One of coach Paul Twenge’s objectives for the Minnetonka High baseball opener was to get everybody involved.
That mission was accomplished as the Skippers beat Elk River 12-2 in a non-conference game April 6 at Minnetonka’s Veterans Field. Matt Muller, the starting goalie for Minnetonka’s hockey team, ended the game by the 10-run rule by hitting a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning. That was one of the Skippers’ 15 hits in the ballgame.
“We were able to get some two-out hits, and I hope we will continue to do that,” said Twenge. “We were able to use all but one of our position players against Elk River.”
Sam Thoresen, Minnetonka’s University of Minnesota-bound righthander, started on the mound and allowed four hits in five innings. His fastball was quick, as he struck out seven. Nick Lommen, a junior lefthander, pitched the sixth inning.
“Sam throws pretty hard,” said Twenge. “Nick has good movement on his fastball, throwing in the upper 80s, and he throws a good curveball. He is working on his changeup.”
The Skippers position starters on opening night were Ben Livorsi behind the plate, Aaron Brush at first base, Gus Steiger at second base, Mason Nadolney at shortstop, Joel Thimsen at third base, Nate Shoemaker in left field, T.J. Rogers in center field and Jimmy Ramsey in right field. Cameron Smrekar started as the designated hitter.
Whenever Twenge went to the bench, he found production. In addition to the game-ending single by Muller, the Skippers had a two-run double from Jarod Wandersee.
Skippers with multiple hits included Livorsi, Ramsey, Rogers and Thimsen.
Minnetonka is looking forward to a game against the Chaska Hawks at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, at Veterans Field. Chaska is one of Minnetonka’s playoff rivals in Class 4A, Section 2 baseball.
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