1998-99 Concordia Baseball and Softball stories
The Concordia Connection:
'Jackets lead Cobber baseball
Heather Stohs starts in infield for CC softball squad
By JOHN W. DERMODY
Perham Enterprise-Bulletin 3/11/99
Coach Bucky Burgau, a native of Perham, has a quartet of former Yellowjackets playing baseball for his Concordia College Cobbers this spring.
On the roster, and back from a recent trip to Florida, are pitcher/DH Justin Stohs, a senior; catcher Jeremy Morgenroth, a sophomore; outfielder Cory Brasel, a junior; and second baseman Marc Winjum, a junior.
Several other area athletes are on Burgau's squad too. The Cobbers played 10 games recently at Florida ballparks, most of them part of the Gene Cussic Classic at Ft. Myers. They won 4 and lost 6. Their next games will be at the Metrodome in Minneapolis on March 15th and 26th.
Hitting, pitching and runs scored for the Maroon-and-Gold were all close to the total compiled by opponents on the southern swing.
Morgenroth is one of the hitting leaders for the Cobbers, stroking the ball at a .412 clip. He had a home run, three doubles and five runs batted in while playing in some of the early games.
Brasel had a triple and a double while hitting .357 for Burgau's boys, and his seven runs tallied was tied for the club lead. Winjum likewise was tied for the team lead in RBIs, with seven. He was clubbing the ball at a .333 pace, with one homer to his credit.
Stohs, used frequently as a designated hitter, was hitting .294 after the southern break, with five ribbees. He also pitched nine innings of relief, being tagged with a loss during a doubleheader. But the righthander notched seven strike outs during those frames of work.
Other area players on the Concordia roster include: Jesse Rostad, Barnesville, who is hitting .421, the only player ahead of Morgenroth with the bat; Clayton Horgen, Fergus Falls (and a former Dent Rambler), who is hitting .350; Isaac Hjermstad, Park Rapids; and Craig Schwantz, Fergus Falls, who has a 2-0 pitching record and an earned run average (ERA) of 1.64. The righthander hurled for the Pelican Rapids Lakers last summer. Schwantz and Horgen are juniors, Rostad and Hjermstad are sophomores.
The game Monday at the Metrodome will pit the Concordia crew against Upper Iowa. The doubleheader will get underway at 12:30 p.m.
The encounters on Friday March 26 will find Wheaton opposing the Cobbers in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The twinbill will start at 11 a.m.
HEATHER STOHS ON SOFTBALL SQUAD. Perham's Heather Stohs, a sophomore at Concordia, is also making an impact athletically. She is one of several area players competing for positions on the softball team.
The fourth leading hitter for the Cobbers last season, she is currently clubbing the ball at a .333 pace after a southern tour. The softball team also played in the Gene Cussic Classic at Ft. Myers, going 6-4 over games played through March 7th.
An infielder, Stohs is joined by the following players from the area on this year's edition of the Cobbers: Amanda Schindeldecker, a freshman pitcher/shortstop from Menahga; Jill Pontius, a freshman catcher/infielder from Eagle Bend; and Megan Johnson, a freshman first baseman/outfielder from Fergus Falls.
Thus far, Stohs had belted one two-bagger, while Pontius has a homer to her credit along with a .316 average.
Schindeldecker and Pontius have both started most of the games for Concordia to date.
Stohs is tied for second in RBIs for the Cobbers, with 6, while Schindeldecker
has added five ribbees. The latter pitched most games last year for a Menahga
team that went to the state high school tournament but has not yet hurled
a college game.
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