Amateur baseball: Tracy Engineers join the fray – West Central Tribune

Say hello to the Tracy engineers to the Corn Belt League.
The amateur baseball team was approved in January to join the Corn Belt, which includes teams in Willmar, Bird Island, Granite Falls, Raymond and Sacred Heart, as well as Milroy, Marshall and Wabasso.
“It was primarily to limit our travel,” said Tracy Engineer player/co-manager Anthony Rohlik. “We felt like we traveled too much to places like Luverne, Adrian and Fairmont.”
Tracy had a busy schedule of Gopher and First Night League games. That too will slow down in the new league. The Corn Belt had 14 league games in 2021.
Tracy won five games last season. The Engineers have been under the current regime for four seasons. The team was previously known as the Tracy Express.
“Some of us decided, ‘Let’s do a facelift.'”
The engineers play their games in the Tracy schoolyard. The Engineers were scheduled to open the 2021 season with Dawson last weekend. But like most teams, the weather didn’t cooperate. They are now scheduled to play the Yankees in Milroy on May 20th.
The Yankees join the Bird Island Bullfrogs in defending the Corn Belt League co-championship.
Rohlik and DJ Davis, a let-hander who played NCAA Division III baseball in Illinois, are probably the Engineers’ best pitchers.
“We’re excited to be part of the Corn Belt League,” said Rohlik. “It will be interesting to see where we are with some of these teams.”

Caleb Ditmarson of Raymond fires from a pitch during a Corn Belt League game against Bird Island on Wednesday July 7, 2021 in Raymond. Joe Brown/West Central Tribune

The Raymond Rockets are scheduled to open the season Saturday at 3 p.m. at home against the Clinton Cards. It will be a slightly different looking team, according to longtime Raymond manager Butch Steen.
“We had some exercise,” Steen said.
Second baseman Erik Hulterstrum has left Raymond to play for the Litchfield Blues. He is now a teacher and coach at Litchfield having managed the Dragons girls basketball team last winter.
“He lives there, he teaches there and he trains there,” Steen said. “It was difficult for him. He really didn’t want to go, I don’t think so. But he has a family.
Longtime pitcher Tyler Knott retired. The former St. Cloud State and MACCRAY star injured his shoulder and was restricted in 2021.
“He’s been a force for us for almost 20 years,” Steen said.
Justin Koenen, who pitched many innings for the Rockets and played as a provider, is moving to Fargo, North Dakota.
But the closet is rarely empty in Raymond.
Steen is delighted to add Alex Call to the list. He’s a senior with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and one of the best Class A left-handed pitchers. His brother Isaac Call also plays for the Rockets.
“He’s great,” Steen said. “It’s already been clocked at 91 mph.”
Caleb Ditmarson is expected to be Raymond’s ace. The right-hander is finishing his senior season at the University of Sioux Falls, an NCAA Division II program. He had a tough senior season for the Cougars, posting a 4-3 record with a 3.70 earned run average in 58-1 /3 innings up. He dropped 52 and ran 19.
Longtime Rocket Alex Lotthammer will also be on the mound, Steen said.
There are a few other college players as well.
The Rockets also look forward to the return of Tanner Bauman, who started at shortstop this spring at St. Mary’s of Winona, an NCAA Division III school.
“He’s going to be our shortstop,” Steen said.
And second baseman Smith played for the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpet

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New London-Spicer’s Adam Nibaur lines up during a County Line League game against Paynesville on Sunday May 2, 2021 at the Green Lake Diamonds in Spicer.

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on where he is a sophomore.

Player/Co-Manager Scott Rambow hopes the New London-Spicer Twins will remain competitive despite losing three players, including two who were key to the team’s success in 2021.
Longtime pitcher Adam Nibaur, a former Concordia-Moorhead star, has left the team and will play for the Farming Flames of the Stearns County League.
“He’s been pretty good for us,” Rambow said, noting that Nibaur has moved to St. Joseph. “But well.”
Right fielder John Perkins has moved to the Twin Cities and is not expected to play for the Twins this year, Rambow said. And Wyatt White, who was limited in his play with the team last year because he is at Bemidji, will remain at Bemidji to play this summer, Rambow said.
Rambow expects Adam Schrader and Ben Kulset to win a few extra innings this summer. Schrader is a pitching coach for the Ridgewater College baseball team with pro experience. Kulset is another veteran who has pitched a lot in the past.
The twins also look forward to the return of Hunter Magnuson and Jett Salonek, both of whom play baseball at Valley City State in North Dakota. The Vikings were 22-22 this season.
Magnuson, an infielder/pitcher, batted .263 in 23 games with two homers and 11 RBI. He also pitched five innings.
Salonek, an outfielder, played in 30 games mostly as a courtesy runner, scoring 11 runs and stealing three bases. He was 2-for-20 at the plate.
Rambow believes the Paynesville Pirates are the team to beat in the County Line League. His team’s prelude will be on the shelf at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
“We’ll figure things out here when we get going,” Rambow said.

Final score 2021
Team ……….. WL…. pct. ….GB
Bird Island ..11-3 ….. .786 …. —
Milroy ……….11-3 ….. .786 …. —
Raymond …..10-4 ….. .714 …. 1
Willmar …….. 8-6 ….. .571 …. 3
Marshal ……. 7-7 ….. .500 …. 4
Holy Heart. 6-8…..429…..5
Granite Falls .. 3-11 …. .214 … 8
Wabasso…….. 0-14 …. .000 .. 11

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