Hennager fastpitch team of Lake Crystal, Minnesota is state runner-up

Written by Bob on August 11th, 2014
The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn.: front row, from left: Dan Pawlek, Northfield; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Eric Hood, Lake Crystal; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Devon Hagge, Lake Crystal; Dave DeWitz, Good Thunder; Seth Anderson, Minnesota Lake; back frow, from left: Robert Peterson, Pipestone; Derek Meshke, Lake Crystal; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; Matt Peterson, Lake Crystal; Josh Sonnabend, Willmar; Aaron Lynch, Winsted; assistant coach Jeff Hohenstein, Garden City; and coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL MESHKE

The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn.: front row, from left: Dan Pawlek, Northfield; Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal; Eric Hood, Lake Crystal; Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal; Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal; Devon Hagge, Lake Crystal; Dave DeWitz, Good Thunder; Seth Anderson, Minnesota Lake; back frow, from left: Robert Peterson, Pipestone; Derek Meshke, Lake Crystal; Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal; Matt Peterson, Lake Crystal; Josh Sonnabend, Willmar; Aaron Lynch, Winsted; assistant coach Jeff Hohenstein, Garden City; and coach Blake Meshke, Lake Crystal. Photo By SHERYL MESHKE

By SHERYL MESHKE / LAKE CRYSTAL

LAKE CRYSTAL, Minn. – The Hennager Plumbing and Heating Fastpitch Softball Team of Lake Crystal, Minn., is the Minnesota Men’s Class C Fastpitch Tournament Runners-Up. The team secured the second-place finish with six wins and two losses this weekend at Caswell Park, North Mankato, Minn.

The team lost to Len’s Auto of West St. Paul, Minn., 5-6, in the championship game. Taking the circle for the fifth game of the day, Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four.

    HOMER BARRAGE

At the plate, Meshke was two for four; Matt Peterson and Josh Schroeder, Lake Crystal, hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning.

Leading up to the championship game, the “Plumbers” met St. Paul Pawns in the opening game of the tourney on Friday night.

Meshke took the circle, winning 6-4. He struck out five, giving up three hits. Picking up five hits, the Hennager team capitalized on costly errors by the St. Paul team. In the end, Meshke and Jake Dalton, Lake Crystal, were two for three in the contest.

A catcher for the Hennager Fastpitch Softball Team, Matt Peterson of Lake Crystal, Minn., right, meets pitcher Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, following their duo home runs during the state fast pitch tournament. Photo By SHERYL MESHKE

A catcher for the Hennager Fastpitch Softball Team, Matt Peterson of Lake Crystal, Minn., right, meets pitcher Brent Meshke, Lake Crystal, following their duo home runs during the state fast pitch tournament. Photo By SHERYL MESHKE

    FRIEDRICHS LEADS THE WAY

In the second game, Hennager lost to Granite Community Bank of Freeport, Minn., 6-10. Meshke took the loss, giving up 10 hits. The Plumbers picked up 10 hits, with Brandon Friedrichs, Lake Crystal, going two for four, with a homerun.

From the loser’s bracket, Hennager bounced back with a 7-1 win over Rahn’s Auto of Freeport, Minn. Meshke shut the door, with nine strikeouts in the game. The plumbers collected 11 hits, with Dalton hitting two for four with a homerun; Robert Peterson, Pipestone, Minn., was two for three with a homerun; and Devon Hagge finished two for three, exhibiting bunting skills.

Sunday morning, the Hennager team once again faced the St. Paul Pawns, winning 5-1. Meshke struck out five, giving up three hits. Helping his cause, Meshke went three for three at the plate with a homerun. Aaron Lynch, Winsted, Minn., was two for four and Dan Pawlek, Northfield, Minn., two for three.

    BATS GET HOT

Moving up the loser’s bracket, Hennager faced hometown-rival Pub 500. The Hennager crew won in five innings, 8-0. Meshke recorded the win. Showing speed, Dalton banked and inside-the-park homerun; Friedrichs and Pawlek went two for three. Matt Peterson also hit a homerun for the win.

The Hennager team then met PBI of St. Paul, winning 15-2 in four innings. The Hennager bats were on fire, collecting 15 hits.

Leading the way was Meshke, going four for four — hitting for the cycle. Dalton was two for three; Friedrichs, two for four; and Robert Peterson, two for four, with a homerun; and Josh Schroeder, two for three, with a homerun.

    SWEET 16

Next up was the Lester, Iowa, team from the Border League.

The Hennager team won 13-2 in six innings. Meshke picked up the win, striking out three. The bats stayed hot, with the Plumbers picking up 16 hits.

Meshke led the way, going four for four with a homerun. Robert Peterson went three for four with a homerun. Friedrichs and Derek Meshke went two for four. Matt Peterson and Schroeder were two for three.

The Hennager team then advanced to the championship game, securing second place. In 2013, the team took third.

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