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Blizzard 13u & 14u Desert Fall Classic in Vegas Recap

11/05/2021, 4:30pm CDT
By Adam Barta, Owner | Blizzard Elite Baseball

14u Blue win pool, 14u Black has epic comeback

Blizzard 13u, 14u Vegas Recap

Blizzard Blue 13u - "4" AB !

Minnesota Blizzard Blue 13u
Coaches Trig Peters (18th year) | Bryan Sanchez (1st year, Blizzard Alum)

The Blizzard Blue 13u team went 2-2 and didn't make the bracket for the first time in six tournaments this fall.  Playing in the majors bracket, this dominant squad (22-5) lost to the Runner-Up and 3rd Place teams in bracket play by two and three runs, respectively.

Carson Hart led his team with 7 hits including 2 triples while Easton Ahrens had 6 hits and led his team with 6 RBI.  Brady Keane (5 hits), Ty Beck (4 hits), and Max Perkins had a combined 8 runs and 8 walks.

Oscar Waisanen struck out 4 in 3 innings of work while Matthew Grundtner held opponents to a .220 batting average against.  Collectively, the 13u Blue team committed only one error in four games.

We missed you, Anthony Brown !

Minnesota Blizzard Black 13u
Coaches David Gurewitz (7th yr, Blizz Alum) | Michael Jensen (1st yr, Blizz Alum)

The Blizzard Black 13u hit the ground running in the AAA bracket winning their first three games going 3-0 and winning their bracket before losing their first playoff game in front of a packed crowd of 47.

Max Prideaux hit .615 on the weekend collecting 8 hits and also led his team in runs (5) and stolen bases (4).  RJ Madison kept pace collecting 6 hits and hit .462 on the weekend leading his team in RBI with 6.

Zach Bostrom had 5 hits while Nate Barclay and Riley West each had 4 hits. 

In those 60 at-bats between those five players, they walked a combined two times.

"We don't walk in the Blizzard program, Barta.", said Duluth native Zach Bostrom.

Riley West earned a win going 4 innings while striking out 4.  It was a collective effort this past weekend as the 13u Black used 9 pitchers to go 3-1 in Vegas.

Minnesota Blizzard Blue 14u
Coaches Jesse Tollefson (13th year) | Max Ploof (1st year, Blizzard Alum)

The Blizzard Blue 14u had their backs in a corner and needed to win their final pool play game to win the pool and earn themselves a spot in the majors bracket in the WCP Desert Fall Classic.  Kaleb LaFavor may have turned in his best performance of the year, among many, to send the Blizzard over MoundTime 9-1.  "Flava Flave" threw 6.2 innings and struckout 8.

Spencer Barta led the 14u Blue team in hits (6) and RBI (6) with Jace Matazynski, Sam Abrahamson and LaFavor all collecting 5 hits in an offense-filled weekend.  Alex Seaver and Nick Stellrecht chipped in 3 hits as well.

Collectively, the group hit .353 on the weekend

Minnesota Blizzard Black 14u
Coaches Parker Mullenbach (3rd year, Blizzard Alum) | Austin Hanson (2nd year)

In what could be the best-ever comback by a Blizzard team since the program began in 2003, this team scored 10 runs in the bottom of the last inning to win 10-9 in what would be considered a 'dead' game before the inning started.

The Blizzard Black team tallied 12 hits on the day including 8 in the last inning!  Keith Milam ended up scoring the winning run in one of the best come backs of all time!

Henry Saunders led the 14u Black team with 8 hits on the weekend while Colin Fike collected 7 of his own including 3 doubles.  They both led their team in runs scored with 5.

Cason Borchardt had 5 hits in his comeback lap from an injury that kept him out for a bit.  Borchardt also threw 1.2 innings and struckout 4 after being out most of the season.  Congrats, CB !

Brendan Koester and Charlie Mueller dominated on the mound striking out 10 would-be hitters in 10 innings.  Mason Schmidt and Henry Saunders also contributed important innings on the mound.

The Blizzard Black 14u went 3-2 on the weekend after losing 7-5 in their consolation bracket.

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