Tom's Pick: It's a big baseball night with Apollo vs. Tech

Tom's Pick: It's a big baseball night with Apollo vs. Tech

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Tom's Pick: It's a big baseball night with Apollo vs. Tech

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Both St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech have fielded competitive baseball teams this spring, with decent talent and the ability to beat anyone.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday at Joe Faber Field, they try to beat each other.

For Apollo, it has been a transitional year after a 2012 season that ranks as one of the best in the past decade and included a Central Lakes Conference championship.

This team has been very good, beating Rocori. (Tech has beaten Rocori, too).

Team leaders have been left-hander T.J. Frericks, right-handers Brandon Bloch and D.J. Smith, catcher Eric Jarosch and outfielder Jordan Keller and underclassmen like Ethan Carlson, Ben Alvord and Cooper Lynch.

Tech definitely has been on the rebound. The Tigers have taken a big step up from a sub-.500 2012 season.

The Tigers also have a solid core of seniors, including Jake Samuelson, Joe Setrum, Andrew Eisenreich and Robert Praetorius.

Tech also has some outstanding underclassmen, including Chase Aleshire, Austin Klaverkamp and Isaac Matchinsky, among others.

Apollo won the first meeting, 3-1, on May 2 at Dick Putz Field.

A victory for either club could affect Section 8-3A seedings. Both aspire to top-four seeds and both clearly have an opportunity to attain that.

Cross your fingers for the weather, but the Apollo/Tech baseball game should be a good one under the lights at Faber.

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