After finishing 2nd place in the 2015 Class 2A Championship game, losing to St. Cloud Cathedral at Target Field, the Minnehaha Academy Redhawks had a whole year feeling as though they had some unfinished business.
The Redhawks made a return to the state tournament again this year, seeded #2 in Class 2A. They started their state tournament run on Thursday, June 16th with an 11-2 win against the East Grand Fork Green Wave at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. Jesse Retlaff was the pitcher for the whole game and among the many great plays Alex Fedje-Johnson hit an exciting homerun.
The Hawks returned to St. Cloud for their second tournament game on Friday, June 17th to play against the Pierz Pioneers. The Pioneers were seeded #3 in Class 2A, and had prevented the 2015 State Champion team, St. Cloud Cathedral, from advancing to the 2016 State Tournament. The game started out slow with multiple delays due to the weather. Alex Evenson started as pitcher in this game, and pitched for 5 innings. Alex Fedje-Johnson pitched the remainder of the game. This game was a lot closer than the first game, but Minnehaha was able to pull out the win after an eventful 3rd inning where the Redhawks scored all 4 of their runs. The final score was 4-2.
The championship game took place on Monday, June 20th at Target Field. The #2 Minnehaha Academy Redhawks were facing the #1 seeded Belle Plaine Tigers. Fans filled the seats, anxious to see how this game would turn out. The game was close in the beginning, and remained scoreless in the first 3 innings. In the bottom of the 4th, Belle Plaine got their first run. However, the Redhawks didn’t let that hold them down. In the top of the 5th inning, the Redhawks scored 5 runs. The Redhawks won the championship game 5-1 against the Tigers. Jesse Retzlaff pitched the entire game, only allowed 2 hits and had 12 strike-outs.
After the win, Alex Fedje-Johnson and Jesse Retzlaff were named to the All-State Tournament Team for a second season in a row. Alex Evenson was also named to the All-State Team this year. For the first time in 28 years, the Minnehaha record for runs scored in baseball was broken by Alex Fedje-Johnson. This is first time in Minnehaha Academy’s 103 year history that they’ve walked away with the State Baseball Championship trophy.
A big congratulations to the boys on the baseball team, head coach Scott Glenn, assistant coaches Tom Konz and Joe Protzmann, athletic director Josh Thurow, and of course to Redhawk Nation for showing their support in St. Cloud and at Target Field!
Baseball State Champions, 2016!