Sunday, September 14
Warriors Are State Champions!
Woodbury left little doubt that they deserved the their regular season Classic League title, winning the Classic League State Tournament with a convincing 10-0, 6 inning win over JT’s in the championship.
The Warriors scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back. By the time the mercy rule was invoked in the 6th inning, Woodbury had hit 4 home runs and totaled 15 hits.
The home runs were hit by Doug Berfeldt, Bob Kaufer, Steve Doehne, and Doug Ohs, and every spot in the batting order had at least one hit. It was plenty of support for starting pitcher Rob Beard, who gave up only two hits and two walks in the complete game shutout. The only seriously threat came in the 6th inning when JT’s loaded the bases with one out. But the threat was erased on a third to catcher to first double-play.
Woodbury ended the year with a season-high 7 game winning streak and finished with a final record of 22-4, easily the most successful season in team history.
Friday, September 12
Warriors Advance To Championship Game
Woodbury got down 4-0 in the first inning on Friday night, but battled back to beat the Minnetonka Lakers 8-6 in a game between the only two undefeated teams left in the Classic State Tournament.
Kent Rogers started on the mound for the Warriors and went the first 6 1/3 innings for the win, but wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was in his previous start, also against the Lakers. Cam Biberdorf relieved Rogers in the 7th, with runners on 2nd and 3rd with only one out. Biberdorf looked strong in retiring the final two hitters, getting the last out on a 3 pitch strikeout.
On the offensive side, the Warriors hung two big innings on the board, scoring 3 runs in the 3rd and 5 runs in the 4th. The top of the lineup keyed the rally in both innings, with Jeff Patterson and Joe Holmberg getting on base in front of hits by Doug Berfeldt. In the fifth, Woodbury followed up Berfeldt’s hit with more base runners and scored the final 2 runs on a double by Rogers.
Sunday, September 7
Warriors Advance In State Tournament
In a very tight game against JT’s, Woodbury needed a little bit of 7th inning comeback magic on Sunday to win 5-4 and advance to the winner’s bracket championship game.
Woodbury was held in check for most of the game by JT’s pitcher, but due to some clutch hitting were able to squeak out 3 runs through the first four innings. That looked like it might be enough as starter Rick Forrest cruised through the first 5 innings, giving up only 1 run. But in the 6th, things got considerably tighter. With one out in the 6th, JT’s used a double and couple singles to score one and threaten more. But Forrest got out of the jam with an infield pop-up and fly ball.
Then in the 7th, Cam Biberdorf relieved Forrest to protect the 3-2 lead. The first two hitters led off with base hits and JT’s was eventually able to push across 2 runs to take the lead. But Woodbury was able to escape further damage and come up in the bottom of the 7th, only needing one run to tie.
JT’s also went to the bullpen to start the 7th and leadoff hitter Brian Schulte worked out a walk after fouling off several tough pitches. After Jeff Patterson sacrificed Schulte to 2nd, Joe Holmberg hit a sharp ground ball down the third base line, just fair. It looked like it would easily score Schulte from 2nd and put the winning run in scoring position, but Brian fell rounding third and had to scramble back to the base. It was a tense moment and left Woodbury still looking for the tieing run, but Doug Berfeldt ended the suspense quickly by roping the second pitch he saw off the left-center field fence to score both Schulte and Holmberg for the win.
Friday, August 22
Warriors Take League Title!
In the third matchup between the Warriors and then Minnetonka Lakers, the Warriors were finally able to solve the riddle to beating their nemesis of the past couple of years. Behind solid pitching by Kent Rogers and Cam Biberdorf, and opportunistic hitting and baserunning, the Warriors held on to win 3-2.
The Warriors started quickly in the bottom of the first, with the first three batters getting singles off of Minnetonka ace Jim Wheeler. Woodbury pushed across two runs before the inning was over. Rogers was able to hold off the high powered Laker offense, scattering 2 hits through the first five innings. With two outs in the bottom of the 5th, Joe Holmberg hit an apparent double to the gap in left-center, but instinctively and aggressively went for three. He was successful and the gamble paid off as he came in to score on a wild pitch, giving the Warriors an insurance run.
Down 3-0, the Lakers were not about to give up the league crown without a fight. In the sixth, the Lakers led off with a single and a double to cut the lead to 3-1 and threatened for more. But, Woodbury was able to escape further damage and the lead stayed at 3-1 going to the seventh.
In the 7th, the Lakers used a walk and a couple of well placed pop-ups to threaten once again. With two outs and runners on 1st and 3rd, a soft line-drive went just over the reach of first baseman Bob Kaufer, who had been holding the runner on at first. Even though the ball didn’t get out of the infield, it was enough to score the second Laker run and put the tying run at second. The Warriors went to the bullpen for Cam Biberdorf, and after a tough 10 pitch battle with the Minnetonka leadoff hitter, the game, and the Lakers’ dominance of the Warriors, ended with a called third strike.
By virtue of the regular season crown, the Warriors take the #1 seed in the Classic League Tournament, which starts the week after Labor Day. Their first game will be Friday, September 5 at the Leonard Nieman complex at Ft. Snelling.
Sunday, August 17
Warriors Power Their Way To A Sweep Of The Senators
The Warriors took care of business over the weekend, beating the lowly St. Paul Senators 16-0 & 23-4 to setup a game with the Minnetonka Lakers on Friday night which should decide the championship of the Classic League. If the Warriors can pull off the victory over the Lakers on Friday (a team they’ve never beaten), they would win the league and take the #1 seed in the State Tournament.
Before worrying about the Lakers, though, Woodbury had to make sure they didn’t have a letdown against a team that has only one win this season. Thanks to an offense that scored runs in bunches, the Warriors ended up taking care of business enroute to two 5-inning, mercy-rule shortened games.
In the first game on Friday night, the Warriors put a couple runners on in the first two innings, but couldn’t push anything across. Then in the 3rd inning, they exploded for 11 runs. With Rob Beard on the mound, it would prove to be plenty of support. Seven Warrior batters had at least two hits, and seven scored at least two runs. A couple of the bigger hitting performances were Rick Moore, who went 3 for 3 with a walk and 4 RBIs, and Joe Holmberg, who went 2 for 3 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.