The Shakopee American Legion baseball team wasn’t very nice to its former coach.

Post No. 2 traveled to La Crescent to play in the annual George Horihan tournament and came home with the tournament title. La Crescent is coached by former Shakopee American Legion head coach and Shakopee High School Assistant Coach Ryan Niedfeldt.

Shakopee and La Crescent played in the final game on the first day of the tournament with Post No. 2 earning the hard-fought 4-2 victory.

Caleb Kranz pitched great in the victory as he allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out six. Zach Schultz had two hits and two RBIs. Tommy Bazzarre collected two hits for Shakopee and Jay Ungar had a hit, run, and RBI.

La Crescent grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning but Shakopee responded with four runs in the top of the second inning. Unger drove in the first run with a single. Eli Temp put Shakopee ahead with a sacrfice fly and Schultz drove in two with a bases loaded single.

In the semifinals, Shakopee played its best game of the season as it whipped Lewiston 17-1. Shakopee scored five runs in the first inning, six in the third and five in the fourth inning.

Those two wins sent Post No. 2 to the championship game against Caledonia. Shakopee won the championship with an 11-1 win against Caledonia. Post No. 2 pitchers Gavin Stadler and Allex Ege combined to throw a one-hitter in the championship game.

Justin Winterfeldt went 3 for 3 with three runs scored, two doubles, and a triple. Temp and Kollin Williams had two hits each.

Caledonia scored its only run of the game and went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning.

After that it was all Shakopee, as they scored 11 unanswered runs. They scored five runs in the second inning, one in the third and fourth innings, three in the fifth and another in the sixth inning.

Prior to winning the tournament, Shakopee dropped two league games against Chaska and Excelsior. They lost 4-0 to Chaska on June 25 and 4-2 to Excelsior on June 26.


The Shakopee VFW baseball team competed in the Sioux Falls Invitational in South Dakota and went 2-2 in the tournament.

They opened the tournament with an 11-2 win against Rapid City, S.D., Post No. 22 and followed that up by losing 6-0 to Sioux Falls West and 10-8 to Lincoln Pius, Neb.

They wrapped up the tournament with a 9-2 win against Rapid City Post No. 320.

Sports editor

Todd Abeln has been the Shakopee and Jordan sports editor for more than 10 years. He enjoys highlight big accomplishments and competitive games. Todd also enjoys golf, softball and watching his kids play baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball.


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