RED-HOT TRAPPERS ARE 6-2 IN REGION 1 PLAY
Scotland/Menno has won seven straight and is second in Region 1 standings
The Scotland/Menno Trappers, the high school baseball cooperative that is part of the South Dakota High School Baseball Association, are red hot after winning seven straight games and are currently second in the Region 1 standings with a 6-2 mark in region play. Dakota Valley leads in the standings with a 9-1 record while Bon Homme Avon is third at 5-0.
The season continues at Vermillion on Sunday, May 7, and the Trappers will visit Freeman next Wednesday, May 10 for a showdown with the Canistota/Freeman/Marion Sticks starting at 5 p.m.
The regular season continues through May 20 with the top two teams in the Region 1 standings hosting postseason games.
Here’s a rundown from recent action as posted by team manager Kory Foss on the team’s Facebook page.
May 1 vs. Garretson
The Trappers run their winning streak to 7 games tonight with a 12-1 victory over Garretson. A 3-run 1st inning and a 9-run 3rd gave Scotland/Menno a commanding lead they wouldn’t give up.
Ajay Herrboldt led the attack at the plate, going 2 for 2 with an RBI and a walk. The Trappers drew 8 walks as a team and stole 7 bases.
Bryce Sattler got the start and the win on the hill, tossing two perfect innings and striking out three Blue Dragon hitters in the process. Parker Hochstein, Tyrus Bietz, and Herrboldt all followed on the mound and each threw well.
April 30 vs. Wagner
Scotland/Menno defeats Wagner on a windy day at Glen Baker Field by a score of 4-0. The victory extends the Trappers winning streak to 6 games and moves them to 6-2 in region play, with three Region 1 games remaining this regular season.
The Trappers again put double-digit hits on the board today, but the story of the game wasn’t offense, it was pitching and defense. Brayden Sattler got his first start on the mound this season and was fantastic. The senior right-hander threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits while striking out two and not walking a batter. Sattler got the games final out on his 79th pitch of the day. Game time was just over 1 hour and 20 minutes.
As good as Sattler was, the Trapper defense was just as sharp. Although the weather was far from ideal, Scotland/Menno played nearly perfect in the field, making several spectacular plays along the way. Parker Hochstein had two hits and an RBI to go along with a great defensive game at third base. Seven different Trappers collected at least one hit.
April 29 vs. Parkston
The Trappers win their 5th game in a row today by a score of 5-4 over a tough Parkston squad. Scotland/Menno grabbed an early lead and was able to hang on for another big Region 1 victory.
Both sides swung well on a windy day at the Lily Pad, with the Trappers racking up 16 hits. Ajay Herrboldt led the way going 3 for 3 with a walk, while Kory Keppen contributed 3 hits of his own. Tyrus Bietz, Brayden Sattler, Jayce Walloch, and Bryce Sattler all had two hits on the afternoon, with Brayden and Bryce picking up 2 RBI’s apiece.
Keppen got the start on the mound and battled through 4.1 innings, allowing 3 runs while striking out 2. He gave way to Trent Guthmiller in the 5th who worked in and out of jams to pick up his second save in a row.
The Trappers saved their best play of the day for the last one, as with one out in the 7th and Parkston runners on 1st and 2nd, Guthmiller induced a ground ball back to the mound and turned it into a 1-6-3 game ending double play.
April 26 vs. C/V-H
The Trappers picked up another big Region 1 win tonight, beating Centerville/Viborg-Hurley in a tight one, 3-2. Scotland/Menno’s winning streak hits 4 in a row as they pass the halfway point of their Region schedule.
Pitching was the story of the game, as both the Trappers Bryce Sattler and Tornadoes starter Brady Schroedermeier mowed down opposing hitters. After an unearned C/V-H run in the first, Sattler settled in and was dominant, throwing 6.2 innings, only allowing 3 hits while striking out 8 and not walking a batter.
The Tornadoes pulled ahead 2-1 with an unearned run in the 6th, but the Trappers fought right back and plated 2 runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead into the 7th. Sattler recorded 2 outs in the 7th before Trent Guthmiller came on to get the final out of the game, stranding the tying run on 3rd.
Scotland/Menno collected 7 hits on the day, with Erick Buechler and Bryce Sattler providing two apiece. Ajay Herrboldt picked up a hit and an RBI, and Sattler drove in the go ahead run in the bottom of the 6th.
April 23 vs. Canton
After a long layoff, the Trappers picked up right where they left off, clubbing 11 hits on their way to a 14-0 win over Canton. Scotland/Menno won their third game in a row thanks to solid defense, timely hitting, and a great pitching performance.
Eight different Trappers picked up at least one hit, with Tyrus Bietz, Brayden Sattler, and Bryce Sattler each collecting two. Brayden drove in 3 runs, while Tyrus and Bryce each had 2 RBI’s. Jayce Walloch and Erick Buechler knocked in runs, as well.
Kory Keppen had a whale of a game on the mound, completing 4.2 innings while allowing only one hit and striking out 10 C-Hawks on the way to picking up his first win of the season.
April 14 vs. Parker
The Trappers pick up a big Region 1B win tonight over Parker by a score of 7-4. On a chilly and windy evening, Scotland/Menno played error-free defense and fought off several Pheasant rallies.
Tyrus Bietz, Brayden Sattler, and Kory Keppen all had a hit and an RBI. Bryce Sattler and Jayce Walloch collected the other two Trapper hits.
Three sophomore pitchers combined to keep Parker at bay. Keppen started and went two scoreless innings, followed by Trent Guthmiller, who threw 3 innings to earn the win. Bryce Sattler closed out the last two frames and shut down the final Pheasant rally attempt.
April 12 vs. B/A-H
The boys had their hittin’ shoes on tonight. Scotland/Menno racked up 15 hits in a 19-1 win over Beresford/Alcester-Hudson. Nine different Trappers had at least one hit, with Ajay Herrboldt, Parker Hochstein, Kory Keppen, Trent Guthmiller, Bryce Sattler, and Jayce Walloch all collecting at least two.
Hochstein drove in 4 runs, while Hunter Clark, Erick Buechler, and Jarret Andretta all had their first-ever varsity hits.
Bryce Sattler earned his first varsity win on the mound, going 3 innings, only allowing one hit while striking out 4. Izayah Ulmer and Tyrus Bietz both threw well in relief.