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John Hohenstein returns in the leadoff spot for the Saints. Hohenstein is the career leader in steals for both the Saints and the North Star League.

Saints Look to Return to State Tournament

Updated June 2019

The DC Saints are looking to return to the state tournament for the first time in eight years under second-year manager Drew Carlson.

Carlson replaced Mark “Whitey” Forsman last season, after 32 seasons at the helm for Forsman. Whitey led the Saints to 621 wins and 12 state tournament appearances in his career and led a tireless effort to turn the Dassel Ball Park into one of the top fields in the state to watch amateur baseball.

The last state tournament appearance for the Saints was in 2011.

Team: Dassel-Cokato Saints

Manager: Drew Carlson

Year coaching this team: 2nd

Assistant coaches: Jeff Neutzling

League: North Star League – Maple Lake, Hutchinson, Buffalo, Loretto, Delano, Dassel-Cokato, Howard Lake, Maple Plain, Cokato, Litchfield, Waverly.

State Tournaments: 22 – 1968-B Champion, 1970, 1972, 1973-2nd, 1974-3rd, 1975, 1976-2nd, 1978, 1991, 1992-C 3rd, 1993-C 2nd, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011.

Hall-of-Famers: NSL – Joe Harmala (1993); Art Hagen (1996); Bob Erickson (1998); Robert Regal (2000); Paul Servin (2002); Dean Gayner (2005); Dale Isaacson (2007); Dave Burns and Brian “Bookie” Larson (2009); Mark Forsman (2010); Kevin Nelson (2011); Jeff Neutzling (2012); John Riewer (2013). Posthumous: Clay Calgren, Stuart Brodin, Lem Norden, Fisk Peterson. MN Amateur Baseball – Joe Harmala (2002); Brian “Bookie” Larson (2005); Mark Forsman (2014).

2018 finish: Last season, after a 10-10 regular-season finish, the Saints finished 1-2 in the Region 12C playoffs, losing to Loretto 3-2 in 15 innings in their playoff opener, that spanned two days, before rallying from a 6-0 deficit to defeat Maple Plain 8-6.

The Saints were eliminated one game later by Delano, losing by an 11-0 score.

John Hohenstein led the team with a .327 batting average, with a team-high 33 hits and 19 runs scored. He also led the team in stolen bases.

Brendon Opsahl led the squad with five home runs, with Tyler Brandel adding four. Brandel also had a team-high 19 RBI, and eight doubles.

Tyler Zweibohmer led the team with six wins on the mound, while Jordan Flick led the team in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA (3.04).

Teams to beat:  [From] For 2019, the North Star League managers are predicting the standings will look a lot like the 2018 standings.

Maple Lake and Hutchinson are picked by most to compete for the championship. Delano is expected to be healthier and is picked third.

Buffalo and Loretto are the selections for fourth and fifth, with D-C slotted for the sixth slot. Howard Lake, which needed to win a tiebreaker to avoid being in the bottom four, is predicted for seventh place, and Maple Plain, which lost that tiebreaker, is picked for eighth.

The next three teams are picked to also make the top seven and receive a bye into the Regionals. That leaves the three teams who finished as the bottom three last year, and the managers are predicting the same finish with Cokato ninth, Litchfield 10th, and Montrose/Waverly to be 11th.

Key returning players:  Jordan Flick, Tyler Zweibhomer, and Mike Leffler return to anchor the staff. Top returners in the batting line-up are John Hohenstein, Andy Haataja, and Trent Thinesen, along with Brice Berggren,  Tyler Brandel, Ben Lindquist, J. Flick, and Jeff Janckila.

Key additions:  The Saints will be looking to add some key returning players from the DCHS squad.

Key losses: The team will lose a key bat in the lineup in Brendon Opsahl.

Outlook: The outlook for 2019 is much more of the same as it was in 2018 – continuing to compete for the top spots and expecting to be up high in the standings.

DC Saints 2019 Roster

# Player Pos.

  • 1 Tyler Brandel INF
  • 2 Jordan Flick P, 1B
  • 3 Andrew Carlson IF, P
  • 6 Tyler Zweibohmer P
  • 7 John Hohenstein CF
  • 9 Austin Zweibohmer P
  • 11 Andy Haataja C, OF
  • 12 Brice Berggren INF, P
  • 13 Michael Leffler P
  • 15 Gus Flick OF
  • 16 Collin Krick P
  • 21 Trent Thinesen SS
  • 22 Ben Lindquist 2B
  • 23 Jeff Neutzling Coach
  • 24 Cy Flick C
  • 26 Jeff Janckila INF
  • 27 Michael Howell P/1B
  • 28 Alex Terning P/IF
  • 33 James Howell 1B/C