The Henderson Tigers saw its first "live" action
in nearly 40 seasons on Saturday, April 22 when
the LeSueur Braves acted as gracious hosts for
a highly informal scrimmage.
Both teams were far from full strength. The
Tigers were represented by 10 members of its
projected roster, and each performed admirably.
Participating were Greg Graham, Jerry Gilman,
Shawn Brenke, Tony Nagel, Matt Nagel, Cody Boelter,
Bobby Kroehler, Zeb Frauendienst, Mat Peot and
Troy Koester. Peot, Tony Nagel, Kroehler and
Koester had multiple hit days, and Brenke, Matt
Nagel, Mat Peot and Cody Boelter pitched two
innings each and were reasonably effective. Tony
Nagel also pitched one efficient inning. Defensive
highlights included an over-the-shoulder catch
by Graham of a foul ball, Kroehler ranged far
to his left to knock-it-down-and-throw-em-out
from second base, and Brenke, Tony Nagel and
Boelter combined to play errorless on the infield's
All agreed it was a fun afternoon, and look
forward to the real game on June 17 at 2 p.m.
The Tigers will kick-off the regular season
on Saturday, May 13 when they travel to Carver
to contest the Black Sox of the Carver Central
League. The Black Sox have struggled in the Carver
Central League in recent seasons, but they are
an established team that will certainly test
the new-look Tigers who will undoubtedly spend
the season's early portions seeking an identity.
Henderson will welcome the Cleveland Condors
in Diamond River Valley League action for a doubleheader
on May 21. The Condors are anchored by a strong
pitching staff that struck out 190 and walked
only 100 in 32 games last year. The Condors will
have played six games prior to the May 21 clash,
so the Tigers will have to be ready to play.