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21 State Tournament Appearances
Courtesy of the 'Delano Go-To Guide"
The city of Delano is known around the state for its excellence in baseball, and the local town team, the Athletics, hope to continue that tradition with a third-consecutive trip to the Class C state tournament in the summer of 2016.
The A’s returned to state in 2014 after a 10-year absence, and proved their worthiness in the big dance with a return trip in 2015.
The A’s edged Sleepy Eye 2-1 in the first round, but could not get by New London-Spicer, falling 7-3 in Watkins a season ago.
Delano finished the 2015 season with a 23-11 record.
The A’s finished fourth in the North Star League with a 15-7 mark. Maple Lake won the league championship with a 21-1 record.
From the North Star League, which played in Region 12C, Delano, Loretto, Maple Plain and Howard Lake played at state.
Plato won the championship.
The A’s have played in a total of 21 state tournaments — the most memorable in 1988, when they won the Class C championship. The A’s defeated current North Star League foe Maple Plain in the title game. Delano’s Dave Ditty was the tournament MVP.
The state-tournament win in 1988 moved Delano up to Class B, where it played through the 2010 season. The A’s moved back to Class C at the start of the 2011 season.
The win in 1988 remains as the A’s only state title, but it was not the only season in which they played in the final game of the season. Delano finished second in 1941 (A), 1942 (A), and 1971 (B).
This year’s A’s roster is young, but also experienced in big games, as many played in state tournaments with the Delano High School team before doing so at the town-team level.
Pitching is what helped the A’s get to the state tournament in 2014 and 2015, and it should be solid in 2016.
Matt Arens, Zach Iten and Jake Gleason were the mainstays in the rotation in 2015. Jeff Althoff and Trevor Jaunich are strong out of the bullpen.
Iten led the A’s with a 4-1 record and a 2.33 earned run average.
The rookie pitchers are right-hander Nate Norman, who is also an infielder, and lefty Hank Cautin, both 2016 high school graduates.
The A’s lineup should have some firepower this summer, especially with players coming off college seasons.
Hunter Hart (St. Thomas) and Tyler Wolfe (Kansas State) will be well-seasoned by the time they throw on an A’s uniform. Newcomer tom Druk, who played at St. John’s, is a solid addition.
The most consistent hitter is veteran center fielder Kevin Jaunich, who led the A’s with a .333 batting average.
Infielders Adam Schleper and Jay Stevens finished right behind Jaunich, both batting .329.
The 2016 schedule includes participation in the Miller Lite Tournament hosted by the Green Isle Irish and Hamburg Hawks, two state-tournament teams.