Delano A’s Baseball

Hans Alwin was a great addition to the A’s lineup in 2018. He hit four home runs, drove in 17 runs and scored 22 runs in Delano’s run to the Class C state tournament. Alwin is also very smooth in the field at second base. -Photo by Matt Kane

Matt Kane
Sports Editor

Information updated March 2019

A well-balanced Delano team ended the season in the Class C state tournament in 2018 and should be primed to make another run in the summer of 2019.

The A’s were 17-15 overall, including the 2-0 loss to Lake City at the state tournament.

Delano went 10-10 in the North Star League.

Maple Lake won the NSL regular season with a 17-3 record.

In the Region 12C playoffs, Hutchinson captured the No. 1 seed, followed by Maple Lake, Howard Lake, and Delano.

The Class C state champion for 2018 was Plato, which topped Sobieski 8-4 in the championship game.

On the mound, Jeremy Maschino led the A’s with four wins in 2018. Jeff Althoff and Jordan Schramel both won three ball games.

Schramel was the workhorse of the pitching staff. He threw 53 innings, striking out 74.

At the plate, Delano’s top hitters in 2018 were veterans Joey Althoff, Hunter Hart, and Marcus Wittmer.

Althoff batted .387 with 36 hits, 23 runs batted in, 10 doubles and one home run.

Hart had another nice season at the plate, batting .382 with five home runs, seven doubles and 22 runs batted in.

Wittmer batted .370 with one home run, eight doubles, and drove in 15 runs.

Infielder Hans Alwin was a great addition to the roster in 2018. Alwin has soft hands at second base, and, with the bat, collected 30 hits, hit four home runs, drove in 17 runs, and scored 22 runs. Alwin batted .273 for the season.

State History

The A’s have played in the state tournament 23 times, including the 2018 tournament in Shakopee. The A’s lost 2-0 to Lake City in the first round.

The most memorable came in 1988 when Delano 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).

A’s History

Delano’s town team is known as the Athletics now, but the team has also played under the monikers “Millers” and “Colts”. The Millers went to the state tournament in 1930, 1932, 1935; and the Colts went in 1940, 1941 (2nd place), and 1942 (2nd).

The franchise has spent time in the Wright County League, the Crow River Valley League, and the Wright Star League, and now resides in the North Star League.

Three former A’s have received the highest honor given to a Minnesota amateur baseball player — enshrinement into the Minnesota Baseball Hall of Fame. Perry Ditty was inducted in 1966, Valentine “Dutch” Styrbicky was inducted in 1968, and Rich Ditty was inducted in 1981.

Those three state hall of famers are also in the North Star League Hall of Fame. In all, 15 A’s are in the North Star League Hall of Fame. They are: Ralph “Buzz” Bernick, Gene Bouley, Marshall “Bud” Dainsberg, Al Juelke, Jerry Litfin, Van Merriman, Frank Muckenhirn, Dick Shaver, Tom Ditty, Richard “RT” Traen, and Todd Traen.

A’s players have claimed their share of single-season awards. Delano’s division MVPs are Bob Kosower (1973), Tim Finch (1976), Dave Ditty (1989), Tom Traen (1992) and Hunter Hart (2017). Traen was also named the Pitcher of the Year in 1981 and 1988. Jeff Janzen won the pitching award three times; in 1997, 2003, and 2004. For his play in 2011, Joey Althoff was named MVP and pitcher of the year in the East Division.

Delano’s past batting champions are Bouley (1961), Todd Muckenhirn (1990), and Jeff Olson (2000 and 2004).

Delano Athletics 2019 Roster

# Player Pos.

  • 1 – Adam Schleper – INF
  • 2 – Adam Jaunich – OF
  • 3 – Nate Norman – INF
  • 4 – Hans Alwin – 2B
  • 5 – Jordan Schramel – P/OF
  • 7 – Jack Paulson – INF
  • 8 – James Otto – INF
  • 10 – Brady Miller – OF
  • 11 – Jeff Althoff – OF/P
  • 12 – Austin Schneider – P
  • 13 – Jackson Royer – P
  • 14 – Matt Carson – OF
  • 15 – Joey Althoff – C
  • 16 – Nick Main – C
  • 19 – Ryan Hayes – P/DH
  • 21 – Jeremy Maschino – P
  • 23 – Austin Schneider – P
  • 24 – Toby Hanson – OF
  • 27 – Cade Lommel – 1B/P
  • 28 – Marcus Wittmer – 1B/3B
  • 29 – Matt Arens – P
  • 30 – Hunter Hart – INF
  • 34 – Steve Eilen – Mgr.