(Note: this article contains corrections from one previously posted)
Shooters of Princeton pounded one opponent, then got a forfeit from another that didn’t show up for the championship game, and emerged with the Class C playoffs title in Elk River men’s slow-pitch Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Shooters won 16-6 over ECL of Ogilvie/Mora in the lower-bracket semifinals, which turned out to be the de facto championship game.
They were supposed to meet Bill’s Well Drilling of Ogilvie, which beat both of them earlier in the playoffs, but Bill’s elected not to make the trip to play in the finals.
Bill’s had placed second in their state tournament over the weekend and decided their season was done, according to players on both ECL and Shooters who know them.
Jared Nierengarten was 4-for-4 with two homers, and Dan Carlson also homered, in the win over Shooters.
The Shooters lineup had Brian Peterson or Brian Hackemeyer pitching, Andy Klennert catching, Andy Nelson at first, Albert Huff at second, Nierengarten at third, Carlson at short, Adam Igoe at mid infield, and Tim Nelson, Mike Weyer and BJ Lueck in the outfield.
This Princeton group has played in Elk River for five years. Last year, they won the regular season — the playoffs were called off due to several rainouts — and won the fall league title as well.
ECL, officially the league playoff runners-up, had Justin Peterson pitching, Travis Jackson catching, Tony Francis at first, Neil Schumacher at second, Brandon Hootsma at third, Benjie Besser at short, with Mike Schmidt, Jordan Kirschner, Bruce Thompson and Charlie Welsh in the outfield, and Nick Brosch as another infielder.