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“I am very excited to have L’Donta. He is a big, strong, athletic guy who’s going to do a lot of damage at the plate for us in the middle of the order. Coach Brister and the Central Baptist coaching staff always produces not only good players, but quality young men as well. L’Donta is an incredibly polite young man with a great work ethic.” – Coach Keeran
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Sitorius is currently working on his masters degree in sports management at Missouri State University following his undergrad work at Nebraska Wesleyan University, He has coached at several levels from youth to college baseball with a focus on infield and hitting.
Sitorius played his college ball at Nebraska Wesleyan University, starting all four years as a corner infielder. He was a relief pitcher as well for the Prairie Wolves. He ranked third all-time in games played at NWU. Sitorius was named NWU’s defensive MVP in both 2013 and 2014, as well as being named first team all D-3 Independent and Overall team MVP in 2014. Following graduation Sitorius played an integral part on two MINK League south division championship teams with the Ozark Generals.
“I’d like to thank the Albert Lea Lakers organization and head coach Michael Keeran for the opportunity to continue coaching and help young men reach their life and athletic goals”
“Through hockey I have had the opportunity to see the community support for athletics in Albert Lea and I am looking forward to seeing that same support this summer, as we try to bring home a Pioneer League championship” – Coach Sitorius
“Pete is a well-rounded coach and will work with the infielders and hitters. He’s a hard worker and has a high baseball IQ. He did a great job at Ozark and I believe he will do a great job being the assistant coach for Albert Lea as well. He will be a big help developing players and getting us towards a championship team” – Coach Keeran
Keeran is currently in his 1st season as the assistant softball coach at Division 3 Grinnell College. He has taken on roles within the Pioneer staff involving the outfield, offense, strength and agility and game analysis.
Keeran played collegiate baseball at Waldorf University as a four-year starting pitcher and outfielder. He was a back-to-back North Star All-Conference selection in 2016 and 2017 and was named Academic All-Conference all four years.
In the 2016 season, he won the North Star Conference batting title. Keeran concluded his career with a batting average of .370, including a .444 average in 2016. He also holds 15 school records at Waldorf in categories including hitting (hits, batting average, on base percentage, runs, and stolen bases) and pitching (games started, innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts), and is in the top five in over 50 school records categories, Keeran was named an NAIA Academic All-American his senior season.
Following graduation, Keeran was a starting outfielder for the Ozark Generals of the MINK League. He was in the top three on his team in numerous offensive categories.
Keeran has also been the assistant baseball coach the past four years at Clear Lake High School, where he was also an All-State baseball and football player his senior year. During his four seasons as an assistant, the team won three Iowa High School State Championships and had highs in team batting averages. Nine players have gone on to play collegiately the last four seasons.
“I am very excited to begin Head Coaching duties for the Albert Lea Lakers. I am extremely grateful and blessed for this opportunity. I’d like to thank Donnie Roberts, the Albert Lea Lakers and the Pioneer League for this amazing opportunity.”
“It feels like a perfect fit, Albert Lea is close to my hometown. I know the Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa area extremely well and I am very comfortable there.”
“I think this will be a very competitive league, and my hopes are that I can recruit respectful, talented and hungry young men to Albert Lea, and put a very fun team on the field for the area to watch.”
“I know Assistant Coach Pete Sitorius very well and I think we will do a great job recruiting and developing players further. He is a very determined and a hardworking individual, with high baseball IQ.”
“My goals are to recruit a championship caliber roster on and off the field. I am hoping the players can develop further as players and young men. I want the Albert Lea community to be proud of the Lakers, and be excited to come to games.”
The 2017 playoff season is upon us as today kicks off a wild week of playoff action.
Later this afternoon, the 5th seed Albert Lea Lakers will take on the 4th seed Bancroft Bandits in a one-game winner take all contest. The winning team will take on the the 1st seed Carroll Merchants in a best-two-out-of-three series that will begin tomorrow in Carroll.
On the other side of the bracket, the 3rd seed Sioux Falls Gold will take on the 2nd seed Storm Lake Whitecaps in their own best-two-out-of-three series that will begin on Monday.
The two teams that win their best-two-out-of-three series will play in another two-out-of-three series for the league title. That series will begin on Thursday and run through Saturday.
(5) Albert Lea at (4) Bancroft – 4:00PM
(Winner of AL/BAN) at (1) Carroll – 7:05PM – Game 1
(3) Sioux Falls vs (2) Storm Lake – 7:05PM – Game 1 – Location TBD
(Winner of AL/BAN) vs (1) Carroll – 7:05PM – Game 2 – Location TBD
(3) Sioux Falls vs (2) Storm Lake – 7:05PM – Game 2 – Location TBD
(Winner of AL/BAN) vs (1) Carroll – 7:05PM – Game 3 – Location TBD *if necessary
(3) Sioux Falls vs (2) Storm Lake – 7:05PM – Game 3 – Location TBD *if necessary
League Finals – Game 1 – Location TBD
League Finals – Game 2 – Location TBD
League Finals – Game 3 – Location TBD *if necessary
Sioux Falls 1 Bancroft 0
On most nights, scoring just one run won’t be enough to get a team in the win column, on Tuesday night, it was all the Sioux Falls Gold needed to defeat the Bancroft Bandits.
Just two days after putting up 25 runs on the Albert Lea Lakers, the Bandits were shut down by the Sioux Falls Gold pitching staff.
Tyler Mitzel and Brody Hagel-Pitt combined to hold Bancroft to just 2 hits. Because Mitzel didn’t complete five innings, Hagel-Pitt ended up picking up the win, throwing five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum number of batters.
Mitzel only allowed a pair of baserunners, one reaching on a base hit and one reaching on an error. Mitzel struck out six while Hagel-Pitt sat down four hitters.
Cole Jensen scored the game’s only run, scoring on a Bancroft error in the 7th inning.
The Gold only had three hits of their own, Lucas Barry, Trent Herman and Matt Morgan picking them up. Sioux Falls had multiple chances to break the game open but ended up stranding 12 runners on the evening.
Colin Brophy and Joey Machuga had the only hits for the Bandits in a losing effort.
The Gold improve to 5-7 with the win while the Bandits drop to 6-6. These two teams will meet again tomorrow night to wrap up their two game set.