Team Capsules: Central Plains Regional Tournament
By: Royal McGregor and Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Head coach: Andy Emard
Key players: Sean Kelly P/SS; Aaron Berg P/2B; Jordan Tescher 3B; Taylor Thiel 1B/OF; Brett Braunagel CF; Grant Dvorak OF/1B; Tevin Rettig-Papineau IF/DH; Scott Gordon P/IF/OF; Korey Kallenbach OF.
Notes: As host of this year’s tournament, the Roughriders have now reached the Central Plains Regional three of the past four years. They host the tournament against next year. … Tescher redshirted at Jamestown College last season. … Rettig-Papineau will play for Williston State College next season. … Emard is in his third year as head coach and was an assistant two years before that.
North Dakota state champion
Head coach: Ryne Jungling
Key players: Jay Flaa 3B/P; Reid Jungling 1B/P; Aaron Janz CF; Brent Stoltz SS; Dwight Mack C; Trevor Huck 2B.
Notes: The Mandan Chiefs have won 10 state titles. … It marks the first time since 2000 that Mandan has won the state title. … Reid Jungling was the state tournament MVP. … Reid and Ryne are brothers and Ryne has been the Chiefs’ head coach for three years.
Nebraska state champion
Head coach: Pat Mooney
Key players: Kyle Kubat P/LF; Scott Bates 1B/2B; Derek Petrich 3B/P; Cory Borsh P/2B; Billy Lipari C/3B.
Notes: Omaha Pi Midwest will lean heavily on their pitching staff headed by Kubat and Borsh. … Through districts and state tournament, Omaha had 8-12 hits per game. … Mooney he will happy getting six hits a game during this tournament.
Grand Island, Neb.
Nebraska state runner-up
Head coach: Tino Martinez
Key players: Max Ayoub, C/1B; Will Bamesberger, CF/P; Kyle Simonds, 3B/P; Chayse Gulzow, P/RF; Ryker Fyfe SS/P.
Notes: This is Grand Island’s first trip to a regional tournament in more than a decade. … It lost to Omaha in the state championship game.
Sioux Falls (S.D.) East
South Dakota state champion
Head coach: Brandon Hunt
Key players: Alex Schultz, P/RF; Connor Schaefbauer, SS; Cole Halgerson, LF/P; Brooks Cross, C/1B.
Notes: Sioux Falls East didn’t lose last weekend in the South Dakota American Legion state tournament. It beat Yankton 8-2 in the championship game. … Schultz was named MVP of the state tournament, which included a nine-inning, 10-strikeout performance.
Carroll County, Iowa
Iowa state champion
Head coach: Matt Lujano
Key players: Cody Williams, CF/RF; Bryce Berg, C/1B; Brandon Wessels, C/1B; Chris Halbur, P/1B; Alex Brown, 1B/P; Chris McVey, P/1B.
Notes: Carroll County hasn’t played together since May. Iowa’s legion season is in the spring and high school baseball is in the summer. … The team posted a 38-2 record during the summer high school season.
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Minnesota state champion
Head coach: Scott Hackett
Key players: Tyler Peterson, 1B; Lance Thornvold, 1B/P/OF; Tony Skjefte 2B; Balek Schmit, SS; Adam Bray P/1B.
Notes: Eden Prairie has won six of the past eight Minnesota state titles and finished second in the American Legion World Series in both 2007 and 2010. … Schmit was named the NJCAA Division II Defensive Player of the Year for Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College this spring. … Thornvold and Skjefte will be freshmen for the University of Minnesota baseball team year. Peterson plays for North Iowa Community College.
Lino Lakes, Minn.
Minnesota state runner-up
Head coach: Rollie Goertzen
Key players: Austin Malinowski, P/1B.
Notes: This will mark the first time that Lino Lakes has made it to the Central Plains Regional. … This season also marked the second time that Lino Lakes had reached its state tournament. … Malinowski was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 16th round of June’s MLB first-year player draft. He won MVP for the Minnesota state Legion tournament and Mr. Baseball in the high school season.