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Baseball: Titans ‘10-run’ Polars
Winter, Weingartner, Tschida homer in 12-2 rout
Tartan 12 - North 2
On the strength on homeruns by Rick Weingartner, Chad Tschida and Eric Winter, it took the Tartan Titans just six innings to post a 12-2 baseball victory over the North Polars on the 10-rule.
The game took place Thursday, April 24, on Tartan’s home field, and afterwards North High coach Ron Adams exclaimed, “I hate this place!”
He continued, “I don’t care if I ever come back! I have never been here when the when the wind hasn’t been blowing out. I know it was the same wind for us, but the fence (310 feet) is ridiculous. But in the end, their kid (Tommy Hanson) was better than ours (Gus Varland). They hit the ball and we didn’t. Particularly when we had some chances.
“We just didn’t get a hit when we needed it most. We’ll take our licks and go home.”
When reminded that the Tartan bats were going strong Tartan coach Curt Russell commented, “Yeah, that was good. We haven’t seen that in six games. It was good to see.
“We got another good outing from Hanson. I think he had eight strikeouts. Tommy threw well for us,” Russell said.
“We had a couple of miscues in the field or we might have ended the game sooner. Today we were fortunate to put our bats on the ball. It was a good win.”
Following his third win in as many outings, Hanson stated, “I was just trying to spot my fastball. I was able to hit the spots. Then I was able to keep them off balance with my changeup and curve. It went well for us today.”
North put the first run on the board in the second inning. Steve Orme knocked a double into right centerfield and came home on an infield error for a 1-0 edge.
In the last of the third, the Titans leveled the count at 1-1 when Hanson singled and Connor O’Sullivan cracked a hard ground ball through the left-side hole. Jacob Zwak singled and Hanson scored.
In the bottom of the fourth Tartan took the lead for good. Mitchell Perkins-Cozatt and Winter walked. Nolan Russell singled and Perkins-Cozatt came home as Winter went to third. Three pitches later Winter scored what turned out to be the game-winning run on a wild pitch, and Tartan led 3-1.
In the North fifth, Bram Minser was safe on a ball hit to the right side. Adam Hildebrandt walked. The pair moved up the paths on a wild pitch and Jack Murnane singled to put Minser across the plate for the 3-2 score.
In the bottom of the fifth the Titans sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs.
Zwak began with a single, and Eric Reddy sacrificed him to second. Weingartner belted a two-run shot 315 feet over the left centerfield fence. Perkins-Cozatt was safe on a contested play at first. Tschida was hit by a pitch and Winter knocked a RBi single to left.
A strikeout later Hanson banged a shot to the left side. The ball was thrown high over first base and two more runs scored. O’Sullivan then sent a shot down the leftfield line and Hanson came home with the sixth run of the inning that pushed the tally to 9-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Perkins-Cozatt walked and Tschida belted a high fly that sailed 312 feet and landed just over the leftfield barrier.
The game came to a sudden end when the next batter, Winter, hit maybe the hardest ball of the day. His line shot cleared the fence to up Tartan’s lead to 12-2 to end the contest.
The win pushed the Tartan record to 4-2 in Classic Suburban Conference play and to 4-3 overall.
This was North’s first loss; its record is now 3-1 in the conference and 5-1 overall.
Next up the Polars are scheduled to play at Henry Sibley May 2. They then participate in a tournament in Alexandria May 3, before returning to host Richfield May 5.
Tartan is next scheduled to host St. Thomas Academy May 5, before traveling to Chaska for a 3 p.m., game May 3. The Titans will travel to South St. Paul May 5.
Games begin at 4:15 p. m. unless otherwise note.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.