DELANO — As A’s players and assistant manager Ryan Hayes wrote in his synapsis of Delano’s home game against Shakopee Tuesday night, “The last time the Athletics lost, Brady Miller was in college, Reno Bredahl was in high school, Dan Paulson didn’t have a hair on his face, and sandbags lined the Crow River.”
A lot has changed since that loss, a 12-5 defeat to Maple Lake at Irish Stadium — Miller and Bredahl both finished school, Mr. Paulson now looks like he should be making duck calls with Uncle Si, and those sandbags have since been replaced with a Ferris Wheel and a Tilt-A-Whirl, which, also have come and gone.
All of the above occurred between Delano’s now two losses.
The second loss came in Tuesday night’s game against Shakopee, 6-2.
The loss dropped Delano to 16-2 overall.
Between the two losses, the A’s had won 15 consecutive games and taken control of first place in the North Star League.
Delano was supposed to be seeking revent on Maple Lake Wednesday night in the second meeting between the two, but poor field conditions at Delano Municipal Baseball Park caused for the postponement just two hours before the first pitch was to be thrown.
The game was supposed to be Delano’s final home game of the season. A makeup date was not set at press time.
The rest of Delano’s games will be on the road.
This weekend, the A’s go to Dassel-Cokato Friday night. Next week, Delano goes to Maple Plain Monday, and ends the regular season Sunday, July 21, at Litchfield.
Delano Municipal Baseball Park will be closed following Thursday’ night’s American Legion double-header, so crews can prepare the venue for the Amateur Baseball state tournament. Maple Lake is the co-host.
Against Shakopee Tuesday, the A’s did not look themselves, as the bats failed to come up clutch and the pitching arms could not find the strike zone.
Delano did out-hit Shakopee 8-5, but the visitting Indians took advantage of 13 walks and two hit batsmen issued by three Delano pitchers.
Austin Schneider took the loss for Delano after giving up three earned runs on five hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Jordan Schramel came out of the pen first in relief. He did not give up a hit, but gave up one earned run on five walks and two hit batsmen.
Jackson Royer finished the final 1 2/3 innings for the A’s. He too did not give up a hit, but gave up two earned runs on five walks.
Shakopee’s two pitchers had a much easier night.
Sam Ludzack worked eight innings, giving up two earned runs on eight hits and four walks. He struck out two.
Drew Hanbury worked around a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning for the Indians.
Delano’s eight hits were spread among eight players.
Miller and Tyler Wolfe drove in the two runs.
Shakopee led 3-0 after scoring a single run in the first inning and two in the fourth. The Indians added one run in the eighth and two in the ninth for security.
After getting out in his first two at-bats, Shakopee leadoff batter John Hellkamp chased two Delano pitchers from the game.
With two outs in the fourth inning, Hellkamp’s two-run single chased Schneider from the game. Hellkamp drew walks in his next two at-bats, the second forcing home the Indians’ eighth-inning run and chasing Schramel from the game.
In the Indians’ two-run ninth inning, Royer got the first batter out and then issued walks to the next five batters.
Steve Boldt, who drew the first walk of the inning, eventually scored on a passed ball. Bohmbach, who followed Boldt with a walk, was forced home when Drew Hanbury walked with the bases loaded.
Jimmy Bohmbach gave Shakopee the 1-0 lead in the first inning with a single that plated Brandon Olson.
To a much-lessser extent, walks haunted Shakopee’s Ludzack, as both of Delano’s runs were scored by batters who drew free passes to start an inning.
Nate Norman walked to start the fifth inning, and came home to score on Brady Miller’s bases-loaded walk. And Toby Hanson walked to start the eighth inning and scored on Wolfe’s double.