|8/20/2020 12:15:00 PM|
Bulldogs disappointed by forfeit to
end the season, look forward to 2021
The pandemic-shortened 2020 Chisago Lakes Bulldogs season ended with a whimper. The Bulldogs were scheduled to play the Ramsey Renegades on Saturday, August 8 in the second round of the Region 1C playoffs. Vacations, scheduled in the spring when it looked like the season would be cancelled, claimed several players, leaving the Bulldogs with just eleven eligible players – still enough to play and have a couple of subs. But one player, disappointed in his recent performances, decided against playing. Another had a co-worker test positive for the coronavirus, so he went into quarantine and was unavailable to play. With just nine players, the game could still go ahead. So, the teams headed to Hinckley and warmed up as the Bulldogs waited for their ninth player. But the player never showed, and neither he nor his other contacts answered their phones. With only eight players, the Bulldogs had to forfeit – their second loss in the double-elimination playoffs, ending their season. The player who didn’t show was immediately released by the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs finished the season 3-9. There were several bright spots. Veteran pitcher Hunter Lindstrom pitched four straight complete games. Logan Bjorkman consistently showed he was one of the top catchers in the Eastern Minny League and hit the Bulldogs’ only home run of the season. Utility man Jeremy Knutson showcased his versatility in the field by playing all nine positions in the Bulldogs’ final regular season game. Speedy outfielder Tanner Marquardt emerged as a quality leadoff hitter, beating out several bunt singles. Youthful outfielder Max McDonough showed improvement in confidence, as well as in the field and at the plate.
The future of the Bulldogs looks bright. In addition to the players above, the Bulldogs will return pitcher/third baseman Tyler Stilp and shortstop Dusty Rhodes, two of the key hitters in the Bulldog lineup. Derrick Kluge, relegated mostly to DH duty due to an arm issue, plans to have the arm issue taken care of in the offseason and will give the Bulldogs depth in the outfield and at catcher and first base. Assistant coach/pitcher/outfielder/backup catcher Dylan Magnuson will be back to provide sage advice to coaches Chuck Fitzer and Alex Turk. Jacob Mickelson will help with pitching depth. Nick Wasko, who will be a high school junior in 2020-2021, will provide some more depth at catcher when Bulldog games don’t clash with American Legion games. And the Bulldogs will likely pick up some solid additions to their lineup from a large group of players who graduated from Chisago Lakes High School in 2020.
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