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Category: Minnesota Baseball

  • Forgive Angelo Altavilla if he wasn't exactly sure how to run the bases Saturday when he cracked his first of three home runs in the first three innings of his team's 15-0 win.

    Photo courtesy of Lakeville North Baseball
    In a story of feast or famine, the Lakeville North (Minn.) junior shortstop hit the only home runs of his entire life in his team's mercy rule victory, and set a state record with 12 RBIs. He told the Minneapolis StarTribune that he had never hit a home run at any level of baseball in his life, then whacked a three-run homer followed by a pair of grand slams in the first three innings against Eastview (Apple Valley, Minn.).

    Altavilla, who has given a verbal commitment to play at Nebraska, told the newspaper he may have had a harbinger of success before the game. But still, it's pretty much impossible to imagine someone who has never homered to all the sudden come out and hit three of them.

    “Before that game I was feeling it in the batting cages. I was excited to get up to bat. The ball looked like a beach ball," Altavilla told the newspaper.

    “It’s an unreal feeling. I’m just glad I got the opportunity."
  • Eric Veglahn set a Minnesota state record when he struck out five batters in one inning as La Crescent (Minn.) defeated Hayfield (Minn.) 4-1.

    Though no records are kept in this category by the National Federation, it could be a national - perhaps even a world - record.

    His coach, Rick Boyer, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I have never seen five strikeouts in an inning, at any level, anywhere."

    Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the senior left-hander struck out the first two batters. He also fanned the third batter, which should have ended the game, but the breaking pitch got away from the catcher, allowing the batter to reach first base. He struck out the fourth batter, but again he reached on a passed ball. Then he gunned down the fifth batter - who was the potential tying run. There was no passed ball this time, the game was over and his name was permanently etched in the record books.

    He finished with 13 strikeouts and leads the state with 101, according to the Star Tribune.

    *In another Minnesota highlight game, Osseo (Minn.) outlasted Coon Rapids (Minn.) 6-5 in 19 innings over a two-day period. It was one inning short of the state record, but four state records were either set or tied. The records were for most at-bats for one team (68 for Osseo), most at-bats for a player (six had nine), most sacrifice bunts (five for Coon Rapids) and a record was tied when an Osseo player fanned five times. Only one error was made in the extremely well played contest.

    *Coach Norm Walsh won his 500th baseball game when Boston College High (Boston, Mass.) defeated Malden Catholic (Malden, Mass.) 6-3.

  • Bay Port (Green Bay, Wis.) pitcher Ryan Frieder couldn't catch a break Saturday.

    As reported by the Green Bay Press Gazette, Frieder fired a nine-inning no-hitter against North (Sheboygan, Wis.), but it went for naught as his Pirates lost 1-0. The winning run scored on an error in the ninth. Frieder ended with 12 strikeouts.

    * The Minnesota state record book received a new addition when Orono (Long Lake, Minn.) sophomore Jacob Flemmer tied the mark for most hits in a single game. Flemmer had six hits in as many at bats late last week to become the third player in state annals to achieve the feat. The Star Tribune reported all of the hits for Flemmer, the team's leadoff hitter, were singles.

    * Page (Sand Springs, Okla.) will be allowed to participate in the state playoffs, but will do so without coach Bill Hutson. Hutson was suspended as a penalty for the team scheduling more than the allotted amount of 23 regular-season games, according to the Tulsa World. Page also will not be allowed to host a regional tournament this season.

    "It was a clerical error on my part, but it wasn't something I did to give us a competitive advantage," Huston told the newspaper.

    * Meanwhile, St. Frances Academy (Baltimore) was not so fortunate, as incomplete paperwork with regard to two transfer students will keep them out of the postseason. As reported by The Baltimore Sun, the Panthers, who had been 8-4, were forced to forfeit their first 12 games because of the unintentional error, essentially ending any postseason aspirations.

    Commendably, St. Frances will continue to play its season with the two ineligible players, even though the upcoming games also will be forfeits.

    “We’re going to concede the forfeits, so the kids can still play," St. Frances coach Brian Boles told the newspaper. “The other players didn’t want to rob them of the opportunity to play and didn't want to play without them."