After a prolonged victory drought, the La Crescent Apple Jacks Base Ball Club left Stillwater Saturday as winners.
Playing in the Annual Lumberjack Days Festival, the Jacks dropped the first game to the Arlington Greys by a score of 5-0. However, they rebounded in the nightcap to defeat the St. Croix Base Ball Club 9-3.
The first game was frustratingly close as the Greys made several fine defensive plays to keep the Jacks at bay. The sixth inning featured the Jacks loading the bases with no outs and not being able to score. This contrasted with the game against the St. Croix team when the Jacks scored 5 times in the second inning after two outs and no one on base.
Captain Joel “Hefty” Affeldt indicated after the match with the Greys that “We are hitting the ball well, but we are playing against very good defenses.”
That continued good hitting is what finally propelled the Jacks in the second game.
All told, the Apple Jacks reached base 32 times in both games. They were led by Scott “Roman” Pechacek who reached five times and scored twice. Reaching base four times were Paul “Swiss” Geronime, Samuel “Roundabout” Deetz and Red “Jim” Johnson. On base three times were Gary “Big Wease” Pericak, Dan “Skunk” Deetz and Mike “Mickey” Jaquette. John “Rook” Wilke and Bill “Ho-hum” Ohm were on base twice and Brian “Moose” Deutsch and Hefty were on once.
Pitching in both games for the Apple Jacks were Hefty and Big Wease.
The Jacks pulled off two great fielding plays in the second game. The first involved a striker hitting the ball about a third of the way up the first base line. Because a ball caught on one bound is an out, catcher Rook gave chase. As the backspin on the ball caused it to reverse direction back towards the plate Rook reached out and made a barehanded grab for the out.