The PL Jays opened their 30th season at Jordan’s Mini Met on a beautiful Sunday evening. In the top of the first inning, Jays shortstop Chris Kelly drew a one-out walk but was caught stealing before Jonesy Buescher struck out to end the frame. With TJ Larson toeing the bump for the visiting Jays in the bottom of the first, a hit and walk was followed by a Scott Hollingsworth single, plating the host Brewers first run. Trent Simek followed with an RBI single before Alex Beckman drove a deep one-out Larson offering to centerfield, to make the score 3-0 Brewers on the sac fly before the side was retired. Larson would blank the Brewers in the second through fourth innings allowing three runs with four walks and four strikeouts in four innings of work.
The 3-0 tally would hold until the sixth inning when Trent Bohnsack ripped a Pat Galvin pitch down the left field line to make the score 4-0 for the host Brewers. Galvin threw two innings, striking out one while walking one with the Bohnsack HR being the only hit allowed. Jordan’s starting pitcher Mitch Bockenstadt threw six scoreless striking out seven Jays, walking two and yielding two hits. He was relieved by veteran Brewer and MSU Mankato alum Trent Bohnsack who allowed a Dan Schroeder rip in the seventh that was stranded before catcher Brandt Broderick reached on balls with one out in the top of the eighth. That was followed by a two-out walk to Chris Kelly before Jays centerfielder Jonesy Buescher launched a two-out 1-2 pitch for a three-run blast to the auxiliary parking beyond right-center to close the Jays with a 4-3 score.
Jay Chris Kelly threw two innings allowing a hit and walk striking out three in a scoreless 7th and 8th while Jordan’s Joe Lucas shutout the Jays in the 9th to save the win for the Brewers. Jays newcomer to the Outfield Bryan Sanchez made his presence known on a one-strike swing that saw the bat slip from his hands to hit the umpire in the larynx en route to a memorable swinging strikeout to start his Jays career. The Jays defense turned 2 double plays in the game and made several plays in an error-free effort in the field.
Buescher 2-3, run, 3RBI/HR, 1B Dan Schroeder 2-3 and Kelly 1-2, 2BB, run led the Jays 5 hit attack at the plate in their first loss to open the 2016 season; player/manager Scott Geisler’s first since taking the helm for 2016. Galvin took the loss allowing one run in relief of Larson who allowed three Brewers to score.