Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Sept. 6, 1999

Softball team second in state

The Sheehan Chiropractic men's softball team traveled to Hutchinson Aug. 20-22 for the state tournament and came home with a second place trophy.

The New Germany League champion went into the tournament as the number one seed with a league record of 11-3.

In the first game of the tournament, against Waverly State Bank, Sheehan Chiropractic hit the ball well and took the win, 10-0. The star of the game was pitcher Dick Zander, who pitched a two-hit shutout.

Against Cosmos Legion in game two, it was another 10-run win, ending the game at 13-3. Zander again pitched well, only giving up two hits.

Marc Kohler led the way in hitting, going 4-for-4. Mike Kegler had three hits, all of them doubles. Jacob Schlagel also had three hits for the game.

T-Road Tavern, a good hitting team, was the competition in the third game, and the locals came away with an impressive 19-3 win.

Due to the 15-run rule, the game only went three innings. Everyone pounded the ball; Mike Kegler and Neil Schlagel led the way with three hits each.

In the first of two games on Sunday, Aug. 22, Sheehan Chiropractic played a very good Heimey's team in an exciting match-up.

The locals were trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs and Troy Schmidt on second base, Mike Kegler worked out a walk. Brad Kegler then delivered a single, scoring Schmidt. Neil Schlagel came through with the game-winning hit, scoring Kegler and advancing the team to the championship game.

Sheehan Chiropractic played two-time defending champs Hollywood Sports Complex for first place. Hollywood had one loss in the tournament, so they had to win two games in order to claim the championship.

The first game ended in a 14-8 loss for Sheehan Chiropractic.

In the second game, the locals jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first, but Hollywood Sports Complex came right back with three.

Sheehan Chiropractic built up a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. The experienced Hollywood Sports Complex team fought back and came through with five straight hits for the championship, winning with a 6-5 final.

Neil Schlagel led the way in hitting for the tournament, ending with .705. Gregg Kohler also had a great tournament, hitting .571. Jacob Schlagel hit .530, and Marc Kohler and Mike Kegler each hit .500.

Dick Zander also had a great tournament, pitching all but a couple of innings.


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