6/14/2013 11:11:00 AM CF baseball ends year with 14 wins
by Mike Dalton
The 2013 edition of the Cannon Falls High School baseball team ended the unusual spring season by claiming the HVL championship, after going 10-2 in the HVL Blue Division and 14-7 overall.
The year will also be memorable because of the rainy, cold weather, which caused numerous cancellations and postponed games.
Junior Brock Peterson led the team at the plate, batting .515 with a team-high 66 at-bats. Noah Callister hit .400, Hunter Blakeslee .305, and Tanner Jackson .295.
Peterson had the team's only two home runs, and he had a team-high 19 runs batted in. Blakeslee had 16 RBI and Jackson 14. Blakeslee drew 10 walks and had seven doubles.
Taylor Carlson led with six wins, with a 0.92 earned run average. Callister won three games and had a 2.03 ERA, Levi Prestegard won two games with a 1.64 ERA, Austin Jacobs had one win and a 1.00 ERA, and Clay Broze also had one win with a 2.69 ERA. Blakeslee had a save.
Callister was the workhorse, pitching in 38 total innings. He struck out 39. Prestegard had 34 strikeouts in 25.2 innings, and Carlson had 30 strikeouts in 30.1 innings.
Defensively, Jackson, at 1st base, committed three errors with 121 put-outs, a .978 fielding percentage.
Peterson's batting average placed him first all-time in single-season records. Paul Rolfes was hit by seven pitches this season, and is the all-time career leader, getting plunked 13 times.
"The boys played great baseball," commented coach Bucky Lindow. "They showed mental toughness as we dealt with the weather, switching home fields, a schedule of many double-headers and games on back-to-back days.
"This squad had a tremendous work ethic and I think that was the main ingredient for the Conference Championship," he continued. "Obviously the season ended in a tough way, so for the guys who return, we will focus on extending the season as far as possible next spring. As for the seniors who are leaving, we wish them the best. We thank them for making a positive impact on CFHS and we challenge them to go make a positive impact on the world."