Metro Minny team welcomes four newcomers
The Forest Lake Brewers baseball team is off to a strong start this season. The Metro Minny League team is 6-1 since kicking off its 2014 schedule May 17.
“We’re doing really well,” manager Adam Gallatin said. “We’ve been scoring tons of runs and we’ve been just pounding the ball, so that’s really good. To be honest our opponents so far have been a little soft, but we’ve got a couple more challenging games coming up, so we’ll see. It’s been a positive start.”
The Brewers remained unbeaten in the Minny Metro League at 5-0 by beating the Ramsey Renegades on Friday. Dave Gauerke earned the win, giving up just two hits in five innings. Kyle Young and Jack Schmidt each went 3-3 with one double and one RBI while Mike Schultz and Ryan Anderson blasted home runs.
The Brewers hosted East Bethel in a double-header last Tuesday, June 10. Forest Lake held the Bandits scoreless in game one with a 9-0 win, and routed the visiting team 13-1 in the second matchup.
Mike Swenson was the winning pitcher in game one, giving up just one hit in six innings while striking out six batters. Jack Schmidt started game two and earned the win.
Saturday’s game against Monticello and this Monday’s contest against Anoka were both rained out. The Anoka game was moved to this Tuesday. The Brewers host the Spooner (Wis.) Bandits at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Ramsey at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
Gallatin said Blaine is considered Forest Lake’s top competition in the Metro Minny League. The Fusion is 13-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. Coon Rapids and St. Francis should also be strong, Gallatin said.
New to the Brewer roster this season are Anderson, Schmidt, Adam Gemuenden and Noah Brown.
Brown and Schmidt were both starters on the state-qualifying Forest Lake High School baseball team in 2013. Brown, a former Ranger captain, now plays infield and pitcher for the University of Wisconsin-Stout, while Schmidt pitches and plays outfield for Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.
Anderson, a alumnus of Centennial High School, is a right-handed pitcher. He played for Bemidji State University from 2010-13. He suited up for Blaine’s townball team last summer, but now lives in Forest Lake.
Gemuenden is a graduate of Chisago Lakes High School and Winona State University, where he was a regular in the lineup all four years.