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THE "A Constructive N~r In A Live Community" i,i,iT I~l,m mv.~:ws,z,; I THESE GIRLS ENJOYED participating in the Ortonville Summer Rec mnastics ro ram. Shown above, front to back are, Hailey Vanderwall, l~yler Peters, Caryssa VanderwallgYchristina Prdgrson, Emma Botker and Sydney Hynnek. The Ortonville Rox swept two Schake was the story of the game; one and two third innings, giving up games this past weekend; defeating throwing an eight inning complete no runs on one hit. Appleton 10 to zero on a Curt Schake game shutout. Curt only gave up three Leading hitters for the game were shutout and then came back on hits for the game," stated Rox manag- Riley Sammon, Jeff Watson, Chance Sunday to beat the Rosen Express 16 er Ron Thomas. Haugen, Cory Stattelman and Zach to six. The two wins put the Rox into Leading hitters on the day for the Giese with two each while John the Teal League Finals next Saturday Rox were Riley Sammon with two; Thomas, Joe Fuller and Chris Fellows at Ortonville against either Canby or Chris Fellows with two, Zach Giese each added a hit. Madison. One more win would put with two and Pete Ross also had two The Rox get to play at home next the Rox into the regions for the third hits. John Thomas, Joe Fuller and weekend and will play on Saturday at straight year. The Rox scored all the Cory Stattelman each had a hit. 3 p.m. and if they win, they will be in runs they would need against On Sunday, the Rox got off to a the Region tournament. There will Appleton when they plated two runs very good start by scoring six runs in also be games at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the bottom of the first on three the first inning and added two more in on Saturday with the championship straight walks and then a big two out, the third inning on a two run homer by game on Sunday at 2 p.m. two rbi single by Chris Fellows. Riley Sammon. To their credit, Rosen Please come out and support ama- The Rox added single runs in the kept battling by scoring single runs in teur baseball. These guys play for the second and the fourth to stretch the the second and fourth innings, three love of the game and not for money. lead to four to zero. A big four run more in the fifth and one in the sixth They deserve your support. inning followed in the six when Zach to close the gap to eight to six after The Rox will be looking for volun- Giese lead off with a single followed five and a half innings. The Rox had a teers to take tickets and work in the up by a Pete Ross double and Riley huge sixth inning, plating eight runs announcing booth. Sammon promptly hit a three run and then held Rosen scoreless in the Anyone willing to help out at the homer. John Thomas followed Riley's top of the seventh to finish the game. tournament please call Ron Thomas m ~ blast with a solo home run of own Chris Fellows started on the mound 320-839-3039. , to extend the lead to eight to zero. The and went five and one third innings "We would like to thank all of our locals added single runs in the seventh giving up six runs, three of which sponsors who make it possible for us and eighth to finish off the game. were earned on seven hits. Joe Fuller to host the Teal League Tournament," "Although we hit well. Curt came in to close out the game going stated manager Ron Thomas. The Big Stone Post 229 "Badgers" traveled to Platte, SD on July 22 to play their first game of the State B Tournament against Vermillion. After a scoreless first inning, Vermillion scored five runs in the top of the second inning on a single, a double, and a homerun along with two Big Stone errors. The Badgers got on the board in the third inning as Mike Winther hit a solo home run over the centerfield fence. Vermillion added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on three base hits and a walk to lead seven to one. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jeff Watson and Bryant Zahrbock reached base on singles. Watson Evan Sammon pitched five innings for Big Stone. He struck out three batters, walked six, and allowed l 1 hits. Jeff Watson pitched four innings of relief. He struck out two, walked three and gave up four hits. In nine innings, Vermillion scored 14 runs on 15 hits with two errors. Big Stone scored 10 runs on 12 hits and had four errors. On July 23, the Badgers battled against Chamberlain and lost a heart breaker by a 12-11 score. Big Stone took an early two to zero lead in the first inning when Andy Strei singled, Jeff Watson reached first on an error, and both were driven in on a hit by Evan Sammon. The second and third scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Maas. innings were scoreless as Big Stone Keven Berdan followed with a two left the bases loaded in the third. run homerun to left field to narrow the gap seven to four. In the top of the fifth, Vermillion added another run on an error and a wild pitch to lead eight to four. Vermillion threatened to put the game away in the sixth inning, scoring five runs on three hits, three walks, and a passed ball. Big Stone scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Watson and Zahrbock both singled and scored on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice. The Badgers scored three more runs in the seventh inning on singles by Andy Strei and Jeff Watson, a double by Matt Fellows, and a Vermillion error to narrow the score 13 to nine. Big Stone held Vermillion score- less in the eighth inning until they scored a lone run in the top of the ninth on three hits and a wild pitch. The Badgers didn't give up as they scored one more run in the bottom of the ninth when Evan Sammon singled to drive in Zahrbock. The game ended as Vermillion collected the final two outs to win 14 to 10. Keven Berdan and Mike Winther provided hitting power for the Badgers with their home runs. Jeff Watson and Bryant Zahrbock each had three hits. Andy Strei had two base hits. Matt Fellows hit a double. Evan Sammon had a single. Chamberlain tied the game two to two in the fourth inning, scoring on a two run home run by Joe Hieb. Chamberlain took a four to two lead in the fifth inning, scoring two runs on a single, triple and a fielder's choice. The Badgers answered with a big sixth inning scoring six runs with two outs. The scoring came as Andy Strei singled to score Tyler Adelman, Matt Fellows doubled to drive in Strei, Jeff Watson tripled to score Fellows, Bryant Zahrbock singled to score Watson, Evan Sammon singled, and Seth Maas doubled to score Zahrbock and Sammon. Big Stone's eight to four lead didn't last when Chamberlain tied the game eight to eight in the seventh inning, scoring on only one hit coupled with three walks, a hit batter, and two Badger errors. The Badgers went ahead again in the bottom of the seventh scoring two runs to lead 10 to eight as Tyler Adelman and Andy Strei singled and were driven home on a single from Bryant Zahrbock. Chamberlain came badk with three runs in the top of the eighth. They scored on two hits, two walks, and a Big Stone error. Chamberlain's 11 to 10 lead was tied 11 to 11 by the Badgers in the bottom of the eighth when Seth Maas walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and was driven home with a single from Keven Berdan. In the top of the ninth, Chamberlain scored their last run to lead 12 to 11. The run was a result of a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and a base hit. Big Stone made a great attempt to win the game in the bottom of the ninth as they had runners on second and third with two outs fol- lowing base hits from Watson and Sammon, but Chamberlain collected the final out to win 12 to I 1. Evan Sammon led the Big Stone offense with four base hits. Jeff Watson and Andy Strei each had three singles. Bryant Zahrbock had two singles. Matt Fellows and Seth Maas hit doubles Tyler Adelman and Keven Berdan each had a single. Bryant Zahrbock pitched seven and two third innings. He struck out six, walked five and gave up 10 hits. Matt Fellows pitched relief for one and one third innings He struck out one batter, walked one, and allowed one hit. Chamberlain scored 12 runs on 11 hits and committed three errors. Big Stone scored 11 runs on 16 hits and had three errors. The Badgers outhit Chamberlain but could not hang on to their lead to win the game. Chamberlain would go on to win two more games to finish third in the tour- nament. Vermillion went undefeated in the tournament and became the state champions, defeating Groton nine to three on July 26. The Big Stone Badgers finished their season with a record of 17 wins and six loss- es. They were champions of Region 1B for the third consecutive year. The team would like to thank Gertje-VanLith Post 229 for sponsor- ing the team. Thank you to the Ortonville Independent and KDIO radio and their sponsors for the excel- lent press coverage, and thanks to all the parents and fans who supported the team throughout the season. We all look forward to more exciting Post 229 Big Stone Legion Badgers base- ball next year. We salute our dedicated volunteers of the ORTONVILLE AMBULANCE SERVICE who help us at a moment's notice. Now you can get three of our very best services - Theatre DVR Suite, MidcoNet Preferred and Digital Phone Package, for an incredibly low price. The best entertainment, information and communication services will be right at your fingertips. 'i Steve Dragt has been an EMT and a member of the Ortonville Ambulance Service for the past 13 years. He enjoys serving on the ambulance crew. Growing up in Ortonville, Steve graduated from Ortonville High School in 1986 and from Canby Vo-Tech, with a diploma in Automotive Service Technologies, in 1988. He worked as an auto mechanic at the Ford and Chrysler dealership in Benson for seven years before returning to Ortonville. In 1994 he built Lakeshore RV Park, which is located three miles north of Jet. Hwy. 7 and 12 in Ortonville, along Hwy. 7 and Big Stone Lake. His family had owned.and operated Lakeshore Fruit Farm for many years at that site. He now has 50 seasonal RV hook-ups, 44 weekend hook-up sites and three a complete recreational destination for many families. It features an 18-hole mini golf course, swimming pool, lots of water activities and more. Steve married his high school sweetheart Colette Schwarze. She helps run the RV Park and works full time as a social worker at Swift Co. Human Services in Benson. The couple has two children, Cassandra 8 and Jack 5. Steve also works in the winter months for Maximum Cruise Aviation as an airplane mechanic, and is working on obtaining his pilot's license. He loves to fly, ride motorcycle and snowmobile. He is a snowmobile safety instructor and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ortonville. 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