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Pfeifer’s hot bat carrying RC

Rolette Legion player hitting over .500 this summer

July 16, 2010
Matt Mullally

Rolette's Jaden Pfeifer isn't known as a power hitter, but he could have fooled his teammates in Burlington on July 14 when he belted three home runs in the Muskrats 22-3 section win.

"Before that I only hit four home runs (in my playing career), so I nearly doubled that total in one game,' Pfeifer said. "I took advantage of the short porch (outfield fence) in Burlington."

His teammates gave him a good-natured ribbing in the dugout that night for his sudden display of power.

While the home runs were somewhat of of an anomaly for Pfeifer, his performance only added to the great year he's having at the plate.

"He's been our top hitter throughout the summer,' said Muskrats coach Tory Danielson.

Pfeifer is batting over .500 and reaching base with regularity. "I'm seeing the ball really well and using a metal bat in Legion helps, too,' he said. "I just look to get the ball in play, maybe hit the gap and get a triple...whatever it takes to get on base."

Danielson said his Jaden's speed is also one of his best assets, often stealing a base to get into scoring position. "And the guys behind me (in the lineup) have been getting me in,' Pfeifer said.

RC will need Jaden's hot bat to continue this week when it heads to the Section 5 Tournament which begins on Tuesday, July 20 in Velva.

Just how far Rolette Co. can go in the tournament will come down down to doing the little things, Danielson points out.

The team can't give extra outs in the field; needs to take advantage of their scoring opportunities at the plate; and must get good pitching performances.

RC, which reached the section finals last year before falling to Velva, does have pitching depth and that is a plus in a tournament that could stretch into five days.

"We are going to need three great pitching performances,' Pfeifer adds. "And we need to bring our bats."

The Muskrats have been playing the past two weeks without a full lineup as players have been gone to take part in all-star football games.

Pfeifer said other players have performed well in their absence and that will bode well this week.

"We have guys with confidence that they can contribute and we should be a tough team come sectionals,' he said.

Although final tournament seedings won't be determined until early this week, the Muskrats finished 9-5 in the section and will likely be seeded third or fourth in the eight-team field.

The double elimination tournament kicks off July 21 with first round games and the tournament will continue through Saturday, July 24.

Defending champion and tournament host Velva is the pre-tournament favorite, but Bottineau, Surrey and Rolette County are capable of getting on a roll.

The tournament winner will advance to the Class B Legion Tournament to be played in Grafton.



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