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8/14.  The 2016 season came to an end for the Angels in the Class A State Tournament.  In the opener, the Angels lost to the Tri City Shark, 5-3.  It was a pretty evenly played game, with the difference being the Shark's timely run-scoring hits.  The Angels battled all game and a 9th-inning rally with the tying and winning runs in play fell just short.  Congrats to the Shark on advancing.

The Angels dropped into the loser's bracket where, as luck would have it, the Minnetonka Millers were waiting.  Kirby Morsching and Nick Sutherland kept the Angels in the game by quieting the Millers lineup, but the Angels' bats were quiet again until the late innings.  Another 9th-inning rally by the Angels brought the potential game-winning run to the plate, but fate was not on the side of the Angels today.  Congrats to the Millers on advancing.

With that, another season of Angels baseball is in the books.  The 2016 season saw the Angels capture another Park National championship and a return to the State Tournament.  Despite a disappointing finish in the tourney, the Angels had another great summer in the sun.  Thanks to our family, friends and all of Angel Nation for the support this season.  The Angels plan to be back in 2017 for another strong campaign.  Until then, thanks again to Angel Nation.

8/6.  The Angels beat the River Rats, 11-0, to secure a trip to the Class A State Tourney.  The Angels offense started a bit slowly but found life late.  Mark Hronski had 2 doubles to spark the offense and Connor McCallum had 2 hits and scored twice for the Angels.  Mike Carell also had 2 hits and scored and drove in a run.  Mark Morris had a big day for the Angels with 3 hits, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Darren Ginther added a hit and RBI and also sat on a ground ball at 2nd base.   Mike McCallion added a pinch-hit 2-RBI single in the 8th inning to ice the victory.

Chad Naegeli started on the mound for the Angels and bulldogged through 6 shutout innings.  Naegeli surrendered just 4 hits and struck out 4.  Nick Sutherland relieved Naegeli to begin the 7th and pumped gas for 1-2/3 innings.  Kirby Morsching came on in the bottom of the 8th to record the final out (and to get his name in the scorebook for the series).  With that, the Angels booked their return trip to the Class A State Tournament.  Angel Nation Rejoice!!!

For his offensive output to help send the Angels to state, Mark Morris was the Rebel Bearded Beer Player of the Game:

Congrats as well to the Minneapolis Cobras and Minneapolis Lakers, who will be joining the Angels to represent the Park National League at the tourney.

Up Next:  As the Park National #1 Seed, the Angels have a bye in the first round of the Class A State Tourney.  The Angels opener is on Saturday, August 13 at 4:00 pm against the winner of the Skyline #2/St. Paul #3 game on Friday night.  

8/3.  The Angels took the opener of their Park National playoff series, defeating the River Rats, 7-2.  It was a tight game until the 8th inning when the Angels scored 4 runs to provide some breathing room.  Offensively, the Angels were led by Mark Morris, who had 3 hits, 2 runs scored and a RBI, and Brady Johnson, who had 2 hits, 2 RBI  and a rather surprising stolen base.  Darren Ginther and Tyler Johnson each had clutch duck fart, run-scoring hits in the 8th inning.

The story of the game was (again) Matt Schuld, who threw a complete-game 5-hitter.  Schuld was basically in control all night, allowing no earned runs and striking out 12.  For his bulldog-like work, Schuld was named the Le Freak (a San Diego-brewed Belgian India pale ale, according to the label) Player of the Game:

Up Next:  Game 2 of the series is on Saturday, August 6 at 11:00 am at Parade.

8/2.  The Angels' opponent in Round 2 of the Park National playoffs is set, as the River Rats won their opening round playoff series against the Merchants.  Game 1 is on Wednesday, August 3 at Parade at 7:00 pm.

7/27.  The Angels regular season finale was predictably washed out by Mother Nature.  All in all, though, it may have been for the best since the Angels have had a very tough time winning non-league games this year.  It's been just weird.  The Angels hope to get it rolling in the Park National playoffs, which begin on Wednesday, August 3.

Up Next:  The Angels open the Park National playoffs on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 pm at Parade versus TBD.

7/25.  The Angels lost in extra innings and in walk-off fashion to the Diamond Cutters, 4-3.  Mike Carrell, Brady Johnson and Darren Ginther had 2 hits apiece for the Angels and Ginther drove in a pair of runs.  Matt Schuld started on the mound for the Angels and was very good, surrendering just 2 runs in 5 innings of work. Ginther and Sutherland also pitched well for the Angels out of the bullpen.

Up Next:  The Angels' final regular season game is against the Osceola Braves on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30 pm.

7/21.  The Angels dropped another non-league game, falling to the Eagan Bandits, 7-3.  A close game was broken open late by some timely Bandit bats.  Mike Carrell and Mark Morris had 2 hits apiece for the Angels, with Morris tallying a homerun.  Matt Mahmoodi and Chad Naegeli pitched well for the Angels out of the pen.  

Up Next: The Angels take on the Diamond Cutters on Monday, July 25 at 6:30 pm at Dick Cassidy Field.

7/19.  In a rather surprising turn of events (read: heavy sarcasm), the Angels lost a non-league game, falling to the Red Wing Aces, 5-0.  The Aces scored 4 runs in the 1st inning on a variety of dinks, dunks, slashes, gorks and the like, and never looked back.  The Angels offense was anemic, mustering just 7 hits and having a lot of lazy fly balls.  Per the iPad scorebook, the Angels "quality at bat" percentage was 26%.  According to Elias, that is not good.  The Angels have 3 non-league games left before the Park National playoffs start, and need to get on a roll.

Up Next: The Angels face the Eagan Bandits on Thursday, July 21 at Goat Hill Park at 7:00 pm.

7/17.  The Angels lost to the Minnetonka Millers, 12-4.  Connor McCallum had 2 hits and 2 RBI to pace the Angels offense.  Jordan Gefroh, Mark Hronski, Mike McCallion, Brady Johnson, Kirby Morsching and Derek Cagle also had hits for the Angels.  Nick Sutherland and Mike Carrell pitched well out of the pen for the Angels, but the damage had been done.  A tip of the cap to the Champs on yet another well-played game.  

Up Next:  The Angels travel to Red Wing to take on the Aces on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 pm.

7/15.  Perhaps understandably, after clinching the Park National championship, the Angels were a just bit flat against the Austin Greyhounds, and lost 16-0.  There really were no highlights - the Angels didn't get a hit until the 6th and finished with just 3 total (Gefroh, Hronski, Beers).  The most well-struck ball of the entire night was off of the fungo bat of Alex Beers, as he smashed the first ball of infield/outfield directly into the elbow of Tyler Johnson, knocking him out of the game before it even started.  It was that kind of night.

Up Next: The Angels face the Minnetonka Millers on Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 pm.

7/13.  The Angels closed out their 2016 Park National League season with a come-from-behind, walk-off victory over the Minneapolis Blue Sox, 5-4.  It was definitely a struggle.  Jay Asmus came in out of the bullpen with the bases loaded and no outs in the 2nd inning and was able to wiggle out of the jam, allowing just 1 run to score.  He battled for the next 4 innings, leaving with 1 out in the 6th, when Kirby Morsching took over.  On 2 days' rest after throwing 111 pitches, Morsching did what he always does: he shoved, keeping the Blue Sox off the board in the 6th and 7th and giving the Angels a chance.

The Angels offense awoke from its slumber to score single runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings, but went to the 7th down by a run.  Darren Ginther led off the 7th with an absolute piss rod double over the center fielder's head.  Connor McCallum then promptly tomahawked a pitch into center for a single.  After Brady Johnson walked, Mark Fenstad hit a sacrifice fly to score Ginther with the tying run and advance McCallum with the winning run.  Mark Hronski then singled through the left side of the infield to score McCallum and allow the Angels to walk off as the victors.  McCallum had a huge night for the Angels, collecting 3 hits and making a number of sparkling plays in the field.  Fenstad had a hit and drove in 2 big runs.  Jordan Gefroh, Spencer Ingaldson and Johnson also added hits.

For his work out of the pen to keep the Angels in the game, Jay Asmus was named the Grolsch Player of the Game:

With the victory, the Angels finished the Park National season with a 14-4 record, winning their last 9 consecutive league games.  Later in the evening, thanks to the Cobras walk-off victory over the Lakers, the Angels clinched the 2016 Park National League Championship.  The Angels were able to celebrate the victory and championship in the best possible way - with Nelly Rib Night:

Up Next:  The Angels travel to Austin to take on the Greyhounds on Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm.

7/11.  The Angels defeated the River Rats, 8-4.  Chad Naegeli started on the mound for the Angels, again on short rest.  And again, he delivered by grinding out 5 innings, while surrendering just one earned run and striking out 6, including the last batter he faced with the tying and go-ahead runs on base.  Mike Carrell relieved Naegeli in the 6th and pumped gas for the final two frames to secure the save.

The Angels offense started to show signs of life, opening the game by scoring 4 runs on 5 straight hits by Jordan Gefroh, Spencer Ingaldson, Carrell, Mark Morris and Darren Ginther.  Mark Fenstad hit a mammoth homerun in the 2nd inning.  In the bottom of the 5th, after the Rats had cut the lead to 5-4, Brady Johnson hit a booming triple to left center and Mark Hronski promptly laced a single to left to score a very important run.  In the 6th inning, Carrell homered with 2 outs, which was followed by a Morris single and Ginther double to plate the final run.  Carrell led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBI (and 2 broken bats).  Ginther had 2 hits and 3 RBI, while Gefroh tallied a pair of hits and a very dirty uniform.

For his combined efforts at the plate and on the mound, Carrell was named the Beck's Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels conclude their 2016 Park National League season against the Blue Sox on Wednesday, July 13 at Parade at 6:15.  Nelly Rib Night (The Return) to follow.

7/10.  The Angels beat the Metro Merchants, 7-1.  Kirby Morsching started on the mound for the Angels and shoved, throwing the complete-game 6-hitter with 8 strikeouts.  The lone blemish on his stat line came in the top of the 7th when a flyball off the rightfielder's glove snuck over the fence for a glove-assisted homerun.  Other than that, Morsching was spot on, including his goal of finishing the game in an hour and a half (because he had a flight to catch later in the afternoon).

Offensively, the Angels were led by Spencer Ingaldson with 3 hits and 2 runs scored, and Mike Carrell, with a pair of hits and runs scored.  Darren Ginther and Connor McCallum each added a 2-RBI hit for the Angels.  Mark Hronski, Mark Morris and Jordan Gefroh also added hits for the Angels.

As for the Player of the Game award, there were many Angels to choose from.  Morsching was definitely in the running (and probably in the lead), but as earlier mentioned, had to get to the airport so the "must be present to win" rule got him.  In the end, it seemed right to give the award to the guy who battled through the mentally-taxing and emotionally-draining job of pulling double duty running the scoreboard and keeping the iPad book, so Alex Beers was the Stella Artois Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels are right back in Park National action on Monday, July 11 against the River Rats at Parade at 6:15 pm.

7/9.  The Angels dropped another non-league road game, losing to the River Falls Fighting Fish, 18-8.  The lone bright spots for the Angels were Jordan Gefroh (4 hits), Connor McCallum (4 piss rods and 2 hits) and Mike McCallion (not dying after viciously colliding leg- and then head-first into the concrete backstop).  River Falls is a beautiful ballpark.  Thanks to the Fish for hosting.

Up Next: The Angels are back at it in Park National League action against the Metro Merchants on Sunday, July 10 at 12:00 pm at Dick Cassidy Field.

7/7.  The Angels picked up another big league win, defeating Baseball 365, 3-2.  Matt Schuld started on the mound for the Angels, and bulldogged his way through the complete-game victory.  Schuld scattered 8 hits and worked out of a few jams along the way, including getting the game-ending strikeout with runners on 2nd and 3rd.  

The Angels bats were quiet once again, but they were able to manufacture the 3 runs that were needed to win.  In the 4th inning, after a Spencer Ingaldson single, Mike Carrell reached on a bunt single.  After a Mark Morris sacrifice fly, Darren Ginther singled in one run and Tyler Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to score another.  Mike McCallion led off the 5th inning with a walk.  With 2 outs, pinch runner Derek Cagle stole second base to get into scoring position, and Ingaldson drove him in with a single to right.  Small ball at its best.

Ingaldson led the Angels with 3 hits and, for his efforts, was named the Labatt's Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels travel to River Falls to take on the Fighting Fish on Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 pm.

7/6.  The Angels beat the Minneapolis Patriots, 3-2, in walk (literally) off fashion.  The Angels fell behind early 1-0 and then 2-1 into the 5th inning.  The Angels were able to tie the game in the bottom of the 5th with walks to Spencer Ingaldson and Mike Carrell, followed by a Mark Morris single and a Darren Ginther sacrifice fly.  In the bottom of the 7th, Ingaldson reached on an error with 1 out.  Carrell then squirted a ball up the middle to reach base.  Morris then walked to load the bases for Ginther.  In a somewhat anti-climactic finish, Ginther worked a full-count walk to force in the game-winning run.  Ingaldson paced the Angels offense by scoring all 3 runs and Ginther drove (or walked, as it were) in 2 runs.

Chad Naegeli started on the mound for the Angels on relatively short rest following his Friday night shutout and turned in another stellar performance.  Using just 70 pitches, Nags limited the Patriots to a single earned run, allowing just 6 hits and striking out 5.  He was just brilliant.  

Much to Brady Johnson's chagrin, Ginther was named the PBR Player of the Game for his "walk"-off heroics:

Up Next: The Angels are right back at it on Thursday, July 7 against Baseball 365 at Parade at 6:15 pm.

7/4.  The Angels lost to the Rochester Royals, 9-1, on Independence Day.  There weren't many highlights to speak of.  Zach Kunesh provided the lone offensive highlight, doubling in the Angels only run in the 8th inning.  Brian Hronski added 2 hits for the Angels, but the remainder of the line up was pretty quiet.  Kirby Morsching returned from his European adventure and pitched a scoreless inning on the mound.  

Up Next:  The Angels return to Park National League play against the Minneapolis Patriots on Wednesday, July 6 at 6:15 pm at Parade.

7/1.  The Angels completed the sweep of the Minneapolis MudCats, winning the second game of the doubleheader, 6-0.  Jordan Gefroh, Spencer Ingaldson, Brady Johnson and Darren Ginther had 2 hits apiece for the Angels.  Johnson drove in 2 runs, and Ingaldson and Mike Carrell each scored two runs.  Connor McCallum returned to the Angels and set what must have been some kind of record by swinging at all 7 pitches that he saw on the night.  

Nick Sutherland started on the mound for the Angels and was cruising into the 3rd inning when he sustained a nasty elbow tweak.  Ginther relieved Sutherland in the 3rd and basically shoved for the remainder of the game.  The key moment came in the bottom of the 7th inning, when Ginther induced a tailor-made 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and no one out.  He promptly struck out the next hitter to seal the deal.  Not surprisingly, Ginther was the Boddington's Player of the Game:

 

Up Next:  After a couple of days off, the Angels travel to Rochester for their annual 4th of July game against the Royals at 6:00 pm at Mayo Field.

7/1.  The Angels took the first game of their Park National doubleheader against the Minneapolis MudCats, 3-0.  The Angels scratched out a run in the 4th inning, and then Mark Morris hit a 2-run bomb in the 5th inning to extend the lead.  That was all that Angels' starter Chad Naegeli needed.  Nags was masterful on the mound, throwing a complete game shut out, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 8.  For his efforts, Nags was named the Rolling Rock Player of the Game:

Up Next: Game 2 of the doubleheader.

6/30.  The Angels closed out the month of June with another non-league dud, this time getting drilled by the Chaska Cubs, 16-3.  The lone bright spot for the Angels was Mark Morris, who had 2 hits, including a long homerun, and drove in all 3 Angels' runs.  Everything else was pretty much hot garbage.  Except for the Chaska Legion post-game, which was quite alright.

Up Next: The Angels return to Park National play with a doubleheader against the Minneapolis MudCats on Friday, July 1.

6/28.  After an absolute turd of a weekend, the Angels returned to Park National League play and were victorious, just sneaking past the Minneapolis Cobras, 1-0.  The Angels didn't do much offensively, but they were able to scratch out a single run in the 3rd inning on a Spencer Ingaldson walk and back-to-back hits by Mike Carrell and Mark Morris.  The story of the game was Matt Schuld, who battled a potent Snake lineup and emerged as the victor.  Schuld limited the Cobras to 6 hits, while striking out 5, and he deftly pitched around errors in the opening and closing frames.  It was a fun baseball game to watch.  

For his efforts, Schuld was named the Foster's Player of the Game.  G'day mate:

Up Next:  The Angels travel to Chaska for a non-league matchup against the Cubs on Thursday at 7:15 at beautiful Athletic Park.

6/26.  Another year, another 0-3 showing in the Stockmen's Tourney for the Angels.  Poop.  Just plain poop.

Up Next: The Angels limp into a Park National game against the Cobras on Tuesday at 6:15 pm.

6/22.  Well, Mother Nature screwed us again.  The Angels' game with the MudCats was rained out.  It has been rescheduled to be part of a doubleheader on Friday, July 1, with the first game at 6:15 and game 2 to follow thereafter around 8:30.

Up Next: The Angels open the Stockmens Tourney on Saturday morning against St. Louis Park at 11:00 am at McGuire Field.

6/21.  The Angels battled the Blue Sox into extra innings and ultimately prevailed, 2-0.  Offensively, it was pretty ugly.  The Angels mustered only 5 hits, but were able to scratch out 2 runs in the top of the 8th inning on a walk, sacrifice bunt, a run scoring error by the repeated time-calling, hollywood-acting shortstop and another run-scoring single. Angels pitcher Matt Schuld was the story, hurling the complete game shutout with 13 strikeouts.  The only 2 hits surrendered by Schuld came leading off the bottom of the 7th, but Schuld proceeded to punch out 3 straight to end the inning.  Simply put, he was pretty darn good.  And for his efforts, he was named the Leinie's Biergarten Tart Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels get right back to it, taking on the Minneapolis MudCats on Wednesday at 8:30 pm at Parade.

6/18.  The Angels did not bask in the glory of their first win in awhile for very long, as they were hammered by the host Atwater Chuckers, 14-2 in the championship game of the Atwater Days tournament.  The Angels started the game off on a high note when Jordan Gefroh homered to lead off the game.  But, the momentum was short-lived, as the Chuckers responded with 6 in the bottom half of the 1st inning.  They then scored 8 in the bottom of the 4th to mercifully end the game early and allow the beer to be consumed in copious quantities.  The Angels thank the Chuckers for the invite to the tourney and the hospitality.  We hope to see you next year.

Up Next:  The Angels will take a couple of days off before returning to Park National League action on Tuesday versus the Minneapolis Blue Sox at Parade at 7:30 pm.

6/18.  The Angels opened the Atwater Days tournament by defeating the Glencoe Brewers, 2-1.  Angels starter Chad Naegeli was the story.  Nags threw a complete game five-hitter, striking out 9 and walking no one.  The Angels managed to double the offensive production from the 3 previous games by scoring a whopping 2 runs.  But, 2 runs was all Nags needed.  With the win, the Angels advance to the tourney's championship game.

Up Next: The Angels play the host Atwater Chuckers at 8:00 pm at Kingery Field.

6/15. The Angels suffered their third straight embarrassing defeat, this time falling to Lyon's Pub, 10-0. You know things are pretty bad when Alex Beers was the Bud Light Player of the Game award for his flawless work on the iPad scorebook:

Up Next: The Angels make their annual trip to Atwater for the Atwater Days tourney on June 17-18.  The Angels open against the St. James Express on Friday, June 17 at 8:00 pm. 

6/11.  The game was indescribably bad, so I won't even bother trying to describe it.  It was historic.  But, on the bright side, Junior turned 41 and Nelly turned 40, so not all was lost.

Up Next: The Angels will try to right the ship in a return to Park National League play against the Merchants on Tuesday at Parade at 6:15 pm.

6/10. The Angels lost to the Lakers, 12-1.  They basically sucked.  Mike McCallion was really the lone bright spot for the Angels, with 2 hits and the sole RBI.  For his efforts, he was named the Heineken Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels are right back at it on Saturday vs. Chanhassen Redbirds at 6:00 pm.

6/8.  The Angels traveled to beautiful Jack Ruhr Field and left victorious, beating the host Mudhens, 11-7. Offensively, the Angels were able to take advantage of 11 walks to plate their 11 runs on 9 hits.  Tyler Johnson led the way with 3 hits, including a long homerun, and 4 RBI.  Jordan Gefroh walked 4 times and scored 3 runs.  Spencer Ingaldson also had a couple of hits.  Kirby Morsching started on the mound for the Angels and pitched very well, "scattering" 11 hits, but allowing just 2 runs over 8 innings of work, while striking out 7.  Brady Johnson pitched the final inning for the Angels and was able to hold the 11-2 lead that he inherited when Mark Fenstad made an incredible catch to end the game.  It was a great night for baseball and Jack Ruhr is spectacular.

Up Next: The Angels return to Park National League play on Friday, and will actually be the home team, when they play the Lakers at Parade at 6:15 pm.  Sensuous Seafood Boil to follow.

6/7.  The Angels bested Baseball 365, 6-1, in Park National League play.  The Angels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st thanks to a lead-off double by Jordan Gefroh, a single by Spencer Ingaldson and then a combo platter of some walks, a hit by pitch and an error, and they never looked back.  Ingaldson had 2 hits for the Angels, Mark Fenstad hit a booming double much to the delight of his posse in the front row (i.e., sons Nash and Jax) and Kirby Morsching and Kipp Youngquist had key run-scoring hits to provide late insurance.  The story of the game, though, was Angels' starting pitcher, Matt Schuld. Schuld was solidly in control from the opening pitch, holding Baseball 365 to just 4 hits, while striking out 12 and walking no one.  It was a fun game to watch.  For his efforts, Schuld was named the Modelo Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels travel to the Field of Dreams, a/k/a Jack Ruhr Stadium, in Miesville to take on the Mudhens on Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 pm.

6/5.  Angel Nation Rejoice!  The Angels did not get last place in the Mike Johnson Tourney in Morris, but just barely.  After struggling offensively for much of the game, the Angels were down 2-0 in the 6th inning.  Jay Asmus started the rally with a 1-out walk.  After a fly-out, Derek Cagle was hit by a pitch and Kirby Morsching walked.  Jordan Gefroh, who was to that point homerless in his Angels career, took a 3-2 pitch deep to right-center for a grand slam.  It was glorious.  Kirby Morsching pitched the last 2 innings of the game to save Brian Hronski's win.  

A special thank you to the Morris Eagles, and especially Jarrod Asmus, for hosting a great tourney.  Morris is part of god's country and Chizek Field is a gem.  It was a great tourney.  

Up Next: The Angels return to Park National League action on Tuesday, June 7 against Baseball 365 at Parade at 6:15 pm.

6/4.  The Angels had another clunker in their second game of the Mike Johnson Tourney, falling to the Ada Athletics, 7-6.  Brady Johnson, Nick Sutherland and Mike Nellessen each had 2 hits for the Angels.  Mark Morris pitched well in relief of Alex Beers.  That's about all there is to say about this game.  

The Angels drowned their sorrows after the game, first at beautiful Chizek Field, where ribs and pullled pork sandwiches were devoured in large quantities.  Thereafter, the Angels took a trip to Mi Mexico, followed by The Old No. 1, followed by some random University of Minnesota Morris college house (because they saw lights and heard music at 2:00 am and figured, why not?).  The 11:00 am start time for tomorrow's 7th place game (a/k/a the Toilet Bowl) could prove to be an issue.

6/3.  There really aren't any words to describe the putridness of the Angels in the Mike Johnson Tourney opener against the Dumont Saints.  The scoreboard showed the Angels as having 9 errors, but that was probably generous.  In any event, despite the basically terrible play, the Angels scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to take a 4-2 lead into the last inning.  More errors in the 7th would cost the Angels the victory, as the Saints topped the Angels, 7-5.  Despite the loss, Nick Sutherland was brilliant on the mound, striking out 8 and not allowing an earned run.  Toilet.

On the bright side, the Angels shut down the park at about 1:10 am and then descended upon Casey's General Store - which, unfortunately for them, is open 24 hours - and proceeded to buy every hot food item that was available.  It was truly glorious.

6/2.  The Angels got back on the winning track, defeating the Patriots, 6-1.  The game was 2-1 into the 7th inning, when the Angels broke the game open by scoring 4 runs.  Mark Hronski started the rally with a single and the promptly stole 2nd and 3rd.  After a Kipp Youngquist single, Jordan Gefroh reached on a fielder's choice, but Hronski and a hustling Youngquist came around to score.  Mike Carrell and Tyler Johnson followed with run-producing hits to provide a little more insurance.  Carrell and Youngquist had 2 hits apiece and Gefroh had 3RBI.  Brady Johnson took the sombrero, so that was cool.  Chad Naegeli started on the mound for the Angels and twirled a gem.  After surrendering 3 hits in the 1st inning, Naegeli settled in and allowed only one more hit the rest of the way, while striking out 6.  Kirby Morsching cleaned up the last 2 innings for the save.  A good team effort to get the Angels back in the win column.

For his efforts on the mound - and because he was present and, therefore, eligible to win - Chad Naegeli was the Mickey's Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels travel to beautiful Morris (a/k/a Heaven on Earth) for the 2nd annual Mike Johnson Memorial Tournament.  The Angels open on Friday night against the Dumont Saints at lovely Chizek Field.

5/31.  The Angels dropped a tough one to the league-leading Lyon's Pub Warriors, 5-3.  Matt Schuld started on the mound and threw well, allowing just 3 earned runs while striking out 7 Warrior hitters.  Spencer Ingaldson and Mike Carrell homered for the Angels, but that was pretty much it.  Down 5-3 heading to the last inning, the Brothers Johnson reached base on a hit-by-pitch and double, but the potentially rally was snuffed out by the Pub bullpen.  Tip of the cap to the Warriors on a well-played game.  Also, a thanks to Brian Hronski and Dick Cassidy for their work on the field before and after the game.

For his efforts in tossing one scoreless inning out of the bullpen (with 1 K), Darren Ginther was the Budweiser Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels will try to get back on track on Thursday against the Minneapolis Patriots at 6:15 pm at Dick Cassidy Field.

5/27.  The bad news: notwithstanding the toilet weather all day Friday, there was a baseball game played on Friday night in Cold Spring.

The good news: According to the PA announcer (every single time), the "Lakers" were thoroughly dominated by the Springers, 10-0.  

Thanks to the Springers for getting the field ready to play and for the humbling experience.

Up Next: The Angels will take the Memorial Day weekend off and return to action on Tuesday, May 31 against Lyon's Pub at Dick Cassidy Field.

5/26.  The Angels won their third straight Park National League game, defeating the Lakers, 7-2.  The Angels offense stayed hot, with 13 hits and 4 walks.  Tyler Johnson led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Mike Carrell and Mark Morris were perfect at the plate, with Carrell having 2 hits and 2 walks, and Morris with 3 hits.  Kipp Youngquist stayed hot, adding a couple of hits and making a couple of great defensive plays at SS.  Nick Sutherland started on the mound for the Angels.  After an eventful 1st inning, Sutherland settled in nicely and put a bunch of zeros on the scoreboard.  Matt Schuld finished the game by striking out the side in the 7th.  It was a good night for Angel Nation.

For his work on the mound, Sutherland earned the Sapporo Player of the Game:

Up Next: The Angels get right back to action, traveling to Cold Spring to take on the Springers on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 pm.

5/24.  The Angels beat the Cobras, 4-2, in extra innings.  After the Cobras tied the game in the bottom of the 7th and the teams traded zeros in the 8th, the Angels rallied for the winning tallies in the 9th.  Mark Fenstad led off the inning with a 2-strike single into left, and then moved to second on a Kirby Morsching sacrifice bunt.  Kipp Youngquist then laced a double down the right field line to score Fenstad.  After Jordan Gefroh singled (his 3rd hit of the game), Spencer Ingaldson drove in an insurance run with a sinking line drive.  Chad Naegeli started on the mound for the Angels, and was divine, pitching into the 6th inning and limiting the Cobras to a single run.  Morsching relieved Naegeli and pitched the final 3-2/3 innings for the win.  

Unfortunately, Naegeli left the car party before the player of the game award (you do need to be present to win), so the Summit beer Player of the Game was Kirby Morsching (his second straight):

Up Next: The Angels continue Park National action against the Lakers on Thursday, May 26 at 6:15 pm at (treeless) Parade.

5/21.  The Angels continued their annual tradition of traveling to Wintercrest Field and taking one on the chin, this time losing to the Coon Rapids Redbirds, 8-1.  There certainly weren't many highlights.  Kirby Morsching rocketed a double into the gap and Mike Carrell drove in the lone Angel run in the 8th inning.  Mark Morris returned to the mound for the first time in a handful of years and looked pretty darn good.  That's about it.  One of these years, the Angels will figure out how to pull it together in Coon Rapids.  

Up Next: The Angels return to Park National League action against the Cobras on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:15 at Parade.

5/19.  The Angels bounced back from their league-opening loss with a 9-3 win over the River Rats.  The Angels got it done offensively and defensively.  Nick Sutherland and Matt Schuld pitched well, limiting the Rats to 3 runs and 6 hits.  Schuld struck out 3 hitters in his 2 innings of relief work, but balanced out the strikeouts with a couple of hit batsmen.  Jordan Gefroh had 3 hits, while Spencer Ingaldson and Kipp Youngquist added 2 hits apiece, with Youngquist scoring 3 times as well.  The offensive story of the game, however, was Kirby Morsching.  Morsching had a premonition that he was going to get the nod at 2B and proved the manager correct by promptly hitting a towering 2-run homerun onto Dunwoody Blvd. in his first at bat.  For good measure, he added a stinging RBI single later in the game.  For his efforts, and in honor of Tex Mex XVIII, Kirby received the Corona Player of the Game award:

Up Next; The Angels travel to Coon Rapids to take on the Redbirds on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 pm at Wintercrest Field.

5/18.  The Angels started the 2016 Park National campaign with a dud, losing to the Metro Merchants, 7-4.  The Angels fell behind early, rallied late to take the lead, but gave it back in the end.  Credit to the Merchants for playing well.  Angels will have to flush it quickly and get back to work on Thursday.  

Spencer Ingaldson begrudgingly accepted the Red Stripe Player of the Game award:

Up Next: The Angels continue Park National League play against the River Rats on Thursday, May 19 at 6:15 pm at Parade.  Tex Mex XVIII to follow.

5/13.  It was fitting for Friday the 13th that the Angels would play the defending Class B champions, Dundas Dukes, in less than ideal weather conditions.  A game time temperature that hovered at or below 40 degrees with strong winds made for relatively miserable baseball.  Nonetheless, the Angels and Dukes played good baseball.  A close game was 2-2 into the bottom of the 8th, when the Dukes used a leadoff walk and a subsequent hit batter to push across the winning runs.  Nick Sutherland and Brian Hronski pitched well for the Angels.  The offense was a bit rough, but Brady Johnson and Kirby Morshing each had a pair of hits.  A tip of the cap to the Dukes for getting the field ready for play and for hosting us.  Less-than-ideal weather notwithstanding, Dundas is one of the best places to play baseball.  And L&M Bar is a good place to warm up/cool down after a game.

Up Next: The Angels open the 2016 Park National campaign on Tuesday, May 17 versus Metro Merchants at 6:15 pm at Parade.

5/5.  The Angels celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a victory over the Hopkins Berries, 8-6.  The Angels offense started fast, scoring runs in each of the first four innings.  Spencer Ingaldson, Kirby Morsching and the Brothers Johnson had two hits apiece.  Mark Fenstad and Mike McCallion had big run-scoring doubles.  Nick Sutherland, Chad Naegeli, Matt Schuld and Morsching threw well for the Angels, with Naegeli picking up the win and Morsching the save.  It was also great to play early in the season at Big Willow and not freeze certain bodily appendages.  We also were not ordered to help tarp the field after the game, so that was good.

Up Next: The Angels have a rare weekend off and return to action on Wednesday, May 11 against St. Louis Park at 8:00 p.m. at Dakota Field.

5/3.  For the second straight year, the Angels got walked off by the St. Paul Capitals, 4-3.  The Angels collected 12 hits, but were only able to scratch out 3 runs.  Jordan Gefroh paced the Angels offense going 4-4 and Mark Morris added 3 hits and 2 RBI.  Brian Hronski pitched very well for the Angels, striking out 6 in 3 2/3 innings of work.  A tip of the cap to the Capitals on a well-played game.

Up Next: The Angels travel to Big Willow to play the Hopkins Berries on Cinco de Mayo at 8:15 pm.

5/1.  The Angels opened their 2016 campaign with a 13-2 victory over the Howard Lake Orphans.  Chad Naegeli started on the mound for the Angels and looked to be in mid-season form, tossing 3 shutout innings with 4 strikeouts.  Jay Asmus vultured the win by tossing the middle 3 innings and Alex Beers finished off the game for the Angels.  Jordan Gefroh and Mark Morris paced the Angels offense with 3 hits apiece.  Spencer Ingaldson, Mike Carrell and Tyler Johnson added 3 RBI apiece.  Nick Sutherland could not be kept off the basepaths, as he reached base in all 4 plate appearances (which, coincidentally, is also the same number of missed signs he had).  Kirby Morsching hit a booming double to balance out his sombrero (and we're not even to Cinco do Mayo yet) and played a flawless shortstop.  All in all, a great opener for the season.  The Angels would like to thank the Orphans for hosting at their beautiful park.

Up Next:  The Angels play the St. Paul Capitals on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00 pm at Dunning Field.

4/22.  The Angels are happy to announce the addition of 3 new players for the 2016 season: Derek Cagle (OF), Mike McCallion (C) and Matt Schuld (P).  The Angels' opener in Howard Lake is just 9 days away.

1/28.  The 2016 Schedule is complete and posted.  Check it out.  Opening day is just 94 days away.

1/6.  Happy New Year Angel Nation!  Scheduling for the 2016 season has begun.  Stay tuned for additional updates.