Metro Merchants Baseball
State tournament appearances 2002, 2005, 2012
Merchants vs River Rats best of 3 playoff Series
Game One: It was a pitchers duel in game one vs the Rats. Alex Kempf and the Rats pitcher matched each other throwing up 0's through the 1st 5 innings. In the bottom of the 6th, the Merchants made an error, had a poor route in the outfield, and the Rats had a few timely hits to score 5 runs. That would be the only time either team would score. The Merchants had a few opportunities to score runs but couldn't quite solve the Rats pitcher. 5-0 was the final score with the Rats taking a 1-0 series lead. Alex Kempf was the Merchant player of the game going the distance and giving up 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts.
Regular Season ends with a dud
Playing their 5th game of the week, the Merchants came out flat and never recovered. The Rats pitcher pitched well hitting his spots and only allowing 3 Merchant hits. Matt Rotzien got the start and had 2 rough innings in the 4th and 5th inning allowing 6 runs in the 2 innings. The Rats hit the ball well finding the holes in the infield and outfield gathering 12 hits on the day. The Merchants will take a little time off and let the bodies recover as they wait to find out who their playoff opponent is.
Merchants come back again
A night after a comeback victory, the Merchants were at it again against the Pub. The Merchants got on the board first with a run off of a throwing error in the 1st. The Pub would answer with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The Merchants cut the deficit to 3-2 in the 5th with a RBI single by Dom Chenois. Then the Pub answered with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the 5th to take a 6-2 lead. In the top of the 6th Jake Skovbroten started off a rally and Mike Thomas hit a ball between the right fielder and center fielder, miscommunication allowed the ball to drop and put runners at 2nd and 3rd. The Merchants executed and got both runs in to make it 6-4. In the top of the 7th down by 2 with 2 runners on and down to their final out, Jake Skovbroten crushed a big 2 RBI double in the gap tying it up. Skovbroten was 3 for 4 on the day. The game went into extra innings which included some great defense by David Olson who threw out 2 potential base stealers and had a nice diving catch on a bunt. In the top of the 10th Olson hit a 1 out single, and was driven in by a "Parade Stadium double" mashed to the left center power alley by Rick Tormey. The Merchznts held on for a 7-6 victory in 10 innings. The player of the game was Alex Kempf, who despite 2 rough innings, kept the Merchants in the game in regulation. Once extra innings came he refused to come out and started pitching on another level. All in all he pitched all 10 innings giving up 9 hits, striking out 5 and picking up a big win. He even stayed after and had a couple of beers! Final regular season game comes Sunday against the Rats
Merchants win a tight battle with the Mud Cats
In a big game for both teams the Merchants walked away with a 2-1 victory over the Mud Cats. Both pitchers were locked in throwing 0's on the board through 6 innings. Dom Chenois got the start for the Merchants and was sharp scattering just 5 hits throughout 7 innings and striking out 6. But after a lead off walk in the 7th and perfectly executed small ball by the Cats, they came up with a clutch 2 out hit to take a 1-0 lead. The Merchants got a lead off single by Jake Skovbroten, who was then bunted over to 2nd. An infield throwing error on the next play brought an exciting play at the plate where Skovbroten was thrown out. Down to their final out, Cody Drobnick extended the game with a single up the middle. Jake Poe came up with runners at first and third and hit a line drive down the left field line scoring both runners for the walk off win. Jake Poe gets player of the game with the clutch hit in addition to his outfield play. Another big game against the Pub tomorrow night!
Lakers beat Merchants again
A day after a nail biter, it started out looking like it might be another good game. After giving up a lead off triple with a throw into the dugout to score the run, Matt Rotzien pitched very well for the Merchants giving up nothing else until the bottom of the 5th inning. With two outs a well hit ball went just off of the right fielders glove scoring 2 runs. In the 6th inning, the Merchants played some bad defense, and one of the Lakers hit a bomb to Dunwoody. The bats couldn't get anything going all day against the Lakers pitcher and the game went from a 1-1 tie after 4 innings to an 11-1 Lakers victory 2 innings later. The MVP of the game was injured Dave Laukkonen who somehow found all 3 back to back to back foul balls scattered throughout the construction zone. Great job Dave! Losing 9 of the last 10, it's time for the Merchants to show some life with 3 big games coming up this week before playoffs.
Lakers hold off late Merchants rally
It looked like the same old story for the Merchants. The Lakers had 9 hits over the first 3 innings scoring 6 runs, and the Merchants bats remained silent. The bats woke up in the 5th inning scoring 4 runs with Richard Borquez leading off the rally and Andy Powell getting a big 2 rbi double, and David Olson getting a rbi single. Alex Kempf recovered from a rough start giving up only 2 hits in the final 3 innings. Unfortunately again for Kempf, the defense let him down giving up 2 unearned runs including a big run in the bottom of the 6th to give the Lakers a 3 run lead. The Merchants rallied in top of the 7th scoring 2 runs to make it a 1 run ball game. But with the tying run on 3rd base with 1 out, the Merchants struck out twice to end the game.
Patriots crush Merchants again
The Patriots mashed the ball around Parade scoring 11 runs in the first 3 innings and taking the life out of the Merch. They get the season sweep winning 11-0.
Merch get back in the win column against the Blue Sox
In the second game of a double header the Merchants finally got a win. Dom Chenois got the start on the hill and gave up 2 unearned runs over 5 innings. Josh Funk came on and pitched 2 solid innings to shut it down. The Merchants had 12 hits on the day incuding 3 by Dom Chenois with 3 rbi's, and Andy Powell stayed hot with 3 more hits and 5 rbi's raising his season avg. to .500
Angels win 7-1
The Angels took on veteran Kirby Morsching and he was on. The only offense the Merchants could muster was a solo home run by Mike Wickmann in the 7th. Alex Kempf pitched well for the Merchants keeping them in the game. He gave up 4 earned runs in the game. Unfortunately the Merchants kicked the ball around the field in the 1st inning giving up 3 unearned runs.
Baseball 365 stays hot and shuts out Merchants
Baseball 365 had 12 hits and the Merchants had 7. Just couldn't string them together. Good game by 365 winning 7-0.
Blue Sox blow out Merchants
Merchants have a rough night in all 4 phases of the game. Merchants had 5 errors, Blue Sox had 3. Merchants walked 7 hitters, Blue Sox 3 hitters. Merchants had 4 hits, Blue Sox had 8. Merchants stayed for 1 hour drinking beers after the game, 3 Blue Sox players stayed longer. All in all adds up to a sweep of the night for the Blue Sox, 9-2 winners. Well done Blue Sox
Another battle for the history books against the Rats
The Rats and Merchants have had every kind of baseball battle you could think of over the years. Tonight they had another unusual type of game that is only fitting to the history. The Merchants offense in the first 7 innings revolved around Rick Tormey. After a lead off walk, Tormey hit an RBI triple in the 1st inning. Corey Koidahl led off the 3rd inning with a double, and Tormey would eventually hit him in on a sac fly. In the 5th inning Tormey hit a single that set up the eventual 3rd run. The Merchants had Matt Rotzien starting on the bump who threw 4 great innings, and ran into trouble in 2 innings with walks. In those 2 innings he gave up 6 walks and combined with Rats clutch hitting added up to 4 runs. Down 4-3 in the top of the 7th with 2 outs, Rick Tormey came up again and hit a 370 foot home run to tie the game up. The Rats built a threat in the bottom half of the 7th off of 3 Merchant walks but couldn't score. In the top of the 8th inning the Merchants got 3 runs off of clutch 2 out hitting from David Olson and a 2 RBI triple by Corey Koidahl. Up 3 runs going to the bottom of the 8th, the Rats lead off the inning with a hit, followed by 5 walks in a row to tie the game up at 7, a strikeout for the 1st out of the inning, than another walk to win the game in "walk" off fashion 8-7. All in all the Merchants gave up 5 hits, 15 walks, and 8 earned runs. Credit to Rats for beating the Merchants to the Bryn Mawr cage and clearly working on taking pitches and clutch hitting. Also the Rats starter was a bulldog battling all game. Can't wait to see what is in store for the next match.
Merchants travel to Woodbury and lose to the Muskies
The Merchants traveled to Woodbury to take on the Muskies. The Muskies ninth player showed up 10 minutes before game time, while the Merchants ninth player never did show up. Also the umpire forgot to show up as well. The game did go on anyways with both catchers calling balls and strikes, surprisingly better than a lot of umps! Also the Muskies donated a right fielder to the Merchants the whole game. Dom Chenois came out of a 6 year pitching retirement and started for the Merchants. He somehow threw 5 innings only giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 4...but he also gave up 4 doubles and a triple and the Merchants made a couple of errors as the Muskies were able to plate 5 runs. The Merchants started off hot scoring 3 in the first inning! However, they did not score the rest of the game grounding into 3 double plays. It wasn't an ideal situation with no ump, but it was a fun game nonetheless. Next up is the River Rats Wednesday night.
Merhants can't take down the Pub
The Merchants battled until the end, but the Pub remain undefeated in the Park National. Dave Laukonnen started, and as he usually does, finished for the Merchants. The Pub remained hot at the plate and plated 6 runs against the ace. The Merchants offense plated 4 runs and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't get enough going against the Pub starter. Andy Powell went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and Rick Tormey went 2-3 with an RBI and run scored.
Merchants steal one from the Cobras
The Cobras have had the Merchants number...for a really long time. It has been years since the Merchants have beaten the Cobras in league play. (Basically as similar as the Twins record vs the Yankees under Gardenhire) So getting a win against them in any fashion feels good! Both starting pitchers were on again for both teams. The Cobras would get on the board first playing "ivy ball" with back to back ground rule doubles to start the bottom of the 2nd. They would add another run on a misplayed high fly ball later that inning. Going to the top of the 5th, the Merchants would plate 3 runs to take the lead thanks to a couple of walks and 3 Cobra errors. The Cobras would add a run in the bottom of the 6th to tie it up and the game would go to extras. The Merchants would score in the top of the 9th to take a one run lead on another Cobra error. Refusing to come out after a million pitches, Alex Kempf (Player of the game) came out for the 9th inning. He gave up a run on good hitting by the Cobras, but pitched great over 9 innings keeping one of the better hitting teams in the state at bay. The Merchants plated a run in the top of the 10th off of a Jake Poe RBI double, and this time the run was earned. Nate "Spiderman" Pascoe came out for the save opportunity in the bottom of the 10th and shut the Cobras down. A great win for the Merch against a team they have a lot of respect for. Next up is the Pub on Thursday.
Welp...Merchants lose big to Patriots
Things started out well for the Merchants as they score a run in the bottom of the 1st and were up 1-0 after 2 innings. Unfortunately in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th inning we gave up a bunch of hits, had a bunch of walks, and made a bunch of errors. Before we know we were down 16-2. There was talk in the dugout about scoring 24 runs in the bottom of the 5th to 10 run them. But while we were trying to figure out how to score 3 touchdowns, kick a field goal, and recover 4 onside kicks, the Patriots got 3 outs and it was over. Great game by the Patriots pitching, putting the ball in play and taking advantage of our mistakes.
Cousins cools the bats
The Merchants took on Baseball 365 on a hot day at Dick Cassidy Field. Any ideas the Merch had of keeping the bat's hot were put to rest by Nate Cousins of 365. Cousins kept the Merchants off balance all day only walking two and giving up one hit and one error...or two errors and no hits depending on who was scoring. Either way he was on. Alex Kempf started for the Merchants and was also on. Kempf went the distance and struck out 5 giving up 3 earned and 4 runs overall. Kempf unfortunately took the tough luck loss. Luckily for the Merchants, we're back at again tomorrow and can put this game behind us.
Merchants beat newcomer Mudcats
The Merchants finally play baseball after a Merchant record (maybe) 4 cancelled games. The layoff left the Merchants hungry and they came out swinging!
Both teams had to wait an additional 10 minutes for the umpires despite Castle's clear request to get started by 8:50. Both teams were ready to go at 8:48...
Once the game got going, the Merchants were excited to play after a lot of time off, scrapping together 14 hits in the first 4 innings.
In Park National 101, the Mudcats received their first course of "Big Dave". The Merchants perennial ace kept the Mudcats off balance giving up just 6 hits in 6 innings and striking out 4. The Mudcats weren't at the top of their game tonight, but look like a club that can compete with the best in the P Nash.
Mike Thomas receives Merchant of the game honors. He went 2-3 with 3 RBI's but more impressively decided to make the defensive play of the game in left field as well. A sharp line drive in the 4th inning by a Mudcat to the left field gap and Mike did not move even his foot to shuffle as he "lost it in the lights"...he didn't even pretend he saw it. Mike is a new Merchant and we look forward to more moments!
Merchants lose a battle to the Cobras
A pitchers duel was the story at Dick Cassidy Field. Away from the pitcher friendly confines of Parade, each pitcher was on top of their game. The Merchants scored the first 2 runs on a 2 run homer by Rick Tormey. His first Merchant Home Run on his first Merchant at bat on his first Merchant pitch. Welcome to the team! That would be all the Merchants would muster on offense as the Cobra's pitchers were on their game!
Dave Laukonnen pitched a complete game gem giving up only 2 earned runs on a 2 run homer.
The Merchants open up the 2016 Park National season against the Angels with a 7-4 victory. The Merchants opened up the scoring with a run in the 1st inning with Andy Powell hitting a one out double, and being hit in on an error. Jake Skovbroten and Mike Wickmann led off the 2nd inning with back to back hits on the way to the Merchants scoring 2 more runs. Down 3-0, the Angels plated 3 runs on 3 hits to tie it up in 4th inning. Matt Rotzien was a bulldog on the mound, having a rough 4th inning, and coming out to shut a good hitting Angels line-up down in the 5th. The Angels scored a run in the top of the 6th to take a 1 run lead. But the Merchants answered in the bottom of the 6th with 4 runs of their own highlighted by a Mike Wickmann RBI single, a RBI sac fly by Leo Zerr, and a 2 rbi single by Jay Merrigan. Alex Kempf finished of the final 2.2 innings of the game picking up the win.
Next game will be Friday night against the Cobras at Dick Cassidy Field.