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GGF/area baseball notebook: Munich gets a boost from Schommer's return

Pitching has been a strength for the Munich baseball team. As the postseason approaches, the rich is getting richer. Munich is 23-8 and the No. 1 seed in the Section 4 tournament, which begins Wednesday in Grafton. Success has come despite top pi...

Pitching has been a strength for the Munich baseball team.

As the postseason approaches, the rich is getting richer.

Munich is 23-8 and the No. 1 seed in the Section 4 tournament, which begins Wednesday in Grafton. Success has come despite top pitcher Trevor Schommer being unavailable to throw most of the season. But Schommer is recovering from an arm injury and likely will be able to pitch next week.

Last Friday, in the right-hander's first extensive outing of the summer, he got a win in limiting Hatton to two hits over five innings, striking out eight.

"Trevor's been doing a rehab program all summer," Munich coach Bryce Klein said. "If he's at full strength, he's our ace, and we think he's ready to pitch. Having him back is huge for us. Trevor has our best stuff. He's the one who can be dominant out there."

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Munich has more than held its own without Schommer pitching, as the team has won 13 of its last 15 games. Alex Anderson (5-0, team-low 1.22 earned run average), Travis Beck (5-0) and Jesse Goeser (5-1) have been a solid trio on the mound.

"They've definitely gotten the job done," Klein said. "They're around the plate all the time, and they do a good job of changing speeds and keeping hitters off balance."

Munich pitchers have received good offensive support. The team has a .360 batting average, led by Riley Beck (.570), Travis Beck (.451, 5 home runs), Goeser (.406), Schommer (.375) and Blake Klein (.375, 8 home runs).

The recipe for the recent hot streak is basic. "We've been hitting the ball better," Bryce Klein said. "Our pitching has been really strong all year."

RLC begins bid for three-peat

Red Lake County begins its bid for a three-peat in Minnesota District 9 Division 2 in a different role.

Red Lake County is the No. 3 seed in the north subdistrict, behind top-seeded Fosston and No. 2 Warroad. The subdistrict tournament begins Friday in Argyle, with the top four teams advancing to the district tournament, to be held July 22-26 in Warroad.

"I'm sure we're not considered the favorites, like we probably were last year," RLC coach Arlan Weiss said. "But I don't feel like we're a long shot to win again. We've had good games with the top teams."

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Red Lake County has split a pair of games with Fosston and dropped a 6-5 decision to Warroad in their lone meeting.

The strength of the RLC team has been a pitching staff led by Nolan Knott, who has a 4-2 record for the 12-8 team. Steve Morinville has been the No. 2 pitcher, with Kyle Larson, the ace of the high school team last spring, and Joe Barbarena also throwing regularly. But Morinville isn't expected to be at the subdistrict tournament because of a family commitment.

"That will hurt us," Weiss said. "It shortens our depth. Our pitching has been our strength. They throw strikes, and we've done a good job defensively. We need good pitching. We're not what I'd call a great hitting team. We're not as strong, one through nine in the lineup, as we were last year."

In addition to Knott and Morinville, other regulars back from last season's district championship team are Robbie Glass, Luke Olsen and Corey Schmitz.

Win-E-Mac gets punch in middle

Win-E-Mac has played only 14 Legion games this summer, winning seven. But the team has had a highly productive middle of the order.

Andrew Giannonatti, hitting in the No. 3 spot in the order, has a .502 batting average with two home runs and 17 RBIs. He's followed by Evan Massmann (.576, 1, 19) and Logan Cook (.401, 1, 14). All three are fourth-year starters.

"Other than our 2004 team that went to the state tournament, this is as good a middle of the order as I can remember us having," Win-E-Mac coach Lee Tradewell said. "They're very similar hitters. They're all good extra-base hitters with occasional home-run power. And they've all learned to go the other way and use the whole field."

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Boehmer shines with his bat

Devils Lake's Kory Boehmer is one of the top fastpitch softball pitchers in North Dakota. His younger brother is earning his reputation with the bat.

Cole Boehmer is batting .353 for the Devils Lake Legion team. The 17-year-old leads the 12-16 team with three home runs and 20 RBIs.

"Cole's got some pop," DL coach Justin Bear said. "He's been a streak hitter, with his fair share of strikeouts (21). But he's aggressive. He doesn't get a lot of bloop hits; his hits are solid, line-drive types."

Devils Lake's top of the lineup includes Lance Johansen (.464), David Gutschmidt (.346) and Ethan Kleinknecht (.362). "We've been streaky as a team," Bear said. "Our hitting has been more consistent lately. When that top of the order is clicking, they're pretty good."

DeVillers reports on sports. Reach him at (701) 780-1128; (800) 477-6572, ext. 128; or send e-mail to gdevillers@gfherald.com .

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