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Thursday May 16 vs Eagan

The season finale for our Blaze Sophomores, was, as you would probably guess, a walk off!  This time it was of the 10-run rule variety, winning on wild pitch in the 6th to win 15-5.  So while it wasn't as dramatic an ending as many of our games, it was a great team win.  

Burnsville cranked out 12 hits and had good pitching performances from Carter Wiss and Luke Trussell.  Wiss went 4 innings for the win, and Trussell pitched the last 2 scoreless innings for the save.

The hit parade was led by Cole Voss, who stayed hot with two more hits today, with a run and an RBI.  9 other guys had 1 hit each.  Dillon Hall had a nice game with a hit, 2 walks, 3 runs and 2 RBI.  Zach LaMotte had a huge 2 run single in the 4th, which provided a 6-5 lead that was never relinquished.  LaMotte had 2 runs and 3 RBI.  Blake Widness had an RBI double to the left field fence, and scored a run.  Trussell had a hit and scored 2 runs, Jackson Kieffer a hit and an RBI, and Wiss had an RBI double and scored a run.  Ben Meuser had a hit and a run, and James Johnston had an RBI base hit.  Owen Geegan had a hit, and Kade Bowar had a hit and scored 2 runs and had 2 stolen bases.

It was a great spring for the sophomores, who finished 12-6 on the season.

Our next gathering is at the banquet next Thursday at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Lakeville at 7:00.  Hope to see you all there!


Wednesday May 15 vs Shakopee

Another game, another walk off win for the Blaze 10th graders.  Yawn.  

OK, it was actually a very exciting 4-3 extra inning revenge win over Shakopee, who walked off our Blaze last week.  The game featured an outstanding pitching performance from Kade Bowar, who went the first 5 2/3 scoreless innings before he reached his pitch count limit.  Bowar struck out 12 Sabers on the afternoon, scattering five hits and walking none, allowing no earned runs.  Owen Geegan pitched 2 1/3 solid innings in relief to earn the win.  Geegs gave up only 2 hits, no walks, and no earned runs.  That's no walks given up by Blaze pitching today.  All three Saber runs scored were unearned.  

The Blaze opened the scoring in the first with a run coming on three straight singles by Jackson Kieffer, Bowar and Ben Meuser.  Bowar drove in Kieffer with a single up the middle.  The Blaze added a run in the 4th as they pulled off the 1st and 3rd double steal, with Cole Voss executing the hot box part of the play long enough for James Johnston to score from 3rd.  

After the Sabers scored 3 unearned runs in the 6th to take the lead 3-2, Burnsville, or to be exact, Jordan Sieben, answered by manufacturing the tying run in the bottom of the 6th.  Sieben laced a 2-out single to left center, stole second, stole third, and scored when the throw went into left field.  Fun to watch.

In the bottom of the 7th, Cole Voss hit a bomb to the warning track for a lead off double, but was stranded there.  That sent the game to extras.  Shakopee led off the 8th with a double of their own, and was promptly stranded as Geegan induced 3 straight fly outs.

That set up the winning rally for the Blaze.  Bowar reached on an error to start the 8th, followed by a double off the left field wall by Meuser.  After an intentional walk to Max Zitnick, and a fly out by Sieben, Blake Widness knocked in the winning run with an RBI grounder to short.  The throw home hit Bowar in the shoulder and the walk off win was complete.

Kieffer led the Blaze with 3 hits, including a double, a run and a stolen base.  Bowar was 2 for 4 with an RBI, run and stolen base.  Meuser was 2 for 4 with a double and stolen base.  Cole Voss was 2 for 2 with a double and a walk.  Sieben had a hit, walk and two stolen bases.  

The Sophs (11-6) finish out their successful season tomorrow at Alimagnet against Eagan at 4:15.

Tuesday May 14 at Rosemount

While Sean Floresch was twirling a no-hitter for the varsity just beyond the outfield fence, the Blaze sophomores were struggling to get many hits themselves.  Rosemount jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, and never looked back, winning 9-1.  It was looking like a shutout, but Burnsville rallied for a run in the 7th to break it up.  Max Zitnick reached on an error and scored on an opposite field triple by James Johnston.  Unfortunately, I don't have many more highlights to talk about.

Jackson Kieffer led the Blaze hitters going 2 for 3 with a triple.  Luke Trussell reached base twice, via a hit and a HBP and stole a base.

Blake Widness started on the mound and went 4 innings, followed by Owen Donnelly who threw 2 innings in relief.

The Blaze sophs (10-6) return home to the friendly confines of BHS tomorrow to take on Shakopee at 4:15.


Monday May 13 at Prior Lake

It seemed like everytime the Blaze Sophomore squad hit a ball hard tonight, it was caught by a Prior Lake defender.  That was the theme of the night, as our Blaze fell 10-6 to the Lakers in Prior Lake.  The Blaze had rallied to get within an 8-6 score with 2 outs in the 6th, with runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Zach LaMotte was robbed of a likely 2-run single as the Laker third baseman made a diving stop and threw LaMotte out at first.  It was one of many outstanding plays by Prior Lake in the infield today, thwarting many a rally.  But, alas, that is baseball.

Our hitters were led by Luke Trussell, who had 2 hits, a run and an RBI.  Max Zitnick was 1 for 2 with a run and RBI. The Owens (Donnelly and Geegan) each had a hit and a run, while James Johnston had a pinch hit RBI single.  Blake Widness scored 2 runs, and Jackson Kieffer also had a base hit and an amazing pirouette throw out of a runner attempting to steal 2nd that you had to see to believe.

Cole Voss started on the hill, going 4 innings, and Donnelly and Jordan Sieben each pitched an inning in relief.

The Blaze (10-5) will travel to Rosemount tomorrow at 4:15.


Tuesday May 7 at Shakopee

Tonight's game at Shakopee ended with another walk-off, unfortunately the Blaze sophomores were on the wrong end of this one, losing 8-7.  After our Blaze scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to break a 5-5 tie, the Sabers answered with 3 in the bottom half, including a bases loaded hit batsman to score the winning run.

The 2-run rally in the top of the 7th started with a leadoff walk by Ben Meuser, followed by a triple to deep left center by Ethan Voss.  Kade Bowar knocked Voss in with a line drive base hit to build a 2 run lead.

Even though Burnsville only had 5 hits on the night, the Blaze offense scored in every inning but 1.  Of the 7 runs scored by Burnsville, 5 reached base via base on balls.  Ethan Voss was the hot hitter, going 3 for 4, with a run and an RBI.  Bowar had a hit, RBI and run scored, while Carter Wiss reached base 3 times, including an RBI single, and was beaned twice.  Meuser had an RBI and scored twice.  Owen Donnelly had a key RBI in the 6th to tie the game at 5-5.  Zach LaMotte scored a run by scoring from 2B on a wild pitch!

Cole Voss started on the hill for the Blaze, going 4 innings, followed by Owen Geegan who went the last 3 innings in relief.

The Blaze nine (9-4) will play tomorrow vs Apple Valley at 4:15 at Alimagnet if the weather man is very wrong.


Monday May 6 vs Eastview

The Super Sophs have a bit of a flare for the dramatic.  For the second time this season, they "walk off" for a win.  Owen Donnelly capped off a huge 7th inning with a walk off 2-run single to center field giving the Blaze a 6-5 win over Eastview.  The Lightning were up 5-3 going into the bottom of the 7th when Ben Meuser started the rally with a walk.  Kade Bowar hit into a fielders choice, followed by Blake Widness getting hit by a pitch.  Max Zitnick singled to load the bases, then with 2 outs, Bowar scored on a wild pitch, and Widness and Zitnick moved into scoring position.  A walk to Dillon Hall then reloaded the bases.  This set up the dramatic game-winner from Donnelly who stroked a base hit to center to plate the winning runs.

The Blaze scored 2 runs in the 5th inning to tie the score at 3.  Widness had a clutch 2-run 2-out single to score Luke Trussell and Bowar. 

Hall had a big 2-out RBI single to left plating Widness in the 4th to open the scoring for the Blaze.

Trussell earned the win on the mound by pitching the last 2 1/3 innings in relief.  He gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Ben Meuser started for the Blaze, pitching 4 2/3 innings.  He gave up 3 runs on 4 hits, 3 walks and 4 Ks.

Meuser was 2 for 3 with a double, and Cole Voss was 2 for 4 with a stolen base.  Widness had a hit, 2 runs, 2 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  

The Sophs (9-3) are back in action tomorrow at Shakopee at 4:15.


Wednesday May 1 at Lakeville South

And then sometimes, it is your day.  Just ask James Johnston.  He blasted a grand slam to help the Blaze sophomores ten-run Lakeville South 13-3 in 6 innings today.  Johnston's towering blast to left was part of an 8 run 6th inning that put the game away.  Ethan Voss contributed a 2 run double in the big inning, capping a big day at the plate for him.  Voss was 3 for 4, with 3 RBI, 3 runs and 2 SBs.  It was quite a day for the Voss brothers, as Cole Voss pitched 5 strong innings for the win. He only allowed 1 hit, 2 runs (1 earned), and 2 walks while striking out 6.  

Luke Trussell was 2 for 2, and scored a run with a SB.  Blake Widness had a double, 2 RBI and a run scored.  Zach LaMotte was 1 for 2, with 2 runs and 2 SBs.  

The Blaze (8-2) will take on Lakeville North tomorrow at 4:15 at BHS.


Monday April 29 vs Farmington

Sometimes it's just not your day, and that was the story from Alimagnet Park tonight as the Burnsville sophomore team lost to Farmington 11-3.  The Tigers jumped up early on the Blaze with 7 runs in the first 2 innings, and never really looked back.  Farmington out hit the Blaze 14 to 3.  The Blaze hitters were led by Ben Meuser, who tripled and scored 2 runs.  Kade Bowar and Max Zitnick also had base hits.

Meuser, Owen Geegan and Luke Trussell pitched for the Blaze.  Trussell saw his first action of the season on the hill, and pitched 3 innings, giving up no earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks.

The Blaze (7-2) are scheduled to play at Shakopee tomorrow at 4:15.


Thursday April 25 at Eagan

The swingin' sophomores scored the equivalent of 3 touchdowns to defeat Eagan 21-10 today at blustery and sunny Eagan HS.  The Blaze had a couple of huge innings - 13 runs scored in the 2nd (batting around twice) and 7 more in the 6th.  Eagan had their own big innings with 7 in the 4th, and 3 more in the 5th.  The Blaze offense was dominant again, putting up 17 hits, 7 walks and 3 hit batsmen in 6 innings of play.

There were plenty of big bats in the lineup today.  Luke Trussell had a huge day going 4 for 4, including an RBI triple, and scored 3 runs.  Owen Geegan was 3 for 3 scoring 3 runs and knocking in 2 more.  Jackson Kieffer went 2 for 3, with a double, 3 RBI and 2 runs.  Ethan Voss was 2 for 3 and scored 4 runs - thanks in part to 4 stolen bases.  Jordan Sieben had two 2-run doubles, for 4 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Kade Bowar had a 2 run double, Carter Wiss scored 3 runs, and Blake Widness had a hit, 2 runs and an RBI.

Bowar earned the win on the hill, going 4 innings, giving up 7 runs (4 earned), on 4 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 7.  Geegan earned the save, logging 2 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 1 hit, 2 walks, while racking up 5 Ks, including 4 straight to end the game.

Despite all the offense in this game, the Blaze defense did turn a beautiful 4-6-3 DP in the 3rd (Dillon Hall, to Jordan Sieben to Ethan Voss).  

The Blaze (7-1) will rest up over the weekend and will be back in action at home on Monday against Farmington at 4:15.


Wednesday April 24 vs Rosemount

Burnsville's sophomores win streak of 6 reached its end today, as the Rosemount Irish beat our boys 4-1 at BHS.  It was a beautiful day for baseball, but the offense mustered only 4 hits, and things just never clicked with the bats today.  The Blaze plated their only run in the 7th, as Blake Widness crushed a double to the center field fence, plating Kade Bowar who had walked.

Cole Voss started for the Blaze, and pitched 5 strong innings.  He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on just 3 hits and 2 walks, while whiffing 7.  Widness pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits.  

The Blaze hits came from Widness, Jackson Kieffer, Zach LaMotte and Ben Meuser.

The Burnsville sophomores (6-1) will be back at it tomorrow, traveling to Eagan for a 4:15 tilt.


Tuesday April 23 at Apple Valley

The Sophomore squad of Burnsville High School traveled to Apple Valley on a pleasant Tuesday afternoon and came out firing on all cylinders, winning 15-2.  They are now 6-0 on the season.  Carter Wiss earned the win on the hill, as he scattered 5 hits, giving up 2 runs over 6 solid innings, striking out 8 while walking none.  

The Blaze broke things open in the 6th as they scored 7 runs in the inning, highlighted by RBI doubles by Wiss, Max Zitnick, and Owen Geegan.  

The Blaze had 13 hits on the day, and walked 7 times.  The Valley pitchers amazingly plunked Blaze hitters in 6 of the 7 innings. 

The hitting stars included Zitnick who was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI, Gunnar Rypkema was 2 for 3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI and 2 SBs, Luke Trussel was 2 for 5 with 3 runs and 2 SBs, and Geegan was 2 for 5 with 2 doubles, a run and an RBI. Wiss had 2 RBI and Owen Donnelly had a hit, 3 runs scored and 2 SBs.

Donnelly pitched a scoreless 7th for the save.

The Sophs (6-0) are back in action tomorrow at home vs Rosemount at 4:15.

Friday April 19 vs Prior Lake

The Blaze sophomore squad won their 5th straight on Friday night at home vs Prior Lake, although it wasn't easy.  They scored 10 runs in the first inning, and they needed all those runs and more to pull out a 14-13 victory over the Lakers.  Jackson Kieffer hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 7th to bring home Luke Trussell with the winning run.  The winning rally started with three straight one-out singles by Trussell, Gunnar Rypkema and Jordan Sieben, followed by Kieffer's game winning hit.

The scoring started in the first inning, as 14 batters went to the plate for the Blaze and 10 of them scored in that inning.  There were three 2-run doubles - one each from Kade Bowar, Jackson Kieffer and Ben Meuser.  Bowar also had an RBI single later in the inning, as did Owen Donnelly.  The Lakers showed a lot of resilience as they plated 6 runs in the 2nd and 3 more in the 4th to shrink the lead to one, at 10-9.  

The Burnsville nine were able to rally for 2 runs in the 4th on a 2-run double by Zach LaMotte, who knocked in Sieben and Kieffer who had walked.  The Blaze plated one more in the 5th on a lead off single by Bowar, who stole second, and scored on Trussell's RBI single.  The 4 run lead for the Blaze didn't last though, as Prior Lake rallied for 4 runs in the 6th to tie the game.  Walks and errors hurt the Blaze sophs all night - very unlike the squad we've seen so far this year.  After the Blaze offense stranded runners at 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of 6, Meuser pitched a 1-2-3 7th, to set up the dramatic walk off win in the bottom of the 7th.

The Blaze offense had quite a night - they tallied 14 runs on 14 hits, walked 7 times and were hit by pitch 4 times in the game.  They also stole 8 bases on the night.  On the other hand the Blaze pitchers gave up only 5 hits, but walked 7 and hit one, while striking out 9 Lakers.  Only 1 run of the 13 runs given up were earned, as the Blaze had 5 errors on the night.

Bowar pitched the first 4 innings, giving up 9 runs (none earned) on 4 hits, 3 walks, and struck out 6.  Meuser pitched the last 3, earning the win, and gave up 4 runs (1 earned) on 1 hit, 4 walks, and struck out 3.

The hit parade was led by Bowar (3 for 4, 3 RBI, 2 runs, 2 SBs), Trussell (3 for 5, 2 runs, RBI, double), Kieffer (2 for 3, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 2 walks, 2 SBs) and Sieben (2 for 5, run, RBI, 3 SBs).  Meuser and LaMotte both had a hit, 2 RBI, 2 runs, and a double on the night.

The Sophs (5-0) play next on Monday April 22 at Shakopee at 4:15, weather permitting!!


Thursday April 18 vs Lakeville South

The Burnsville super sophs do it again today, beating Lakeville South 6-4 on a chilly day at home, as they win their 4th straight game to start the season.  Burnsville scored early and often, taking advantage of 7 Cougar walks in the first 2 innings to lead 4-1.  Jackson Kieffer, Ben Meuser and Ethan Voss all drew walks and stole a base in the first.  Kieffer scored on a throwing error, Meuser scored on an RBI groundout by Kade Bowar, and Voss scored on an error. 

After South tied it up in the top of the 4th,  Burnsville answered with 2 in the bottom half of the inning, giving them 6-4 lead held up the rest of the way.  The winning rally began with a single by Zach LaMotte, followed by an RBI double to center by Meuser.  Bowar then plated Meuser with a double to right.  The Blaze relief corps of Owen Geegan and Jordan Sieben preserved the win.  Geegan threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball, on 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 K's.  Sieben shut the door in the 7th, coming in with the bases loaded, and striking out the last 2 batters for the save.  

Ethan Voss started on the hill, striking out 2, giving up 1 unearned run in 2/3 of an inning.  Carter Wiss pitched very well, earning the win in long relief.  He held South in check for 2 1/3 perfect innings, before tiring a bit and allowing 3 runs (2 earned) over 3 1/3 innings on 2 hits, a walk, and a HBP.

The Blaze only had 5 hits on the day - 1 each from LaMotte, Bowar, Meuser, Widness and Sieben.  Meuser and Kieffer scored 2 runs each, and Bowar had 2 RBI. South pitchers walked 8 Blaze batters and hit another.  

The Sophomores play next on Friday Apr 19 at home vs Prior Lake.



Tuesday April 16 at Farmington

The Burnsville 10th graders scored double digit runs for the 3rd straight game, doubling up Farmington 10-5, running their record to 3-0 on the young season.  The Blaze took advantage of some timely hits in the 7th inning to break a 5-5 tie, and sent the visitors home smiling.  A lead off single by Owen Geegan got things going in the 7th with a laser to left that skipped by the leftfielder allowing him to reach second base.  Pinch runner Cole Voss stole third and Dillon Hall then coaxed a walk and promptly stole 2nd.  Jackson Kieffer then delivered the fatal blow with a mighty blast over the right fielder's head for a 2 run double.  Ethan Voss and Kade Bowar followed with RBI singles.  Ben Meuser capped off the big inning with a double, his second of the game, and third hit of the game.  

Meuser led the hitting attack going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI.  Ethan Voss had 2 hits, 3 RBI and scored 2 runs.

Burnsville was led on the mound by Geegan, who pitched 3 innings, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on only 2 hits, walked 3 and struck out 1.  Cole Voss started for the Blaze and did a good job working out of a couple of jams.  He went 3 innings, giving up 3 runs (2 earned), on 3 hits, 4 walks, and striking out 4.  Blake Widness closed things up with a scoreless 7th, giving up 1 hit and striking out the last batter for the save.

The Sophs play next on Wed Apr 17 at home vs Prior Lake, weather permitting of course!


Tuesday April 9 at Eastview

The Burnsville sophomore squad won their second game in as many days, as they ten-runned Eastview with a 12-2 win in 6 innings.  The cold weather couldn't stop the hot bats as our boys cranked out 11 hits and walked 7 times to complement another day of solid pitching. The Blaze broke open a close game by extending their 4-2 lead with 5 runs in the 5th and 3 more in the 6th.  8 consecutive batters reached safely in the big 5th inning rally that put this game away.

The Blaze pitchers, for the second straight game, didn't give up an earned run.  Cole Voss started and went 3 solid innings to get the win, giving up an unearned run on 3 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 5.  Ben Meuser pitched an inning of relief, striking out 2 and giving up an unearned run without yielding a hit.  Kade Bowar finished up with 2 innings of scoreless and hitless ball, striking out 3 for the save.

Burnsville's big bats were led by Jackson Kieffer, Kade Bowar and Blake Widness - all had 3 hits on the day.  Kieffer had 3 RBI and a stolen base, while Bowar had a triple, stole a base and scored 4 runs.  Widness cranked a double, scored 3 runs, knocked in 2, and also stole a base.  Jordan Sieben had 2 RBI and Max Zitnick scored 2 runs along with a base hit.

The sophs (2-0) are scheduled to play next on Thursday at Farmington, weather permitting!!

Monday April 8 at Lakeville North

The Blaze sophomores started the 2019 season with a 10-3 extra inning win over Lakeville North on a sun splashed but blustery afternoon. After falling behind 3-0 after 3 innings, our Blaze rallied for 3 runs in the 5th to tie it.  The rally began with back to back walks to Jordan Sieben and Jackson Kieffer.  After a successful double steal, Zach LaMotte knocked in a run with a single.  Ethan Voss and Kade Bowar followed with RBI ground outs to tie things up.  Burnsville broke it open with 7 runs in the top of the 8th, highlighted by 7 hits and 2 walks.  Max Zitnick had the biggest hit with a 2 run double to plate the first two runs of the inning.  The Blaze were aggressive on the basepaths all day, going 10 for 14 on steal attempts on the day. 

The Blaze held the Panthers to 3 unearned runs on 6 hits and only 3 walks, while racking up 13 Ks.  Three Blaze pitchers toed the rubber today, with Blake Widness earning the win with 4 scoreless innings in relief - giving up 2 hits, 0 walks and 5 Ks.  Ethan Voss started and pitched 3 strong innings, giving up 3 unearned runs, while allowing only 2 hits and ringing up 7 batters.  Owen Geegan closed the door with a scoreless inning to earn the save.

The Blaze offense was lead by LaMotte, who had 3 hits with an RBI and 2 runs scored.  Ben Meuser and Ethan Voss each had 2 hits, while Meuser stole 2 bases, and Voss had 2 RBI.  Bowar had a hit, an RBI, and reached base 3 times.  Sieben walked twice, had 2 steals, and scored 2 runs.

The sophomore nine (1-0) will face Eastview tomorrow at Legion Park in Apple Valley.