The Centennial Legion baseball team had not yet tasted defeat three weeks into the season, as of Tuesday. Representing Post 566, they have an 8-0 record.
“We’ve had good pitching, and we’ve been crushing the ball,” coach Matt Youngquist reports. “We’re averaging eight or nine runs per game. We still need to figure out who’ll be at shortstop and second base.”
Owen Campbell and Casey Coppersmith are both hitting close .600, with on-base-percentages of about .700. Jackson Waldvogel’s on-base-percentage is over .600. Zach Streit is hitting .400 and most of the lineup is over .300, Youngquist said.
The four main pitchers are Streit, Casey Trapp, Andrew Mathies and Waldvogel, with Coppersmith behind the plate. Streit is a 2018 graduate, playing collegiately for St. Mary’s in Winona, who’s still young enough for Legion.
They have five players from the starting lineup of the Cougar high school team: 2019 graduates Trapp, Mathies, Campbell, and, from the 2020 class, Coppersmith and Waldvogel.
Seeing action are others from the 2020 class who played JV during the high school season: Davis Janssen, Grant Lawlis, T.J. Harmon, Garrett Stating, Brandon Ruikka, Michael Schneider and Nolan Summerfield.
Three three double-rostered players from the 2021 class are backing them up: Caden Klebba and Zander Streit, who play for the VFW, and Jack Schneider, who plays on a U19 team.
Centennial has beaten Fridley, St. Michael-Albertville, Champlin Park, Blaine, Osseo, Forest Lake, Anoka, and Park Center. They will play in a Mankato tournament Friday though Sunday.