Jays Blanked at Bud Classic

By Joseph Chapman

Olson from Tribe and Chapman from Jays square with Bud Bonus Trophies following Jays 10-0 loss.

The Prior Lake Jays fought hard short handed at the 8 team 2016 Elko New Market Budweiser Classic Invitational Tournament but were unable to plate needed runs going 0-3 vs quality opponents losing 9-4 to Minneapolis Cobras, 4-1 to co-host New Market Muskies and not defending their 2015 Bud Bonus title dropping to the familiar Shakopee Indian 10-0. Thanks from the PL Jays to New Market & Elko Tourney committee for hosting the Jays and our fans.


Cobras show no mercy knocking 4 out consecutive in 3rd inning.

GAME 1: Sat 6/4 1230PM VS Mpls Cobras (7 innings) at New Market Hillside Park

As weekend rains pushed back the 10AM start, they’d also impact the game and schedule on Saturday as 2 rain delays put a damper on the Jays quick start in game 1. The visiting Jays plated 2 runs in the 1st inning to kick off Tourney play on a 1 out walk to RF Adam Cress, single by 2B Jim Schroeder that was followed by an RBI single by SS Sam Kortes making the score 2-0 Jays after 1. Jays pitcher Tony Eicher returned from hiatus to the team and worked the 1st 2 innings looking sharp facing 7 allowing 1 hit, a solo HR in the 2nd and striking out 1. The 1st rain delay ended his day & return yielding to Brandt Broderick who faced a MBA #5 ranked Class A Mpls Cobras team that used the delay to rest before posting a 7 run 3rd inning including 2 leadoff walks and a single followed by 4 straight home runs launched from tiny Hillside Park. Pat Galvin put out the fire for the Jays recording 3 straight outs to end the 3rd. Galvin worked 4 innings walking 3, striking out 1 and allowing 1 hit, a solo clout in the 6th to Kahtan Al-Kaissy which was a “no doubter” deep into the swamp beyond centerfield. The Jays were held scoreless following the delay but in the 7th a leadoff double by 3B TJ Larson which was followed by a walk to CF Jonesy Buescher scored on hits by an Adam Cress double and single by Kortes making the score 9-4. For the game the Jays stranded 7 runners and got a big day at the plate from Kortes who went 4-4. TJ Larson and Cress double for the Jays. LOSS: 9-4

Bald Eagle makes low pass over NM Hillside as Jays salute by removing caps (NOT ACTUAL PHOTO)
Bald Eagle makes low pass over NM Hillside as Jays salute by removing caps (NOT ACTUAL PHOTO)

GAME 2: Sat 6/4 330PM VS New Market Muskies (7 innings) at New Market Hillside Park

The Jays rain delays continued into the start on briefly during Game 2 in he loser bracket taking on host and #1 MBA Class C ranked New Market Muskies of the DRS League. Following a scoreless Jays 1st the Muskies posted a quick 3-0 lead on a leadoff walk followed by 3 singles, a double and a Jays error off of starting pitcher TJ Larson before 3 straight strikeouts to end the frame. Larson settled throwing scoreless innings 2-5 before a 1 out solo HR in the 6th. The visiting Jays were silenced through the 6th stranding 6 runners and hitting into 5 double plays with lead runners reaching in 5 innings but not able to start rallies. SS Sam Kortes doubled in the 6th with 2 outs following a single by 1B Dan Schroeder. RF Adam Cress was hit to load the bases but the threat was ended on a groundout by LF Bryan Sanchez. Catcher Brandt Broderick provided the only Jays run on a deep drive the left that cleared the fence for a 1 out solo homerun. The Jays stranded 6 on the day with Broderick 2-3 and CF Jonsey Buescher 2-4 leading the Jays 8 hit attack. LOSS: 4-1

New Market Box Score

Ryan helps steal game from Jays.
Ryan helps steal game from Jays.

GAME 3: Sun 6/5 11AM VS Shakopee Indian (7 innings) at Elko Fredrickson Field BUD BONUS GAME ’16

The 0-2 Jays drew a familiar foe in the Bud Bonus Game for 2016, the MBA Class B #5 ranked Shakopee Indians of Section 3B and the River Valley League also went 0-2 to open the Tourney. Shakopee had dropped 5-4 to Coon Rapids Redbird and 7-6 to MBA Class A #2 St Paul Capitals enroute to the Bud Bonus tilt. The Jays were seeking to defend the Bud Bonus Game title earned in 2015 with a win over St Patrick.

Following a scoreless PL 1st (Jays lost 3 coinflips for home team) the Indian posted 2 in the 1st on Jays starting pitcher Jim Schroeder on 3 hits and a 1 out sacrifice fly. Schroeder tossed a scoreless 2nd inning walking 2 and allowing a hit while stranding 3 on a key 2 out bases loaded grab by shortstop Sam Kortes who, like a puma, sprang to snare an Aaron Olson liner up the middle to end the threat. Shakopee posted a 5 run 3rd on a leadoff Jays error followed by a walk, hit batsman and 2 1 out singles followed by 2 2 out singles. Schroeder gutted out a 3 batter 1 strikeout 4th allowing 1 Shakopee run in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to completed the scoring. Indian Kyle Ryan stoled 2 bases for the tribe. Pitcher Andy Gibart went the distance blanking the Jays allowing 6 Jays hits, striking out 5 with no walks. The Jays stranding 6 runners on base. Schroeder walked 5, hit 2, struck out 1 and scattered 11 hits in 6 innings work. LOSS: 10-0

Shakopee Box Score