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21 08/29/15
Alexandria Classic Clippers   6  LeCenter Braves   5

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

Both teams had numerous opportunities to score.  The game ended with Alexandria perfectly executing a suicide squeeze for the extra inning win.

Lynn Schwarz took the complete game loss.  He allowed the six runs on fourteen hits, and two walks, along with three strikeouts.

The Braves took the early lead in the first as with one out, Rob Bruner and Jason Hollom both singled.  Chad Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Bruner.

The Braves had the bases loaded in the fourth with one out but the rally ended as Chip Schloesser lined into a double play.

Trailing 5-1 in the sixth inning, the Braves tied it up.  Brunner and Hollom again singled.  Anderson doubled home Bruner and Tim Dvorak singled home Hollom.  Tim Palmquist singled home both Anderson and Dvorak to tie the score.

The Braves again had the bases loaded in the seventh but that rally ended with a ground ball 6-4-3 double play.

The Braves got two runners on in the top of the eighth but couldn’t push home a run.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeCenter 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 10 1 2 0 4 8
Alexandria 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 14 3 2 0 3 8
20 08/23/15
Southwest Outlaws   6  LeCenter Braves   3

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

The Braves had more hits but the Outlaws more importantly won the total that matters, runs scored.  The Outlaws’ errorless play in the field and Jeff Miller yielding no free passes allowed him to scatter eleven Brave hits on his way to the complete game victory.  The righty also had five strikeouts.

Rob Bruner toed the rubber and went the distance for the Braves, allowing just seven hits, walking one and hitting one batter, while fanning four.

The Braves put one on the board in the top of the first as Timm Moravec singled, stole second and scored on a Bruner single.

The Outlaws bunched four of their seven hits around a Brave error to put up a big four spot in their half of the fifth.

Trailing six to one in the top of the sixth, Bruner doubled.   Chad Anderson singled on an unusual play as his soft liner up the middle hit the second base bag and Bruner with him standing on the bag.  Brent Newman proceeded to single home Bruner with a close play at the plate.  Anderson scored on a single by Chip Schloesser. 

The Braves will play both Saturday and Sunday in the consolation bracket of Class B at sites and times to be determined.  Get current info at www.msmaba.com  

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeCenter 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 11 3 0 0 5 7
Southwest 0 0 2 0 4 0 X 6 7 0 1 1 4 5
19 08/22/15
LeCenter Braves   8   Verndale Geezers   1

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

The Braves finished the regular season with a River Valley League record of 6 wins and 9 losses.  An added exhibition record of 2 and 1 brings their season record, to this point, to 8 and 10 overall.

In opening round action of the Minnesota Senior Men’s Amateur Baseball Association state tournament, the Braves seeded 25th took on the Verndale Geezers, seeded 24th, in a Class B – C qualifier game at Cologne on Saturday.

In the top of the first, Timm Moravec singled, stole second  and scored on a single by Rob Bruner.  Jason Hollom singled, Chad Anderson singled, scoring Bruner.  Tim Dvorak reached on a fielder’s choice.  Brent Newman singled, scoring Anderson.  Chip Schloesser singled to load the bases with no further scoring. 

In the second, Moravec singled, stole second and scored on Jason Hollom’s single.  Hollom stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Anderson ground out.

The Braves final three runs came in the fourth when Moravec walked, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on a Bruner double.  Anderson singled and stole second.  Bruner scored on a Dvorak single and Anderson scored as Schloesser reached on an infield error.

Lynn Schwarz got the complete game win.  He scattered six hits and hit three batters, with one strikeout.

As a result of the win, the Braves moved into quarter final play of Class B on Sunday versus the Southwest Outlaws at 4 pm, on Sunday, at the Mini-met in Jordan. 

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeCenter  3 2 0 3 0 0 0 8 11 1 1 0 1 7
Verndale 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 4 0 3 1 8
17 08/09/15
LeCenter Braves   3   Bloomington Crosstown Traffic  2

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

On Sunday, Brad Edlefsen of Crosstown Traffic and the Brave’s Rob Bruner hooked up in a pitcher’s duel.  The locals plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth and hung on for the win.

In that sixth inning after an out, Chad Anderson and Brad O’Keefe both singled.  Brent Newman hit a sac fly to left to score Anderson.  Ben Srp reached as the first baseman pulled his foot off the bag on a potential ground out.  Lynn Schwarz followed with a single to bring home O’Keefe with the eventual winning run.

The Braves’ first run came in the fourth as Anderson and O’Keefe again singled.  Anderson then scored on a ground ball double play.

Edlefsen went the distance allowing three runs on eight hits while fanning three.

Bruner got the complete game win, allowing two runs on five hits, walking four, hitting one and had eight strikeouts.  

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Bloomington 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 2 4 1 8 7
LeCenter 0 0 0 1 0 2 X 3 8 0 0 0 3 6
16 08/07/15
LeCenter Braves   6   Edina Grays  0

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

Lynn Schwarz scatted eight hits on his way to a nice complete game shutout of Edina.  He struck out three while not issuing a free pass.

The Braves got on the board in the second as Chad Anderson doubled, Brent Newman singled and Brad O’Keefe reached on an error, scoring Anderson.

Timm Moravec and Tim Dvorak led off the third with singles.  Dvorak stole second.  Moravec scored on a wild pitch and Dvorak scored as the catcher’s errant throw missed the pitcher covering home.  Anderson and Newman followed with singles and Dustin Gibbs walked to load the bases, but they were left stranded.

In the fourth, Jason Hollom singled, Dvorak walked and Anderson doubled, plating Hollom. 

Insurance runs scored in the sixth as O’Keefe doubled and scored when Schwarz reached on an errant throw to first by the shortstop.  Justin Lutterman followed with a single and Schwarz eventually scored as Moravec reached first on a fielder’s choice.

Craig Olson went the distance in a losing cause for the Grays.  The southpaw allowed six runs on nine hits, with one strikeout and walked two. 

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Edina  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2 0 0 3 8
LeCenter 0 1 2 1 2 0 X 6 9 1 2 0 1 8
15 08/02/15
Jordan Millers   6      LeCenter Braves   5

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Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeCenter  2 0 0 0 1 2 0 5 9 2 2 0 0 8
Jordan 0 2 2 0 1 1 X 6 8 4 4 1 9 7
14 08/02/15
Jordan Alers   11   LeCenter Braves   3 

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Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeCenter 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 7 5 1 1 5 7
Jordan 2 0 7 0 0 2 X 11 15 3 0 0 0 8
13 07/26/15
Minnetonka Lakers 9   LeCenter Braves   0 (Forfeit) 

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

Due to player shortage for many various reasons the Braves forfeited to the Minnetonka Lakers on Sunday, July 26th.

12 07/24/15
Belle Plaine Gray Tigers  10   LeCenter Braves   3 

 Submitted by Ken Schmidt

Belle Plaine’s righty, Dave Kreft was on his game, getting the win and limiting the Brave’s to one run and five hits during his six innings of work.  He walked one, hit one and struck out five.  Mike Tracy pitched an inning of relief allowing two runs, on two free passes, with one strikeout.

In the fourth inning, Timm Moravec singled, stole second and scored on a single by Tim Dvorak.

In the home seventh, with one out, Tim Palmquist walked, went to second on Brad O’Keefe’s single and scored on two wild pitches.  O’Keefe scored as Josh Fredrickson reached on an errant throw to first by the third baseman.

Moravec and Dvorak each had two of the Braves five hits.

Lynn Schwarz started and hurled the first six innings allowing seven runs on twelve hits, hitting one batter and fanning two.  Mike Krenik relieved in the seventh, yielding three runs on a single and two free passes.   

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Belle Plaine 3 1 1 2 0 0 3 10 13 2 2 1 2 9
LeCenter 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 5 3 3 1 6 6
11 07/19/15
Shakopee Chiefs   10   LeCenter Braves   0 

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

Winning a baseball game can be pretty simple when you don’t allow the opposing team to hit the ball.  That was the case at Shakopee Sunday as Brad Keenen was dominant and shutout the Braves.  He did yield a lone single to Tim Dvorak and two free passes, while fanning ten batters during the ten-run-rule shortened game.

Rob Bruner toed the rubber for the Braves, allowing eight runs on five hits, walking five, and hitting one, with three strikeouts, over four innings of work. 

Mike Krenik worked the fifth, allowing two runs, one hit, walking two and hitting one.

The Braves drop to 4-4 in the Rawlings Division while Shakopee improves to 6-1 in the Wilson Division of the River Valley League.  Stay current on scores, standings, etc. at www.msmaba.com.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeCenter  0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 10 3
Shakopee 3 0 5 0 2 10 6 0 7 2 3 6
10 07/12/15
LeCenter Braves   5        Southwest Outlaws  3

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

No excuse not to be loose with a hot, humid, 1 PM start time.  The Braves did come out loose and finish on top of the sweatfest by a 5-3 margin.

In the first Timm Moravec walked, Rob Bruner reached on an error and Chip Schloesser singled to score Moravec .

In the second, Tim Palmquist and Josh Fredrickson both walked and Lynn Schwarz was plunked to load the bases.  Moravec singled to score Palmquist and Tim Dvorak reached on an error to score Fredrickson.

Leading 3-1 in the fifth, Dvorak singled, Bruner was hit by a pitch and Schloesser walked to load the bases again.  Brent Newman erased Schloesser on a fielder’s choice with Dvorak scoring.  Brad O’Keefe followed with a double, scoring Bruner with Newman being thrown out at the plate trying to score from first.

Bruner got the complete game win allowing the three runs on eight scattered hits, hitting two and fanning twelve outlaws.

Jeff Appel started, hurling two innings for the Outlaws yielding three runs, one hit, walked three, hit one with one strikeout.  Paul Oelrich tossed four innings of relief, allowing two runs on five hits, fanning one, hitting one and giving two free passes.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Southwest  0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 8 3 0 2 12 8
LeCenter 1 2 0 0 2 0 X 5 6 1 5 2 2 6
9 07/08/15
LeCenter Braves  3        St. Peter Saints  1

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

In a fast paced contest the scoring game early and the pitchers took over.

In the top of the first a two base outfield error put the Saints’ Greg Drent at second base.  He attempted to steal third base and proceeded to score as the catcher’s throw errantly sailed into leftfield.

The Braves responded with two in their first inning when Timm Moravac walked, Jason Hollom doubled, and after two were out, a single by Brent Newman plated both.  Brad O’Keefe singled and Schwarz walked to load the bases but Drent extinguished the fire.

An insurance run in the third provided the final margin as Tim Dvorak singled, stole second and Chad Anderson walked.  Dvorak scored on Newman’s RBI single giving him three RBI for the night.

Lynn Schwarz got the complete game win, scattering four hits, hitting two batters and fanning two.  The Saints lone run was unearned.

Drent also went the distance for the Saints allowing the three runs on six hits, while issuing four free passes.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
St. Peter 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 2 5
LeCenter 2 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 6 2 4 0 0 6
8 07/01/15
LeSueur Henderson Legends  10        Le Center Braves  5

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

Strange things can happen in a baseball game.  The Brave’s normally rather reliable defense was very generous committing six errors, putting a burden on the pitchers.  They did so with one error in every inning except the sixth, to aid the opponents cause.  The Le sueur-Henderson Legends took advantage to pile up ten runs.

The Braves jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Timm Moravec singled, Rob Bruner walked, Tim Dvorak reached on a field’s choice, scoring Moravec, and Jason Hollom reached on a fielder’s choice, erasing Brunner.   Mike Blaschko and Chad Anderson each followed with RBI singles scoring Dvorak and Hollom.

Trailing 7 to 3 entering the bottom of the third, Brunner singled, after an out Hollom singled.  Anderson and Brent Newman followed with RBI singles.

The Braves were held in check as Jerry Froderman started on the hill for the Legends going four innings and allowing five runs on seven hits, with three strikeouts and a walk.  John Hanks shut the door in three innings of relief yielding one hit, a walk, hit a batter and fanned one.      

Mike Blaschko went one inning, allowing a walk and hit a batter and left the game with an ankle injury.  Rob Brunner provided   Bruner provided four innings of relief yielding seven runs on six hits, walking four with three strikeouts.  Lynn Schwarz hurled the final two innings allowing one run on two hits while fanning one.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
LeSueur Henderson 0 2 1 3 3 0 1 10 8 0 4 1 5 9
LeCenter 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 8 6 2 1 5 6
7 06/24/15
Northfield Millers  7        Le Center Braves  2 (Exhibition)  

                                                                  Submitted by Ken Schmidt

An errorless exhibition game that moved along rather briskly found the Braves jump ahead early but end up on the short end of the score. 

Alex Tava, Northfield’s lanky southpaw, kept the locals in check after the first inning allowing just two runs on seven hits, walking two with two strikeouts.

Lynn Schwarz hurled the first five innings for Le Center, yielding five runs, ten hits and three free passes.  Jason Hollom provided two frames of relief, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.

The Brave’s lone runs came in the bottom of the first inning when Timm Moravec and Hollom led off with back to back singles.  After two were out, Chad Anderson brought both home with a single to right.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Northfield 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 7 14 0 5 0 0 12
LeCenter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0 2 0 2 6
6 06/14/15
Le Center Braves  7        Gaylord Silver Bullets  0  

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Mike Blaschko and Lynn Schwarz combined for the shutout.  Blaschko went three innings allowing one hit with four strikeouts.  Schwarz yielded one hit, a walk and hit one batter, while fanning one.

The Braves opened their scoring in the first when Timm Moravec and Blaschko singled.  Moravec scored on Rob Bruner’s sac fly.  Jason Hollom singled to plate Blaschko.

In the second Dusty Gibbs walked, Brent Newman singled and Gibbs scored on a Brad O’Keefe ground out.

The Braves got a little more breathing room in the fourth when Moravec singled, Blaschko reached on a fielder’s choice, Bruner reached on an error and Hollom, Tim Dvorak and Tim Palmquist all followed with singles .

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Gaylord 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1 1 4 5
LeCenter 2 1 0 0 4 0 X 7 12 0 1 0 2 8
5 06/13/15
Le Center Braves 15        Loretto Sox 2 

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The Braves traveled to Loretto on Saturday and took their hitting shoes along rapping out nineteen hits in the shortened six inning contest. 

Rob Bruner got the complete game win yielding the two runs on seven hits, fanning four while walking three and hitting one batter.

The locals were on the board twice in the first as Jason Hollom and Mike Blaschko both singled and scored on Tim Dvorak’s single.

In the second Dusty Gibbs walked and scored as Hollom and Bruner both singled.

Leading 3-2, the locals put up a seven spot in the fourth.  Six consecutive singles by Gibbs, Johnny Martinez, Hollom, Blaschko, Bruner and Chip Schloesser, a Brent Newman one out single and a two out Gibbs double cleared the bases.

Five insurance runs in the sixth ended the game via the ten-run-rule.  Dvorak singled, Brad O’Keefe walked, Gibbs singled, Hollom singled, Blaschko walked and Bruner doubled to clear the bases.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E BB HP K LOB
Le Center 2 1 0 7 0 5 15 19 1 3 0 2 7
Loretto 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 7 1 3 0 4 8
4 06/07/15
Waconia Islanders  6        Le Center  Braves 5  

On Sunday, June 7th, the Braves traveled to Waconia.  The Islanders jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first.  The locals fought back to even the score at five a piece after five innings but the game slipped away.

Three hurlers shared the Islander’s mound duties, limiting the Braves to six hits, yielding six walks, hitting one batter and fanning five.

Lynn Schwarz started on the hill for the Braves, going four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits, walking one with two strikeouts.  Rob Bruner tossed two innings of relief yielding one run, one hit and four walks.

In the first inning, Bruner singled, stole second and scored on a single by Jason Hollom.

In the third, Timm Moravec singled, Mike Blaschko walked and Bruner doubled, scoring Moravec.

In the fourth, Tim Dvorak and Chip Schloesser both walked, with Dvorak scoring on a fielder’s choice.

Schwarz led off the fifth a walk and Moravec was hit by a pitch.  Blaschko’s sacrifice bunt was thrown into right field by the Islander pitcher scoring both Schwarz and Moravec.

The Braves did have baserunners on in every inning.  Frustration was felt with two runners thrown out at home and one a third base.  Bruner led the offense with two doubles and a single

A nice double lay was executed in the bottom of the sixth, as with the bases full of Islanders Dvorak fielded a hot shot, stepped on third for a force out and threw home for a Schwarz tag out of the runner coming home.

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Le Center 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 6 0 6 1 6 8
Waconia 4 0 1 0 0 1 X 6 10 1 5 0 2 8
3 06/05/15
Rosemount Pipers 8        Le Center  Braves 1

The Braves opened the regular season on a low note in a game that was much closer than the score.  Rosemount was much more efficient with their hits stranding only five baserunners.  The hard hitting Pipers capitalized on four Brave errors.

Jeremy Belisle, Bethel alumus, got the complete game win for Rosemount allowing one earned run, on nine hits, walking one with three strikeouts.

Mike Blaschko deserved better taking the complete game loss.  He allowed the eight runs, two earned, yielding ten hits, fanning four with no free passes.  He had a bit of a slow start in the first as the Pipers used four hits to take advantage of two errors to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

The Braves lone run came in the fourth inning on consecutive singles by Chad Anderson, Chip Schloesser and Tim Dvorak.  Tim went three for three, all singles.                       

Line Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E BB HP K LOB
Rosemount 4 1 0 2 1 0 0 8 10 1 0 0 4 5
Le Center 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9 4 1 0 3 8