The Forest Lake Brewers defeated Anoka in Metro Minny League play last Wednesday, 7-2, to put them just a half-game back from first place with a league record of 6-1 and overall record of 12-3.
Manager Adam Gallatin said he is pleasantly surprised at how strong the Forest Lake townball team looks so far this season, especially in just its second season in Class B of the Minnesota Baseball Association.
“We’re playing really well,” Gallatin said. “This might be one of the best starts we’ve had—we’re scoring tons of runs, pitching really well and playing solid defense. The scoring differential in the games we’ve had kind of says it all.”
In the 15 games played this year, the Brewers outscored their opponents 96-26, averaging 6.4 runs per game. Six players are hitting above .300: Jeff Brooks (.486), Mike Schultz (.389), Kyle Young (.377), Drew Cremisino (.348), Jed Hanson (.323) and Ty Cremisino (.303).
Forest Lake is running a three-man rotation on the mound with Mike Swenson, Bub Lovas and Dave Gauerke. Between the three, just 15 of 385 batters have drawn walks.
Gallatin said the strong start is partly due to the addition of three new players: Young, who attended Southwest Minnesota State University and previously played with Marshall A’s amateur team; Lovas, who previously played on St.
Paul’s North End squad; and Charlie Turch, who played for the freshmen team at St. Thomas University this year.
Jed Hansen also returned to the Brewers roster after taking three seasons off.
Despite going 1-2 at the Spamtown Challenge in Austin this weekend, (Forest Lake did not travel several starters) Gallatin said the Brewers should be back to their winning ways soon.
The squad takes on the Champlin Logators at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 7.
“We always take the week of Fourth of July off, and Champlin has always been one of our bigger rivals, so this will be interesting — should be a good one,” Gallatin said.