Coming off a top four finish in the Class AA Tournament in 2018, the Jordan Millers got off to a hot start in the 2019 campaign.
They opened the season against perennial power Searles, a team from the baseball hotbed of New Ulm.
Although the bats were quiet, mustering just two hits for the game, the Millers strung together five walks and a booming double from Trent Bohnsack to plate four runs in the third inning.
That was all the scoring the team would need as Mike Beckius, Troy Mahoney and Bohnsack would hold Searles to just two runs over seven innings in the 4-2 victory. The Millers defense played error-free baseball and the Bullheads stranded 10 runners on base.
The opponents didn’t get any easier in game two when St. Louis Park came to town. The Cardinals were the Class AA runners-up in 2018, shutting out three straight opponents on their run to the title game.
St. Louis Park jumped out to the early lead, plating a run on one hit and three walks. However, a big strikeout by Jordan starter Jesse Hendrickson helped the team avoid more damage.
The Millers matched that run in the bottom of the inning, as Bohnsack trotted home after four walks by the Cardinals pitcher. It was the second inning where the Millers blew things open.
After a walk and two base hits, Derek Boegeman launched a towering home run to the railroad tracks in left-center field, clearing the bases with his first-ever Millers grand slam.
DJ Noyes followed that up with a blast off the fence and he would score on a solid single from Brian Martin. The Millers would get one more in the fifth inning when Scott Breimhorst raced home on a double off the bat of Boegeman. That was all the team would need as a group of pitchers held the Cardinals to just three hits, striking out 11 batters.
In game three of the season, Jordan defeated Le Center by a score of 7-5.
The Millers controlled this game throughout until the Braves mounted a rally in the seventh inning, putting four on the board. Pete Buesgens drove in runs in the first and third innings and Martin added two RBIs on the night. Boegeman continued his hot start, going 2-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
In their first road game of the season, the Jordan Millers won their fourth consecutive game, defeating the Northfield Millers by a 2-1 margin.
Jordan scored both runs in the fourth inning. Ryan Murray was electric on the bases, stealing second, advancing to third on a base hit, and scampering home on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly from Martin plated Boegeman, giving the Millers their margin for victory.
Northfield would mount a threat in the bottom of the seventh but Jordan ace Bohnsack slammed the door with a strikeout to end the game.
Up next for the Millers are the defending Class AA Champions, the Belle Plaine Grey Tigers. They will come to Jordan on Wednesday, June 19 for a 7:30 p.m tilt.