The Clinton County Baseball League has their championship series set with a rematch of last season with Bartelso and Centralia hooking up for the best of three series. Bartelso came from behind to defeat Trenton while Centralia posted a 2-run first inning en route to their win over Beckemeyer on Sunday.
The Barts will host the Budweisers in the first game this Sunday in Bartelso with a first pitch slated for 1 p.m.
Bartelso 4, Trenton 2: The Barts fell behind early but used a strong fourth inning to earn the win.
Bartelso’s Blake Zurliene and Trenton’s Mike Pagano each pitched well on the mound for their respective teams.
Chad Klein got Trenton on the board in the first inning after his brother Chase reached on a fielding error.
Klein deposited a 2-strike fastball over the left field fence for a 2-run homer to stake the Miners to a 2-0 lead.
Pagano made the lead hold up until he ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Jason Cobb led the frame off with a double down the left field line before Jordan Kreke was hit by a pitch from Pagano.
Ryan Meyer took the first pitch he saw and drilled it the opposite way for a 2-run double to tie the contest.
Kurt Peppenhorst laid down a perfect bunt that sent Meyer to third who advanced to score on a Trenton throwing error as the Barts took a 3-2 lead.
Hundreds brave the heat for Fourth Annual
Jim Knapp Memorial Little Pig Cook-off
Good folks gathered in Beckemeyer this past Saturday to celebrate at the Fourth Annual Jim Knapp Memorial Little Pig Cook-off at BCDC Park. Festivities kicked off at noon with a flag raising ceremony performed by Beckemeyer Legion Honor Guard. Bud Summers played the national anthem on solo guitar. Ron Knapp then gave an invocation welcoming all festival goers with an account of how Beckemeyer residents (past and present) work with vision to create and continue to develop such a beautiful park.
Music once again filled the air from noon until 1 a.m. with live performances by Bud Summers, Knoisemaker and the Silent Partners, Clusterpluck, Good For Nothin’ Band, Later Days, Randy Charles and the Western Angels, Davis Brothers Band, Overdrive, Feedback, and The Empty Folds.
Randy Pulver came out on top in the bags tournament. Zach Deieters took second place, and Cory Melton won third prize. Placing first in the egg toss competition as the newly crowned grand champions were Corey Hempen and Jordan Kleiboeker. Payton Plummer and Katelyn Wessel caught second place and Lenny Lammers and Ron Holthaus placed third.
Free children’s activities of face painting, train rides, sand castle building and chalk art kept the kids smiling. Majestic Memories photo booth was on site providing some very fun pictures. Many folks tried their hand at picnic poker during the evening hours.
Fall sports athletes march onto the new multipurpose field at Mater Dei High School Friday evening as part of a field opening and dedication. The ceremony was followed by soccer and football scrimmages. Improvements to the athletic/band outdoor facility is the third and final phase of a $2.5 million capital campaign at the Catholic high school titled “Celebrating Our Tradition … Embracing Our Future.” The campaign was started in 2009 to improve the school and its facilities. The third phase entails a new asphalt track, an artificial turf field, upgraded bleachers, new restrooms and a new entrance with all new fencing for the outdoor vicinity.
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