Prep Baseball: Red-hot BOLD taking low-key approach to state tourney
The BOLD baseball team gets another crack at the state Class A title on Thursday when they open the tournament against Wabasha-Kellogg at the Mini Met in Jordan.
To advance, the 15-6 Warriors will need to find ways to scratch out runs against a stingy Falcons pitching staff.
The Warriors have the offense right now to deal with just about any pitcher and the low-key attitude and experience from last year’s 0-2 trip to state to remain grounded.
“We have something to prove,” said BOLD’s Logan Sandgren, who will start on the mound against the Falcons. “We can’t get too excited just being there. We have to do what we do and play the game.”
The Warriors lost two straight to end the regular season, but since then they’ve been throttling the opposition in five section victories. They’ve outscored opponents 41-3 and Sandgren and Kramer threw back-to-back no-hitters.
Kramer no-hit Sleepy Eye-St. Mary’s, the state’s top-ranked Class A team, 6-0 on May 30. Sandgren no-hit Waterville-Elysian-Morristown, 12-0, on June 3. A week before, Sandgren two-hit New Ulm Cathedral and homered in a 7-1 win.
Offensively, the Warriors are on a roll, led by Tyler Rock, who is 9-for-14 in the playoffs. Rock leads the team hitting .435 and he has 18 runs batted in. His three-run triple provided the winning runs in BOLD’s 6-2 victory over W-E-M last Thursday in the section championship game.
“I’m feeling good right now at the plate,” Rock said. “I started to swing well.”
Kramer is hitting .353 and leads the team with 22 RBIs and Trevor Nissen is hitting .426 with 19 RBIs and Sandgren also has driven in 18 runs.
W-K’s staff is 17-1 with a 1.03 earned-run average (interestingly, the Falcons lone loss, a 3-1 defeat on May 6, came against a Grand Meadow-LeRoy-Ostrander-Kingsland team that finished 1-12).
W-K’s Will Greenheck is 6-0 with a 0.83 ERA and 43 strike outs in 42.1 innings, and Cory Loechler also is 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 37 Ks in 29.1 innings.
Austin Baab, who suffered the team’s one loss, has the team’s best ERA (0.76) and has two wins.
Stats aside, the Warriors are feeling good about their offense.
“Every pitcher has to throw strikes and the way we’re hitting, no one’s not confident at the plate right now,” Sandgren said.
At the plate, Baab is the Falcons’ top player. He has 30 hits in 18 games, leading the team with a .545 average. He’s hit 6 home runs and driven in 29 runs.
The Falcons’ Ben Glomski is next, hitting .463 and he has 3 homers and 19 RBIs. Bryce Breuer is hitting .321 with 22 RBIs. The team is hitting .329 and had outscored its opponents 158-31.
Sandgren is 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA and 38 strike outs in 26 innings. Kramer is 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA. Nine Warriors have pitched this season and seven have a decision.
“We just have to take it like we do every game and play baseball,” Rock said. “We know we handle them, we just have to play our game.”