Metro Merchants Baseball
State tournament appearances 2002, 2005, 2012
Merch Get Snake Bitten
Not much to say about this 12-0 loss. Cobras played great. Merchants did not. I guess at least we won the parking lot?... Shout out to all the hopeful baby-Baby D's (good hard defensive work behind the dish for catcher David Olson and his cup). Shout out to Big D for showing up in the 4th and not immediately leaving with what the score was. Shout out to Mike Thomas for breaking in the axe. Shout out to Ryan Brauer for hitting another ball pretty hard...for the final out (beer batter). Shout out to Josh Funk/Olson's chest protector for what has to be one of the first wild pitches that somehow went OVER the Parade Stadium backstop...it was that kind of night. Short memory time, next game Monday against the Blue Sox
Angels beat Merchants 5-2 in league Opener
Well a beautiful Minneapolis night turned into a decent P Nash opener after last night was rained out for the league. One team was guaranteed to be in first place and one in last. But…unfortunately it’s not us in first. Merchants lose 5-2 to the Angels. It’s fair to say that the pitching is a little ahead of the hitting for both teams in our 1st match of the season with the Angels, with a combined 20 strikeouts in the game. The Merchants had a bases loaded threat in the bottom of the 1st inning but the Angels pitcher got 2 big outs with no harm done. It wasn’t until the top of the 4th when the Angels finally broke the scoreless tie with a couple runs. The Merchants would answer with an (All Star) David Olson RBI single in the 5th. But then left a runner in scoring position stranded. In the 6th the Angels chased Merchant ace Dave Laukkonen with 3 straight hits to the start the inning which led to 3 runs which proved too much for the Merch to overcome. Laukkonen and new Merchant Graham Anderson did a great job on the mound against an always tough hitting team. Catcher David Olson came back and tried to downplay his all-star involvement at Target Field May 26th with his teammates. Then he got 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Ryan Brauer crushed another ball, this time one hopping into the ivy…but…being his first P Nash game at Parade and not understanding the ivy rules, some awkward baserunning followed from 2nd base to home...AND back to 2nd base. Next game Thursday night against the Cobras. Oh did I mention David Olson is representing the Merchants in the Class A all star game on May 26th? Ticket info here for anyone interested in seeing some of Minnesota's top amatuer baseball talent
5/11 - After a long cold winter the Merchants finally were able to step onto a baseball field and play the inaugural game of 2018. What a beautiful field to play on down in Chaska with a great atmosphere and a solid test for us to see how our offseason training panned out. Well today...it didn't go the way we wanted in the score column. Chaska won 7-1. However as far as first games go for us...we'll definitely take it! We got to see some quality pitching, we played error free baseball, and our pitchers all got better throughout their outing. Ryan Brauer drew the short straw and had to catch, and didn't do half bad! He also had the hardest hit today that was somehow tracked down. Leo Zerr lost a $5 bet to the Chaska catcher who bet him he would pickoff Andy Powell at first on the next pitch...which of course he did. Starting pitcher Alex Kempf missed out on $1 hot dogs in the 7th inning because he had to warm up another pitcher :( Dom Chenois, determined not to be shut out...somehow ran all the way from 1st to home on an error by the pitcher and then dove/belly flopped/fell into the plate 2 seconds after the ball had already sailed over the catchers head to score the lone run for the Merchants in the 9th. All in all a fun opening day. League play starts on Tuesday against the Angels.