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Otter 12U Gold Places 4th in Breckenridge Tourney

by Coach Steve King 
Monday, July 16, 2019

The Otter 12U Gold team competed in non-advancing Cal Ripken 12U State Tournament in Breckenridge this weekend and won one game, had late inning leads in a couple of games but lost those. Overall, the Otters went 1-3 on the weekend.

In game one, the Otter scored five runs in the top of the first against a very good DGF team. Garret Kuhn-Rice, Boston Rosin, Lucas Hanson and Isaac Ellison all had RBI base hits. Those hits mixed in with a walk to Logan Larson and Andrew Klinnert single gave the Otters the early 5-0 lead.

Unfortunately that would be all the runs the Otters would score but a very strong pitching performance by Issac Ellison kept the Otters in the game. The Otters lead 5-3 after four innings before DGF got their bats going and scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-5 lead. A leadoff single by Klinnert and walk to Levi King gave the Otters some 6th inning hope, but they just couldn’t get the big hit and DGF won the game 9-5.

Isaac Ellison pitched a great game through four innings and was relieved by King in the fifth. Alex Ellison had three hits in the game and Klinnert picked up two hits.

The Otters regrouped and battled the heat for a convincing 12-0 win against Warroad. Once again the Otters started fast. King led off the game with the first of his three doubles in the game. That was followed by a walk to Larson, and RBI single by Alex Ellison, Kuhn-Rice singled and Lucas Hanson clutched up to deliver a two out, two run single to give the Otters a 4-0 lead.

That was more than enough runs for the pitching combination of Garrett Kuhn-Rice and Logan Larson. They limited Warroad to just a single hit in five innings as the Otters continued to add to their lead. In the top of the second, Ethan Schwartz reached on an error and moved to third on a King double. Larson picked up an RBI on a ground out and Alex Ellison stayed hot and picked up another RBI on a single. Kuhn-Rice singled and Klinnert walked to load the bases. Boston Rosin picked up another RBI on a groundout and the Otters had a nice 7-0 lead after two innings.

The Otters put together a very productive two out rally in the third. With two outs, King doubled, Larson knocked him in with a single and Alex Ellison got his third RBI of the game with a single to score Larson and make it 9-0 Otters. The Otters put the 10 run rule into effect in the fifth, scoring three runs. Kuhn-Rice and Klinnert picked up the RBI’s and Larson shut the door in the bottom of the fifth for a very tidy 12-0 win.

That win put the Otters in the championship bracket for Sunday. Sunday’s first game was against PRBA, which is out of the Evansville and surrounding area, and they are an extremely solid team and would eventually win the tournament.

The Otters scored once in the top of the first on a single by Larson and another RBI base knock for Alex Ellison. PRBA tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first. The Otters grabbed the lead in the top of the third. Rosin led off with a single and King hit a sharp doubled down the third base line to bring him home. Larson followed with an RBI single scoring King and Alex Ellison singled in Larson to give the Otters a 4-1 lead.

PRBA scored a single run in the bottom of the third to make the score 4-2. King battled on the mound against a good hitting team that does not strike out, but the Otter defense let them down in the fourth and fifth innings as PRBA used some key errors and base hits to score three in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead and they added five in the fifth to take a 10-5 lead. The Otters couldn’t get much going in the top of the sixth and lost the game 10-5.

The last game of a very hot Sunday found the Otters facing DGF again for third place. The Otters lacked energy and didn’t play their best ball, losing the game 14-3.

The Otter 12U Gold team continues to improve and will finish their season this week. They have Sauk Centre at home Thursday at 6:00 and then travel to Sauk Centre for a Saturday tournament to put a wrap on the season.


Ethan Schwartz slides into home and scores for the Fergus Falls 
12U Otters Gold team Tuesday in Sauk Centre.

Otter 12U Gold Wins Two

by Coach Steve King 
Monday, July 11, 2019

The Otter 12U Gold team used dominate pitching and timely hitting to win two games Tuesday in Sauk Centre. Isaac Ellison and Garret Kuhn-Rice combined to throw a no hitter in game one and the Gold team beat Sauk Centre 6-0. In game two, Levi King and Logan Larson combined to throw a one hit shutout against Browerville for a 4-0 win.

The Otters got on the board first against Sauk Centre when King reached on an error, stole second and came home on an RBI single by Alex Ellison. The Otters upped the lead to 2-0 in the second on a RBI single by Lucas Hanson. That scored Robert Ehlert who was hit by a pitch.

The Otters scored four runs in the third inning to put the game away. Ethan Schwartz led off the inning with a single, King singled and Isaac Iverson walked to load the bases. Larson and Kuhn-Rice each had a run scoring singles and the Otters took advantage of some wild pitches to score a couple of more runs and hold a commanding 6-0 lead.

That was more than enough runs for Isaac Ellison and Kuhn-Rice. Isaac pitched three innings, striking out 7 and allowing no hits. Kuhn-Rice pitched the final two innings of no-hit ball, striking out three.

In game two, the Otters used the same recipe of solid pitching and timely hitting to defeat the Browerville Tigers 4-0. The Otters scored two in the first as Iverson reached on an error and came around to score on a base hit by Larson. Larson stole second and scored on a base hit by Kuhn-Rice for a quick 2-0 first inning lead.

The Otters added a pair of runs without a base hit in the third to take a 4-0 lead. That was all King and Larson needed as they shut the door on the Tigers offense. King pitched four innings, striking out 8 Tiger batters and allowing just the one hit. Larson pitched the final inning, striking out one and sealing the 4-0 victory for the Otter 12U Gold team. While not a lot of balls were put in play, the Otters still played excellent defense, committing only one error in 10 innings. Larson also threw a runner out attempting to steal second base.

The much improved Otter 12U Gold team will be in action this weekend with a tournament in Breckenridge.


Otter 12U Gold Competes in Morris Tournament

by Coach Steve King 
Monday, July 1, 2019

The Otter 12U Gold team traveled to Morris Saturday and played 19 innings of baseball on a very hot and windy day. The young Otters had a chance to win all three games but were walked-off in their final two games after winning game one. The Otter Gold team has been working hard on fundamentals the past few practices and it paid off with solid play Saturday.

In game one, pitching and defense led the way as the Otters beat Sartell 3-2 in a thriller. The bats were quiet for both teams early in the game and Sartell grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second. The Otters finally got on the board in the fourth when Robert Ehlert reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score on singles by Garrett Kuhn-Rice and Alex Ellison.

The Otters broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Andrew Klinnert led off the inning with a double and Isaac Ellison walked. Ellison stole second to put runners on second and third. The next two batters struck out, but Isaac Iverson clutched up and delivered a two out, two run single to put the Otters up 3-1.

The top of the sixth and final inning was very intense as Sartell battled back. They were able to string together a couple of hits to push a run across to make the score 3-2 and had the tying run on second base with one out. The Sartell batter hit a ground ball and the Otters got out number two at first base. First baseman Alex Ellison noticed that the runner on second had advanced to third and was caught between home and third. The Sartell runner wanted to go back to third so Ellison got the ball to third baseman Logan Larson. Larson executed the rundown perfectly and made a good throw to catcher Boston Rosin. Rosin was in position to make the play at the plate and the runner tried to avoid the tag and head back to third but was called out for being out of the base path. The game ended on that very alert and well executed double play and the Otters had a nice 3-2 win.

Isaac Ellison pitched two innings and gave up one run. Kuhn-Rice pitched the final four for the win and only gave up one run. Both pitchers were helped by some fine defensive play.

The Otter Gold team jumped to an early lead in game two against New London-Spicer (NLS) but had trouble scoring late and a couple of defensive mistakes led to a 9-8 extra inning loss.

The Otters had the bats going early and scored five in the top of the first. Levi King led off the game with a long triple to left center. He scored on a base hit by Iverson. That was followed by a single by Larson, an RBI single by Alex Ellison, and a two run single by Kuhn-Rice. Rosin singled in another run for a 5-0 top of the first lead.

NLS scored a run in the bottom of the first to make the score 5-1 but the Otters added a couple more in the second. Lucas Hanson led off the inning with a single and he came home on another long triple by King. Iverson picked up and RBI scoring King on a groundout to make the score 7-1 Otters. King was cruising along on the mound and the defense was making the plays until the fourth inning. NLS was able to bunch together some hits and a few Otter mistakes led to four NLS runs and a 7-5 score.

Hanson led off the top of the fifth with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. King picked up his second RBI of the game with a groundout to make the score 8-5. NLS scored a single run in the fifth for an 8-6 score.

NLS scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 8-7 and the Otters had a chance to put the game away, but with two outs and the tying run on third, the Otters made an error and allowed the run to score and we went to extras.

The Otters went quickly in the top of the seventh and NLS used a walk and a base hit to win the game 9-8.

King pitched well and was relieved by Isaac Ellison who did an outstanding job in relief. It also needs to be mentioned that Isaac Iverson hopped behind the plate when the heat caught up to a couple of players and really showed what a great teammate he is, catching the final four innings and doing a great job.

The third game of the day put the Otters against the host team, the Morris Tigers. Morris has a strong program, but the Otters battled and led most of the game but couldn’t quite finish. The Otters grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and then really had some nice at bats in the top of the second to score five runs. Klinnert walked and Isaac Ellison singled. That was followed by back to back walks to Hanson and Ethan Schwartz to score a run. King picked up two more runs batted in with a double and he scored on an error and the Otters had a 6-0 lead after an inning and a half.

Isaac Iverson got out from behind the plate and took the mound and pitched very well. He held the hard hitting tigers to a single run through two innings. The Tigers did get things going in the third as they scored four runs but the Otters still led 6-5. They pushed across another run in the fifth to tie the game 6-6 going into the final inning.

The Otters took advantage of four walks and Lucas Hanson getting hit by a pitch to score three runs to take a 9-6 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. A couple of hits and a costly two run error by the Otters led to four runs for the Tigers and a walk-off 10-9 win.

Iverson started and he got very good relief help from Kuhn-Rice. Larson really did a great job pitching and finishing up for the Otters. Boston Rosin really showed his toughness behind the plate as he took a hard foul ball of the thigh. Boston hardly flinched and completed the game and did a great job of picking his teammates up.

Even though the Otters lost two tough games, it was fun to see them compete and improve. They will take the week of the fourth off and play in Sauk Centre Tuesday July 9.

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Otter 12U Gold Roundup
by Coach Steve King 
Friday, June 21, 2019

The 12U Otter Gold team had a busy stretch of baseball the past week playing 9 games in a five day span. The win total wasn’t what the Otters had hoped, but there were some bright spots and some improved play along the way.

The Otters played PRBA in Evansville Wednesday evening and really didn’t play well and were overmatched by home team, losing game one 23-0 and game two 23-6. In game one, the Otters could only manage two hits, a first inning single by Levi King and a fourth inning single by Andrew Klinnert.

Game two was a little better offensively and the Otters jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. King singled to lead off the game, Logan Larson walked, and finally the Otters strung together some hits. Alex Ellison and Isaac Ellison had RBI singles. Robert Ehlert singled and that was followed by an RBI base knock by Lucas Hanson to give the Otters and early 4-0 lead.

Unfortunately that lead didn’t last long as PRBA scored five in the bottom of the first and never looked back, winning the game 23-6. The Otters did score a run in the second when Garret Kuhn-Rice singled and took advantage of some PRBA mistakes to score and they added another in the third when Larson walked and came around to score on Isaac Ellison’s second base hit and RBI of the game.

The Otter then traveled to Breckenridge for a weekend tournament. Game one was against Wahpeton and started well for the Otters, but they couldn’t put enough base hits together for the win. Levi King started the top of the first with a single and that was followed by a number of walks and wild pitches to give the Otters a 4-0 first inning lead. Wahpeton scored a run in the second but the Otters added a couple in the top of the third. King led off the top of the third inning with a long home run that cleared the 200 foot left field fence by plenty to make the score 5-1. Larson walked, stole second and scored on an Isaac Iverson RBI single for a 6-1 Otter lead.

Wahpeton kept chipping away at the lead. They scored three in the third to make the score 6-4 Otters, but then took the lead for good with a four run fourth. The Otters did manage to get a single from Isaac Ellison and a double by King, but neither runner was able to score and the Otters lost 8-6. In game one Saturday, the Otters played DGF and really pitched well and made some defensive plays, but managed only two hits, singles by Larson and Ehlert, and lost the game 6-0.

The Otters did get a much needed win in game two Saturday, beating the host team Breckenridge. Isaac Ellison turned in a superb five inning pitching performance to get the shut out. The Otters received RBI hits from Kuhn-Rice and Boston Rosin on their way to the 5-0 victory.

The Otters came right back for a 9:00 AM game Sunday and played a very good Bismarck team. The Otters competed well, but once again hits were tough to come by and the Otters lost 11-1.

In the final game of the tournament for the Otters, they once again played Wahpeton. This time it was all Wahpeton and they won the game 11-1. The Otters only hits in the game came in the first inning. Lucas Hanson led off with a single and stole second. Klinnert picked up the RBI on a single. Ehlert also singled but the Otters couldn’t push him across and that was all the offense for the game and the tournament ended with the Otters having a 1-4 record.

Monday the Otters had the difficult task of playing the top traveling 12U team in Alexandria. This team is big and can hit the ball. The Otters did hit the ball much better in both games, but defensively they were not very good, especially in game one.

The Otters did score a run in the top of the first on a Logan Larson base hit, he stole second, and Garrett Kuhn-Rice picked up the RBI with a single to give the Otters and early 1-0 lead.

The Otters set the tone for the game defensively as they made two errors on the very first play to the leadoff hitter and that’s the way the game went. Alexandria scored seven first inning runs and cruised to an 18-2 win.

In game two, the Otters competed much better and trailed 9-8 after three inning but the Cardinals took advantage of the Otter defensive mistakes to put the game away with a 13 run fourth inning and won the game 20-8.

The Otters hit the ball much better in game two. Larson singled to lead off the game and stole second and Kuhn-Rice picked up the RBI with a single. Ehlert singled home Jon Krava, who had walked and the Otters had a 2-0 lead.

Alexandria scored four in the bottom of the first, but the Otters tied the game on some wildness by the Cardinal pitcher. Boston Rosin did start the inning with a single and he and Andrew Klinnert scored to make the score 4-4.

Alexandria scored two in the bottom of the second for a 6-4 lead but the Otters finally strung together some good at bats and took the lead with four runs in the top of the third. Kuhn-Rice led off with a single, Isaac Iverson reached on an error and Ehlert walked to load the bases. Rosin picked up and RBI with a single and Andrew Klinnert picked up another with a double. Alex Ellison singled in a run and by the time the damage was done the Otters found themselves with an 8-6 lead and were having some fun in the dugout.

Alexandria did score three runs in their half of the third to retake the lead at 9-8 and put the game away with a huge bottom of the fourth to win 20-8.

The 12U Otter Gold has a break now until they compete in a tournament in Morris on June 29.

Otter 12U Gold Compete in Sartell Tournament
by Coach Steve King 
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The Fergus Falls Otters 12U Gold traveled to Sartell Saturday and Sunday to participate in a 12U State qualifying tournament and came up short in all three games. The Otter Gold team lost 7-5 to Minnetonka Red, 20-7 to one Sartell team and 6-4 to a different Sartell team.

The Otter Gold team played very well in game one against a quality opponent, had a late lead, but couldn’t hold on for the win. Minnetonka Red took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Andrew Klinnert provided a clutch two run double to tie the game at 2-2 after one. Minnetonka took a 4-2 lead in the top of the third, but an RBI single by Levi King cut the score to 4-3.

The Otters took the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a long two out, two run double to right center by Robert Ehlert. That put the score at 5-4 Otters. Neither team was able to push across a run in the fifth, but in the top of the sixth Minnetonka rallied to score three runs and take a 7-5 lead. The otters were unable to get anything going in the bottom of the sixth and took a tough loss 7-5.

Levi king started on the mound and wasn’t as sharp as usual, but he was picked up by Garret Kuhn-Rice who worked three strong innings of relief.

Things really started bad for the Otters in game two. A combination of Otter mistakes and balls softly hit just out of reach put the Otters in a 7-1 hole after one inning. Things didn’t get any better as Sartell scored 5 more runs in the top of the second for a 12-1 lead. The Otters did cut the lead to 12-3 in the bottom of the second on an RBI fielder’s choice by Jon Krava and an RBI base hit by Ethan Schwartz. That was about as close as they could get. Isaac Ellison had a nice at bat to drive in a run but Sartell ran away with it at the end.

Sunday morning the Otter Gold team played a different Sartell team and battled all game long but came up just short, losing 6-4. Kuhn-Rice started the game and pitched very well. Isaac Ellison turned in a very solid three innings of work and Boston Rosin pitched a very good inning. The Otters had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth but couldn’t get the clutch hit to extend the game, losing 6-4.

The Otters will resume action Wednesday in Evansville and play in a weekend tournament in Breckenridge.

12U Otter Gold Baseball Team Update
by Coach Steve King 
Tuesday, May 24, 2019

The 12U Otter Gold baseball team has been busy getting better this past week, playing four games and winning two and losing two.

Thursday the Otters took on a very good Morris bunch and lost both games of the doubleheader. In game one, the Otters gave up five runs in the top of the first. Morris has very good pitching and the Otters were unable to overcome the deficit and lost 10-3. The Otter Gold team was led by Levi King who had two long triples to left field. Levi also scored two runs and had an RBI. Garrett Kuhn-Rice, Lucas Hanson, and Isaac Ellison also had singles. Ethan Schwartz walked and came around to score for the Otter Gold on a King triple.

Unfortunately game two started the same way as the Otters just didn’t play well defensively in the early innings. Morris jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and never looked back. The Otters battled and did score a couple of runs in the bottom of the first as King doubled, Kuhn-Rice walked and Logan Larson singled to make the score 5-2. The Otter Gold team picked up another run in the bottom of the second on a RBI ground out by Robert Ehlert. That scored Hanson who had walked. That was all the offense the Otters could put together and the final score ended at 11-3.

The Otters did play a much better brand of baseball Monday against Wahpeton, winning game one 10-1 and rallying late to win the nightcap 13-9. In game one, Wahpeton scored in their half of the first for a 1-0 lead but the Otters came right back. King walked and stole second and scored on a line drive base hit by Alex Ellison. Ellison would come around to score for a 2-1 Otter Gold lead.

The Otters were able to take advantage of some wildness by the Wahpeton hurlers and scored four runs in the bottom of the second. Kuhn-Rice had a RBI single and Andrew Klinnert connected for a long triple to right center to score two more. Isaac Iverson plated Klinnert with a single to give the Otters a 7-1 lead.

The Otters broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning when Jon Krava roped a long, bases loaded triple to right center to give the Otters 10-1 lead.

This time it was the Otters that had the pitching advantage and they shut Wahpeton down. King pitched three innings, striking out 7. Iverson pitched a scoreless fourth and Kuhn-Rice a scoreless fifth for the Otter 10-1 win.

The Otters had to battle from behind a couple of times in game two, but stayed after it and finally won the game. Wahpeton scored four runs in the top of the first but the Otters tied the game 4-4 without a hit in the bottom of the first. Otter Gold starter Isaac Ellison settled down and pitched a scoreless top of the second to get the boys back to the bat rack. This time they scored three runs on a RBI single by Klinnert and scorching, two run double down the third baseline by Lucas Hanson for a 7-4 lead. 

Wahpeton took the lead back with two in the third and three in the fourth for a 9-7 lead. The Otters were able to answer that with six runs in the bottom of the fourth, once again taking advantage of some Wahpeton mistakes. Boston Rosin and Andrew Klinnert picked up big hits for the Otter Gold team to give them a 13-9 lead. Kuhn-Rice pitched a scoreless top of the fifth, striking out three, and giving the Otters a hard fought 13-9 win. 

12U Otter Gold Baseball Begins Season
by Coach Steve King 
Friday, May 24, 2019

The 12U Otter Gold baseball team has their season underway and have played three games, losing twice to Alexandria and notching their first win of the season with a very well-played 3-2 victory over Wahpeton in Wahpeton on Thursday evening.

The Otters opened the season Monday against Alexandria and lost both games of the doubleheader, 7-5 and 10-2. The Otter pitching did well, but they didn’t play up to the speed of the game in the field or at the plate, which for the first games is understandable.

The Otter hitting still needs to improve, but they used superb pitching and a very strong defense to beat Wahpeton. Garrett Kuhn-Rice started and pitched three very strong innings, followed by two dominate innings by Isaac Ellison, who got the win, and one scoreless inning from Levi King for the save.

The game was highlighted by defense as the Otters turned in several solid plays. Isaac Iverson made a sliding catch in left field, King made a nice play at shortstop and Logan Larson was solid as usual behind the plate. The game ended with King on the mound and the tying run on first. The Wahpeton hitter hit a hard ground ball the shortstop Isaac Ellison, who flipped it to Boston Rosin at second for the force and Boston made a great pivot, and an on target throw, to Alex Ellison at first for the game ending 6-4-3
double play.

The Otters next game is at home Thursday against Morris.

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