9 Years Ago – Holker earns All-Star MVP honors
Four Monticello Polecats players were selected to represent the team in the 2009 North Star League All-Star Game. None shined brighter than Greg Holker. The former Magic star turned Polecats star turned in a monster day at the plate to help lead the North squad to a 13-6 win over the South in the annual All-Star competition.
Holker had two hits in three at bats in the game, driving in three runs. All three of those runs came in on Holker’s double in the top half of the second-inning. It was part of a 4-run inning that gave the North a 5-0 lead. The South would come back to tie things at five, but the North scored the next eight runs en route to the easy victory.
Other Monticello players starred in the game as well. Chris Hardie had the honor of starting the All-Star contest, and proved up to the task for the North team. Hardie threw two innings, allowing two hits and one walk but no runs, while striking out two batters. Scott Iano also started the game from Monticello, playing catcher and forming an all-Monti battery to start. Iano picked up one hit in two at bats and scored two runs in the game. Jason Holker was also selected to represent the Polecats in the All-Star contest, but he did not enter the game.
30 Years Ago – Legion wins tournament in thrilling fashion
The inaugural Monticello Legion Tournament couldn’t have went much better for the local squad that was in charge of putting it on. The tournament ran smoothly, the games were thrilling, oh, and the local squad took home the championship.
The final game was really a dandy.
It took nine innings, but Monticello finally prevailed over a strong Robbinsdale squad for an 8-5 victory and the championship honors.
The game started with Monti opening up a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, only to see Robbinsdale respond with three in the bottom of the inning to hold the early edge.
Monti tied the score in the third inning when Shane Pribyl singled home Eric Holt, but Robbinsdale went back in front 4-3 in the fourth inning. The pendulum would swing back in Monti’s direction in the sixth inning. That’s when Rob Brookes doubled home Chad Pribyl to tie the game, and then came around to score himself on Rick Marquette’s single.
Down to their final out, Robbinsdale picked up a clutch seventh-inning RBI single to tie the game at five and force extra innings. The two teams traded a scoreless eighth-inning, with Joe Kounkel pitching for Monti, to set up a thrilling ninth.
The inning started with Kounkel reaching base on a walk, then moving to third on consecutive sacrifice bunts by Rick Hanson and Eric Holt. That set the table for Mike Rasmussen. He delivered. Rasmussen stroked a two-out single right back up the middle to bring Kounkel in with what would turn out to be the winning run.
Following Rasmussen’s single, Shane and Chad Pribyl delivered back-to-back doubles to bring in two more runs and give Monti some cushion. Kounkel closed the door on Robbinsdale in the ninth.
Prior to the championship game, Monti beat Prior Lake 7-1 behind a one-hitter from Kounkel and a three-run home run from Marquette, and they beat Minnetonka 15-11. Shane Pribyl went four for five at the plate with a two-run home run and six RBIs, while Rasmussen went four for four with a two-run home run of his own.
60 Years Ago – Norsted hurls no-hitter
Roger Norsted provided the highlight of the Monticello Junior Legion season in 1957, when he threw a no-hitter in a 12-2 win against Annandale in early July. More impressive than the hit total was the strikeout total. Norsted racked up a ridiculous 19 strikeouts in the seven-inning game, with just two outs being recorded in the field. Annandale scored their runs on two walks and an error, meaning three out of 24 batters put the ball in play during the contest.
The win capped a strong week for Monti, as they went 3-1 with two victories over Buffalo during the week.
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