Rebels will play in state title game

Published 8:57 pm Thursday, June 12, 2008

JORDAN — A Southland senior gave his dad an early father’s day present with two straight quality performances to put the Rebels in the Class ‘A’ State Baseball title game, where they will take on Wabasso in the Mini Met Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Southland’s Kody Retterath, the son of head coach Scott Retterath delivered a shutout in the Rebels 5-0 win over Mayer Lutheran in the first round at and he had four RBIs in the team’s 5-1 win over Red Lake County in the semifinals at the Mini Met in Jordan Thursday.

“Kody had a heck of a day,” Scott Retterath said. “That’s the thing with this team is you just never know who’s gonna step up.”

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Kody Retterath delivered big in the second game with a two-run double into the left field gap to give Southland (26-2 overall) a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning and a two-run triple off the center field wall to make it 4-1 in the top of the sixth.

Jake Chapek was hit by a pitch and Brian Voigt singled before Retterath’s double and Chapek was hit again in the sixth inning and Voigt walked before the triple.

“Their pitcher was having a tough time with the last couple of guys (before my double) so I decided I was gonna wait for a fastball,” said Kody Retterath, who went 4-of-6 with 5 RBIs in both games combined. “I got one and just got the barrel of the bat out and had pretty good clip. (On the triple) he was struggling again and I was hoping he was bringing first pitch fastball. He did and I turned on it.”

While his bat was big in both games, Kody Retterath used his arm in the first game to hold Mayer Lutheran (8-16 overall) to six hits over seven innings.

The defense also made some big plays for Southland, which has now won 23 straight, turning two key double plays. Southland left fielder Matt Schroeder saved a run when he threw out Mayer Lutheran’s Josh Genske at home plate in the fourth inning after a Southland overthrow.

“It was actually tough,” Kody Retterath said. “They were getting little hits here and there and it was tough to keep guys off the bases. Double plays were huge in this game. You think they got a rally going and the defense gets you out of the inning. That helps a lot.”

In the second game, senior pitcher Brian Voigt matched Kody Retterath’s effort, as he struck out 10 and allowed just two hits in seven innings of work.

“Anytime you can come out and pitch good, it feels good. The state tournament makes it feel even better,” Voigt said. “Once we put some runs on the board it made everything easier.”

Voigt faced two big jams against Red Lake County (19-6 overall). In the bottom of the fourth, RLC had runners on first and second with no outs after a double by Casey Cardinal, but after allowing an RBI-groundout to Corey Schmitz, Voigt struck out the last two hitters to get out of the inning and preserve a 2-1 lead. In the sixth inning, RLC had runners on first and second with one out after Winston Smith made a throwing error on a possible double play. Once again, Voigt struck out the last two hitters.

“Every now and then the defense is gonna make an error. You just gotta play through it and go on and get the next one,” Voigt said.

Scott Retterath plans to start Kody Retterath Friday and use Voigt in relief against Wabasso.

“Brian and Kody both pitched a heck of a game today,” he said. “I hate to say it, but I kind of expect it from Brian and Kody. That’s what you ask out of your seniors. I’ve got a hard time taking the ball out of Kody or Brian’s hands right now.”

Against Mayer Lutheran, Voigt started things in typical Southland fashion as he belted two-run homer off the scoreboard in right field to score Chapek, who was hit by a pitch.

“The home run in the first inning was a jump start,” Kody Retterath said. “We didn’t really keep it going to well, but we did what we had to and got it done.”

In the second game, the Rebels turned just six hits into five runs with some timely hitting.

“We got some big hits with guys in scoring position and that’s what you have to do in the state tournament. Runs are hard to come by, because everybody’s up here because they’re a good team,” Scott Retterath said.

On Friday, Southland will take on Wabasso (24-6 overall), who beat New Ulm Cathedral 6-4 and knocked off Hawley 8-7 on a seventh inning two run double by Christopher Eichten with two outs.

“We just gotta stay relaxed, focused and take care of business tomorrow,” Voigt said.

The Rabbits carry a .345 team batting average and a 3.07 ERA.

Southland 5, RLC 1

Southland pitching: Brian Voigt (W, 8-1), 7 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 10 K

Southland hitting: Matt Schroeder, 0-of-3, BB; Jake Chapek, 1-of-2, 2 R; Brian Voigt, 1-of-2, BB, 2 R; Derek Emanual, 0-of-3; Kody Retterath, 2-of-3, double, triple, 4 RBIs; Winston Smith, 0-of-3, RBI; Josh Bamrick, 1-of-3; Alan May, 0-of-2; Chris May, 0-of-3, RBI

Red Lake County pitchers: Jeff Weiss (L, 4-4), 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 ER, 2 HBP, 1 K; Kyle Larson, 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R

Red Lake County hitting: Jeff Weiss, 0-of-2, BB; Nolan Knott, 0-of-3; Casey Cardinal, 2-of-3, double, SB; Corey Schmitz, 0-of-2, RBI, BB; Steve Morinville, 0-of-3; Pat Johnanneck, 0-of-2; Ethan Paradis, 0-of-3; Robbie Glass, 0-of-3; Cody Hanson, 0-of-1

Southland 5, ML 0

Southland pitching: Kody Retterath (W, 7-1), 7 IP, 2 BB, 0 ER, 6 K

Southland hitting: Matt Schroeder, 0-of-3; Jake Chapek, 0-of-2, HBP, R; Brian Voigt, 2-of-3, HR, 2 RBIs; Derek Emanual, 1-of-2, BB; Kody Retterath, 2-of-3, RBI; Josh Bamrick, 0-of-3; Mitch Nagele, 1-of-3; Chris May, 0-of-2, RBI

Mayer Lutheran pitching: C.J. Byrne (L, 5-3)

Mayer Lutheran hitting: C.J. Byrne, 0-of-3; Scott Willmsen, 0-of-3; Colton Otto, 2-of-3; Clay Hoese, 0-of-3; Josh Genske, 1-of-3, double; Luke Buttenhoff, 2-of-3; David Mielke, 0-of-2, BB; Dan Hove, 0-of-2, BB; Chad Ische, 1-of-3