And Down The Stretch They Come

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Last year at this time it was already down to just a 2 team race between Wayne State and Minnesota State to determine the Northern Sun Conference regular season champion.  One year later there looks like a lot more parity at the top as 5 teams are within 2 games of the title with 12 games remaining in the season.

Weekend Recap

In the weekends top matchup, St. Cloud State and Augustana split their 4 game series.  Augustana has now lost 9 of their last 12 NSIC games after an 8-0 start and is in danger of missing the post season tourney.  In all fairness, they are coming off of a brutal schedule of Winona State, Wayne State and St. Cloud State.  The Huskies probably control their own fate but they have their own scheduling nightmare in the coming weeks.  Augie Baseball Splits Again

Winona State holds onto the top spot in the Northern Sun by taking 3 of 4 against Mary.  In their one win, Mary’s Ryan Schnell pitched a 9 inning complete game to get the win giving up just 2 earned runs in a 6-3 victory.  Warriors Win 3 of 4

Northern State won just their 2nd game of the season in the weekends most surprising victory as they split on Sunday with Wayne State to keep the Wildcats out of a share of first place.  After the pounding they took in 2009 it must have been satisfying to at least win some measure of payback.  You have to wonder whether this unexpected loss will play a role in Wayne’s ability to win their 7th straight NSIC title.  Wayne State Splits With Northern

Minnesota Duluth had its 2nd straight 4 win weekend to move into the outright 6th spot in the standings and a possible place in the NSIC Tourney.  Freshman pitcher, Eric Hummel, moved to 4-0 on the season in the opening game.  Bulldogs Complete 2nd Sweep

Southwest Minnesota State swept all 4 of their games against Upper Iowa to extend their undefeated streak to 11 games.  After a 4-5 start they are in the thick of the NSIC race, although having the conference’s easiest schedule hasn’t hurt.  Andrew Kinney became the school’s all-time home run leader during the weekend along the way.  Mustangs Complete Sweep of UIU

Finally, Concordia has made a late surge winning 8 of their last 9 games and is in the hunt for a Playoff spot.  Pitcher Nick Anderson got both a save and a win in Sunday’s sweep of Minnesota Crookston.  Concordia Gets Sweep

Remaining Games

Most teams have 12 games remaining so in trying to project who will be the NSIC champion (and who makes the playoffs) has a lot to do with who each team plays from here on out.  Here are the teams remaining series –

Winona State – SMSU, UMD, CSP

Wayne State – SCSU, MSU, UMC

Minnesota State – CSP, Wayne, SCSU

SCSU – Wayne, NSU, MSU

SMSU – Winona, Aug, Mary

UMD – UMC, Winona, UIU

Augustana – UIU, SMSU, NSU

Concordia – MSU, BSU, Winona

Wayne State’s chances to win their 7th straight crown will be decided in the next 8 games.  They have 2 tough series in a row and those 8 difficult games are in an 8 day stretch with the last 6 of them on the road.

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119 Responses to “And Down The Stretch They Come”


  1. 1 Baseball April 19, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Love it…SMSU easy schedule, sure…Winona State doesn’t play SCSU, Mankato or WSC. Do we hear that?

    SMSU heard the same thing last year, yet in the NSIC tournament, SMSU played four of the five teams that qualified.

    Who cares, play your schedule!!!

  2. 2 Baseball April 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I see SCSU used a pitcher at the end of game 1 on Sunday, Birr and then started him in game two. Is that a good idea? pitch a guy two innings, then site for 20 minutes and then start again? interesting

  3. 3 imafan April 19, 2010 at 9:03 am

    If you want him not to be able to lift his arm above his head or throw again – ever. Though I hear Tommy John surgery is fun and painless and kids come back from it better than ever…
    Thats basically abuse.

  4. 4 cu17dad April 19, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I do not know who has the easier schedule. It is a shame that the Wednesday DH are a home and home instead of revolving teams on a 2 year basis. If more teams do join the conference it will be more difficult to schedule. There is never a perfect schedule: weather, injuries, timing all play a big role in the team’s success.

  5. 5 Cardinal 17 April 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

    For some reason it doesn’t surprise me that the St Cloud coach would do that.

  6. 6 Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 11:45 am

    This isn’t the first time SCSU has done that this season…..

  7. 7 HasBeen April 19, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I dont understand why you would do that to a kid who is one of your top young arms,apparently their bullpsen is struggly where you cant find someone to throw 2 innings to end a game, not exactly a sign of a good team that could make a run for a conference championship

  8. 8 Baseball April 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    too bad SMSU lost Curtis Smith, second team All-NSIC pitcher in 2009, and Doug Stearns, .400 hitting catcher, from this year’s team. Smith went to Omaha, while Stearns is now at Concordia. Put Stearns in this year’s line-up would be nice.

  9. 9 Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Birr throw 21 pitches in game 3 on 15 days rest and then throw 2 innings in game 4 for the record. Not an ideal situation, but this was the 1st time all year and I would bet there have been some 20 minute innings over the course.

    How many times has SCSU throw a starter on 3 days rest? Zero. How many other teams have? Countless.

    What’s worse, throwing on three days rest pitching on 20 minutes rest after 20 pitches? Easy answer, so relax!

  10. 10 Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Sadly, a great message board during the best/last two weeks of the year starts now complaining about easy/tough schedules, players transferring, pitching stategies.

    How about letting things finish on the field and all staying positive about this great game and great conference!

  11. 11 cu17dad April 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Birr did not pitch against CU. I was told by a spectator that he had a “dead arm”.

  12. 12 cu17dad April 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Viewing the different coaches I think they do a verfy good job trying to balance the players and success. I cannot say I have seen anyone team use or over use a given pitcher during the series I have been at. The weather this year has been good enough to keep pitcher’s fresh between innings and games on same day or consecutive days for relievers.

    I would feel comfortable with my son playing for any othe the opposing coaches. but then he is a position player not a pitcher.

  13. 13 imafan April 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Thats how a twins prospect had his arm ruined. He pitched both ends of the double header ellimination for the HS tournament for Rosemount. Radamacher. From memory he pitched like half the first game and the whole second game. He played for SCSU last year after a few years of inactivity. Didn’t throw that much for them? Middle reliever? Don’t know the whole true story!
    Birr was coming off 15 days rest for a dead arm and than was used like that?
    Were they trying to make sure…..

  14. 14 Baseball April 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I agree, let’s talk about the play on the field..it has been great.

  15. 15 Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    I guess than Anderson from Concordia, who threw 8 innings then on two days rest threw 2 games and then again midweek and then twice this weekend and Marks from Augguie who played 3rd, pitched in two games and then went to catch, and then all of the pitchers that have been throwing on 3 days rest all year should all be scrutinized as well? Or commended for being gamers that thier coaches know their arms can come back better than others.

    A lot of it is more about pitch counts or over using on short notice. Birr was hitting upper 80’s, so dead arm theory it out the door. 50 pitches in one day harmful to the arm? Come on man!

    5 games all year have SCSU pitchers thrown over 100 pitches. Zero times all year have pitchers thrown on less than 5 days rest. 1 time this year a starter closed a game on 20 pitches and came back and pitched two more innings.

    Baseball
    April 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    too bad SMSU lost Curtis Smith, second team All-NSIC pitcher in 2009, and Doug Stearns, .400 hitting catcher, from this year’s team. Smith went to Omaha, while Stearns is now at Concordia. Put Stearns in this year’s line-up would be nice.

    Why did great players like this transfer? “INTERSTTING?”

  16. 16 baseball April 19, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Really, not intersting…Stearns flunked out out school..we’ll see if he ever plays at Concordia. Smith thinks he’ll make it to the pros if he plays down south. More scouts I guess he thinks

    • 17 John Plasha Sr. April 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      I agree with your previous post about talking about the play on the field. Forget all this other Bull**** and lets get back to what the Author called “The Stretch Run”! Good Luck to all and Go Cats!!

  17. 18 Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    For your information…Doug Sterns pretty much failed out of SMSU and would not have been able to play this year anyways…and Curtis Smith left town, long story short, because of a girl(I know sounds like a bad reason, but thats what happened) Neither left because of something going on within the program

  18. 19 Wow April 19, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    SMSU has a solid coach and is sort of a old school guy. Don’t think he puts up with to much crap.
    The recent run is a credit to his coaching and his staff and program.
    I predict theymake the tournament.

    • 20 John Plasha Sr. April 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      If they lose 4 this weekend they won’t be a shoe-in.

      • 21 HasBeen April 19, 2010 at 11:17 pm

        I agree, but hopefully they got the fielding problems behind them, all the new guys seem to starting to figure out how to play in this league, should be a very interesting race down the stretch, like we said before anytihng can happen in this conference especially lately.

  19. 22 Anonymous April 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    SCSU has a solid coach and is sort of an old school guy. Don’t think he puts up with to much crap.

    The recent run is a credit to his coaching and his staff and program.

    Just say’in Cardinal, HasBeen and Baseball

  20. 23 IMAFAN April 19, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    We discused the 9 inning games and if coaches had staffed up for it and if position players who were HS pitchers might be given an opportunity B4 the season started. It looks like these extra innings may have caught some prgrams of guard? Its an important issue and should be discused here and now as thats when it is occuring.
    U of Mary was warming up pitchers on Sunday who had pitched on Saturday. The first game pitcher on Sunday went all 9 – maybe a good thing he did?

    • 24 John Plasha Sr. April 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

      You know IMA, sometimes your smarter than your years! To a certian degree I think that may have something to do with what I posted about after WSC’s 1st game on Sunday. (Loss to Northern) Maybe the x-tra innings in the games this year is one of the reasons we’ve been leaving our starters in to long giving up 5 or 6 runs on 7 different occasions. Although I have to say, I think our bull-pen is plenty deep. That in my opinion is one of their secrets to sucess. You don’t win 7 in a row with a shallow pen. I think it would benifit Wayne to use it more often.

  21. 25 cu17dad April 20, 2010 at 5:03 am

    I figure the teams that have the best weekend in April at the top will likely hold their positions and the stretch run will be over for tournament qualifying.

    Hey Sr. 13 for 13 SB’s now. Fielding percentage is still lower than expecred but that seems to have worked its way out. Offensively having a great conference run. Small park or not if you hit to the gaps they count.

    Good luck to everyone except UMD this week. Gotta catch them some how

    • 26 John Plasha Sr. April 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      Good for him. Looks like he is having a real nice year. Good luck down the stretch.

      • 27 cu17dad April 21, 2010 at 5:20 am

        Hope you are traveling West this weekend to watch Wayne and son play. He looks like he is having a solid season to wrap up his collegiate career.

  22. 28 realityfacts21 April 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    It will be a close race going into the tourney. Look for Winona to hold down their first place bid, as they can afford to lose 2 more, as will wayne, who has had some of the best collective talent in years playing behind an above average staff but still boasting slip ups down the stretch. I am usually not quick to judge but iv been wondering as to why wayne has not showed what their capable of hardly at all this year. New head coach? maybe. What ever it is, i wish the team would be having a better year then they are up to this point. With some speculations on next year already beginning to roomer about, it is a shame to see this program go through such a year. Hats off to the 2nd baseman though, keeping this team in the hunt and having a standout year. Good luck to all nsic teams as play works closer and closer to the tourney.

    • 29 John Plasha Sr. April 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm

      With all due respect there kid, it’s not a 1 man band keeping Wayne in the hunt. There’s 8 other young men on the field and countless others in the Dugout including the coaches that have gotten them where they are now and will get them where they need to go. Besides by my count there’s 10 other teams who wouldn’t think it’s a “Shame” to be 1 game back in the loss column at this point in the season.

      • 30 realityfacts21 April 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

        I agree with you Sr., i did not mean to make it sound like the player was single handedly keeping the team “in the hunt” i guess i should have picked my words better. How bout his consistent contributions have really helped the team to stay one game back, along with the other 40 some odd players on the team. I know as well as any that baseball is as much of a team sport as there is, and to win any game takes efforts that go noticed and even unnoticed day in and day out. I don’t mean to stay focused on one team, but being a wsc follower i find it almost hard not to. As far as the other ten teams and where they stand, don’t side step the fact that the expectations due to the collective talent on this years team, have not been exceeded to say the least. And after dropping two over the weekended, things still are not going right for the cats yet this far. With only a few games left in regular season play, and now hearing the cats will have one less bat in the line up, the players, all players will need to rally around each other and knuckle down to put themselves in a good position going into the home stretch.

  23. 31 WSCDad April 21, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Well boys, enough talk. Winona is at Southwest today and St. Cloud Visits Wayne. They will settle it on the field. Go Cats! And just for today, I for one am a Mustang fan.

    • 32 WSCDad April 21, 2010 at 7:18 am

      And if Concordia is gonna make a move – today would be a great day to start!

      • 33 Dave April 21, 2010 at 9:30 am

        As an MSU fan, I would have to disagree. Today would not be a good day to start… Saturday would be a better day…

        The conference is a lot tighter now than I expected it to be after the first couple of weeks. Every team is going to have to earn their spot in the tournament. You could certainly see Mankato, Wayne, St. Cloud, Winona get knocked out in these last two weeks if they don’t come to play. It’s great to see Southwest, CU, Duluth making the run that they are.

  24. 34 54 more to go April 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Well, everybody get ready to start screaming. SCSU is about to do the old, bring in a reliever to finish game one and then have him start game 2 after a 20 minute break, again.
    They have done this numerous times this season and it has worked okay for the most part. Everybody calm down

    • 35 WSCDad April 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

      Well, he faced 10 batters and got hit pretty hard in the last. Must have thrown 40 pitches so I wouldn’t think he’ll last long in the second game.

  25. 36 54 more to go April 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    And it looks as if Delahunt is starting game 2 for SCSU.

  26. 37 Dave April 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Looking like a pretty tough day for the Mankato pitchers so far. CU hitters are roughing them up pretty good. On their fourth pitcher already in the 5th inning. Walks, homers, wild pitches, hit by pitches, 10 hits. Not much control down there. Down 13-6 in the 5th and CU has 3 errors… Maybe CU is making that move that WSCDad was talking about.

  27. 38 cu17dad April 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Game 1 ended in the 7th. LIve Stats stopped before it was over. CU won

    Southwest lost
    Augie won
    Winona won
    SCSU won

    • 39 Dave April 21, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      Yeah I saw that. Final score 17-7. Hopefully they get Live Stats back up and running for the second game. MSU sure went down in flames in that one. Looked like CU hit the pi** out of the ball.

  28. 40 Wow April 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Nate Baumann just stole is 35 base of the year. In 1987 Blaine Schnaible had 34. Don’t know if that is a new record, But Blaine was Nate’s High School coach his Sr. year.

  29. 42 John Plasha Sr. April 21, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Well I wasn’t expecting this one. WSC drops 2. Same story, leaving pitchers in to long after getting hit/scored upon to much and of course the old reliable, E R R O R S. 6+/- on the day. St. Cloud wanted it more, “My hats off to them”

  30. 44 Wow April 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I think the conference record for stolen bases a year was 17 passed up by Hattori of MSU. The total for a season in the NSIC since 1970 was 34.

  31. 45 HasBeen April 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    SMSU just won the 2nd game on a walk off homerun by Andrew Kinney

  32. 47 Stanger April 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    SMSU was up two going into the ninth before giving up a eight spot in the ninth.. as a SMSU follower too bad they couldn’t have finished that one off and walked away with a sweep today

  33. 48 Anonymous April 22, 2010 at 12:08 am

    For you few posters that seem to think there is an issue with a team using a starting pitcher to complete a BIG game, do you have issues with ALL the teams using starting pitchers on 3 days rest?

    SCSU has used a starting pitching ONCE when starting him the next game.

    17-5/30-9 with six losses by two runs or less. Sure seems to be something going right at Huskyland, especially after 15 plus years of losing.

  34. 49 Anonymous April 22, 2010 at 6:13 am

    What a great conference and great for baseball to have so many quality teams in the NSIC!

    Good luck to all down the stretch.

  35. 50 Western April 22, 2010 at 7:51 am

    SCSU is good and they should be. A joke they were bad for so long. Great location, field, etc. I do recall in the 1960 and 1970s guys pitched on three days rest. I have no problem with that I guess. To each its own…

  36. 51 Wow April 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

    It is amazing what a coach can do for a program, love him or not. You are suppose to love your wife not your coach. SCSU will be a program to contend with each year now.
    I only wish we would have taken 4 from them.

  37. 52 HasBeen April 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Anonymous, I have no problem with three days rest at all, I will admit I got caught up in the hype that something wrong was being done with the handling of their pitching staff when I had heard the starting pitcher relieved one game then started the next.Which i do not Agree with that move, between games its approixmately 25 minutes of down time, then the pitcher has to heat it back up. Can it be done, absoulutely, but My comment was just why would you, thats why you have a bullpen. That extra 30-35 pitches then rest, then start whole process again, isnt exactly the best thing for a young arm, especially one who has a very bright future.

  38. 53 Anonymous April 22, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for your clarification HasBeen. Again, this has happened one time this year and for anyone that knows Logan Birr, he has the bulldog mindset and arm comeback to do this. And it was on 14 days rest.

    My point is it’s no different than Anderson from Concordia bulldogging it and throwing in 3/4 games a weekend, Marks and Severtson from Auggie the same and many others.

    I still say it’s about pitch counts and days off and SCSU has not thrown starters on 3 days rest other than a few relief innings. And rarely do they go over 100 pitches.

  39. 54 Anonymous April 22, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Yesterday was the first time a SCSU starter has started on three days rest so far in this season. There starting rotation is very strong with hardly any let down statistically wise 1-4.

  40. 55 Stanger April 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I was just analyzing the standings the standings and realized if SMSU wouldn’t have blew game 1 against Winona, there would a four way at the top of the conference. These last ten games should be exciting across the league!!

  41. 56 cu17dad April 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Big weekend for teams 6 through 9 in the standings. Make or break time. All need to keep winning. Hopefully the weather holds. CU has moved games with Bemidji to Sunday and Monday because of the forecast.

    Pitchers are a different set of minds. Some can throw everyday and others only once a week. It is more mental than physical for the most part. (OLD pitcher here) I threw consecutive days most of my career as a reliever. Back in the day there was no pitch counts just a desire to throw your best nonstarter as often as possible. But that could be why I developed an arm issue my senior year in HS. Of course I never had a baseball coach… Football one year, local certified fella one year, football coach again.

    As a former pitching coach I needed to know my pitcher’s mental capabilities to compete. Competitors always want to pitch. You have to know when their body language tells you enough because verbally they always want the ball.

    • 57 John Plasha Sr. April 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      I’v been watchen the weather for this weekend real close. Not looking to good from what I’v seen. Haven’t heard about any change in game days for Mankato/Wayne yet but if anybody does please speak up. I might have to do some reservation schuffling real quick.

      • 58 Dave April 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

        No change so far, but it sounds like they are already thinking that they will move it to Sunday/Monday. Looks like t-storms on Saturday. Could make pitching on Wednesday interesting.

  42. 59 Wow April 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    SMSU and AUGIE games moved SUN/MON

  43. 60 realityfacts21 April 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    No word on any game changes for wayne at mankato. Is metro dome being used this weekend haha.

  44. 61 IMAFAN April 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    SMSU moved to Sunday Monday because they pitched their top pitcher on 3 days rest 8 innings

  45. 62 Stanger April 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    All these Sunday/Monday games will make for interesting pitching matchups on Wednesday.

  46. 63 GoBulldogs23 April 23, 2010 at 2:10 am

    IAMFAN all SMSU pitchers have been on 3 days rest for the last 2 to 3 weeks. It was said earlier on the blog that SMSU moved their games so they wouldn’t play kato. It is supposed to rain that is why the games are moved. Why would a team higher in the conference move the games so one pitcher could pitch in a 4 game weekend. Im not on either side but SMSU is playing well and Augie isnt so why the comment about SMSU

  47. 64 Anonymous April 23, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Wayne/Mankato games have officially been moved to Sun/Mon

  48. 68 Wow April 23, 2010 at 7:34 am

    LOCAL FORECAST FOR MARSHALL,MN

    Detailed Local ForecastHow to Read This Today: Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers this afternoon. High near 65F. Winds ESE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
    Tonight: Showers and thundershowers likely. Low 49F. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
    Tomorrow: Periods of rain with a few thunderstorms likely. High 56F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Rainfall near a half an inch.
    Tomorrow night: Steady light rain in the evening. Showers continuing late. Low 44F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
    Sunday: Few showers. Highs in the upper 50s and lows in the low 40s

  49. 69 baseball April 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

    They are joking about SMSU. Mankato was ducking SMSU and not moving the games up 🙂

  50. 70 John Plasha Sr. April 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Dave,
    Do they normally have programs available at MSU’s games or do I need to print out my own roster?

    • 71 Dave April 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      Hit and miss. Better bring your own to be sure. Have a safe trip out and enjoy the games. They should be some good ones. I’m hoping to make it down there myself.

      • 72 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm

        Well Sr. is in the house! A little poorer I might add but hey, It’s the last go round. Good news is It’s partly sunny in Mankato. Rain stopped just as I landed. (Usually it’s the other way around.) Hopefully the field dries out overnight. Looking for some great Baseball. Big weekend for many, Good luck to all.

  51. 73 Anonymous April 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Looks like St. Cloud didn’t want to use up any of thier pitching and ducked two game w/N state.
    Everyone else is going Sun/Mon. They cancel?????????

    • 74 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      I’m not sure what’s going on there. You can’t just cancel games because you want to if they have or will have a bearing on the conferance standings. According to the web sites they are playing Sunday but not Monday. Not sure what the reasoning there but you would think the NSIC would have a say in the matter. We’ll see if they got the cahoonies to speak up on the matter.

  52. 75 Wow April 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Not that it makes much difference but a good idea would be to split the double header when canceled. Each team with a loss and a win. Might make one try to get the games in.

    • 76 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

      In a tight race such as this one it would make a big differance and I think it would be a good idea. Although I’m not sure if that is enough of a deterant to cancel. (1 Loss) Being WSC plays them on Wednesday I think I would rather see them fourced to play both and therfore use up 2 games worth of pitching. Historicly teams with depth in pitching fare better than most in post season play. And as far as I concerned individual schools shouldn’t have a say in the matter. The goverening body, in this case the NSIC should have final say. No deals should be made. There fore a better idea is 2 games not played = 2 losses. That’s what I’m talken bout!!!!

  53. 77 Anonymous April 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    why would st cloud duck two games against northern st which is more than likely two for sure wins???

  54. 80 IMAFAN April 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    If they are allowed to do this – I was anonymous who listed this to begin with – than as Sr. indicated there should be a repercussion such as (2) losses?! Pitching is key right now to determining the league champion and with playoffs right around the corner for that as well.
    There is a travel rule, but I thought it allowed for an extra day for make-up. Meaning they should, like every other team in the League be made to play Sun/Mon and than Wed – like everyone else.
    This is a big deal and the League better give an opinion!

    • 81 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

      Well put IMA. I should have remenbered about the 3 day away from school rule as it happened to us earlier in the year with Concordia when rain halted play with 1 game remaining. And that was over the 4 day Holiday Easter weekend. We were told at the time that the game would be made up at a later date if it figured into the final standings. I too hope the League makes a ruleing although I doubt you’ll get it here. I don’t think they follow this site. They couldn’t handel listening to all our “Good Ideas”

      • 82 Dave April 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

        We are getting to the point where there just isn’t going to be time to make up any games. I haven’t looked at every schedule but I know that MSU plays tomorrow, Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday then the conference tournament starts the next Wednesday. I don’t see any days in there to make up a game. St. Cloud has the same schedule. I wonder how they are justifying cancelling the games instead of rescheduling on Monday.

  55. 83 Wow April 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I think games have to be made up before the upcoming Wednesdays or they are cancelled for good. This happened last year a few times I believe.

  56. 84 IMAFAN April 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    This is Bullcrap!

  57. 85 CU17Dad April 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Well hopefully all the games are played tomorrow.

    Pitching is an important key as the season winds down.

    Northern plays well and could play a higher ranked team tough.
    They are a bit like CU scrappy with young pitching.

  58. 87 IMAFAN April 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Mesa Just Beat NM Highlands twice. The NSIC could host the rgional which would get my vote for travel!!

  59. 88 SCSU April 24, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Trust me…SCSU WILL play NSU tomorrow and Monday. I can’t believe anyone would think any different. They did everything to play today including working on the field for 3 hours and then starting the game.

    My bet is they play 3 games tomorrow as the Monday forecast is bad in SD. I suppose they’ll hear about that as well. From “ducking” to doing EVERYTHING possible to get the games in.

    SCSU has NOT ducked anyone. Just look at where they have played and traveled the past 3 years to get games in. This is no different than any other top NSIC team.

    • 89 Dave April 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      Glad to hear some details SCSU. The only info anyone here has (as far as I know) is what was posted on the websites and that was that the games were cancelled with no mention of rescheduling. I didn’t even realize that St. Cloud made the drive up there already. I was wondering about that. As Sr. pointed out there is a rule about being away from school for more then 3 days. That could play into the situation here like it did for Wayne against CU. Tomorrow might be iffy for all teams as it sounds like rain in the forecast tomorrow as well.

      If they started the game today how many innings did they get in?

  60. 90 SCSU April 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks Dave. It’s like anything when facts aren’t really known.

    I think we all know the NSU can beat anyone after beating WSC and CU and playing others tough, but to think anyone would duck anyone this time of the year, much less a bottom tier team isn’t right.

    SCSU left this morning and has until Monday to finish the 4 game set. Rain looks like an issue again late Sunday and Monday.

    Hope all teams get the games in and things are settled on the field.

    Good luck to all!

    • 91 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      Glad to see you finely cleared that up SCSU. Might want to let the people who make your schools web site in on that info so maybe there won’t be any more confusion. The only “Facts” we’ve had to go on up till now were your own web page where it states “St Cloud canceled the first 2 games of the 4 game series. It says they are still scheduled to play Sundays double header and then goes on to say they will “turn around and host Wayne State in a twinbill Wednesday at Joe Faber Field” No mention of Monday!

      Even the NSIC web site does not show the games scheduled for Monday like every other game that was moved from Sat/Sun to Sun/Mon. It only says “Cancelled” next to St Cloud-Northern.

  61. 92 IMAFAN April 24, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    AMEN! Great news! Good Luck!

  62. 93 Husky Faithful April 24, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Like a comment a few weeks back I sat in awe as SCSU and NSU worked to get field ready to possibly play tonight.

    Let’s leave it on the playing field and keep the assinine comments out of this great message board!

    As a reminder to those who forgot an e-mail was sent out last season about this time from the Commish of NSIC about doing everything in each teams power to get games in ah yes SCSU did travel to Wayne during finals week on a Wed. to compete for a spot in conference tourney when poor weather was impending.

    Oh how people forget when they are on the outside looking in this time around!

    Good luck to everyone down the stretch.

    • 94 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      “assinine” is when ones own web site doesn’t contain the facts. Besides I love all you new guys jumping on the band wagon about this good site now that your team is finely in the hunt. Where were you all year?

  63. 95 Husky Faithful April 24, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    SR was not intended for you folks who make great comments like CU17Dad,Dave and our fearless leader of blog who turned me onto this site after watching his son play last season.

    It was directed to comments like ducking,throwing on three day’s rest…. the kids are busting their tails off for those final coveted spots so lets talk about great plays,weekend series results…rather than issues that sound like sour grapes.

    I have watched from a distance and haven’t commented until now just trying to clarify some things, but you are right regarding SCSU they have some work to do to catch the elite teams who have won on a consistent basis!

    Thanks for comments and good luck to everyone down the stretch!

    • 96 John Plasha Sr. April 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      Amen to that Faithfull. Besides you’ll never get any sour grapes from me. I can dish it out but I can take it like a man too! Also, don’t sell yourself (St Cloud) short. I got all the respect in the world for that team. As a matter of fact if you go back in the archives several months ago, after being forced to put it in writing, I picked St. Cloud to finish 2ed right behind WSC and just ahead of Mankato. (another elite team). I wasn’t counting on Winona being at the top of the leader board but hey “That’s why they play the games”. And with anywhere from 8 to 12 games left there is no doubt things are gonna change again. With that said the only thing I got left to say is Good Luck to all and enjoy because it will be over before you konw it.

      • 97 John Plasha Sr. April 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

        Houston We Got a Problem!! Don’t look now boys and girls but things aren’t looking good outdoors in Mankato. Not looking any better on the rader screen either. I have to say I’ve never seen weather going from east to west. It’s almost like yesterdays rain is backing up and hitting us again. How far is it to The Dome?

  64. 98 baseball April 25, 2010 at 10:54 am

    you can only spend two nights in hotels..per NSIC rules. So SCSU did not travel on Friday? Did they drive over day of on Saturday. If they drove on Saturday then they have Sunday and Monday to make up.

    This confusion could be fixed if the Web sites updated the fans.

    • 99 John Plasha Sr. April 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Baseball,
      SCSU cleared that up in his post last night. They drove north on Saturday AM. so they are OK. And I do believe everybody is doing everything to get their games in. It was just lack of information or inaccurate info on the web sites including the NSIC’s that was causing the confusion. I’m on my way out the door to see the WSC vs. MSU game if they happen to get them in. Word is they are gonna try although I have my doubts with the rain last night and this morning especially with no infield tarp. (except the plate and mound) That blows my mind but will be the topic of another post at a later date. For now, good luck guys.

  65. 100 Anonymous April 25, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Any idea if the live stats via UMD’s website are working? They aren’t on my end.

  66. 103 baseball April 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I see NSU and SCSU are playing in LaMoure, N.D. and trying to play three today? Why is that? They must have gone on Friday and can only play Sunday. But can you play three games in one day? didn’t think you could, unless a game was suspended.

  67. 104 baseball April 25, 2010 at 11:23 am

    nevermind…I read on the SCSU site it is Sunday and Monday. SCSU site better updated than NSU.

  68. 106 54 more to go April 25, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Baseball, I’m not sure any of the SID’s(no matter how good they are) can stay up to date with all the baseball scheduling problems this weekend. Especially with Tennis and Golf currently having their conf. championships. So I think we just need to all calm down a little and take it easy on those people trying to keep us updated.
    With that said, SCSU and NSU did get in 3 games today in Lamoure with SCSU taking all 3, 14-1, 7-0 and 15-2. All were 7 inning games and yes, on Sat. the game was suspended as they threw 3 pitches to start the game and then the skies opened once again. And as far as I know, they are going to try and play 1 more in Aberdeen on Monday. But I hear that the weather is extremely iffy.

  69. 107 Anonymous April 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Don’t see how it gets tighter than this. Yikes. Some very interesting games happening. What a league!

  70. 108 CU17Dad April 26, 2010 at 7:44 am

    May the weather cooperate today for the players and fans in attendance.

    Some of us will be relegated to following online from work. The Bears are moving to the last spot but need help.

    Bemidji played very well in game 2 on Sunday. The opportunties were about equal, fortunately for the Bears the took advantage in the 8th to score the winning run. The Beavers had a runner on second with less than two outs in the 7th and 8th and did not score.

    Good luck to all. Play hard stay healthy and may the better teams playing today win. But the Bears need help so I am pulling for the helpers

    • 109 John Plasha Sr. April 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

      I hear what your saying about the weather. Stood thru 16 innings in that stuff yesterday. OK weather for a fall football game where I come from but not to enjoyable for spring baseball. Weather in Mankato appeers to be ok at the moment. Gonna hang around for at least a game and a half before running to MSP to catch a ride back east this evening. Good luck WOW and CU17 but I’m really routing for Duluth. May you play hard and catch every break that comes your way. Amen!

  71. 110 Wow April 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Thanks John. Hope to see you at the tournament.

  72. 111 IMAFAN April 26, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Suddenly a Dulute fan Ay. Turncoat. Have a great trip back.
    Bite me, Husky Faithful. I calls em as I seesem. Always have always will. I get in trouble with “Progressives” and I make people think every once in a while.
    Hey what a race. If we have ties with 1-8 how does that work……

    • 112 John Plasha Sr. April 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

      I said it once and I’ll say it again. Your a funny guy IMA. Also I’m not sure about the tie senarieo but it’s a good question. Sure would be nice to know before hand rather than after the fact because if it ever happens this could be the year. The standings change with every single game. My guess would be “Head to Head” compitition but what do I know?

  73. 113 54 more to go April 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    SCSU and NSU are going to play at 6 pm Monday in Lamoure, ND. So much for trying to get the games cancelled.

  74. 114 Stanger April 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    My head is pounding from trying to analyze the standings just now. Everything is still up for grabs with just six games remaining!!

  75. 115 Baseball April 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    was someone trying to get the canceled? I think its great the teams are trying to get them in.

    • 116 54 more to go April 26, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      –Looks like St. Cloud didn’t want to use up any of thier pitching and ducked two game w/N state.
      Everyone else is going Sun/Mon. They cancel?????????

      –why would st cloud duck two games against northern st which is more than likely two for sure wins???

      –If they are allowed to do this – I was anonymous who listed this to begin with – than as Sr. indicated there should be a repercussion such as (2) losses?! Pitching is key right now to determining the league champion and with playoffs right around the corner for that as well.
      There is a travel rule, but I thought it allowed for an extra day for make-up. Meaning they should, like every other team in the League be made to play Sun/Mon and than Wed – like everyone else.
      This is a big deal and the League better give an opinion!

      IMAFAN came on here a couple of times as Anonymous and posted the first two statements before coming on and saying who he was(as far as screen name goes). He’s the one making the assumptions that SCSU was trying to cancel their series with NSU in order to save pitching for Wayne on Wed.

  76. 117 baseball April 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    got ya. Should be an interesting final week.

  77. 118 Anonymous April 26, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    SCSU saved pitching this weekend so hopefully they will have a well rested (as much as possible) staff going into the big series finale against Wayne and the series verse Mankato this weekend.

  78. 119 SCSU April 27, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I can “rest” assure you SCSU isn’t well rested and just like everyone else this time of the year.

    Saturday morning 8am departure. Three hours of helping work on the field in Aberdeen. Tripleheader then in ND Sunday. Waiting out the rain all day Monday and playing at 6pm and returning back to St. Cloud at 1:00am.

    Should be an interested week ahead for all teams.


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