LoGators keep goals high despite late-season losses

Champlin aiming for second seed in section playoffs

By Matthew Davis

Sun Post Newspapers

 

Champlin LoGators amateur baseball coach Tim Heifort has been around the Metro Minny League for many years and knows not to press the panic button now.

In the past week, the LoGators slipped to three games back of first place with losses to the Blaine Fusion 8-6 on July 20 and the first-place Forest Lake Brewers 7-5 on Saturday, July 26. Heifort, a first-year manager with the LoGators, coached for a long stint with the Metro Minny League’s St. Francis Saints, with the Champlin squad edged 3-2 earlier in July.

Zach Hackert pitches for the Champlin LoGators against the Blaine Fusion in a late-night game on July 20. The two Metro Minny League teams meet again on Friday in Blaine. (Sun Post staff photo by Matthew Davis)

Zach Hackert pitches for the Champlin LoGators against the Blaine Fusion in a late-night game on July 20. The two Metro Minny League teams meet again on Friday in Blaine. (Sun Post staff photo by Matthew Davis)

“Nobody in the league is going to go undefeated,” Heifort said. “We have some really good teams in this league, so I feel fortunate having the record that we have right now.”

Champlin has a 22-8 record overall and a 12-3 mark in league play through July 26. This weekend brings a critical three-game stretch to close the regular season.

On Friday, the LoGators will visit Blaine at 7:30 p.m. in a big game for section seeding. St. Francis comes to town on Saturday at 1 p.m., and the LoGators wrap up regular season play with the Anoka Bucs on the road at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“Our expectation is to go to state,” Heifort said.

All season, the LoGators have been building that expectation with strong weekend tournament showings, including at championship in the Moorhead tourney. A strong start in the Metro Minny had the LoGators either tied for first or little more than a game back for most of the season.

Hitting has been strong with a variety of players stepping up big at the plate. Nick Larson leads the team in batting with a .400 average and 21 RBI. Dustin Wolf has a .356 average and 18 RBI this season, and Matt Marek has gone .361 with 17 RBI. Jeff Heuer bats .358 and has 18 RBI, and Ryan Bruns has 22 RBI for the summer with a .322 average.

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

 

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