Champlin LoGators crack top ten

A strong start has LoGators at 11-3

By Matthew Davis

Sun Post Newspapers

 

When Matt Marek took on the catcher spot for the Champlin LoGators amateur baseball team in 2012, the current winning ways seemed miles away.

“We kind of took it upon ourselves to turn things around,” Marek said.

After a sub-.500 2012 season, the LoGators improved to 20-21 and reached the super section and finished second in their district for 2013. Success from that campaign has simply built since as the LoGators have started the season 11-3 and hold the No. 9 ranking in Minnesota Class B amateur baseball.

Champlin LoGators with their first-place trophy at the Moorehead tournament.

Champlin LoGators with their first-place trophy at the Moorehead tournament.

“It kind of carried over this year,” Marek said.

Batting has been a forte with the LoGators and the wealth has spread around at the plate. Eleven different players hit .250 or better.

“We don’t have just one guy that does it,” Marek said.

At catcher, Marek has benefited from new coach Tom Heifort taking the reigns as it has the whole team. Heifort, the father of LoGators pitcher/outfielder Tim Heifort, had prior experience coaching at he St. Francis amateur team and umpiring.

“He sometimes sees things that I don’t see and is able to help a pitcher out,” Marek said.

A 4-0 tournament showing in Moorehead, Minn. got the momentum going for the LoGators where they beat a ranked Moorehead Blues team. This weekend, the LoGators will look another strong tournament performance in Nimrod.

One squad at the tournament has a load of St. Thomas players, which went to the NCAA Division III tournament this spring. Nimrod has a player that earned All-Big East honors this year.

After the tournament, the LoGators will take on the Ramsey Renegades on Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Anoka. The LoGators get a break for the fourth of July before a five-game week in league play on July 6-12.

 

Contact Matthew Davis at matthew.davis@ecm-inc.com

 

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