth in the conference with a 12-6 record. They featured the hitting of catcher Matt Koseland second baseman Mike Hohberger, along with Mike Vance, Ryan Coleand Adam Peterson. The pitching staff is led by David Dahlstrom, Reid Neumannand Henry Rownd. The Runners travel to Winona to open the playoffs. Rochester is coached by Bernie Carlson.
The top four Twin Rivers playoff teams advance to the Region 5C playoffs in early August.
Kingsland has made a few changes in its athletic department as the school looks forward to the 2012-13 year.
Tom Speltzhas been named the new athletic director. Speltz was the A.D. at Zumbrota-Mazeppa from 2002-06, and Crookston in 2006-07. Since then he has been with GO Rochester Direct as the director of operations.
John Fenskewill take over as the new boys basketball coach and Jill Thalmannwill be the girls basketball coach.
Fenske is also the head football and softball coach at Kingsland.