“That was a great game, a great game,” said Apple Jacks winning pitcher Gary “Big Weas” Pericak.
Echoing those remarks was Joel “Hefty” Affeldt who said, “We did it! It took us an extra inning, but we did it!”
The Jacks played a seesaw game with the Roosters of Olmsted County last Saturday and emerged on the large side of a 10-9 score.
La Crescent took at 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first, but the Roosters came right back and tied the score. The Roosters scored three more in the second and one in the sixth to go ahead 6-2.
In the sixth, the Jacks scored two but the Roosters countered with 1 to stay ahead by a score of 7-4. However, the Apple Jacks came alive in the top of the seventh and scored 5 runs to take the lead at 9-7. In the eighth, the Roosters inched their way to a 9-8 deficit before tying the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
By agreement of the two team captains, the game went beyond its customary nine innings because the score was knotted at 9 to 9 at that point.
The 10th belonged to the Jacks with Eric “Stretch” Deetz leading off with a single. He advance to third on two one-bound outs and then came home on Kevin “Hurricane” Knerzer’s triple. Hurricane was thrown out at home on a close play for the third out. The game ended for the Roosters in the bottom of the 10th with the potential tying run on third. A great game indeed.
Leading the on-base parade for the Apple Jacks were Dan “Skunk” Deetz, Benjamin “George’ Deetz and Hurricane who each reached three times. Hurricane’s hits included two triples. Reaching twice were Samuel “Roundabout” Deetz, Scott “Roman” Pechacek, Mike “Mickey” Jaquette (including a double), Hefty and Stretch. Also reaching base were John “Rook” Wilke, Paul “Swiss” Geronime, Bill “Ho-hum” Ohm and Big Weas.
The victory earned the Apple Jacks the trophy that is presented each year by the Mechanical History Roundtable of the Olmsted County Historical Society at their annual Days of Yesteryear celebration.
The Apple Jacks next games will be at home. The games start at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, at Abnet Field in La Crescent. Joining the Apple Jacks will be the Afton Red Sox and Capital City from Madison, Wisconsin.
If you would like to join the Apple Jacks on the field, kindly call Captain Joel “Hefty” Affeldt at 608-769-1782 or Captain Emeritus Bill “Ho-hum” Ohm at 507-895-6912 for more details.
The Apple Jacks Base Ball Club is a community outreach program of the La Crescent Area Historical Society and respectfully acknowledges its eminent corporate sponsor, Merchants Bank- La Crescent.