|Border League team recipients of Travis Sportsmanship Award|
|Written by Kyle Arnoldy|
After surviving the first game of the 2013 Midwest Plains Babe Ruth 16-18 baseball tournament in Oskaloosa, Iowa thanks to a late-inning rally, the Border League All-Stars fell short in their next two outings, bowing out of the tournament with a 1-2 record.
Although they did not win the tournament, the young men were honored as the recipient of the Norm and Colleen Travis Sportsmanship Award.
Norm Travis, a Burlington native, was inducted into the National Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 2011 after decades of involvement in youth baseball. He was also part of the original Colorado Babe Ruth Hall of Fame inductees in 1996.
After capturing the state title, the Border League All-Stars traveled to Oskaloosa, Iowa for the Midwest Plains Babe Ruth 16-18 baseball tournament Aug. 1-6. After going 1-2 in the tournament, the team was awarded the Norm and Colleen Travis Sportsmanship Award. Team members posing with the sportsmanship banner are pictured from left, front row, Logan Zeiler, Irvin Vasquez Jesus Hermosillo, Trevor Chintala, Brady Heinz and Ryan Nolin; and back row, coach Marcus Kammer, Rece Coffin, Jaydin Goldenstein, Trevor Dalton, Jeff Sherman, Logan Tharp, manager Bill Hughes and coach Alan Coffin.
All-Stars 5, Grand Island, Neb. 4
The All-Stars made sure their first game of the tournament was an exciting one to say the least as they edged out Grand Island, Neb. 5-4 Thursday, Aug. 1.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first two innings to the Grand Island squad, the Border players bounced back in the third to score two runs.
The Nebraska team made it a two-run game by tacking on another run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
A Trevor Dalton double in the top of the sixth inning scored Logan Zeiler to bring the All-Stars back within a run. Two batters later, Jaydin Goldenstein sent a Nebraska pitch over the center-field fence, earning the All-Stars their first lead of the game.
The All-Stars were able to hang on to the lead for the 5-4 victory.
Zeiler led the team at the plate with three singles and two runs scored. Dalton and Jeff Sherman each had two hits in the game as well.
Brady Heinz started on the mound for the All-Stars, allowing six hits and four runs while walking two and striking out three in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Sherman earned the win by not allowing a hit or a run in 1 1/3 innings while striking out two batters.
All-Stars 2, Eden Prairie, Minn. 10
The Border League All-Stars had their work cut out for them Friday, Aug. 2 against the Eden Prairie, Minn. team.
The All-Stars struggled offensively as they could only muster four hits in the match.
Facing a 2-0 deficit in the third inning, the All-Stars cut the lead in half thanks to a RBI single to left field by Sherman.
Unfortunately, the Minnesota team responded by crossing home five times in the fifth inning push their lead to 7-1.
Dalton scored for the second time in the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, but three more Minnesota runs in the sixth put the game out of reach for the All-Stars, who fell 10-2.
Dalton pitched 4 2/3 innings for the All-Stars, allowing seven hits for seven runs, only two of which were earned. He also walked five batters and struck out three.
Sherman and Trevor Chintala threw the last two innings for the Border team, combining to allow four hits and three runs while walking one batter.
All-Stars 3, Fargo, North Dakota 4
With the season on the line, the Border League All-Stars battled with Fargo, N. D. in a back-and-forth game before falling 4-3 Saturday, Aug. 3.
The All-Stars lit up the scoreboard first on a fielder’s choice and an RBI single by Sherman that scored Dalton.
The lead would not hold as the Fargo team found a way to match the All-Stars run-for-run. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Fargo tied the game at 2 apiece, scoring two runs on a single to left field.
In the sixth inning, Irvin Vasquez singled to right field to score Logan Tharp and take a one-run lead as the game wound down.
Again, Fargo found a way to tie the game, scoring one run on a sacrifice fly. With the score all knotted up, the two teams entered the final inning of the game.
The All-Stars were unable to put a run on the scoreboard in the inning, leaving the door open for Fargo to run away with a win.
With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Fargo won in dramatic fashion with a walk-off single to left field for the 4-3 win.
Sherman led the way offensively for the All-Stars with a pair of singles and a run scored.
Chintala got the start at pitcher for the Border squad. In 5 1/3 innings of work he allowed three runs on three hits while walking five and recording one strikeout. Tharp came in and threw 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and walking two batters.