ST. CLOUD -- At least one major league scout and a few college coaches were at Dick Putz Field on Tuesday to watch Josh Krogman pitch.
The St. Cloud Apollo right-hander didn't disappoint them or a decent early-season crowd as he pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs to help the Eagles to an 8-2 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Brainerd Warriors.
The 6-foot-6 University of Minnesota recruit struck out 11 Warriors, eight on called third strikes. He walked only one and gave up five hits as the Eagles raised their record to 3-0.
"He threw breaking balls on the first pitch and 3-2 pitches," Warriors coach Lowell Scearcy said of Krogman. "You don't see a lot of breaking balls in the pros on first pitches and 3-2 pitches. If you do that you are going to cause the other teams problems."
The only problems Brainerd caused Krogman were in the second and sixth innings. Losing pitcher Nick Weiland cranked a solo home run about 350 feet to right in the second. Outfielder Chris Macy laced an RBI double in the sixth.
A single by Tim Siekas in the third, Ty Adams single off the pitching rubber in the fifth and Nathan Thomas' single in the sixth were the only other hits off Krogman. Siekas finished 2-for-2, adding a seventh-inning single off Apollo reliever Ryan Davidson.
"He was very much in control," Apollo coach Tom Frericks said of Krogman. "His fastball had good velocity and obviously he was around the strike zone. I was impressed with his split-finger fastball. It was all over the strike zone and had nice movement.
"Guys like Kyle Berg and Kevin Ericson if you start getting them on their front foot ... any good offensive player, if you get them on their front foot you will win the majority of the battles."
Apollo won Tuesday's battle by cracking 16 hits and staking Krogman to a 3-0 first-inning lead. Outfielder Chris Peterka led the Eagles, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI single in the fifth. Shortstop Adam Waldorf and Krogman both were 2-for-3. First baseman Jason Kotschevar, third baseman Brian Woodworth and second baseman Ryan Lunderby, the Eagles' 7-8-9 hitters, also had two hits apiece.
The Eagles had numerous instances where they hit behind the runner or to the opposite field. Included in Apollo's hits were a 2-run bloop single in the first by designated hitter Shawn Dockendorf and a check-swing RBI single by Woodworth in the sixth.
"We had talked about that as a game plan," Frericks said. "It's been a little frustrating early because we've been trying to pull a lot of things. We talked to our athletes about working the middle of the field on over, staying down and over the top strong in the batters' box. I thought the kids did a heck of a job executing that tonight."
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