Prep baseball: Slayton honors Tarry Boelter in final home game
SLAYTON — Through 28 seasons, Tarry Boelter has been the symbol of Slayton and Murray County Central high school baseball. On Tuesday, the veteran coach received an honor neither he or his many fans will likely ever forget.
Before Boelter’s final home game — an 11-6 loss to Luverne — he witnessed the Slayton baseball field being named after him.
It was a surprise to Boelter and — according to the visiting head coach, Mike Wenninger — one that the local legend didn’t seem to want. But that would be a reaction Boelter’s friends probably weren’t surprised at.
For Boelter, high school baseball has always been about the players, not coaches. Boelter’s personality has typically been keen to shy away from publicity. But there have been times — like Tuesday night — when he has been unable to avoid it.
In June of 2013 he was inducted into the Minnesota State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame not long after recording his 350th career victory. Thus, he joined his father, Don Boelter (who coached 32 years at Sleepy Eye Public), who went into the Hall in 2009. The Boelters are the only father-son combination to have won more than 300 games separately in Minnesota high school baseball.
Wenninger spoke glowingly of his friend Tuesday night after the game.
“Tarry Boelter is one of the finest men I’ve ever met. He was also my coach for the 35-and-over Barnstormer team I used to play with. And we won a state championship with Tarry,” Wenninger said. “He has been a super asset to the Slayton baseball program all these years.”
The player star on the field Tuesday was Luverne’s Josh Slieter, who slammed two three-run home runs among his three hits. Kendall Meyer and Gunnar Olson added two hits apiece.
Seth Bass had a hit and scored two runs for MCC and teammate Paul Mesner added three hits.
Connor Hoffman, who hurled four innings in relief, was the winning pitcher. Mitchell Woldt took the loss.
R H E
Luverne 204 310 1 — 11 8 2
MCC 230 100 0 — 6 5 3
JCC 9, SWU 7
HERON LAKE — Jackson County Central used four pitchers and Southwestern United used five Tuesday in a non-conference high school baseball clash that was decided, ultimately, in the fifth inning.
That was the inning Jackson County Central plated eight runs.
Peter Nasby tripled and drove in two runs for the winners and Andrew Hesse doubled and drove in another run.
For Southwestern United, Dakotah Schmid was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Teammate Jacob Getzel was 2-for-4 with a double.
Scott Christoffer, who pitched two innings in relief, was the winning pitcher. Austin Hietbrink, who came on for SWU in the fifth, was charged with the loss.
R H E
JCC 000 180 0 — 9 7 2
SWU 010 004 2 — 7 8 3