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Thursday, August 2, 2012 T@County News* Kimball, MN Sports Leisure Page 9 i:-2--  ............................ EV-W Legion Baseball heads to state tournament EV-W's Legion Baseball Team captured the District 7 championship at Montevideo Saturday, July 28, and is headed back to the state tournament. The team won the state and regional championshils in 2011. From left to right, in front are Grant Winter, Hunter Mathies, Zander Willner, Matt Unterberger, Willner and Brendan Ashton. and Cain Renner. In middle row are Nathan Theis, Kevin Kramer, Alex Geislinger, Travis Linn, and Connor Flaschenreim. In back are coach Miah Kramer, Grant Warren, Jake Rohrbeck, Zach Schlangen, Brendan. Ashton, Hayden Willner, John Bautch, Mitch Geislinger and coach Heath Kramer. Submitted photos. Defending champs: Eden Valley- Watkins Legion Baseball headed back to state By lulie Bulau, staff writer The Eden Valley-Watkins Legion Baseball Team will be play- ing into familiar territory as they head back to the state tournament for the third time in the last four years: EV-W will play Plato, the District 3 champion, at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the first round of the state tournament in Sacred Heart. EV-W won the Division II state championship in 2009, and cap- tured both the Division II Minne- sota and Central Plains Regional championships in 2011. Many of the players were also part of the high school teams who won back-to- back state titles in 2010 and 2011. "I love it," said Kevin Kramer, a 2011 EV-W grad. "This is what I came back for, to be on this team and do it once again." Slow start This year, however, the wins have not come as easy. The team stumbled through the regular sea- son with a 4 and 4 record, and were the fourth seed in entering the Region 2 playoffs. "After a medi- ocre season, I noticed we were getting hot at the right time and we're carrying that into playoffs," catcher Brendan Ashton said. EV-W picked the right time to go on a roll, as they cruised through the first round of Region 2 playoffs. The team picked up a 14-3 win over No. 2 seed Kerkoven, and a 7-1 win over No. 1 seed Osakis 7-1. They then blasted No. 3 seed New London-Spicer 16-5 in the cham- pionship game to advance to the District Final Four Tournament July 24-28 in Montevideo. In the opening game Tuesday, July 24, EV-W dug itself a hole when they fell to Montevideo 4-3. They held a 4-2 lead going into the bottom half of the seventh inning, when three EV-W errors helped Monte tie the game. The winning run then scored from sec- ond base on a wild pitch. "After losing Tuesday, we were disappointed but I think we all believed we were coming back because we all knew we'd only lose if we beat ourselves and that's what happened Tuesday," Ashton said. The loss dropped EV-Wto the los- er's bracket where they faced BOLD on Thursday, July 26. In a real nail- biter, EV-W retired BOLD with bases loaded in the seventh inning to pre- serve the 13-11 win. John Bautch picked up the win for EV-W with Mitch Geislinger earning a save. Friday night, July 27, found EV-W in a rematch against Mon- tevideo. This time, EV-W downed Monte 13 to 4 to advance to Satur- day's championship game against Morris. Alex Geislinger pitched a complete game to pick up the win. Needed sweep EV-W entered Saturday needing to defeat Morris twice. They ended up takingthe first game 5-2, and the second game 1-0, behind a strong pitching performance by Hayden Willner. The right hander pitched a solid 12 innings as EV-W captured the District 7 Championship. Willner scattered four hits and gave up no earned-runs-in in EV- W's win over Morris in the open- ing game. EV-W had a 1-0 lead in the fourth, when they added three runs and put up one more in the fifth. Morris' only runs came in the bottom of the fifth. In the second, winner-takes- all game, Willner returned to the mound where by rules he could pitch up to five innings which he did. The right-hander seemed to be even stronger in the second game, giving up just two hits and holding Morris scoreless. EV-W scored the only run of the game in the first inning when Kevin Krafner singled, stole sec- ond base and later scored on a Brendan Ashton single. John Bautch came in relief of Willner and retired Morris in order in the sixth and seventh innings. , "I was confident on coming back through and winning the district," Kramer said. "Our talent level is there to compete with anyone." EV-W's Kramer, Willner, Bautch and Ashton along with Mitch Geis- linger and Zach Schlangen all went 1-for-3 in the second game. In the first game, Kramer, Alex Geis- linger, and Willner were 1-for-4, Mitch Geislinger and Travis Linn were 2-for-3 with two runs bat- ted in, Grant Warren was 1-for-3 and Bautch was 1-for-2 with a run, scoring double. Looking ahead The boys are looking forward to the state tournament. In order. to accomplish that goal, Kramer pointed out that everyone is going to need to do their jobs - good pitch-. ing, defense and quality at bats. "We just need to play EV-W baseball," Willner said. "We can out-hit anyone. And if we play good clean defense, we're going to be a tough team to beat." Ashton is excited to play in another state tournament with his teammates, many of whom he'll never get a chance to play with Four EV-W Legion baseball players were named to the All-Tournament Team. They were (from left} John Bautch, Kevin Kramer, Hayden Minnesota American Legion Baseball Division n - Sacred Heart, MN Eden VallepWatkim (H I August 3 - 5, 2012 | Laser Gane I ! FRI, AUG 3 9:30 AM Consolation Champion Winner Game 5 SAT, AUG 4 2:00 PM GAME-Z SAT, AUG 4 9:00 AM P.AMP . (H) Loser Game 2 Laser Game 3 SAT, AUG 4 11:30AM GAME.6 (H) Loser Game 4 (H} Home team determined by coin toss prior to Tournament All Home teams will use 1st Base Dugout Sin(lie Elimination with Consolation Bracket All Games played in Sacred Heart Right-hander Hayden Willner pitched 12 solid innings in Saturday's championship games against Morris. Willner went the distance in the first game which EV-W won 5-2, and pitched five innings in the second game which EV-W won 1-0. again after this seagon."We have a chance to go out with a bang and have another shot at one more state championship," he said. Tournament notes Four EV-W players, Ashton, Bautch, Kramer and Willner, were named to the All-Tournament Team. The EV-W team is coached this year by brothers Miah and Heath Kramer. EV-W out-hit its opponents 51-31 in the five games. P,o SAT, AUG 4 5:00 PM District 2 IH) P.AMFR I FRI, AUG 3 I 12:00AM I Winner Game 2 (H) CtME_2 Disgr{ct El}/ : IHI t " ] Winn'rGam.' IHI ,:- p. PayFesvile OilwoFh -Gmlo-Fefon FRI, AUG 3 7:00 PM (Host)Sacred Heart (H) SAT, AUG 4 7:30 PM Wner Gme 4 Championship Game 2:00 PM SUN, AUG 5 Winner Game 9 (H) Loser Game 8 (H t SUN, AUG 5 Third Place game 11:30 AM GAME_.tQ L ose Gar}e 9 Rnk tn Min Pnm Division II Champion lhlrd Place 'Singin' in the Rain' coming to Hutchinson stage Hutchinson Theatre Company presents its summer musical, "Singin' in the Rain," Aug. 8-11, at the Hutchinson High School Audi- torium. The show, popularized on the big screen 60 years ago by Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, features memorable tunes such as "Singin' in the Rain," "Make 'em Laugh,", and "Good Morning." The underlying story line, the. transition of the Hollywood film industry from silent to talking pic- tures, has been featured in two Oscar-winning movies this past year, "The Artist" and "Hugo." In a world where we are faced with ever-changing technology, it is fascinating to get a glimpse into the impact of this monumental technological change introduced in the 1920s, conveyed in a roman- tic musical comedy. Director Randy Wilson prom- ises a show filled with fine toe- tapping music by its actors and orchestra, energetic dance num- bers, colorful sets, exciting cos- tuming, and ... rain! The cast of 30 is made up of actors from Hutchinson, Glencoe, Litchfield, Howard Lake, and Arlington. Fea- tured are veteran community the- atre actors, as well as some mek- ing their community theatre act- ing debut in this HTC production. Curtains open at 7 p.m Wednes- day-Friday, Aug. 8-10, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in air-condi- tioned comfort at the Hutchinson High School Auditorium. Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for youth, are available online at www.hutch, at the Hutchinson Chamber and Visitors Bureau, and at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Hutchinson Theatre Com- pany has provided quality the- atrical entertainment for more than 10 years with shows such as "On Golden Pond," "The Sound of Music," "The Odd Couple," and "Fiddler on the Roof." On the pro- duction schedule for this fall is a dinner theatre production ot "Twelve Angry Men" which will be held at the Crow River Winery. Inquiries about upcoming produc- tions, or about how to get involved in Hutchinson Theatre Company may be directed to info@hutch