C/SG athletes rally for
fall baseball title!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:59 AM
One star alumnus and several young athletes reunited to take the top team prize at the annual fall baseball league hosted by Rochester Community Technical College (RCTC).
The championship team of the fall baseball league at RCTC included several eighth and ninth graders from the shared Caledonia/Spring Grove school program and was coached by former C/SG standout and current RCTC player Dakotah Rostad.
Several ninth and eighth-grade athletes from the shared Caledonia/Spring Grove high school baseball program along with their autumn teammates from Triton High School, as well as players from schools in Rochester and Iowa, were coached by current RCTC player Dakotah Rostad, who is also one of the most decorated players in Spring Grove baseball history (Class of 2010).
Rostad was reunited with several athletes he fondly remembers from coaching summer recreation ball in the area. "They enjoy playing baseball and are extremely talented in the sport," said Rostad.
RCTC baseball conducts a fall weekend baseball league every year to give kids from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa the opportunity to continue playing until the weather says otherwise.
The trek to a championship started with several stumbles and pitfalls.
"After a rocky start with a 1-3 record, I met with the players and questioned if they were really serious about playing baseball," said Rostad.
That soul-searching discussion, was like a light switch. A potent offense suddenly surfaced, sparked most notably by the bat of Harrison Speltz.
The defense followed suit with improved play from standouts such as Tanner Langen. The pitching staff, anchored by Kai Lidstrom, became a strikeout machine.
"I saw a completely different team that knew not only how to win but also how to continually improve and grow together as a team," added Rostad.
With all cylinders firing, the team finished the regular season winning three out of the last four games, resulting in a no. 3 seed for the playoffs.
"By far, we were playing the best baseball at the end of the season," said the coach. "We made if through the first playoff game pretty easily and advanced to the championship game.
"Now this was a game that I will remember for a long time. It was not so much that they had won but more about how they achieved it. Nothing went wrong for us, and the kids were having fun.
"The team was splattering the field with base hits. Our pitchers and defense shut down their offense."
That championship game was a 20-1 rout. In six weeks, this group of athletes had not only escaped last place but also dominated the championship contest. "It was great, and the kids enjoyed every part of it," said Rostad
The coach found words difficult to describe the emotions and the friendships that accompanied the championship medals.
He added, "When asked to perform, they performed. It was a great experience for me as a coach, and I believe that they had an enjoyable experience as well."
While Rostad continues his playing career at RCTC this spring, a few of his protégés seek to recreate some of his C/SG success back on the local diamond.